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2021 Tahoe review

by Katrina Hapner, contributing write for Telegraph Local

For 2021 Chevy has released a new version of an already superb vehicle, the Tahoe.  This improved chassis has a fresh new, larger and more modern body, expanded third row seating, and larger cargo area.  New for 2021 is a first for Tahoe, an independent rear suspension. This was done to allow that Tahoe to compete with rivals such as the Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition.  There is also a smorgasbord of the newest tech, and the option to chose a diesel engine.  According to Car and Driver, prices for 2021 have not been stated as of yet, but the different models are expected to be slightly higher than years past.

The powerful V-8 engine that has been standard for Tahoe continues for the newest offering, but also adding an option for the 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine.  As is normal for the Tahoe, it still boasts a 10-speed automatic transmission, rear or all wheel drive, and adjustable air suspension.  The 2021 model has a larger interior, 10 inches of extra leg room in the third row, and 28 cubic feet more cargo area than the outgoing model.  Loaded with every tech imaginable, passengers will have the convenience of a 10-inch touchscreen, numerous charging ports, Bose audio, and rear seat with two 12.6 inch screens.  Safety features include forward collision warning and emergency braking as standard, along with available blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. 

The exterior is also quite impressive and seems to mimic some of the design aspects of the 2020 Silverado trucks, including the thin headlights, horizontal split grille, and C-shaped daytime running lights.  There are six different trim packages. The LS and LT will make up most of the market, but there are four other models with very distinct differences.   The RS package has more of a street look with a different looking front fascia, 22-inch wheels, a “black-ice” finish on the grille, black chrome trim, and upgraded seats with contrast stitching.  Z71 has an off-road focus with a more indestructible front fascia for off-roading, and a 4-wheel drive suspension with 2-range transfer case, hill descent control, red tow hooks and 20-inch wheels.

There is also the Premier trim that goes all out with equipment and tech.  It has magnetic ride control, navigation, 8-inch instrument cluster, Bose stereo, lane assist and parking assist.  Brand new for the 2021 Tahoe is the High Country package.  This model has extremely luxurious interior and many more color choices, along with bronze metallic accents that gives it certain kind of elegance not found elsewhere.

According to Kelly Blue Book the Tahoe will go on sale some time mid-2020.  They are built in Arlington, Texas, where Chevy has just expanded a plant there by 1.6 million square feet to improve quality and production of this upgraded vehicle.

The new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will be built where they sell well, in Texas. GM’s Arlington, Texas, assembly plant has been expanded by 1.6 million square feet to improve both the build quality and production efficiency of the new Tahoe and Suburban. The huge plant has received more than $1.4 billion in improvements since 2015. 

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