SUV King? Chevy Debuts 2021 Tahoe & Suburban with IRS, Duramax Diesel Option & More
While it may seem like every car company on earth is trying to come out with as many new SUVs and crossovers as they can, the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe are two of the most legendary models in the segment and it's a big deal whenever Chevy releases a new version of them.
And with the upcoming 2021 versions, the popular SUVs go heavy on technology with an independent rear suspension, a new diesel engine option and other options aimed at making them the kings of the full size SUV class.
From the outside, the styling on the new Tahoe and Suburban are about what you would expect, combining the boxy profile the two SUVs are known for with fascias and details that share a lot with the recently redesigned Chevy Silverado.
Both models are longer than their outgoing counterparts, with wheelbases stretched by about 4" each. The Tahoe in particular has grown to an overall length that is nearly seven inches longer than the previous version. That of course means improved legroom and improved cargo space over what were already some of the roomiest vehicles one could buy.
Elsewhere, the interiors of both the Tahoe and Suburban get fully redone and loaded up with all of the technology, comfort and safety features that new car buyers have come to expect. That includes a standard 10" infotainment screen and an available 8" digital instrument display.
Beneath the bodywork, both SUVs get a serious reworking with a new multilink independent rear suspension on all models. The off-road oriented Z71 and High Country trims will also have an available air suspension system that can shift the vehicle up to four inches depending on terrain, load or driving conditions.
Under the hood, a 5.3 liter V8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound feet of torque will be the standard engine option, while a larger 6.2 liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque will also be available. Both V8s will feature cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy.
The big addition though, is the new 3.0 liter Duramax inline six turbodiesel engine that will be optional on all models besides the Z71. It's rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque, and Chevy says the diesel option will not only give the Tahoe and Suburban excellent towing capability, it will put them near the top in terms of fuel economy.
In a way, it almost seems unfair to even call the Tahoe and Suburban simple "SUVs" as they've been around since well before the term became commonplace. Whatever you want to call them, these fullsize utility vehicles are extremely important products for Chevy and the new versions look to continue on the tradition of being some of the most capable and comfortable haulers around.
Both the Tahoe and Suburban will be built at GM's Arlington, Texas plant with deliveries expected to begin in the middle of next year. Pricing will be announced closer to that point.
If you'd like to take deeper dive into the new Duramax engine option on the Tahoe and Suburban, you can check out our story right here.