2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban debut - w/video


Chevrolet recently unveiled the all-new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban full-size sport utility vehicles. The Tahoe/Suburban remain body-on-frame SUVs with V8 power (5.3-liters, 355hp, 393 lb.-ft. of torque) that is mated to a six-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel-drive systems. The Tahoe/Suburban have been upgraded with new features, technology, safety equipment, and styling. While the designs are similar to the new Chevy trucks, they share no exterior body panels but will share some platform and running gear equipment. With the exception of the GMC Sierra, Chevy has little competition in the full-size SUV market (Ford's Expedition is showing its age). While some people need these large 'utes; their sales have dropped recently due to consumers reassessing their actual needs (better fuel efficiency, size, etc.). But these new models should help Chevrolet maintain their dominance in the full-size SUV market. Check out the press releases (with preliminary specs), additional pics (4), and the reveal video after the jump. More info will be made available closer to the Tahoe and Suburban roll-out in early 2014. More to come...

Source: Chevrolet - Press releases, pics, and video after the "read more" jump.



Press release:
Chevrolet, GMC Reveal All-New 2015 SUVs

  • New versions of segment leaders go on sale in first quarter of 2014
Chevrolet and GMC revealed all-new versions of their segment-leading full-size SUVs – the Tahoe and Suburban and Yukon and Yukon XL. Thanks to a new family of advanced EcoTec3 engines, the four new SUVS are expected to deliver the segment’s best V-8 fuel economy.

The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban, revealed in New York, are designed to be more functional and refined while offering more safety features and a greater range of advanced technologies for today’s connected customers.

The all-new 2015 Yukon, Yukon XL and flagship Yukon Denali, models, shown in Los Angeles, will deliver greater capability and refinement, with more power, new fold-flat rear seats and a quieter interior.

Chevrolet and GMC together are responsible for three of every four vehicles sold. The sales and revenue generated would be equal to a Fortune 400 company. With a 74 percent market share through August this year, General Motors' dominance in the segment is clear. So far in 2013, Chevrolet and GMC have sold 125,000 Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans and GMC Yukons and Yukon XLs.


Press Release:
Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2015 Tahoe and Suburban

  • Industry-leading full-size utilities are quieter, more refined and safer

Chevrolet today introduced the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban – all-new versions of the industry’s best-selling duo of full-size SUVs. They offer more functionality, greater refinement, new safety features and an increased range of advanced technologies to appeal to two distinct customer groups who want the unique combination of features only Tahoe and Suburban provide.

All-new styling advances the Tahoe and Suburban’s design, which contributes to a quieter ride. A more-efficient, direct-injected EcoTec3 powertrain coupled with improved aerodynamics help offer greater estimated highway fuel economy based on GM testing while preserving overall performance and capability. Official EPA estimates are not yet available.

“There are several new features and enhancements at the core of the all-new 2015 Suburban and Tahoe that will extend the legacy Chevrolet has built as the segment leader,” said Tim Mahoney, Chevrolet global chief marketing officer. “Customers will experience greater refinement, efficiency and safety with the same capability that has made Chevrolet the go-to brand for full-size SUVs.”

With more than 117,000 sold in 2012 and sales up more than 16 percent for the first six months of 2013 over last year. Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs continue to play an important role in the brand’s success and General Motors’ profitability. Introduced in 1935, the Suburban is the segment’s founder and the industry’s oldest continuously available nameplate, while Tahoe is the segment’s sales leader.

“The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will continue to be dominant forces in the marketplace and provide great value for our customers, Chevrolet and General Motors," said Dan Ammann, GM executive vice president and CFO. "This is an important and profitable segment and we have set the bar high to ensure we provide our customers with great quality and performance they expect and deserve."

The all-new 2015 Suburban represents the 80th anniversary and 12th generation of the original SUV. This generation has been designed for today’s active families needing space for everyone and everything. Suburban continues to offer legendary roominess, unmatched functionality, connectivity and first-class amenities.

New functionality and technology features found on both vehicles for 2015 include:
  • Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo convenience – including an available power-folding feature
  • Approximately two inches greater legroom for second-row passengers, along with easier entry/exit
  • Available eight-inch color touch screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity
  • Up to six USB ports and six power outlets – including a 110-volt three-prong outlet – to support electronic devices of all kinds (up to 12 charging locations)
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens (Suburban only) and Blu-ray DVD player
  • Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats
  • Keyless entry and push-button start.
360 degrees of safety

Tahoe and Suburban incorporate new technologies – including radar – that contributes to 360 degrees of crash avoidance and occupant protection. Standard and available features include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat is available and offers directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crash threats.

Both vehicles also offer the segment’s only front-seat center air bag (bucket-seat models), which is engineered to provide additional protection for drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle.

Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs have also been designed with greater security features to thwart theft attempts, including available window break in or glass-break, vertical-movement and interior movement sensors. Along with triggering the vehicles’ alarm systems, some of the features shut down key control systems to make it almost impossible to start or move them.

Contemporary designs

The exterior designs of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are more refined and precisely sculpted. Not a single exterior sheet metal panel or lighting element is shared with Chevrolet’s full-size pick-ups.

“The designs of the all-new Tahoe and Suburban reflect their greater functionality, technology and refinement, forging a new presence for Chevrolet SUVs that’s conveyed with unmistakable brand heritage,” said Ken Parkinson, executive director of design.

New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly improving the quietness of the interior cabin and contributing to improved aerodynamics – an attribute that helps the vehicles slip through the air on the highway with less drag for greater efficiency. Lightweight aluminum hood and lift gate panels also enhance efficiency through reduced overall mass.

Projector-beam headlamps flank the Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille – chrome on all models – and sweep into the front fenders. high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lamps are included on the up level LTZ model.

Inside, premium materials and enhanced ergonomics demonstrate the Tahoe and Suburban’s blend of sophistication, craftsmanship and function. A new instrument panel houses an available eight-inch color touch screen radio with a secured storage bin behind the motorized screen. The compartmentalized center console is large enough to store a laptop or iPad.

First-class comfort, unmatched capability and rewarding driving experience
The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are engineered to deliver the customer a quieter, more-controlled ride and improved steering and braking feel. It all starts on a stronger, fully boxed, perimeter frame, which supports payload and trailering capability that body-frame-integral crossovers and SUVs can’t match. The all-new Tahoe will offer today’s customers the capability of a truck and the amenities of a luxury vehicle.

The driving experience of the new SUVs is further enhanced with:
  • A stronger frame and a wider rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
  • LTZ models include third-generation magnetic ride control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by “reading” the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds.
  • Eighteen-inch standard wheels that are a half-inch wider, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance. Twenty- and 22-inch wheels are available.
  • New, electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed.
  • New four-wheel-disc brake system with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, along with brake pedal revisions that improve pedal feel for stronger-feeling, more-confident braking performance.
EcoTec3 powertrain
Tahoe and Suburban’s standard 5.3L V-8 feature state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.

Improved engine mounts, electronic throttle control, adaptive exhaust systems, improved aerodynamics and other technologies help the engines operate in four-cylinder mode more often with Active Fuel Management, further increasing efficiency.

The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission, featuring TapShift control, Tow/Haul mode and Auto Grade Braking.

The new Tahoe and Suburban will be built at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly plant. Both vehicles are scheduled to arrive in dealerships in the first quarter of 2014.
Models: 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban
Construction: body on frame
Manufacturing location: Arlington, Texas



Powertrains


EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 FlexFuel (L83)
Fuel delivery: direct fuel injection with Active Fuel Management
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): estimated 355 / 250 @ 5600
Torque
(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): estimated
383 / 519 @ 4100
Estimated fuel economy: TBD
Transmission: Hydra-Matic 6L80 6-speed auto.
Final drive ratio: 3.42



Chassis/Suspension

Front: independent coil-over-shock; twin-tube shock absorbers
Rear: solid axle with semi-elliptic, variable-rate, two-stage multileaf springs; splayed shock absorbers
Steering type: electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Brakes: power-assisted, four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS, with Duralife™ rotors; vented front and rear rotors
Wheel size & type / tire size: 18 x 8.5-in. aluminum / P265/65R18
20 x 9.0-in. aluminum / P275/55R20
22 x 9.5-in. aluminum / P285/45R22



Dimensions

Exterior

Tahoe Suburban
Wheelbase (in / mm): 116 / 2946 130 / 3302
Overall length
(in / mm):
204 / 5181 224.4 / 5699
Overall width
(in / mm):
80.5 / 2044 80.5 / 2044
Overall height
(in / mm)
74.4 / 1889 74.4 / 1889

Interior

First Row Second Row Third Row
Headroom (in / mm): Tahoe: 42.8 / 1087
Suburban: 42.8 / 1087
Tahoe: 38.7 / 983
Suburban: 39.1 / 993
Tahoe: 38.1 / 967
Suburban: 38.5 / 978
Legroom (in / mm): Tahoe: 45.3 / 1150
Suburban: 45.3 / 1150
Tahoe: 39 / 990
Suburban: 39.7 / 1008
Tahoe: 24.8 / 630
Suburban: 34.5 / 876
Max cargo room – seats folded (cu ft / L): Tahoe: 94.7 / 2681
Suburban: 121.1 / 3429
Tahoe: 51.7 / 1464
Suburban: 76.4 / 2163
Tahoe: 15.3 / 433
Suburban: 38.8 / 1098



Capacities


Tahoe Suburban
Curb weight (lb / kg): 5349 / 2426 (2WD w/ 20-in. wheels)
5585 / 2533 (4WD w/ 20-in. wheels)
5576 / 2529 (2WD w/ 20-in. wheels)
5815 / 2637 (4WD w/ 20-in. wheels)
Max trailer towing
(lb / kg):
8500 / 3855 (2WD)
8300 / 3765 (4WD)
8300 / 3765 (2WD)
8000 / 3628 (4WD)

Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.