Last week, we brought you new spy photos of Chevy’s 2020 Tahoe undergoing testing. Today, we managed to catch up to another prototype that appears to be a variant of sorts of the next-generation Chevrolet full-size SUV.
Unlike other 2020 Tahoe prototypes from before, this one rides on a set of black wheels with bright accents, much like the wheels of the current Tahoe RST (Rally Sport Truck).
Curiously, this particular prototype eschews the double-tipped dual exhaust setup for what looks like a single exhaust on the right side of the rear bumper cover, despite the cover having sufficient room for the double, dual exhaust setup.
Having considered the possibilities, we believe that one of two things can be taking place here.
Possibility 1: Tahoe RST
The first is simply that we are looking at the 2020 Tahoe RST. The reason for the single outlet exhaust treatment is that an exhaust system for this variant was not ready for testing, so it’s running with a placeholder exhaust outlet. Notably, the current Tahoe RST adds the following features:
- 22″ Gloss Black aluminum wheels with custom silver inserts
- Wheel locks
- Front and rear black bowties
- Unique Gloss Black Sport grille with body-color surround
- Body-color door handles and headlamp accents
- Black mirror caps, belt-line moldings and roof rails
- Black nameplate badging
The RST is essentially an appearance package to which customers can add the Tahoe Performance Package that upgrades the engine (from the 5.3L V8 L83 to the 6.2L V8 L86), transmission (from an 8-speed to the 10-speed auto), and a specially-tuned suspension calibration for the Magnetic Ride Control system.
Possibility 2: 2.7L Turbo I-4 Engine
The second possibility is that we’re looking at a variant of the 2020 Tahoe with a different engine than models with the quad exhaust configuration – potentially GM’s new 2.7L Turbo I4 L3B mill. Chevrolet introduced the engine for the 2019 Silverado 1500, where it makes 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque.
If offered on the 2020 Tahoe, it’s possible that the boosted four could breathe out of a less intricate exhaust configuration, such as the single outlet seen here… and that this model is testing with a rear bumper cover that wasn’t designed for a single exhaust treatment.
Stay tuned as we learn more about what this peculiar 2020 Tahoe prototype is truly about.
About Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). It is currently Chevrolet's second-biggest SUV, slotting under the extended-length full-size Chevrolet Suburban. The current model was introduced for the 2015 model year and represents the fourth generation of the Tahoe nameplate. The model rides on the GMT-K2 platform shared with the Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL as well as the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe represents the fourth model year of the fourth-generation Tahoe. The vehicle remains highly competitive in its segment and the 2018 model year brings various improvements, most notably the Tahoe RST appearance package and Tahoe Performance Package with the 6.2L V-8 L86 engine and the new GM 10-speed transmission. The 2019 Chevy Tahoe represents the fifth model year of the fourth-generation Tahoe, and offers up a new exterior color, a new Premier badge on the tailgate, and new color availability for the Tahoe RST as well as the rear-closeout feature. In addition, a new Premier Plus model is introduced and includes the 6.2L V8 L86 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and several premium-level touches.
An all-new, fifth-generation model is expected for the 2020 model year. The vehicle is expected to be based on the new GM T1 platform while delivering an all-new exterior, interior, powertrains, and styling details.
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