The Chevrolet Tahoe is a classic American full-size SUV. Being brand-new for the 2015 model year, GM Authority is keen to checking one out and seeing if the bar was raised. Car and Driver recently had the opportunity to test one of the first ones available to the press, and they left the first drive with some interesting speculations.
Back in November 2013, Chevrolet rolled out a Tahoe Black concept at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. The Tahoe Black concept was lowered on dark gray, 22-inch Chevrolet Accessories wheels, accented by blacked out exterior trim, and tinted windows and headlights, inside, the interior is trimmed in black leather with Carbon Flash Metallic trim accents. C&D is reporting that Chevy spokesman Michael Albano claims they are “developing variants of existing products that appeal to consumers and build on our performance heritage,” with a possible RS trim level that would use the Tahoe Black’s trim pieces but without any bump in horsepower. Any validity to C&D‘s speculation of a Tahoe SS is not supported by Chevrolet.
Before you start to groan at this rumor, let’s pause for a reminder:
- The RS, or Rally Sport, was originally a Camaro trim level that had nothing to do with performance.
- The SS, or Super Sport, was a buckets-and-console package for the Impala, Nova, and Chevelle that didn’t require performance motors. Only starting in 1966 did the Chevelle come standard with a performance motor, but plenty of Chevy Super Sports were tame 283 and 327 cars (and even a six!).
Extra horsepower for the latter won’t be a problem, however, as Chevrolet has a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque that remains untapped for its full-size Chevrolet SUV models.