2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
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2015 will mark the introduction of the fourth-generation Chevrolet Tahoe, which will be completely re-designed and re-engineered. The 2015 model will remain a capable body-on-frame SUV for off-roading, towing, and carrying passengers while marking the first redesign of the nameplate in eight years.
By contrast, the 2014 Tahoe will become the last model year of the third-generation GMT900-based Tahoe family.
Following are GM Authority’s expectations for the new Tahoe.
An all-new, completely overhauled 2015 Chevy Tahoe Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) riding on an all-new platform and featuring all-new exterior and interior, among other all-new elements. The Tahoe’s bigger brother, the Suburban, will also be completely overhauled for the 2015 model year.
Even though the Chevrolet Traverse is nearly the same size as the third-generation Tahoe and can carry just as many passengers in a more comfortable, sophisticated, and space-efficient package, General Motors still sees a market for full-sized SUVs that are capable of off-roading, and towing. Hence, the Tahoe nameplate continues for the 2015 model year as an all-new model.
General Motors has delayed the launch of its all-new 2015 model year SUVs by roughly three months, GM Authority has learned, pushing the official market arrival of the 2015 Tahoe to January 2014 from the fall of 2013. The automaker made the conscious decision to push the launch of the vehicles back since it wanted to flawlessly execute on the launch of the 2014 Silverado and 2014 Sierra pickup trucks.
Other 2015 Tahoe Notes
Unlike the current GMT900-based Tahoe/Suburban, Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade, GM’s next-gen SUVs will be heavily differentiated in styling inside and out. In addition, the vehicles will contain high-quality interiors, which has been a universal complaint of the GMT900-based models. In fact, some third-gen Tahoes (and other GMT900-based SUVs and trucks) have been prone to cracking dashboards, which were notorious for being made of a cheap, hard plastic.
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The 2015 Tahoe will continue to compete in the full-size SUV class. Its rivals will consist of:
- Ford Expedition
- Toyota Sequoia
- Nissan Armada
- GMC Yukon
We expect the 2015 Tahoe to be powered by the new 5.3 liter V8 L83 engine that’s part of GM’s new EcoTec3 smallblock engine family that has been announced for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The EcoTec3 engine family consists of:
All three engines share high-tech features including Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing, and Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) for improved power and fuel efficiency.
We expect the 5.3 liter V8 to be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission at launch, with an eight speed becoming available in roughly a year after the market launch of the 2015 Tahoe.
The fourth-generation of the Tahoe will no longer offer the automaker’s two-mode hybrid system. However, we expect the program to be eventually replaced with another hybrid effort of some kind.
The 2015 Tahoe will ride on a version of GM’s all-new K2XX body-on-frame platform shared with the following vehicles:
- 2015 GMC Yukon
- 2015 Chevy Suburban
- 2015 Cadillac Escalade
- 2014 Chevy Silverado
- 2014 GMC Sierra
We expect the new K2XX architecture to be more flexible than the outgoing GMT900 platform in accommodating the needs of a full-sized SUV. By contrast, the outgoing GMT900 prevented certain features (such as fold-flat third row seats) from being added to the Tahoe due to hard points in its design. Thankfully, the 2015 Tahoe is expected to feature power-folding third-row seats that fold flat into the floor.