- Completely redesigned for 2015
- Still body-on-frame; new V-6 engine option to follow
- Seats up to nine passengers
The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe gets a complete redesign for 2015 that includes brand new styling, updated powertrains, and a more comfortable and better appointed cabin.
GM’s three full-size SUVs, the Tahoe, Suburban, and Yukon, cover three-quarters of all large SUV sales in this country, so the redesign is a big deal, and something they had to make sure to get right. This is a pretty comprehensive redesign for the Tahoe, to things as small as more durable brake rotors, to a wholesale makeover that is clear from first glance. The smoother lines of the previous model have been hardened into sharp, angular creases, especially on the hood and the front grille. The sides are more vertical, while a blacked out B-pillar gives the sides a longer, leaner look. Although Chevy redesigned its Silverado pickup last year, the Tahoe now gets its own styling and no longer shares any body panels with its pickup cousin. 18-inch wheels are standard, with larger cogs (up to 22-inches) are available.
Under the hood you can find one of GMs new EcoTec3 engines. The base engine, and the only one offered at launch, is a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 383 pounds-feet of torque. This engine features cylinder deactivation for increased fuel efficiency and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Models with this engine can tow up to 8,500 pounds with rear-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive models trail slightly at 8,300 pounds. Later in the year, Chevy will introduce a new 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine that is mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and should offer even better fuel economy.
It could be argued that the Tahoe’s interior is where the most drastic changes have taken place, where new materials and a more car-like design inject some life into the large cabin. Passengers outside the first row of seats can also celebrate; the second-row adds two inches of legroom, and the third-row can now fold into the floor to open up over 50 cubic feet of cargo room (power folding is optional). And to keep everyone’s gadgets powered, up to five auxiliary sockets, six USB charging ports, and a 110-volt outlet are available. The Tahoe also has plenty of tech options as well, such as a Blu-Ray player with a nine-inch screen and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with its own eight-inch screen in the center console that can slide up to reveal a hidden storage cubby.
A large vehicle like the Tahoe requires a little bit more in the way of standard safety equipment and Chevy obliges. Anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrack traction control, a full complement of airbags, trailer sway control, and Auto Grade Braking all come standard. To help maneuver the Tahoe in tight spaces, front and rear parking sensors are available.