The next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe is coming – not for the 2020 model year as we had originally thought, but rather for 2021. And in the spirit of anticipating the all-new model, we rendered one of our own.
Granted, we don’t yet know how the all-new Tahoe will look, but spy shots show that its front fascia will be somewhat similar to that of Chevy’s all-new 2019 Silverado RST. Specifically, the Silverado RST wears a slightly different grille design with a monochromatic appearance that’s more in line with the Tahoe character. Hence, that’s why our rendition of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe takes cues from the front end of the Silverado RST, while massaging the fascia slightly for the new Tahoe.
The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe should make its debut in the latter part of the 2019 calendar year, or potentially in the beginning of 2020. It will move to the all-new GM T1 platform that also underpins the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra. The platform move, along with heavy use of aluminum in the swing panels, should result in significant decreases in weight, somewhere in the vicinity of 300 pounds.
The other major upgrade for the 2021 Tahoe is the introduction of an independent rear suspension, which should drastically improve ride quality, especially on uneven road surfaces.
Under the hood, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is expected to be powered by either one of following engines:
- Turbo-charged 2.7L L3B gasoline four-cylinder good for 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque
- Naturally-aspirated 5.3L L84 gasoline eight-cylinder making 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque
The turbo-charged 3.0L I6 LM2 diesel engine and atmospheric 6.2L L87 V8 gasoline might join the lineup at some point during the SUV’s lifecycle. The new GM 10-speed automatic transmission will be utilized across the board.
Chevy will continue offering an extended-length variant of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe as the Chevrolet Suburban, with the two models being identical with the exception in the length department.