Last week, Chevrolet announced the 2018 Chevy Tahoe Rally Sport Truck (RST), an exterior appearance package that brings features like blacked-out and body-color exterior accents and unique 22-inch wheels, giving the full-size SUV a sporty appearance. Meanwhile, the optional 2018 Tahoe Performance Package builds on the Tahoe RST by delivering a more powerful engine, 10-speed transmission, and specially-tuned shocks. One would think that the 2018 Chevy Suburban would offer the same equipment, but it won’t.
Instead, the Tahoe’s longer twin will only offer the RST appearance package, and not the Performance Package, meaning that the 2018 Suburban goes without the 6.2L L86 V-8, 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission, or the specially-tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
Rather, the Chevy Suburban RST offers the following exterior enhancements:
- Body-color trim work, including:
- Body-color grille surround
- Body-color door handles
- Black trim pieces, including:
- Gloss-black grille
- Gloss-black mirror caps
- Black roof rails
- Black window trim
- Black nameplate badging
- Black Chevy bowties
- Exclusive 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone P285/45R 22 tires
The Suburban RST also offers two optional features: a performance exhaust system from Borla, which delivers a 28 percent improvement in exhaust flow for a 7-10-horsepower gain at the rear wheels, as well as an optional brake package that includes Brembo six-piston, fixed aluminum calipers biting down onto large 410 mm x 32 mm (16.1 inch x 1.3 inch) GM Duralife rotors. The brake setup results in an 84 percent increase in brake pad area and a 42 percent increase in rotor area, increasing system thermal capacity.
But despite the Performance Pack being a no-go for the 2018 Suburban, we will keeping our fingers crossed for the extended-length full-size SUV to get the 6.2L V-8 and 10-speed gearbox, both of which could very well find their way into the biggest Chevrolet via a different kind of package.