Earlier in July, we reported that GM was doubling production of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss, following stellar sales for the pickup’s dirt-ready trim level. With demand continuing to increase for off-roader-flavored vehicles, it makes sense that GM would consider spreading some of that Trail Boss gloss to other Chevrolet models, particularly to other segments. As such, we rendered ourselves a Chevrolet Tahoe Trail Boss SUV based on the current 2020 model year.
As of this writing, there’s no indication that GM will actually bring a Chevrolet Tahoe Trail Boss to market. For now, the only model to offer a Trail Boss model variant here in the U.S. is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, although Chevy did recently announce a new Colorado Trail Boss for the international market.
That said, it bears mentioning that Chevy offered a Z71 Trail Boss model for the U.S.-spec Colorado in 2016. That variant was discontinued for the 2017 model year, just when the Colorado ZR2 was announced. What’s more, the now-discontinued U.S.-spec Chevrolet Colorado Trail Boss was mostly an aesthetics upgrade, with new wheels, tires, three-inch rocker steps, black badging, and sport bar with LED lighting.
By contrast, the current Silverado Trail Boss is a much more robust package, offering a two-inch suspension lift, locking rear differential, skid plates, and 18-inch wheels with Duratrac off-road tires.
So what happens when we apply this formula to create a Chevrolet Tahoe Trail Boss? Well, let’s find out.
Up front, our hypothetical Tahoe TB cops a ‘tude thanks to a new blacked-out grille treatment, complete with black Bow Tie badging. The lower fascia adds in red tow hooks, while the air dam was trimmed back a bit to accommodate a more aggressive approach angle.
The profile gains new Trail Boss badging on the front doors, as well as a red pinstripe decal stretching from tip to tail. This latter bit is subtle, but highly effective in highlighting the lifted ride height offered by the new suspension in the Chevrolet Tahoe Trail Boss. Under the fenders, we find new wheels wrapped in terra-grabbing rubber.
Moving into the rear, we find that red stripe curling back into the rear fenders with a C-shaped design, adding extra boxiness to the squared-off rear end. The plethora of black styling elements, including the badges, nameplate, bumper protector, and tail lamp surrounds do well to complement the black wheels and black window trim.
Indeed, with GMC ramping up its AT4 variant offerings across the entirety of its model line (minus the GMC Savana), it’s not entirely out of line to consider a possible Chevrolet Tahoe Trail Boss model as well. If such a thing were to become a reality, we would expect it to arrive with the 2021 model year, when the Tahoe is slated to receive an overhaul as part of the an all-new generation on the GM T1 platform.