The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are a huge improvement over the outgoing K2XX platform versions of the vehicles, introducing a completely redesigned exterior and interior, a new independent rear suspension setup and other major changes. One thing that won’t change is where the SUVs are built, though, with General Motors’ Arlington Assembly plant in Texas building all 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban variants, along with the upcoming T1 platform GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.
GM invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington Assembly prior to the start of production of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, adding a new, 1-million-square-foot body shop, a 600,000-square-foot expansion of the paint shop and new camera laser-based inspection systems for more stringent quality checks. New assembly line robots were also installed. These upgrades will not only ensure the new SUVs are made to a high standard, but will also help increase flexibility at the plant and allow GM to build more model variants of each vehicle – like the new High Country trim-level for the Tahoe and Suburban, for example.
“More than the physical changes, the Arlington upgrades increase assembly flexibility in the plant, allowing for more model and trim variations,” plant manager Bill Kulhanek said. “That means more choices for customers. In fact, the trim range for Tahoe and Suburban expands to six, with distinct designs and features on each.”
GM also revamped Arlington Assembly in 2013, when the K2XX vehicles were entering production, as part of a $200 million investment. The plant has over 5.75 million square feet of total area and employs more than 4,800 hourly and salaried personnel. It also runs off of wind energy and is among the top 100 largest green power users in the United States.
The automaker put together a brief video showing the assembly process for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban at Arlington Assembly. The video shoes the entire production process, from body panel stamping to body welding, general assembly, engine installation, body-frame marriage and final assembly. If you’ve ever wondered how these big SUVs are made, you won’t want to miss the clip. Check it out embedded down below.