Chevrolet’s forthcoming 2020 Tahoe SUV, which is expected to kick off an all-new generation for the popular full-size SUV model range, has been spotted running around with quad tailpipes. Assuming the exhaust system reaches production, which it likely will, it would be the first factory quad-tip exhaust ever offered on the Chevrolet Tahoe range.
You can see the quadruplicity of exhaust outlets for yourself in the spy photograph at the top of this page.
We’re unsure exactly which trim level appeared on camera there, but worth noting is that apparently not all 2020 Tahoe models will feature a quad-tip exhaust system. Case in point: spy photographers this month captured a few photos of one model variant with a single-outlet exhaust. Pictured below, we believe this other exhaust system could belong to the 2020 Tahoe RST, or perhaps, a model variant powered by GM’s new 2.7-liter I4 turbo L3B engine.
Looking at that single-outlet exhaust, it’s pretty plain to see that it’s not production-ready. If it were, we’d be inclined to believe it most certainly belongs to a 2.7L-powered version of the 2020 Tahoe, as there’s no way Chevrolet would put a single-tip system on its RST given the greater exhaust-scavenging requirements of its V8 engines and its penchant for stylishness.
GM’s new 2.7L turbo I4 hasn’t been confirmed for the next Tahoe, but in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the all-new mill produces as much as 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, suggesting it ought to be perfectly sufficient to motivate the full-size SUV.
But why the adoption of quad-tip exhaust on some 2020 Tahoe models? It could be largely an aesthetic choice. The all-new, 2018 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator have emerged as genuinely competitive products in a market segment previously dominated by General Motors, meaning the Detroit-based automaker has to move the bar in just about every measure to remain top dog. This includes ride and handling, powertrain, and yes, styling.
Or, it could be indicative of what’s under the hood of the specific 2020 Tahoe shown in the photographs. While GM’s 6.2-liter V8 EcoTec3 L86 engine waited a few model years before joining the current Tahoe range in the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST, it’s possible a 6.2L – probably the EcoTec3 L87 V8 – could be available in the all-new Tahoe from launch.
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