Revealed on December 10th, the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe have been thoroughly redesigned, and received a number of improvements in many areas in order to keep their dominant market share ahead of rivals such as the Ford Expedition, the Nissan Armada and the Toyota Sequoia. In addition, a new adversary, the 2021 Jeep Wagoneer, will hit the market in 2020 as well.
General Motors asked its customers what they would like to see in the next-generation Suburban and Tahoe, and those owners asked for more interior space for rear-seat passengers as well as bigger cargo areas. Chevy acknowledged with 66 percent more luggage room and ten more inches of third-row legroom in the Tahoe, while the Suburban boasts a cargo area expanded by 19 percent.
To achieve these gains, the SUVs inevitably had to grow in size, and as we previously reported, the Suburban and Tahoe will be slightly heavier than the outgoing K2-platform models, according to GM Vice President of Global Product Programs Tim Herrick. The new, multilink independent rear suspension also has an impact on weight compared to the old solid axle with five-link setup. Since the trucks’ unveiling, The General has been the target of criticism from climate groups, as the behemoths likely won’t be any more fuel efficient than the outgoing generation.
Yet, it’s not like GM isn’t trying to keep the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe’s weight down, despite its newfound proportions. As a matter of fact, all of the vehicles’ swing panels – such as the hood, the doors and the liftgate – are made of aluminum. GM Vehicle Performance Manager for full-size trucks, Mike Strickenhouser, confirmed this information to GM Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, following the SUVs’ reveal in Detroit.
The previous-generation Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe also sported aluminum hoods and liftgates, and by adding doors stamped in the lightweight material, the new SUVs shouldn’t break the scale despite their weight gain.
Actually, pretty much all full-size SUVs are heavyweights, and GM’s mainstream models – which also include the GMC Yukon and extended-wheelbase Yukon XL – aren’t the portliest of the bunch.
|Chevrolet Tahoe (2020)||5355 lbs.||5602 lbs.|
|Chevrolet Suburban (2020)||5586 lbs.||5808 lbs.|
|GMC Yukon (2020)||5379 lbs.||5626 lbs.|
|GMC Yukon XL (2020)||5610 lbs.||5846 lbs.|
|Ford Expedition||5368 lbs.||5623 lbs.|
|Ford Expedition Max||5534 lbs.||5794 lbs.|
|Nissan Armada||5577 lbs.||5824 lbs.|
|Toyota Sequoia||5730 lbs.||5985 lbs.|
Simply put, if GM hadn’t resorted to aluminum for all the swing panels on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, these SUVs would be even heavier.