The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is here, dropping in a joint debut alongside the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban earlier last month. The latest next-gen SUV is offered in six different trim levels, including the new RST, which returns to offer up a performance flavor and aesthetic thanks to a variety of styling upgrades, all of which help the Tahoe stand out from the crowd while prowling the streets – as captured here in the following Live Photo Gallery.
One of the RST’s big ticket items are the standard 22-inch wheels, which are a massive upgrade over the 18-inch wheels equipped as standard on LS and LT models. The 22-inchers also outsize the 20-inch wheels equipped on Premier and Z71 trim levels. Beyond the RST, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country is the only next-gen Tahoe trim level equipped with 22-inch wheels as standard.
In addition to new rollers, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST gets a “street-inspired” body design thanks to a unique front fascia. The new fascia arrives with a black ice finish for the grille. There’s also complementary black and black-chrome exterior trim found elsewhere on the body.
Inside, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST stands out thanks to RST-specific seats featuring contrast-color stitching. The cabin also gets a 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information center display as standard. What’s more, RST models come with all the same content as LT models.
Under the hood, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST is equipped with the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8 gas engine as standard. Output is rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The new Tahoe RST is also offered with the 3.0L LM2 inline six-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel powerplant, which is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
We find it a little strange that GM decided not to give this trim visible exhaust outlets, while the Chevrolet Blazer RS, Chevrolet Traverse RS, and Chevrolet Trailblazer RS all offer exposed exhaust. Indeed, visible pipes would give this full-size SUV even more curb appeal – something the aftermarket will undoubtedly address going forward.