You may have noticed that the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, and the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban for that matter, look noticeably different from the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. That’s because the SUVs don’t share a single piece of sheet metal with their pickup truck siblings. However, the all-new SUV twins share the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 L83 engine, along with the K2XX full-frame platform underpinnings with the latest Chevrolet truck. With the new powertrain is promised improved fuel economy and refinement, as seen with the new Silverado.
The interior also bears similarity to the 2014 Silverado. Gone are dated dials, the archaic navigation system, and the flimsy materials. The all-new 2015 Tahoe and 2015 Suburban bring the latest MyLink infotainment suite with optional navigation, higher-quality materials, and, perhaps most significantly no longer require the removal of the third row seats.
It took long enough, but power fold-flat second and third-row seats are now found in the new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban. To note, the folding third row is standard on both models, while the power-folding second row is optional. There’s also a retractable panoramic rear-view mirror hidden in the ceiling-mounted storage compartments. Now mom or dad can watch what’s going on more effectively in the back seat, without having to turn around while driving, which would otherwise create a dangerous situation on the road. Plus-one for safety.
Speaking of safety, the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban feature forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. There’s also the patented Safety Alert Seat, which warns drivers with vibrations, rather than a bunch of annoying dings and chimes, as well as a host of other new features:
- 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 playback
- DVD player
- Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats
- Keyless entry and push-button start
Notably, General Motors also took notice of the high theft rates of their prized sport utility vehicles. As such, extra security precautions have been implemented, including available window break in or glass-break sensors, and even vertical-movement and interior sensors that will trigger before the vehicle even lifts off the ground. Along with sounding the alarm, the sensors also shut down key control systems to make it almost impossible to start or move the vehicle.
We can’t say we know what it’s like to drive the all-new 2015 Tahoe or 2015 Suburban, but Chevrolet clarifies that many new elements have been implemented to enhance the experience, including:
- A stronger frame and a wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
- LTZ models feature third-generation magnetic ride control, which can change the damping in just five milliseconds, hardening or softening the ride as the road goes
- 18-inch standard wheels that are a half-inch wider, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance. For those wondering, 20- and 22-inch wheels are available
- A new electric variable-assist power steering system
- 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
Look for the 2015 Tahoe and 2015 Suburban to enter dealerships Q1 2014.