2021 Chevrolet Tahoe: A Full Size SUV Poised to Pack Big Changes
With the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe on its way, it’s a good time to reflect on the market it helped define. There’s no denying the forward-marching charge of America’s love for the Sports-Utility Vehicle (or SUV).
In recent years, the concept of a “truck” for mainstream Americans has fizzled down to a reduced size. This resulted in vehicles such as the Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox and Toyota RAV-4. Alas, the underlying sentiment is still in play: More people – whether they’re single, married or with/without children – prefer these automobiles over the once-reigning midsize sedan…
So much so that many automotive journalists have already predicted the death of the four-door segment, even though stalwarts like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry soldier on.
Enter the up-and-coming 2021 model year Chevrolet Tahoe. The GM bowtie division’s large SUV poised to pack something of a large punch when it arrives in showrooms. A “radically different” suspension setup leads a pack of features said to help the vehicle in its supremacy battle with arch rival Ford Expedition. Expect fully-revealed elements to come at the tail end of this year prior to the Tahoe arriving as a 2021 model. Chevy’s new Tahoe will take advantage of GM’s new T1 truck platform. The Tahoe is also switching to an independent rear suspension. We predict improved ride, handling and increased interior passenger/cargo space.
What We Can Expect From the 2021 Chevy Tahoe
Often referred to as stablemate Silverado’s “uptown cousin,” the Tahoe has become something of a gold standard with regard to American-made SUVs. With the arrival of the 2021 model, large truck enthusiasts are looking forward to the aforementioned switch to an independent rear suspension.
Why is this important? Ride and handling should improve without the solid axle bouncing around under the feet of third-row passengers. Passenger and cargo volume numbers are expected to improve with this new model, as well, a result of the Tahoe’s revised rear suspension.
Under the hood, the 2021 Tahoe is on schedule to offer GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 as well as the corporate 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8s with a 10-speed automatic transmission. There is a strong chance that the Silverado’s new turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four will find its way into the Tahoe’s engine bay. Hybrid powertrains may also feature in the lineup. While eight- and 10-speed transmissions should manage the torque. Rear- and all-wheel-drive will be an option.
What Users Tell Us About the 2021 Chevy Tahoe
If past experiences by Tahoe owners are anything to go by, we can get something of a good idea of what the 2021 model will bring. Indeed, Tahoe owners often refer to the vehicle’s copious power, ease-of-driving characteristics – even when pulling a full load – comforts and reliability. On the “cons” side, Tahoe owners often complain about the truck’s fuel consumption at the fuel pump, but given the size of its engines and configurations, this is something of a regularity in this class.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Versus its Competitors
Other large, imposing SUVs in the 2021 Tahoe’s market include the aforementioned Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, 2021 GMC Yukon and Toyota Land Cruiser/Sequoia. There’s also the 2021 Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango and Cadillac Escalade to consider, though a couple of these – depending on how they’re equipped – thrust their bottom line price into a different bracket.
Despite all its advantages, Chevy’s Tahoe does indeed face some stiff competition, even in the form of intra-division “sales cannibalism” as it’s known in the automotive industry; this would include Chevy’s own Suburban, which offers even more cargo space than the Tahoe, and the Traverse, a good option for those who don’t need body-on-frame capability from their utility vehicle.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Facts
• Safety – Based on reports from previous versions of the Tahoe, the 2021 model is in line to exhibit most of the following characteristics, all of which benefit from such technologies as a rear vision camera, limited slip rear differential, StabiliTrack electronic stability control system and more.
• Fuel Economy – The 2020 Tahoe delivered up to 15 city and 22 highway miles-per-gallon ratings, and the 2021 model is expected to continue in this tradition. According to research, hybrid powertrains may appear on the 2021 Tahoe.
• Interior – It is believed that the new Tahoe’s cabin will receive its own premium look and feel compared with the new Silverado’s somewhat more downgraded interior. What’s more, an improved third-row configuration will add welcomed usability while increased amounts of luxury, comfort and convenience is expected to draw potential buyers away from competing models.
• Exterior – Some models and trim levels of the new Tahoe will receive mega-aggressive-looking quad exhaust pipes, while an all-new exterior is expected to turn heads wherever the truck goes.
• Driving Comfort – As we mentioned earlier, the biggest change in this area for the 2021 Tahoe is expected to be the addition of an independent suspension, complemented by increased amounts of luxury, comfort and convenience, according to GM representatives. The vehicle will also shed some 300 pounds compared to the last generation Tahoe, making it significantly lighter.
• Engine Options – The 2021 Tahoe will offer GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 and the corporate workhorse 5.3/6.2-liter V8s, with a possibility of the Silverado’s turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four joining the fray as well as a hybrid powertrain option.
• Reliability – The Tahoe boasts an above-average predicted reliability rating.
• Type of Vehicle – The Tahoe is a large SUV for individuals and families who place utility above all else.
2021 Chevy Tahoe Price and Expected Release Date
The Tahoe will be revealed this fall and should go on sale shortly after, with a starting price just north of $50,000 like the previous generation model.
After taking all this in, do you believe the all-new 2021 Tahoe will indeed be the SUV worth waiting for? Discuss it here!
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