What It Is: The next generation of Chevrolet's truck-based Tahoe SUV. Like its larger sibling the Suburban, the new Tahoe will follow the lead of the new Chevrolet Silverado pickup on which it's based. With the same priorities as before-namely interior space and towing capability-these new full-size SUVs should be refinements of the previous formula, which has proven to generate plenty of sales and plenty of profits for General Motors.
Why It Matters: General Motors essentially owns the big-SUV segment with its wide array of offerings from Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac, but Ford and Lincoln's new Expedition and Navigator are encroaching on this territory. The Tahoe and Suburban need to stay current-and it appears they will be doing so with a new independent rear suspension that should offer improved ride and handling and more space for third-row passengers. The Ford trucks have had this setup for a while, while the current GM trucks feature a live-axle rear suspension setup.
Platform: The new Tahoe will use GM's latest T1XX platform for full-size trucks, as will the Suburban, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
Powertrain: The Silverado offers an idea of the Tahoe's powertrains, meaning updated versions of the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s should remain, along with the possible addition of the Silverado's turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder and possibly the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six that will be introduced in the pickups next year. Eight- and 10-speed automatic transmissions and either rear- or selectable all-wheel-drive will be on the menu as well.
Estimated Arrival and Price: Both the Tahoe and the Suburban are expected to arrive early next year, possibly making debuts at the Detroit auto show in January 2019. The new model will likely remain in the same price range as today's Tahoe, which starts just under $50,000 and ranges up to around $70,000.
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