Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe: Loaded More Than Ever

2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

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The Chevrolet Silverado recently received a complete overhaul from Chevrolet which has resulted in a much more well-rounded product that has certainly impressed us and the majority of the consumers. This overhaul has also trickled down to its sibling SUVs in the form of the Suburban and the Tahoe that have seen changes that are a welcome change and much more. These big brute SUV’s are the bread and butter of General Motors and were long due to a refresh since the competition had gone much more aggressive. The Tahoe and Suburban now are able to distinguish itself from the Silverado 1500 since they have finally ditched the archaic live axle suspension setup in the rear for a much more modern independent rear multi-link suspension setup with coil springs which is not only going to provide a plusher and more compliant ride for the passengers but also open up a ton more interior room in the second and third-row seats coupled with even more cargo room. There is also a list of suspension upgrades available with the most notable being magnetorheological dampers and air springs with four inches of height adjustability.

The Tahoe and Suburban have both grown in sizes shrinking down their length difference to just 15 inches while the previous generations featured the Suburban being 20.4 inches longer than the Tahoe. The Tahoe has gained a substantial 4.9 inches to its wheelbase while the Suburban makes do with an increase of 4.1 inches, this increment in sizes for both the SUV’s alongside the IRS has resulted in an additional 11 cubic feet of cargo space and 10-inch increase in the third row of the Tahoe and an additional 2 cubic feet of cargo space coupled with 2.2 inches of additional third-row legroom for the Suburban.

2021 Chevy Suburban
2021 Chevy Tahoe
2021 Chevy Tahoe

The Interior on the Tahoe and Suburban has not only grown in size but has also been restyled and loaded with equipment to put forth a proper fight against its rivals. Both the SUV’s now get a 10-inch touch screen as standard equipment with multiple options such as a Digital Gauge Cluster, Color Heads Up Display and dual 12.6-inch Entertainment Screens for 2nd and 3rd rows. The interior as a whole has also taken a departure from the Silverado line of vehicles which is a relief as even the latest Silverado 1500 is somewhat bland on the inside. The Tahoe and Suburban feature a much more modern-looking dashboard with exclusive HVAC controls, air vents and a unique push-button shifter that are not shared with their pick-up counterpart.

The trims are more or less the same as before with an addition of a top of the line High Country model which features a bigger V8, more equipment, different badging, different grille, and a more luxurious interior. 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe
2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe

A diesel engine has also been thrown into the mix as a new addition which is the same 3-liter inline-six Duramax motor that does its duty on the Silverado. In the SUV siblings, the diesel engine is rated at a healthy 277 bhp and 460 lb-ft of torque while returning a respectable 30 mpg. The Duramax diesel is going to be offered throughout the range for both, the Tahoe and the Suburban except the off-road-focused Z71 trims which will instead have standard off-road equipment in the form of all-wheel drive, all-terrain tires and a skid plate. The standard engines that have been offered with the previous generations of these SUV’s have also been carried forward with additional modern touches in the form of a start-stop system and cylinder deactivation.

It is now quite obvious the GM is coming back to the party in style and with a lot of commotion. Are these updates enough to take over from the likes of the Ford Expedition? Let’s reserve the judgments for some test sessions

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