The next evolution of the Chevy Tahoe has been spotted by GM Authority. Here’s the latest on what is to come with the 2021 refresh.
Nothing Stays Hidden Forever
You just can’t hide from the press, it seems. GM Authority recently reported on their spy-supplied photos of what appears to be the soon-to-be revitalized 2021 Chevy Tahoe. With the planned refresh of the Tahoe line being pushed back to 2021, snooping for shots of this revamp has been a high priority for paparazzi. Though the picture’s don’t reveal much, a few tantalizing clues have made themselves known.
In the pictures shown by GM Authority, the supposed 2021 Tahoe is well-camouflaged. Covered in tape and tarps, Chevrolet did their diligence in trying to keep the revamp under wraps. Despite the subterfuge, the keen eyes at GM Authority did spot a few key differences from the Tahoe of Today.
The first difference was what appears to be a new bright grille showing itself from a gap in the coverage. GM Authority believed that the inclusion of the new grille could mean the test SUV was a higher-end trim such as the LTZ, Premier or High Country.
Some confusion was thrown into the mix when GM Authority noted the lack of premium side step assists or running boards upper-tier trims are known to sport. However, an odd black strip seen between the wheels could mean the 2021 model will bring power-retractable assist steps into the game.
Another difference between then and now was an amber turn signal indicator lamp. GM Authority reported that the new lamps show a striking similarity to those of the recently-revamped 2020 Chevy Silverado HD.
The secretly-shot pictures also revealed the presence of a set of quad exhaust outlets at the rear of the test SUV. Such exhausts are typical of more performance-centric versions of Chevy’s lineup, which means the 2021 Tahoe could feature a stronger, more agile variant.
Transforming the Tahoe
Apart from these tantalizing images, a few other details are already known about the upcoming Tahoe revamp. GM Authority reported that the next generation will move to the new GM T1 platform, alongside the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. Some of the highlights of the T1 project include new aluminum swing panels and serious weight loss as GMC moves to make their lineup a little less fat and a bit more sassy.
The new 2021 Chevy Tahoe will also have a few mechanical tricks up its sleeves. GM Authority reported that the next generation will feature a new independent rear suspension. The move appears to be made to keep up with competition from Ford, as the new Ford Expedition also also an independent rear suspension.
The next generation will also have a new powerhouse, those exact details on which of GMC’s many engines will be included. GM Authority offered a few potential choices, stating, “we believe that we’ll see the turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B, the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84, and potentially the 6.2L V8 L87. The turbo-diesel 3.0L I-6 LM2 Duramax should also be on offer.”
Transmission improvements are also expected, with GM Authority reporting that GM’s new 10-speed transmission should make the jump to the 2021 Chevy Tahoe. The new transmission, dubbed the Hydra-Matic 10L90 10-Speed Automatic Transmission, features a longitudinal placement within the powertrain alongside more power handling than past models such as the 10L45. Debuting in 2017 on the Chevy Camaro, the new transmission could mean higher fuel economy and performance when the 2021 Chevy Tahoe finally hits consumer streets.