General Motors unveiled the all-new, next-generation 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban earlier this week, showing off the fresh full-size utilities and providing a glut of interesting specs and info. However, one of the most crucial bits of information, namely tow ratings, was left undiscussed. Unfortunately, that will remain the case, at least for now.
“We are not announcing any towing figures at this time,” said Mike Strickenhouser, GM full size truck vehicle performance manager, in an interview with GM Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, at the vehicle reveal in Detroit earlier this week.
While we have yet to receive official tow ratings for the new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, we can look to the outgoing models for at least a baseline.
For reference, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe offers a max trailering rating of 8,600 pounds when equipped with the Max Trailering package (RPO code NHT), the naturally aspirated 5.3L L83 V8 engine, and 2WD. Meanwhile, the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban offers a max trailering rating of 8,300 pounds when similarly equipped.
It’s also worth noting that the 2020 Ford Expedition has max trailer weight of 6,600 pounds, as well as an independent rear suspension setup. Throw in the optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Towing Package, and that figure jumps to 9,300 pounds.
As for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, both next-gen SUVs are now equipped with a new independent rear suspension setup, which, combined with longer overall exterior dimensions, contribute to higher overall curb weights – an important factor to consider with regard to tongue weight.
Both the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban offer three engine options, including the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8 for lower trims, the naturally aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 higher in the range, and the turbodiesel 3.0L LM2 I6 for the options list. Each engine mates to GM 10-speed automatic transmission.