2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

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The first-generation Chevrolet Tahoe hit the market back in 1995, and up to this point, the model went through three generations. The model came as a replacement of the old full-size Blazer, but was little more than the Blazer with a new set of badges.

Over the years the SUVs offered by General Motors have enjoyed great success, so it’s no mystery as to why GM just kept them going with little revision. For example, back in 2012 Chevrolet sold more than 170,000 Tahoe models, and in the first quarter of 2013, sales jumped by an additional 16 percent. Apparently, Chevy wants to improve upon its sales numbers, as it has completely revised the Tahoe for the 2015 model year.

The model launched today marks the SUV ’s in its fourth generation, and it adds even more functionality, greater refinement, new safety features and an increased range of advanced technologies. For the new generation, Chevrolet is also adding in a direct-injected EcoTec3 engine that delivers better fuel economy and more power.

Updated 03/05/2014: Chevrolet announced today prices for the 2015 Tahoe which will go on sale later this spring. Prices for the 2015 Tahoe start at $45,890, including $995 destination freight charge.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Exterior

Chevrolet Tahoe

For the 2015 model year the new Tahoe received a more refined exterior design. Up front, the model receives a standard chrome, dual-port grille and projector-beam headlights. Depending on the model, buyers can also opt for high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, and light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps. There is also a new hood made from aluminum — a major contribution to reducing the car’s overall mass. On the side, you will notice new inlaid doors — a feature that significantly improves the quietness of the cabin.

Exterior Dimensions:

Wheelbase (in / mm):116 / 2946
Overall length (in / mm):204 / 5181
Overall width (in / mm):80.5 / 2044
Overall height (in / mm)74.4 / 1889

Interior

Chevrolet Tahoe

For the interior Chevrolet is offering new, premium material, enhanced ergonomics and an extra 2 inches of legroom for the second-row passengers. All models come with a new instrument panel with an available 8-inch color touchscreen radio and a secured storage bin behind the motorized screen. Buyers can also upt for up to 12 charging locations and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom (in / mm)42.8 / 1087
Legroom (in / mm)45.3 / 1150
Max cargo room – seats folded (cu ft / L)94.7 / 2681

Drivetrain

Chevrolet Tahoe

Under its hood, the 2015 Tahoe gets a standard 5.3-liter, EcoTec3 V-8 engine that delivers an estimated 355 horsepower and a peak torque of 383 pound-feet available from 4,100 rpm — a boost of 35 horsepower and 48 pound-feet of torque. The engine receives improved mounts, electronic throttle control, a new adaptive exhaust systems and Active Fuel Management. All these changes helped improve the Tahoe’s fuel economy, but the EPA hasn’t had a chance to officially rate it yet. We expect to see ratings around 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.

The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, featuring TapShift control, Tow/Haul mode and Auto Grade Braking.

EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 FlexFuel (L83)
Fuel delivery:Direct fuel injection with Active Fuel Management
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): estimated355 / 250 @ 5600
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): estimated383 / 519 @ 4100
Estimated fuel economy:TBA
Transmission:Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed auto.
Final drive ratio:3.42

Suspension and Brakes

Chevrolet Tahoe

All the 2015 models received a stronger frame and a wider rear track , which help deliver an improved driving experience all around. The Yukon will be offered with standard 18-inch wheels as standard, with 20- and 22-inch wheels available as an option.

On the LTZ trim level, Chevy offers the third-generation magnetic ride control, while the entire Tahoe lineup receives a new, electric variable-assist power steering system that enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed.

The entire Tahoe lineup will come standard with a four-wheel disc-brake system that includes new Duralife rotors. Chevy claims that these new rotors not only have double the service life, but that they also give the brake pedal a surer feel.

Prices

2015 Tahoe (2wd)LS - $45,890LT - $50,995LTZ - $59,995
2015 Tahoe (4wd)LS - $48,890LT - $53,995LTZ - $62,995

Competitor

Toyota Sequoia

Toyota Sequoia

Chevrolet was smart enough to lightly update its SUVs pretty much every year, which is what has kept the Tahoe a leader on the market. The Sequoia is the anti-Tahoe in this case, as it hasn’t received any updates since 2008. The model retains the usual iForce 5.7-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 381 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 401 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. Of course, with this output the Sequoia is a more powerful SUV than the Tahoe, but it looks this feature was not enough to steal the customers from Tahoe.

Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada

A model that also remained pretty much unchanged over the years is the Armada. The current model was launched in 2004 and the only update was announced in 2008, when it received a new front fascia and an upgraded cabin. The Armada is powered by a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. The engine is combined with an advanced five-speed automatic transmission, heavy-duty fully boxed ladder frame and comfortable double-wishbone suspension.

Conclusion

Chevrolet Tahoe

Taking a look at its sales you would believe that the Tahoe didn’t really need an, but its design was getting up there in age, and Chevrolet wants to keep the model fresh and successful, so here we are with the all-new Tahoe. With a new look, more power and improved fuel economy, the new Tahoe is bound to continue to build upon its success.

LOVE IT
  • Finally, a new look for the aging Tahoe
  • Borrowed more power from its Silverado cousin
  • New tech and better fuel economy
LEAVE IT
  • Why does the Yukon get the 6.2-liter, 420-horsepower V-8 and not the Tahoe?
  • Likely to see a decent price increase
  • Towing didn’t increase at all.

Press Release

Chevrolet today introduced the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban – all-new versions of the industry’s best-selling duo of full-size SUVs. They offer more functionality, greater refinement, new safety features and an increased range of advanced technologies to appeal to two distinct customer groups who want the unique combination of features only Tahoe and Suburban provide.

Chevrolet Tahoe

All-new styling advances the Tahoe and Suburban’s design, which contributes to a quieter ride. A more-efficient, direct-injected EcoTec3 powertrain coupled with improved aerodynamics help offer greater estimated highway fuel economy based on GM testing while preserving overall performance and capability. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.

“There are several new features and enhancements at the core of the all-new 2015 Suburban and Tahoe that will extend the legacy Chevrolet has built as the segment leader,” said Tim Mahoney, Chevrolet global chief marketing officer. “Customers will experience greater refinement, efficiency and safety with the same capability that has made Chevrolet the go-to brand for full-size SUVs.”

With more than 117,000 sold in 2012 and sales up more than 16 percent for the first six months of 2013 over last year. Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs continue to play an important role in the brand’s success and General Motors’ profitability. Introduced in 1935, the Suburban is the segment’s founder and the industry’s oldest continuously available nameplate, while Tahoe is the segment’s sales leader.

“The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will continue to be dominant forces in the marketplace and provide great value for our customers, Chevrolet and General Motors," said Dan Ammann, GM executive vice president and CFO. "This is an important and profitable segment and we have set the bar high to ensure we provide our customers with great quality and performance they expect and deserve."

Chevrolet Tahoe

The all-new 2015 Suburban represents the 80th anniversary and 12th generation of the original SUV. This generation has been designed for today’s active families needing space for everyone and everything. Suburban continues to offer legendary roominess, unmatched functionality, connectivity and first-class amenities.

New functionality and technology features found on both vehicles for 2015 include:

Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo convenience – including an available power-folding feature
Approximately two inches greater legroom for second-row passengers, along with easier entry/exit
Available eight-inch color touch screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity
Up to six USB ports and six power outlets – including a 110-volt three-prong outlet – to support electronic devices of all kinds (up to 12 charging locations)
Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens (Suburban only) and Blu-ray DVD player
Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats
Keyless entry and push-button start.

360 degrees of safety

Chevrolet Tahoe

Tahoe and Suburban incorporate new technologies – including radar – that contributes to 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.

Both vehicles also offer the segment’s only front-seat center air bag (bucket-seat models), which is engineered to provide 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’s full-size SUVs have also been designed with greater security features to thwart theft attempts, including available window break in or glass-break, vertical-movement and interior movement sensors. Along with triggering the vehicles’ alarm systems, some of the features shut down key control systems to make it almost impossible to start or move them.

Contemporary designs
The exterior designs of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are more refined and precisely sculpted. Not a single exterior sheet metal panel or lighting element is shared with Chevrolet’s full-size pick-ups.

“The designs of the all-new Tahoe and Suburban reflect their greater functionality, technology and refinement, forging a new presence for Chevrolet SUVs that’s conveyed with unmistakable brand heritage,” said Ken Parkinson, executive director of design.

Chevrolet Tahoe

New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly improving the quietness of the interior cabin and contributing to improved aerodynamics – an attribute that helps the vehicles slip through the air on the highway with less drag for greater efficiency. Lightweight aluminum hood and lift gate panels also enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass.

Projector-beam headlamps flank the Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille – chrome on all models – and sweep into the front fenders. high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lamps are included on the up level LTZ model.

Inside, premium materials and enhanced ergonomics demonstrate the Tahoe and Suburban’s blend of sophistication, craftsmanship and function. A new instrument panel houses an available eight-inch color touch screen radio with a secured storage bin behind the motorized screen. The compartmentalized center console is large enough to store a laptop or iPad.

First-class comfort, unmatched capability and rewarding driving experience
The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are engineered to deliver the customer a quieter, more-controlled ride and improved steering and braking feel. It all starts on a stronger, fully boxed, perimeter frame, which supports payload and trailering capability that body-frame-integral crossovers and SUVs can’t match. The all-new Tahoe will offer today’s customers the capability of a truck and the amenities of a luxury vehicle.

The driving experience of the new SUVs is further enhanced with:

A stronger frame and a wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
LTZ models include third-generation magnetic ride control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by “reading” the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds.
Eighteen-inch standard wheels that are a half-inch wider, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance. Twenty- and 22-inch wheels are available.
New, electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed.
New four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, along with brake pedal revisions that improve pedal feel for stronger-feeling, more-confident braking performance.

EcoTec3 powertrain
Tahoe and Suburban’s standard 5.3L V-8 feature state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.

Improved engine mounts, electronic throttle control, adaptive exhaust systems, improved aerodynamics and other technologies help the engines operate in four-cylinder mode more often with Active Fuel Management, further increasing efficiency.

Chevrolet Tahoe

The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, featuring TapShift control, Tow/Haul mode and Auto Grade Braking.

The new Tahoe and Suburban will be built at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly plant. Both vehicles are scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2014.


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