For the first time, a GM full size 7/8 passenger SUV includes a choice of an efficient drivetrain for those that need the huge passenger/cargo volume. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 3, 2021 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country But first, the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in 6 trims, including the top-of-the-line $70,895 to start High Country plus the Premier, RST, Z71, LT, and base trim LS. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RWD with the award winning 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel is rated at 8,200-pound tow cap and 1,717 pounds max payload. More importantly, it is rated at 21/28/24 mpgUS city/highway/combined. With those results, it is the most fuel-efficient, truly full-size 7/8 passenger, SUV! This is Chevy’s first I6 turbo diesel for full-size SUVs. Remember our coverage of the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel intro in the 2020 Silverado? 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax Turbo Diesel – 33 mpg Highway! The state-of-the-art and efficient turbo diesel is now integrated into both the all-new full-size GM pickups and SUVs. Small changes adapt the engine for the full-size SUV application, including enhanced noise abatement and a new engine control module, specifically designed to leverage the faster data-processing power of the all-new models. The engine is exclusively paired with the smooth shifting 10-speed AT. Drivers can override of the stop/start system as they please. The 3.0L Duramax TD is available on the LS, LT, RST and Premier trims with an MSRP of just $995 over the base 5.3L V8 gas engine and in the High Country trim, a $1,500 MSRP DECREASE vs the standard 6.2L V8 gas engine. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe w/ the 3.0L I6 Duramax – The Perfect Black SUV Platform The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe offers the most interior space, the most efficient when equipped with the Duramax I6, and the best driving dynamics in the full-size SUV segment. The changes to the Tahoe provide a best-in-class 66 percent more cargo room behind the third row, 10 additional inches of third-row legroom, and dramatically improved driving experience. The all-new Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, available on High Country and Z71 models, provides load leveling at all four corners of the vehicle, and up to 4 inches of ride-height adjustment. In highway driving, the system automatically lowers the ride height ¾-inch to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. A driver-selectable setting lowers the suspension 2 inches to aid passenger entry and exit when the vehicle is parked. Drivers can also raise the body for additional ground clearance when driving off-road by 1 inch at low speeds in 4WD HI, and an additional 1 inch at lower speeds in 4WD LO. The all-new interior is equipped with up to five display screens including the standard 10” diagonal central color touchscreen, optional 8” diagonal instrument cluster, optional 15” HUD <-- a waste imho, and optional dual 12.6” diagonal rear-seat LCD displays. The Tahoe offers up to 9 cameras views and new trailering features including trailer profiles, trailer tire pressure/temperature monitoring and Side Blind Zone Alert. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Chassis The all-new Tahoe features an independent rear suspension and longer wheelbase. The new architecture includes improved passenger accommodations, cargo capacity, driving dynamics and exterior proportions. The longer wheelbase and new chassis systems provide a smoother ride. The vehicles’ load floors are significantly lower, providing a more natural seating position and a large increase in cargo volume. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo Volume The all-new redesigned, fifth-generation 2021 Tahoe has a 4.9-inch longer wheelbase, a 6.7-inch increase in overall length, 40 percent more third-row legroom, and 66 percent greater cargo volume behind the third row compared to the outgoing model. The maximum cargo room increases 30 percent. 2020/2021 Tahoe -- Change Wheelbase (in): 116/120.9 -- +4.9 Overall Length (in): 204/210.7 -- +6.7 Legroom – Second Row (in): 39.0/42.0 -- +3 Legroom – Third Row (in): 24.8/34.9 -- +10.1 Cargo Room Behind Third Row (cu ft): 15.3/25.5 -- +10.2 Max Cargo Room (cu ft): 94.7/122.9 -- +28.2 <-- This Is Really Really Big! For the first time, Tahoe’s second-row seat can slide up to 5.5 inches forward or back. Both the second- and third-row seats also fold more easily, and the load floor is now both flatter and lower than prior models – improving the ease of loading and unloading. The rear-door openings for the Tahoe are also larger. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Towing Updates The all-new Tahoe includes new trailering technologies including a max Trailering package that includes a high-capacity radiator and cooling fan, an integrated trailer brake controller, a Hitch Guidance with Hitch View feature and the Chevrolet trailering app. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety The all-new Tahoe arrives with standard Automatic Emergency Braking on all models. It also arrives with up to 30 safety and driver convenience technologies including the following: Restraint system with driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact airbag and Passenger Sensing System HD Rear Vision Camera Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Alert Following Distance Indicator Front Pedestrian Braking Rear Park Assist IntelliBeam auto Hi Beam Hitch Guidance Available technologies include new HD Birds Eye View Surround Vision, new Rear Pedestrian Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert with enhancements for trailering, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist and Head-Up Display. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Rear Passenger(s) Interior Real room for 7 or 8! The all-new interior was designed to take advantage of the class-leading space to create the ultimate road trip environment. The interior is brighter thanks to expanded glass areas – including an available panoramic sunroof and more refined with premium materials. The all-new Tahoe interior has larger displays, more connectivity options and a new rear-seat media system for family road trips. The Chevrolet infotainment system includes the aforementioned 10” diagonal center touchscreen. The 8” diagonal configurable color instrument and information cluster is standard on Premier and High Country; a 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information center is standard on LS, LT, RST and Z71. A 15” diagonal Head-Up Display, with a 3 x 7-inch color display is standard on High Country and available on Premier. The optional rear-seat media package includes dual 12.6” diagonal LCD touchscreens. The rear-seat media system in Tahoe is positioned for optimal view for both second- and third-row passengers. Each rear screen offers independent connections, so passengers can watch different content on each side. Additionally, rear passengers can share content from one screen to the other, mirror content from an Android phone to a screen and “send” navigation points of interest, like restaurant suggestions or pit stop locations, to the central infotainment screen up front. The new Tahoe also features a built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot with available 4G LTE data (3GB or 1-month data trial, whichever occurs first), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multiple USB charging ports and, on all models except LS, wireless charging with charger cooling. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior An aspect that creates more controversy as it is not the prettiest vehicle out there. The Tahoe includes larger proportions with 6 different trims. Design highlights include: Standard LED headlamps and taillamps Active front grille shutters Nine exterior colors Standard 18” wheels on LS and LT; 20" polished aluminum alloys on Premier; 20” wheels with all-terrain tires on Z71; and 22” alloys on the RST and High Country The standard LS and LT trims form the basis of the lineup. The RST adds a unique front fascia, a black ice finish on the grille, and RST-specific seats with stitching in a contrasting color. RST models include all LT content, plus black and black-chrome exterior trim, 22” alloys and more. The Z71 includes a new front fascia aiding in a higher approach angle off-road capability. 4WD is standard and includes a two-speed transfer case w/ Hill Descent Control, along with 20” alloys, all-terrain tires, front skid plate and red tow hooks. Z71 features black and black-chrome exterior accents. The Premier adds the Magnetic Ride Control, NAVI, an 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster, premium Bose 10-speaker audio, 12-way power vented and perforated front bucket seats, power releases for both rows of rear seats, heated wheel, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist and 20” alloys. The top-of-the-line High Country features a unique grille with bronze accents and High Country badging. The interior includes High Country sill plates, seat embroidery, and expanded color and trim choices. 22” alloys with chrome inserts plus Rear Pedestrian Alert, Head-Up Display, HD Surround Vision and the Rear Camera Mirror are all standard. The Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and Adaptive Cruise Control are optional. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe With the 3.0L I6 Duramax, TD, it becomes one hell of a Uber/Lyft Black 7-passenger or high end Limo SUV! My suggestion? An all-black w/ black leather interior, RWD 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT with the Duramax I6 TD, pano roof, and luxury pkg. that retails at $60,410. Take off $5 to $10k out the door in a couple of months and you are ready to roll. Luxury Package ($2,820) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert Rear Cross Traffic Alert Front and Rear Park Assist HD Surround Vision Rear Pedestrian Alert Memory settings Body-color heated, driver-side auto-dimming power outside mirrors Power tilt and telescoping wheel Automatic heated wheel Heated second row outboard seats Power-release second row 60/40 split-folding bench seat Power 60/40 split-folding third row bench seat 3.0L Duramax Turbo Diesel I6 ($995) Panoramic Sunroof w/ powered sunshade ($1,500) Total Vehicle and Options ($59,115) + D&H ($1,295) = Total Vehicle Price ($60,410) But only with this option. The 2021 Tahoe w/ the 3.0L I6 Duramax turbo-diesel is available now.