GM Authority recently spent some time with the 2021 Chevy Tahoe High Country, and we’re now bringing you a real-world photo gallery of the overhauled SUV in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat. The optional hue carries a charge of $995 and can take on a sparkling white tinge or a champagne color, depending on lighting conditions.
There are all kinds of novelties taking place with the 2021 Tahoe. First, the Chevy Tahoe was completely overhauled (re-engineered and redesigned) for the 2021 model year, representing the fifth generation of the Tahoe nameplate. Second, the High Country trim level is also all-new for the 2021 model year, delivering a new range-topping trim level of the all-new model. Together with the Premier trim, the High Country has thus far accounted for 35 percent of 2021 Tahoe sales in the U.S.
Being an all-new model, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe features a completely new design with a bolder stance and proportions than the last-gen model. Additionally, the fact that the new Tahoe offers six trim levels enabled designers to explore distinctive personalities across the range, with each version featuring a more dynamic appearance made possible by the new GM T1 architecture.
The front end features a unique grille with bronze accents and High Country badging. The front fascia features a design reminiscent of the 2019 Silverado 1500, with a set of thin headlamps interacting with a C-shaped signature light accent, itself interacting with a front air curtain cleverly designed into the lower outer edges of the front fascia. A prominent body-color bumper cover is followed by a thin lower air intake to round out the front fascia.
The side profile of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe High Country features chrome roof rails and a body-color, roof-mounted antenna (fin). Thick-to-thin chrome accents adorn the windows; the horizontal accent slopes upward as it approaches the C-pillar before rising vertically with a forward slant. High Country badging is prominently placed on the front fenders, while Tahoe badging is placed on the lower portion of the front doors. The doors don’t have much surface development save for the belt line treatment and a prominent curvature in the lower part of the doors.
Particularly interesting is the treatment of the C-pillar, which is angled forward. It’s followed by rear glass over the cargo area. Interestingly, designers decided not to treat this DLO with chrome accents.
Body-color door handles are complemented by body-color mirror caps, with pedestal-style mirrors with black base. A set of power-retractable running boards with perimeter lighting runs the length of the wheelbase and the entire ensemble sits on a set of 22-inch Sterling Silver painted wheels with chrome inserts (RPO code RPT).
The rear end starts with a hatch-mounted spoiler that does triple duty, giving the vehicle a longer aesthetic, helping aerodynamics, while also concealing the rear window wiper. The rear hatch features a large glass area that is complemented by a black D-pillar treatment. Below the glass is a unique metallic accent that encompasses the Chevy Bow Tie. It’s followed by Tahoe badging, an area for the license plate, and an opening with controls to open the rear glass or the entire rear hatch.
The red and clear tail lamps feature a “T” graphic, with the driver’s side lamp featuring the Chevrolet script while the passenger-side lamp getting the Chevy bow tie logo.
The black lower fascia features a cutout for towing hitch. It’s bookended by a set of horizontally-oriented reflectors and a set of dual exhaust outlets.
Inside, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe High Country features High Country sill plates, seat embroidery, and expanded color and trim choices. Noteworthy standard features include a Head-Up Display, HD Surround Vision, and Rear Camera Mirror.
While most 2021 Tahoes feature the 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline EcoTec3 engine rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque as standard, that’s not the case for the 2021 Chevy Tahoe High Country. Its standard engine is the 6.2L V8 L87 rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, which produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, is optional and is available at a $1,500 discount over the gasoline motor.
Both engines are paired with the GM Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission and a 3.23 final drive ratio. All of the above also applies to the 2021 Chevy Suburban full-size SUV, an extended version of the Chevy Tahoe with an overall length 15 inches greater.
The Tahoe is named after Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border between California and Nevada. The vehicle is built around 1,650 miles to the east at the GM Arlington plant in Arlington, Texas.
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