The Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV receives various updates and changes for the 2017 model year, which represents the third model year of the current fourth generation model.
Note: the changes and updates to the 2017 Tahoe mirror those of its larger twin brother — the 2017 Chevy Suburban.
As with previous models of the K2 platformed model, the 2017 Tahoe continues to be available in two models and three trim levels:
- 2WD (CC15706)
- 4WD (CK15706)
- LS (1LS)
- LT (1LT)
- Premier (1LZ)
First and foremost: the LTZ trim level name is being fully replaced by Premier — Chevy’s new range-topping trim. But the change is in name only, as the new Premier trim level inherits all of the features, equipment, and options from the Tahoe LTZ, without becoming any more
premier premium. The 2017 Tahoe’s trim level changes are rounded out by the removal of the LS badge from the exterior of the LS trim.
On the outside, the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe doesn’t see any styling changes or updates with the exception of new colors, wheels, (aforementioned) badges and roof rails:
- Slate Grey Metallic
- Sable Metallic
- Green Envy Metallic
- Brownstone Metallic
- Blue Velvet Metallic
- Pepperdust Metallic
Two new 22-inch wheel choices are added to the 2017 Chevy Tahoe lineup:
- 22-inch Ultra Bright machined aluminum wheels with Bright Silver finish available exclusively on the Premier (1LZ) trim
- 22-inch, 7-spoke Silver wheels with Chrome inserts available on all trims
Another set of 22-inch premium painted wheels with chrome inserts become available on 1LT (LT) and 1LZ (Premium) trim levels of the 2017 Tahoe, but they will not be available at the start of production.
In addition, black roof rack cross rails are added to the Texas Edition Package and All-Season Package and front active aero shutters are incorporated as a standard feature across all 2017 Tahoe trim levels. The shutters are designed to improve aerodynamics by closing automatically during high-speed driving and opening when the engine needs more air for cooling purposes. To note, the active shutters are not visible from the outside of the vehicle.
The remaining updates and changes to the 2017 Tahoe are to its in-vehicle technology:
- The heated and cooled seats are replaced with heated and vented seats on the Premier (1LZ) trim level
- The MyLink infotainment systems (IO5 and IO6) gets these new features and changes:
- Pandora is removed as an embedded app
- Teen Driver feature is added
- App Shop is added
- Rear Seat Reminder customization added
- Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking is included with Enhanced Driver Alert Package on the 1LS trim. The feature is standard on LT (1LT) and on Premier (1LZ) trim levels when Adaptive Cruise Control is not ordered.
- The Rear Seat Entertainment System is overhauled:
- RCA audio/video jacks and SD card slot are removed
- New video voiceover feature for the visually and hearing impaired
- HDMI/MHL connector added to attach devices to project on the in-vehicle screens
- Digital headphones added, while the previous rear seat accessory headphones are deleted
- The in-vehicle Wi-Fi system now allows devices to wirelessly project onto the vehicle’s screens using Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology. Only one device can wirelessly project at a time.
- 2nd USB port with capability of charging up to 2.1-amp (such as for an Apple iPad) is added to the back of console
Those hoping that the 2017 Tahoe would offer GM’s 6.2L L86 V8 engine and 8-speed 8L90 transmission (like some of us here at GM Authority) will be disappointed to find out that the options are not in the cards… at least for the 2017 model year. Alas, the Tahoe continues on with the lesser 5.3L L83 V8 and now-archaic 6-speed automatic transmission.
Also not in the cards is GM’s highly-acclaimed rear camera mirror that’s being added to the Tahoe’s Cadillac platform mate — the 2017 Escalade and 2017 Escalade ESV, though we can understand the Cadillac exclusivity for this particular feature.
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Following are GM’s official RPO-level changes to the 2017 Chevy Tahoe:
- (G1C) Slate Grey Metallic exterior color
- (G7U) Sable Metallic exterior color
- (GC8) Green Envy Metallic exterior color
- (GWX) Brownstone Metallic exterior color
- (S1V) LPO, Rear seat headphones
- RCA audio/video jacks and SD card slot when equipped with (U42) rear sear entertainment system
- Pandora removed as an embedded app within the (IO5) and (IO6) audio systems
- (G1M) Blue Velvet Metallic exterior color
- (GMU) Pepperdust Metallic exterior color
- (UHY) Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. Included with (PCW) Enhanced Driver Alert Package on 1LS; standard on 1LT and on 1LZ when (Y66) Adaptive Cruise Control is not ordered
- (SIY) 22″ Ultra Bright machined aluminum wheels with Bright Silver finish (available on 1LZ)
- (RXN) LPO, 22″ 7-spoke Silver wheels with Chrome inserts (available on all trims)
- (TDM) Teen Driver enabled on (IO5) and (IO6) audio systems
- If equipped with (U42) rear seat entertainment system, new video voiceover feature to benefit the visually and hearing impaired
- Front active aero shutters (standard on all trims)
- “Premier” badge replaces “LTZ” badge
- “LS” badge removed from exterior of LS trim
- (KQV) Heat/vented seats replace (KB6) heated/cooled seats on 1LZ trim
- (IO5) and (IO6) audio systems add Shop and Rear Seat Reminder customization
- (U42) Rear Seat Entertainment upgrades, adding:
- HDMI/MHL connector to attach devices to project on the in-vehicle screens
- Digital headphones
- Wi-Fi allows devices to wirelessly project onto their vehicle screens on the in-vehicle screens through Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) (can only wirelessly project from one device at a time)
- 2nd USB on back of console, with capability of charging up to 2.1-amp for an iPad
- MyLink start up animation change on (IO5) and (IO6) audio system screen
- (SGF) 22″ premium painted wheels with Chrome inserts now available on 1LT and 1LZ (not available at Start of Production)
- (PDA) Texas Edition Package and (PDP) All-Season Package now also includes (VQQ) Black roof rack cross rails, LPO.
Download the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe order guide (PDF format).