2021 Chevrolet Suburban Debut
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Debut The evolution of the Chevrolet Suburban and the slightly shorter Tahoe tended to follow suit with the automaker’s full-size lineup of pickup trucks. We’ve got an all-new Silverado for the 2019 model year, and now it’s time for The Chevy’s big SUVs to evolve. Say hello to the new 2021 Suburban and Tahoe.
The obvious update comes with a new SUV suit that relies heavily on Silverado’s controversial style. LED lights are standard front and rear, along with 18-inch wheels (20-inch optional). Both SUVs will offer nine exterior shades at the launch, and if they look a little bigger, it’s because they are.
Suburban’s wheelbase stretched 4.1 inches and 1.3 inches longer overall. Tahoe expands even further – its wheelbase now covers an additional 4.9 inches and the bumper distance grows by 6.7 inches.
Thus, Bow Tie twins don’t ride on the shifting base. In fact, both SUVs are all new under and there are major upgrades in the form of multi-link, independent rear suspension. That’s right, the hard axis is gone and that should translate into a smoother ride for all seven passengers inside.
The company’s Magnetic Ride Control and Air Ride Adaptive Suspension are available options for further ride enhancement, and the new basics also give Tahoe and Suburban Lower Floor height to facilitate downloads. Whether this affects the maximum towing SUV rating is unknown, although the apparent lack of towing statistics from Chevy suggests it could be worse.
The new suspension and stretched wheelbase also translate more space inside. For the shorter Tahoe, the cargo space behind the third row increases by 66 percent. There are 122.9 cubic feet of storage total, and while space in the suburbs has never really been a problem, it gets 19 percent in the back for a total payload capacity of 144.7 cubic feet.
As for passengers, third-row riders in Tahoe get another 10 inches of legroom while commuters get about two extra inches in the second and third rows to stretch. Both models now have sliding second-row seats to facilitate access to the rear as well.
Passengers are getting more technology in the new Bow Tie SUVs as well. As many as five displays are available, including the standard issue of a 10-inch infotainment screen that Chevrolet says is the largest in the segment. An additional digital cluster tool among them, along with a large head-up display and two 12.6-inch LCD displays for rear-seat passengers.
For safety and convenience, 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Debut seeks to wax poetic with about 30 different features but is included in that high number of decades-old staples like airbags and seat belts. There are several modern technologies, however, including the standard issue of automatic emergency braking for all Tahoe/Suburban trim levels. Plenty of cameras, collision warnings, pedestrian alerts front and back, and other updates available, too.
The other big news is under the hood. The familiar 5.3-liter V8 is carried over as a standard engine, still packing the same 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts). The 6.2-liter, 420-hp (313 kW) V8 is also carried as a pre-spec engine. However, the new 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel inline-six joins the list of options, offering approximately 277 hp (207 kW) and 460 lb-ft (623 Newton-meters) of torque.
Regardless of the engine, everything is now connected to the standard 10-speed automatic transmission. Fuel efficiency figures are not available for any of the engine options yet, including diesel.
Prices are not available yet either, but we can tell you that the new High Country model level joins the ranks as the range-topping the finish for the prime edition. Currently, the Suburban Prime model starts at $69,795, so it’s safe to say that the new high country is likely to exceed $70,000.
In 2021 the suburb and Tahoe will have dealers in mid-2020.