All-new Chevrolet 2015 Tahoe and SuburbanEdward Green ▼ | Friday March 14, 2014 6:01PM ET
Both vehicles for 2015 feature fold-flat second- and third-row seats, approximately two inches (5cm) greater legroom for second-row passengers with easier entry/exit, available eight-inch color touch screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity, up to six USB ports and six power outlets, available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens (Suburban only) and Blu-ray DVD player, conversation, and keyless entry and push-button start.
Tahoe and Suburban incorporate new technologies – including radar – that contributes to 360 degrees of crash avoidance and occupant protection. Standard and available features include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Chevrolet's Safety Alert Seat is available and offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats.
Both vehicles also offer the segment's only front-seat center air bag, which is engineered to provide additional protection. New Tahoe and Suburban have also been designed with greater security features to thwart theft attempts, including available window break in or glass-break, vertical-movement and interior movement sensors. Along with triggering the vehicles' alarm systems, some of the features shut down key control systems to make it almost impossible to start or move them.
New SUVs have a stronger frame and a wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance. LTZ models include third-generation magnetic ride control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by reading the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds. Eighteen-inch standard wheels are a half-inch wider, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance. Twenty- and 22-inch wheels are also available.
Tahoe and Suburban's standard 5.3L V-8 feature direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions. Improved engine mounts, electronic throttle control, adaptive exhaust systems, improved aerodynamics and other technologies help the engines operate in four-cylinder mode more often with Active Fuel Management, further increasing efficiency.
The new Tahoe and Suburban are scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2014. The starting price for the 2015 Tahoe is $45,890 and the 2015 Suburban starts at $48,590. ■