2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
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.
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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
Transmission:Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed auto
Horsepower @ RPM:355 @ 5600
Torque @ RPM:383 @ 4100
0-60 time:9.2 sec. (Est.)
Top Speed:136 mph (Est.)
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.
|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|
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.
|Headroom (in / mm)||42.8 / 1087|
|Legroom (in / mm)||45.3 / 1150|
|Max cargo room – seats folded (cu ft / L)||94.7 / 2681|
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.
|Fuel delivery:||Direct fuel injection with Active Fuel Management|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): estimated||355 / 250 @ 5600|
|Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): estimated||383 / 519 @ 4100|
|Estimated fuel economy:||TBA|
|Transmission:||Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed auto.|
|Final drive ratio:||3.42|
Suspension and Brakes
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.
|2015 Tahoe (2wd)||LS - $45,890||LT - $50,995||LTZ - $59,995|
|2015 Tahoe (4wd)||LS - $48,890||LT - $53,995||LTZ - $62,995|
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.
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.
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.