The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban arrived last December as all-new, next-gen overhauls for both nameplates. In addition to new styling, fresh underpinnings, and the latest tech features, both models now offer an optional turbodiesel engine. However, GM Authority has learned that both the new Tahoe diesel and the new Suburban diesel will have late availability.
Buyers interested in equipping their new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2021 Chevrolet Suburban with the optional turbodiesel engine will need to wait approximately three months after the first examples of the full-size SUVs roll off the line at GM’s production facility in Arlington, Texas. That’s a bit of a downer for those buyers anxious to get either of these utility vehicles with an oil burner under the hood, but luckily, GM’s line of all-new SUVs is on track for first deliveries in June, as outlined by GM CEO Mary Barra in the recent Q1 2020 earnings call.
Output from the diesel engine is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, with the GM 10-speed automatic transmission onboard for cog swaps. Fuel economy for the diesel option is currently unavailable.
Meanwhile, both the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban are equipped with the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 as standard on LS, LT, Z71, RST, and Premier trim levels. Output is rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, with the GM 10-speed once again handling transmission duties. Fuel returns range between 17 and 18 mpg combined, depending on the configuration.
Finally, the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 is standard on High Country models, and produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, while also mating the GM 10-speed automatic transmission. Fuel returns range between 16 mpg and 17 mpg combined depending on the configuration.
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