The all-new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban full-size SUVs do not sit on dealer lots for long before finding buyers, and one trim level in particular turns remarkably quickly, GM Authority has learned.
In February, the Chevy Tahoe RST and Suburban RST trim level were in dealer inventory for an average of 18 days. In the U.S. auto industry, 60 days is considered optimal. At 18 days, a model is considered to be in overwhelming demand, or have insufficient supply, or a combination of the two. In the case of the RST, it’s a matter of substantial demand.
The RST trim level has similar content to the LT trim it’s based around, but with a more aggressive design that supports the Rally Street Truck (RST) name. Chevrolet responded to demand from its truck buyers for a more street-inspired character by adding 22-inch bright machined High Gloss Black painted wheels as standard, plus a unique front fascia with a black ice finish on the grille, black/black-chrome exterior trim and various RST-specific elements on the interior, with contrasting stitching.
The Tahoe and Suburban were both completely overhauled for the 2021 model year, and are now in the early stages of their fifth and 12th generations, respectively. The Suburban is the world’s longest continuously used nameplate, having been introduced for the 1935 model year. The two vehicles are essentially identical, except that the Suburban is 15 inches longer than the Tahoe at 225.7 inches.
Both models offer a choice of the 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine from the EcoTec3 family, which produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, or the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, which is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both ICE engines paired with the GM Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. Customers have a choice of rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive (4WD).
Sales Numbers - Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban Sales - 2020 - USA
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The Chevy Tahoe and Suburban both experienced strong U.S. sales growth in Q4 of 2020, improving by over 30 percent. The switch to a new generation earlier in the year, combined with the general market downturn to the COVID-19 pandemic, saw sales for the whole year drop significantly, to 88,238 for the Tahoe and 37,636 for the Suburban, something that will undoubtedly change in 2021.
The Tahoe RST is priced to start at $58,395 (including $1,295 destination freight charge) for the rear-wheel-drive version with the 5.3L V8 engine. The equivalent Suburban RST starts at $61,095.