A few months ago, GM Authority exclusively reported that the optional 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine in the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban accounted for six percent of the overall sales mix in March. Today, we’re back to follow up on those figures.
Demand for the optional turbo-diesel LM2 engine continues to hold steady at six percent of sales for both full-size Chevy SUVs, sources familiar with The General’s go-to-market plans tell GMA.
The 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine is a new option for the all-new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban, and only became available to order toward the end of 2020, several months after the new models started production.
In the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban, the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine is rated at 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. It’s mated to the GM Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine option is available on every trim level except the off-road-oriented Z71, which features a unique fascia treatment that obstructs to diesel engine’s intercooler piping, as GM Authority covered previously.
Besides the optional LM2 engine, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Chevy Suburban are also offered with the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gas engine and naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gas engine, both of which also pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
U.S. Chevy Tahoe sales for the first half of the 2021 calendar year increased 40 percent to 50,946 units, while Chevy Suburban sales increased 49 percent to 24,516 units during the same timeframe. On a combined basis, U.S. sales of both models increased 42.57 percent to 75,462 units. A six percent take rate of those 75,462 units equates to about 4,500 units of Tahoe and Suburban with the 3.0L LM2 diesel engine.
Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban Sales Numbers
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