While Autobytel’s West Coast team was in Los Angeles for the launch of the 2015 GMC Yukon family,* the General also was showing its Chevrolet counterparts—the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban—on the East Coast, in New York City. All four of the vehicles are all new, and they represent the first of the mainstream full-size SUVs to get the next-gen treatment. Of course, they also may be the last ones, too.
None of the other three remaining players in the segment, which also includes the Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada and Ford Expedition, has been confirmed as making the leap to a post-meltdown model. On the other hand, all three do remain committed to the full-size pickup segment, providing them with the kind of vehicle foundation they would need to bring their entries up to date with the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban.
And make no mistake, despite their old-school body-on-frame construction, the Bowtie brand’s big SUVs will showcase a wide range of cutting-edge content.
“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.”
Proof of that “go-to” reputation: Chevy sold a combined total of almost 11,000 Suburbans and Tahoes in August alone, when the former expanded deliveries by 29.4 percent and the latter advanced sales by 24.9 percent. Also, through the first eight months of the year, the two have combined for 86,641 sales and a 15 percent jump in volume.
Slated for production at GM’s truck plant in Arlington, Texas, the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban will go on sale in the first quarter of 2014 and offer ….