General Motors unveiled its new line of full size SUVs that include the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and longer Suburban.
The first noticeable feature of both the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban is that they look nothing like the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. In a break from what has become an auto industry trend, these SUVs don’t share any sheet metal with their pickup truck relative.
What the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban do share with the Silverado is the 355-horsepower, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 L83 engine with direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. Paired with a Hydra-Matic 6L80, 6-speed automatic transmission, the combination is reported to be more fuel efficient. However, no official EPA fuel economy figures have been made public. Stopping the pair of SUVs is now managed by a four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife brake rotors that promise up to double the lifespan of the current SUV brake rotors.
A welcome improvement in the interior is that it’s no longer required manhandle the third row seats. Power fold-flat third-row seats are standard on both the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban. A power-folding second row of seats is optional. There’s a retractable rear-view, panoramic mirror hidden in the ceiling-mounted storage compartments that provides a view of the entire rear of the vehicles, as well as out the side and rear windows.
There are a host of new features, but of special note are that the 2015 Tahoe and 2015 Suburban have the latest MyLink infotainment suite with optional navigation, and noticeably higher-quality interior trim. There are also up to six USB ports and six power outlets, including a 110-volt three-prong outlet, to support electronic devices of all kinds. In the Suburban there’s a rear seat entertainment system with dual screens and Blu-ray playback DVD player.
General Motors addressed the high theft rates of the Tahoe and Suburban in the 2015 model as well, adding extra security measures, such as window break in sensors, as well as vertical movement sensors that will activate before the vehicle has even left the ground. Along with sounding the alarm, the sensors also shut down key control systems, making it virtually impossible to start or move the vehicle.
2015 Tahoes and Suburbans will be arriving at dealerships in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2014.
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