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September 12, 2013
By: Nick Saporito


Arguably two of Chevrolet’s most recognizable nameplates outside of performance cars are the Suburban and Tahoe. Both SUVs have long histories at the bow-tie brand and both have been in dire need of updates since entering the marketplace in 2007. For 2015, both finally get updated from the ground up.

Like the rest of GM’s body on frame truck and SUV family, the 2015 Suburban and Tahoe are switching to the company’s latest truck frame. Internally known as K2XX, this new frame provides a slightly stronger foundation for the new SUVs and GM claims big leaps forward in ride and handling. If the 2014 Silverado is any indication, we’re inclined to believe their assertions and look forward to driving them for confirmation.

Along with the new frame is GM’s new EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8, also borrowed from the new Silverado. As in the trucks, it will generate 355 horsepower and 383 foot-pounds of torque, funneled through a six-speed automatic. The more powerful engine also nets slight increases in towing capability with both SUVs, though most owners probably don’t tow on a routine basis.

On the surface, both SUVs take an evolutionary approach to their exterior designs. Whereas the new Yukon looks like the rest of the GMC family, the Suburban and Tahoe are a mix of several Chevrolet design traits, including a grille similar to the current SUVs and a new, controversial headlamp treatment.

Collectively, the new face looks more crossover-like than the outgoing version, however the body looks more truck-like thanks to in-laid doors and a windshield rake that is less car-like than today. The side panels are also far more dynamic than today, with creases along the beltlines and near the D-pillars that add a little more visual interest from the slab-sided SUVs of today.

The interior is a less evolutionary tale than the exterior, likely because GM went to a one-interior layout for the new Silverado. The new SUVs get their own interior design that shares nothing with the trucks. Instead, Suburban and Tahoe sport a new, very crossover-like interior that should prove a favorite with SUV buyers.

As expected, the interior design is shared entirely with the GMC Yukon, however the Chevrolets have a few differences. Real aluminum and wood trims, as well as the more fashion-forward colors are reserved for the Buick-GMC showroom, while Suburban and Tahoe have to make do with the fake stuff. It is worth noting that all of the plastics appear to be high quality in both brands, though.

Space-wise, both Suburban and Tahoe interiors are about on par with today’s versions. Each SUV gained and lost a few inches of interior dimensions; legroom increased in the second row seats, however, third row legroom decreased a bit, for example. The bigger news is that both the second and third row seats fold flat into the cargo floor because GM raised it by four inches to accommodate the folded seats. Buyers can opt for power-folding seats on higher trim levels of both Suburban and Tahoe.

In addition to the new power-fold seats, both SUVs gain a boatload of new options for 2015. The entire suite of safety features GM has been adding to just about every product are all in tow; lane departure warning, forward collision alert, blind zone alert and GM’s patented Safety Alert Seat.

On the entertainment side of the option list, Chevy now offers its next-generation MyLink infotainment system, which comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, as well as a new Blu-Ray entertainment system for the rear seat. In all, Chevrolet claims every passenger will have access to connectivity features, with a barrage of USB ports and power points to power an entire family’s gadgets.

Both Suburban and Tahoe will go on sale in the first quarter of 2014.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe Specifications
2015 Tahoe2015 Suburban
Assembly SiteArlington, TexasArlington, Texas
Wheelbase116 in / 2,946 mm130 in / 3,302 mm
Overall Length204 in / 5,181 mm224.4 in / 5,699 mm
Overall Width80.5 in / 2,044 mm80.5 in / 2,044 mm
Overall Height74.4 in / 1,889 mm74.4 in / 1,889 mm
Curb Weight5,349 lbs / 2,426 kg (2WD - 20's)
5,585 lbs / 2,533 kg (4WD - 20's)
5,576 lbs / 2,529 kg (2WD - 20's)
5,815 lbs / 2,637 kg (4WD - 20's)
Max Trailer Towing8,500 lbs / 3,855 kg (2WD)
8,300 lbs / 3,765 kg (4WD)
8,300 lbs / 3,767 kg (2WD)
8,000 lbs / 3,628 kg (4WD)
Headroom42.8 in / 1,087 mm (first row)
38.7 in / 983 mm (second row)
38.1 in / 967 mm (third row)
42.8 in / 1,087 mm (first row)
39.1 in / 993 mm (second row)
38.5 in / 978 mm (third row)
Legroom45.3 in / 1,150 mm (first row)
39.0 in / 990 mm (second row)
24.8 in / 630 mm (third row)
45.3 in / 1,150 mm (first row)
39.7 in / 1,008 mm (second row)
34.5 in / 876 mm (third row)
Cargo Space94.7 cu ft / 2,681 L (behind 1st row)
51.7 cu ft / 1,464 L (behind 2nd row)
15.3 cu ft / 433 L (behind 3rd row)
121.1 cu ft / 3,429 L (behind 1st row)
76.4 cu ft / 2,163 L (behind 2nd row)
38.8 cu ft / 1,098 L (behind 3rd row)
EnginesEcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 (L83)
355 hp (265 kW) / 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) torque
EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 (L83)
355 hp (265 kW) / 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) torque
Transmissions6L80 6-speed automatic6L80 6-speed automatic
EPA RatingsTBDTBD

















 

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No thanks on those headlights.
 

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This is going to have to grow me, Give me a minute to let it sink in...NO 6.2 Litre, I guess thats for the Denali, and Lade.
 

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I think its going to have to grow on me.
 

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Almost like the LED's (on the bottom of the headlights) was an afterthought, along with its own little amber light that goes back into the fender.
 

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So no V6 - I'm a little surprised. And I'm not really digging the headlights.
 

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It looks as expected on the exterior. It just has to look contemporary and attractive and it will not fail in the marketplace just like the Camry when it gets redesigned.
 

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The interior is fantastic. Now about the headlights.....

This model year will not age well.
 

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Interior is kick-ass! I bet they put it in the Silverado and create a top end model to compete with the Platinums and Limiteds out there.
 
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