The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe have arrived, officially dropping cover in a joint debut last month in Detroit. The next-gen full-size SUVs come with a number of interesting features and upgrades, such as a new first-in-class Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system with customizable ride height modes. Now, we’re profiling each Air Ride suspension mode in the following GM Authority Feature Spotlight.
- Entry exit ground clearance
- Normal ground clearance
- Increased ground clearance
- Maximum ground clearance
Ride height adjustability can vary up to four inches (102 mm) between these various modes. Drivers can lower the suspension two inches to aid ingress and egress when parked, or raise the body by one inch at low speeds while driving in 4WD HI. An additional inch of ground clearance is selectable while driving at low speeds in 4WD LO.
What’s more, the system will automatically lower the ride height while cruising on the highway, which in turn improves aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
For those owners that want extra height while rolling over less than ideal terrain, while still having the option to drop the body while packing up luggage or loading passengers, the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension meets both criteria.
Speaking of cargo, the Air Ride suspension also features load leveling at all four corners.
Buyers can opt into the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension with High Country and Z71 trim levels on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Under the skin, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe are constructed on the new GM T1 vehicle platform. In back, both SUV’s run a new independent multilink suspension setup.