The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban are here, ushering in a brand-new generation replete with fresh styling, fresh features, and more. However, both full-size SUVs also carry over a maximum nine-passenger seating capacity.
The nine-passenger seating capacity is achievable via a three-bench-row cabin configuration with a front bench that replaces the standard captain’s chairs. A front bench seat is a feature that’s been phased out of most other vehicles, but has been available since the previous-generation Tahoe and Suburban, and is not new for the 2021 model year. Still, it’s a feature that is somewhat uncommon, and is definitely deserving of attention.
The front bench seat for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is officially called the 40/20/40 reclining split-bench, and is tagged with RPO code AZ3. The feature is an available option on the entry-level LS trim, and is standard equipment on the FL trim. To note, FL trims are offered for fleet and commercial orders, and can be paired with specific packages, such as the recently announced Chevrolet Tahoe PPV.
Alternatively, buyers can equip their 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2021 Chevrolet Suburban with front high-back reclining buckets, a feature tagged with RPO code A50. Front high-back reclining buckets are offered as standard on LS trims, and as an available option on FL trims.
Note that opting for the front bench seat deletes the center floor console, thus deleting the USB data ports contained therein. That said, the USB ports in the center stack remain.
As for the second row, a 60/40 split-folding bench with manual controls is standard on both FL and LS trims. Meanwhile, the third row gets a 60/40 split-folding bench with manual controls.
Put it all together, and you end up with a 3/3/3 seating configuration – enough for up to nine passengers.
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