Chevrolet has redesigned two of its most iconic nameplates with the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. The big SUVs have been completely redesigned atop a new, larger architecture with a host of new features and even a diesel engine option.
For this redesign GM has taken its new T1XX full-size truck architecture as a donor chassis for its new SUVs. This means it’s a ground-up redesign that has included longer wheelbases for both Tahoe and Suburban. It also means significant improvements in suspension, including (finally) fully independent suspension at all four wheels.
Layered on top of this new architecture is a new design theme that can best be described as evolutionary. These SUVs are GM’s cash cows, so it really comes as no surprise that GM Design is playing it safe. At first glance anyone is going to immediately recognize both as Chevy SUVs, which was likely the goal.
Basically Tahoe and Suburban have taken design cues from the Silverado lineup and morphed them with the existing design of the current K2XX SUVs. The end result is a cleaner design that offers more variety for customers to select from, including unique front fascias for each trim level; just like Silverado.
Also borrowed from the Silverado lineup is the sources of power for the new Tahoe and Suburban. Unsurprisingly, the base engine in both is GM’s latest 5.3-liter V-8, which offers 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. If that isn’t enough power, buyers of the High Country trim level will get a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
Buyers wanting something really unique can now add GM’s Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six diesel to any trim level but Z71, which includes 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
All engines are mated exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, both Tahoe and Suburban have also seen a total redesign. An all-new dashboard features a standard 10-inch touchscreen display standard on all models, the centerpiece of the new interior. An electronic gear selector and fold-flat rear seats delete generations of quirks from GM’s SUV history as well; something many of us are rejoicing.
Aside from the new look, GM is throwing in nearly every piece of technology the company has on these SUVs. There’s over 30 guidance and active safety features, the latest infotainment system and even an optional Air Ride suspension.
GM says the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will launch in mid-2020.