One of the best-selling nameplates in the Chevrolet lineup receives an update, alongside the oldest Chevrolet vehicle i.e. the Suburban, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe went through some significant changes. The SUV now is 211 inches long, which means more interiors space. Apart from the Suburban and Tahoe, you should expect these changes in the Yukon and Yukon XL too in the near future. Let us see what those safety features exactly are.
You now have many new safety and driver assistance features in the Tahoe. Starting with the restraint system, it also has a driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact airbag, automatic emergency braking, an HD rear vision camera, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, rear parking sonar, front pedestrian braking, hitch guidance for trailering, and automatic headlamp control.
You get a plethora of optional features as well which include an HD surround camera system, lane change alert with slide blind zone alert (including trailer), rear pedestrian alert, head-up display (HUD) which has a perceived size of about 15-inch, and lane departure warning/lane keep assist.
Quite some of the features which come under the “safety radar” spill over to convenience features which are actually great for those who intend to do trailering regularly. Those features include a total of nine camera views, trailer tire pressure monitoring, stored trailer towing profiles, and blind-spot detection that takes the length of the trailer into consideration.
It is a bit peculiar that Chevrolet did not want to mention or include the Transparent trailer rear camera view which is equipped in GMC vehicles. It mounts a camera in the rear of the trailer, and then it articulates the view through the vehicle’s rear camera in such a way as if you can get X-ray vision on the center stack display.
The Tahoe now comes in a near-infinite set of model variants (which they call trim lines) along with paint colors, engines, and other options. The lineup starts to form around $50K all the way to $70k which includes all the options and packages. The trim lines include LS, LT, RST, Z71 (off-roading), Premier, and High Country.
Chevrolet says, out of all the trims, the Premier focuses the most on safety and technology. The features that are added to this trim are navigation, Magnetic Ride Control, premium Bose 10-speaker audio system, an 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster, power releases for both rows of rear seats, 12-way power vented and perforated front bucket seats, heated steering wheel, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist and standard 20-inch wheels.
Before you ask, yes, some of these features are also offered in the lower trims. However what remains to be seen if Chevrolet will make more of the driver assistance stuff standard on the lower trims as times go by since the competition (especially the lower-priced ones) seem to offer them.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedan; yes, a polar opposite of the Tahoe, well it has every imaginable driver assistance feature standard in all the trim lines except the entry-level trim which skimps out on blind-spot detection.
Some of the upper trims might include magnetic ride shock absorbers and air springs, these will certainly go a long way in making the SUV feel more composed on bumps and expansion strips. Now that is something which the competition is missing, like the Ford Expedition.
A total of 5 big displays
Your large SUV is expected to carry your whole family for long distances comfortably, you cannot expect them to keep looking at the scenery and be entertained. Therefore to entertain them along the way, the Tahoe is loaded to the gills with entertainment screens. The standard screen is the 10-inch center stack display which Chevy likes to cite as “is the largest in its segment,”. Before you let your mind run off, realistically in a car this huge you fail to appreciate the size of the screen.
Next is the optional 8-inch instrument cluster LCD multi-information display. Talking about the rear entertainment displays, which again are optional are dual 12.6-inch rear-seat infotainment displays that also have HDMI connectors should you want to cast media. Apart from entertainment, the passengers in the rear seat can also use the infotainment system to search for destinations and send them to the main navigation system.
Coming the fifth display, that will be the big HUD which provides all the necessary information crucial while driving such as following distance, lane departure, speed, speed limit, etc. The perceived size of the display is about 15-inches.
Looking forward to owning the Big SUV Business
Last year, you had a market of 400,000 units for big SUVs, which accounts for about 2.3 percent of the total number of vehicles sold. The number seems surprisingly low, but that is because not everyone is ready to pay that price.
However, for the money Chevrolet might have just hit the ball out of the park as customers get acres of interior room inside for the price. Yes, the SUVs are stretched now so that they can accommodate more. not just that, mechanical changes under the skin like the independent rear suspension is also a bigger deal than it looks like for cabin comfort. The slightly longer Tahoe also accommodates more cargo space and not just the third-row legroom.
The Tahoe is based on the Silverado pick-up which was introduced in summer 2018. These full-size pickups and SUVs are the models’ which Chevy draws the most profits, so it should not surprise how a lot of attention goes into these models to keep them up to date.
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