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Introducing The New 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe


At a special event in downtown Detroit, Chevrolet wowed fans and critics with the introduction of the all-new 2021 rendition of the popular Chevrolet Tahoe alongside the debut of its larger brother, the all-new Chevrolet Suburban. Both cars were officially shown to the public at the Little Caeser’s Arena in Detroit and immediately gained traction with positive reception. Naturally, news sprung up through current auto news outlets, and we’re delighted to say that we’re also impressed with both vehicles, to say the least, and we’re especially interested in the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Chevrolet doesn’t seem to be shying away from innovating what previous models did spectacularly right and creating an experience that will be even better than before. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe will offer multiple trims for you to select from, powerful engines, and multiple interior enhancements such as a variety of display sizes as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

One of the noteworthy updates that Chevrolet announced was more cargo space. There is about 53% more cargo space in the 2021 Tahoe compared to the 2020 variant going from 15.3 cu.ft. to an incredible 25.5 cu.ft. This size increase also translates over to your passengers and the amount of legroom they get. Last year’s model offered approximately 24.8 inches of third-row legroom, whereas the 2021 Tahoe offers 34.9 inches of legroom for your third-row passengers, a 33% increase.

Tahoe Engine Types

The engine choices for your 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe are no slouches and will offer you premium power for your Tahoe in even under some of the most strenuous workloads. All trims will utilize a 10-speed automatic transmission that didn’t normally come standard in previous models while implementing Electronic Precision Shift Technology (ESP), which reduces noise and allows for precise and stable shifting. If you choose either the LT, RST, Z71, LS, or Premier trims your Tahoe will come standard with a 5.3L V8 engine producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. With the 2020 rendition offering a maximum towing capability of up to 8,600 lbs, we are hopeful that we will see even more towing capability on the 2021. With this engine, you can expect up to 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for your vehicle.

An upgraded engine that can be found standard on the High Country trim is the award-winning 6.2L V8. The 6.2L is a newer engine that premiered in a couple of the top-of-the-line Chevrolet vehicles starting in 2019 and can turn out an impressive 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, this engine is a great choice for your Tahoe.

A red 2021 Chevy Tahoe RST, which has horsepower to make a statement within current auto news, is parked off road with mountains in the distance

However, for those interested in a diesel variant, Chevrolet is offering Tahoe owners the ability to swap your engine out for a 3.0L I6 Duramax turbodiesel engine on every trim, excluding the Z71 for the first time. This engine delivers 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and utilizes Active Thermal Management, which targets specific pathways inside of the engine and distributes its coolant through 3 valves, which enhances your engine performance. It also greatly reduces the time it takes for your engine to warm-up. This engine was recently seen in the Silverado 1500, and if it retains its performance and fuel economy ratings, we could see up to 30 mpg highway (maybe even more).

Trims To Check Out

Chevrolet has confirmed that the 2021 Tahoe will feature six trims to choose from, all of which are updated renditions from the 2020 Tahoe, with each having “their own unique style and capabilities.” Automatic Emergency Braking is standard on all trims with available safety upgrades, including Lane Change Alert, Rear Pedestrian Alert, HD Surround Vision, and much more. Together, this makes next year’s Tahoe look very respectable with its suite of safety features. The Tahoe now also comes in nine exterior colors, three of which are brand new to the lineup, these being Darkmoon Blue Metallic, Empire Beige Metallic, and Cherry Bomb Tintcoat, all of which look stunning.

Depending on your trim, you may have up to five separate displays in your vehicle. The displays that can be found in your 2021 Tahoe include an 8-inch digital instrument display, a 10-inch touchscreen with built-in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 15-inch head-up display (HUD) and two LCD screens, one for each row of your backseats. These displays are about 12.6 inches each and should offer plenty of entertainment for your passengers. Thanks to a 4G LTE hotspot, you can connect your devices to your vehicle, and your passengers can do more with the 12.6 inch LCD screens they are provided. Additionally, each trim except the LS will include a wireless charging pad for your phone, and you will find USB charging ports conveniently placed around your cabin.

There are a few trims that you should consider for your Tahoe, such as the High Country. The High Country makes its return and sets itself apart with 22-inch wheels, a chrome exterior with an accompanying chrome dual exhaust. It also comes standard with the aforementioned 6.2L V8 engine for ultimate performance. It goes without saying, the High Country continues to be a trim to keep your eye on.

A grey 2021 Chevy Tahoe Z71 is parked off road with mountains in the distance.

If you’re a fan of off-roading, we must recommend the Z71 trim, which is specifically tailored for the ideal off-roading experience. On the 2021 Tahoe, going with the Z71 trim will get you standard all-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, and red tow hooks.

For 2021, Chevrolet is introducing a new feature to the Z71 and High Country trims known as Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. This is an incredible innovation that automatically lowers your vehicle when traveling at highway speeds, which will provide better aerodynamics and reduce drag. Chevrolet has mentioned vehicles with four-wheel drive will raise up to 2 inches when driving at lower speeds on a tough terrain, which will improve your ground clearance. A feature we really found intriguing is the vehicle lowering by 2 inches when you park to make getting out of your vehicle a lot easier.

How Much and When?

Details were sparse when it came to the pricing of the new vehicles they unveiled; however, we can’t imagine it will be outrageously different from the current offerings. These vehicles look and sound like the real deal, and should certainly be on your radar for cars in the very near future. Each year, Chevrolet sets the standard with new and exciting features spread across their wide selection of vehicles, and we can’t wait to see how the rest of their vehicles perform when we’re introduced to their other 2021 offerings.

As far as the release date for the 2021 Tahoe, we do know it will be available around mid-2020, so the wait won’t be too long. In the meantime, before you go ahead and purchase this vehicle when it’s released, now is a great time to study up on the previous Tahoe models and take one for a test drive at a local dealership. 2021 is looking bright for the automotive industry, and Chevrolet will always be there, leading the way.