Posted: September 13, 2013
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe And Suburban Revealed
A close look at the features and design of the new 2015 Chevrolet SUVs.By TTM Staff
Chevrolet released new information about its 2015 Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. With more than 117,000 sold in 2012 and sales of these vehicles are up more than 16 percent for the first six months of 2013 over last year. The Suburban is also celebrating its 80th anniversary, and the launch of the 12th generation of this SUV comes at a time when the vehicle is designed to maintain it's stature within the market, but with greater refinement, a quieter cabin, more fuel efficiency, and excellent towing capacities.
The interior of the 2015 Suburan and Tahoe features a fold flat second and third-row seats that enhance cargo convenience. A power folding features is optional. The SUVs now have approximately two inches more leg room for second row passengers and more room to enter and exit the vehicles. The vehicles have an available eight-inch color touch screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity, and with six USB ports and six power outlets – including a 110-volt three-prong outlet, this SUV can handle any electronic device you and your kids can take along on the drive. Only the Suburban comes with an available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens and Blu-ray DVD player.
The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban also have a list of many standard safety features that offer 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. In addition, Chevrolet offers the segment’s only front-seat center air bag ( on bucket-seat models), which provides additional protection for drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.
Chevrolet also added some security featurse to the Tahoe and Suburban. These include new window break-in or glass-break sensors, as well as vertical-movement and interior movement sensors. Along with triggering the vehicles’ alarm systems, some of the features shut down important control systems to make it almost impossible to start or move the vehicles.
Obviously the style changes to the Tahoe and Suburban offer some modern updates. Unlike previous models, the Tahoe and Suburban share nothing with their pickup truck sibling's sheet-metal. New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings to provide better aerodynamics and less wind noise. A lightweight aluminum hood and lift gate panels also enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass. Projector-beam headlamps are standard, while high-intensity discharge headlamps, and light-emitting diode daytime running lamps are included on the up level LTZ model.
The Tahoe and Suburban were also designed to ride smoother, yet maintain excellent capabilities. The LTZ models include third-generation magnetic ride control that dampens the ride and delivers more precise body motion control. Eighteen-inch standard wheels are a half-inch wider than previous models, to reduce tire flex for improved cornering performance. Both 20 and 22-inch wheels are also available.
A new, electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed. In addition, a new four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors provide up to double the service life, along with brake pedal revisions that improve pedal feel for stronger-feeling, more-confident braking performance.
Both SUVs come with the 5.3L V8 standard. Making 350 horsepower and 383 lbs.-ft. of torque allow it to have excellent power, without compromising fuel efficiency. The engine features direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing, and an advanced combustion system that combined, keep the power and torque in the best RPM operating range. The engine uses GM's Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, that has TapShift control, a Tow/Haul mode, and Auto Grade Braking.
In the past, the Tahoe's and Suburban's capabilities are what have kept these vehicles at the top of their class. The 2015 models keep with that tradition. The Tahoe has a maximum tow rating of 8,500 lbs. in 2wd models, and 8,300 lbs in 4wd models. The Suburban has an 8,300 lbs. capacity in 2wd and an 8,000 lbs. capacity in 4wd models.
For more information on the new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban, visit www.chevrolet.com.
The Tahoe and Suburban, (shown here), feature more aerodynamic styling and do not share any sheetmetal with the Silveado pickup truck.
Both vehicles feature fold-down second and third row passenger seats for more cargo space. A power option is available.
The Suburban rear cargo area also has extra cargo compartments behind the third row seats.