America’s best-selling full-size SUV gets Chevy’s popular special-edition package

Although not as iconic and long-running as the Suburban, the Chevrolet Tahoe has been one of the company’s most important nameplates in the U.S. ever since it replaced the K5 Blazer in 1992. In its fourth-generation since 2014, the Tahoe shares its underpinning s with the Suburban, Silverado, and Cadillac Escalade, just to name a few, and sports a fresh exterior design, a more modern interior, and Chevy’s latest infotainment system. Under the hood, it comes with a potent 5.3-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and either two- or four-wheel drive. Having received mild upgrades for each new model year, the Tahoe gained Chevy’s already familiar Midnight Package for 2017.

Launched alongside the Suburban Midnight Edition, the Tahoe joins the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox, and Trax as a part of the brand’s Midnight Edition family. This special package debuted back in August 2015 on the Colorado pickup truck and quickly expanded to include no fewer than six different nameplates. The reason for that, according to Chevrolet, is that the Midnight Edition is among its fastest-selling special editions. As America’s best-selling full-size SUV, the Tahoe was also in line to to get Midnight Edition upgrade, and it finally happened for the 2017 model year.

The package is pretty much identical to those offered on other nameplates, adding a "murdered-out" look to the SUV. It’s also available on two trim levels in order to satisfy customers looking for either a large and comfortable people hauler or a more off-road-oriented machine.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Tahoe Midnight Edition.

What makes the Chevrolet Tahoe Midnight Edition special

Much like previous Chevrolets that have received the Midnight Edition treatment, the Tahoe Z71 Midnight includes all of the features offered with the model it is based on. In this case, the Z71 Package adds off-road tuned suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, off-road tubular assist steps, tow hooks, special sill plates, 3.42 axle, and a 2-speed transfer case. The bundle also includes floor mats, hill descent control, high capacity air cleaner, foglamps, and Z71 badging.

The Midnight Edition brings 18-inch black-painted Z71 wheels, roof rack cross rails, black front grille insert, and black Chevrolet “bow-tie” logos front and rear

On top of that, the Midnight Edition brings 18-inch black-painted Z71 wheels, roof rack cross rails, black front grille insert, and black Chevrolet “bow-tie” logos front and rear. The Z71 Midnight Tahoe also comes equipped with Goodyear DuraTrac off-road tires.

Opt to have the Midnight Edition package on the less adventurous LT trim, and you get larger 20-inch black wheels wrapped in all-season tires, black assist steps, and the same roof rack cross rails, and black “bowtie” emblems.

All told, the Midnight Edition takes the off-road-prepped Tahoe Z71 to a new level by giving it a more menacing stance. Pricing is not yet available, but based on other Midnight Edition vehicles, the bundle should add at least $2,000 to the sticker. Expect the SUV to start from around $51,000. Sales will commence in late 2016.

Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 here.

Press Release

Chevrolet announced that it is expanding its popular specialty models to include Midnight Editions of its segment-defining Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs.

With years of heritage to build on, Chevrolet continues to forge ahead in sales and share with these two storied full-size SUV entries. Tahoe retail sales are currently up 18 percent compared to 2015, while Suburban sales are up 30 percent compared to 2015. Market share for Suburban and Tahoe has risen a combined 3.6 percent this year, and Chevrolet continues to lead the segment.*

Together, these two vehicles represent about 50 percent of all full-size SUVs sold in the U.S.

The News
The Suburban and Tahoe join the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox and Trax as part of the growing portfolio of Chevrolet Midnight Edition vehicles, among the fastest-selling of Chevrolet’s special editions.

These two iconic vehicles were natural candidates for the special edition treatment due to their lineage and importance to the Chevrolet brand – Tahoe is the best-selling full-size SUV in America and Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history since the vehicle’s inception in 1935.

Product Details
The Midnight Edition Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs are offered in two distinct variants, the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package. All Midnight Edition vehicles are finished exclusively in black.

The Z71 Midnight includes all of the features found on the Z71 Package including off-road tuned suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, off-road tubular assist steps, fog lamps, tow hooks, sill plates, 3.42 axle, 2-speed transfer case, floor mats, hill descent control, high capacity air cleaner, Z71 badging and more. The Midnight Edition adds 18” black-painted Z71 wheels, roof rack cross rails, black grille insert, and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos. The Z71 Midnight Tahoe also comes equipped with aggressive Goodyear DuraTrac off-road tires.

The LT Midnight includes all of the features found on both the LT trim levels of Suburban and Tahoe and adds 20” black wheels, all-season tires, roof rack cross rails, black assist steps and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos.

Quotable
“Our SUV customers have shown a considerable appetite for specialty vehicles,” said Mike Weidman, marketing and advertising manager, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. “The Midnight Editions allow us to further deliver on the premium expectation that our customers already have for these class-leading full-size SUVs.”

On Sale
Late 2016

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