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New Tahoe and Suburban Designed for Their Own Customers

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2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban

LAKE TAHOE, CA--Feb. 25, 2014: Today’s full-size SUV customer are passionate about their full-size SUVs as they both uniquely represent their lifestyle and mobility needs. The all-new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban offer first-class comfort, unmatched capability and innovative technologies for the different needs of different customers.

Tahoe offers great roominess, capability and maneuverability for customers on the go, while Suburban delivers maximum passenger and cargo-hauling capability for those more likely to transport passengers in the third-row seat – particularly children. Suburban owners are also more likely to use their vehicle for trailering.

“Today’s Tahoe and Suburban customers are using their full-size SUV to meet their lifestyle needs,” said Mark Clawson, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Marketing Manager. “Tahoe is a more of a daily driver, with occasional use of the third-row seat, while Suburban is the vehicle counted on for carrying a larger crew – be it a larger family or for larger cargo.”

In fact, Suburban owners are seven times more likely to transport passengers in the third row on a daily basis than Tahoe owners – and they’re three time more likely to use their vehicle for transporting kids to school.

Dimensionally, the Suburban’s 130-inch (3,302 mm) wheelbase is 14 inches longer than Tahoe, and its 224.4-inch (5,699 mm) overall length is about 20 inches longer than Tahoe. Inside, that translates to 10 inches more legroom for the third-row passengers, which is a purchase decision for many Suburban customers.

Both vehicles offer ample cargo room, but Suburban’s extra length enables it to haul more. Its maximum cargo volume of 121.1 cubic feet (3,429 liters) compares to Tahoe’s 94.7-cubic-foot (2,681 liters) maximum volume; and behind the third-row seats, there is 15.3 cubic feet (433 liters) of cargo room in the Tahoe and 39.3 cubic feet (1,113 liters) in the Suburban.

For perspective, a cubic foot is roughly the size of a paper grocery bag. That means whether it’s the Tahoe or Suburban, there’s plenty of room for everyone in the family and all of their stuff.

And when it comes to trailering capability, Tahoe and Suburban are engineered to make it easier, with features including a tow/haul mode, trailer sway control, auto grade braking and hill-start assist. The ratings between them are similar, but because of the gross vehicle weight rating differences between the vehicles, the lighter Tahoe carries a slightly higher maximum capacity: 8,600 pounds (3,900 kg) vs. the Suburban’s 8,300-pound (3,765 kg) rating (2WD models).

The new face of Chevrolet SUVs

With their different sizes tailored to distinctly different customers, the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban share design elements that make the vehicles more refined and precisely sculpted.

New inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, significantly improving the quietness of the interior cabin and contributing to improved aerodynamics.

A standard rear spoiler on the liftgate houses a relocated rear window wiper that is hidden when not in use and provides a cleaner, sleeker look.

Projector-beam headlamps flank the Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille – chrome on all models – and sweep into the front fenders. High-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting-diode daytime running lamps are included on LTZ models.

Additional exterior features include:

The windshield angle is raked forward more than before and is flattened at the corners, for better wiper performance Laminated windshield and front door glass contribute to a quieter ride To accommodate radar-based safety technology, the lower front fascias no longer include exposed tow hooks, for a more refined appearance The B-pillar is moved forward slightly and the C-pillar is a little straighter, making it easier to get in and out of the vehicles – especially when climbing into the third row On Tahoe, posts have been added to the rear windows, allowing them to drop fully into the door.

LTZ models feature more bright trim on the fascias, grille, body sides, mirror caps and more, and the LTZ also offers power-retractable and illuminated side steps.

Nine exterior color choices are available, including Plumberry Metallic, Silver Ice, Black, Crystal Red, Summit White, White Diamond, Champagne Silver Metallic, Tungsten Metallic and Brownstone (with later availability).

Comfortable and connected interiors

For vehicles that customers wrap into their daily routines, the interiors of the new Tahoe and Suburban have been refined to enhance functionality and comfort, while delivering the technologies and connectivity that are more important than ever. Premium materials and enhanced ergonomics demonstrate the SUVs’ blend of sophistication, craftsmanship and function.

The instrument panel, for example, has a straightforward design featuring a large, easy-to-view cluster. It includes a 4.2-inch color driver information center display in the center of the cluster, for vehicle, infotainment and other data. There’s also an eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen radio on LT and LTZ models in the center of the instrument panel, which incorporates a secured storage bin behind the motorized screen.

The console also has map pockets along the side, multiple USB ports and a new 110-volt outlet. Plus, there’s a spot designed specifically for cell phone storage. There is also a new overhead console sunglasses holder that features a conversation mirror and the rear-seat cupholders have been relocated from the back of the floor console to the rear doors, creating a new storage area for rear-seat passengers.

Additional interior features:

Keyless entry and push-button start is standard on LTZ models and available on LT Electric tilt/telescoping steering column is standard on LTZ and available on LT Heated steering wheel is standard on LTZ and available on LT Sliding cover on the console cupholders is standard on LTZ Fold-flat second- and third-row seats, with power folding option.

All of the Tahoe and Suburban’s seats are designed for greater comfort and durability. A new high-wear cloth seat material is available on LS and LT, and the second-row bench seat now reclines. Additional seating features include:

LS – Standard front cloth bucket seats or optional bench seat with 10-way power-adjustable driver and two-way passenger seats, with power recline and lumbar; available haptic seat alerts (see Safety and Security release for more details); manual-adjustable second- and third-row seats. LT – Heated, leather-appointed 10-way power-adjustable front bucket seats with haptic seat alerts; manual-adjustable second- and folding third-row bench seats standard; manual-adjustable second-row bucket seats available; heated, power-adjustable second-row bench or bucket and power-folding third-row seat available. LTZ – Standard heated/cooled, perforated leather-appointed 10-way power bucket front seats with haptic seat alerts; heated, power-release folding second-row bucket seats or optional bench and power-folding third-row bench seat.

To give owners the added functionality of going from passenger space to cargo usage, the third row seat now folds flat to the floor. The second- and third-row seats’ available power-release folding option makes it easier to load bulky items from the rear, and eases entry/exit to the third row. Power-release folding switches are located at the second-row doors and at the rear liftgate opening.

Tahoe and Suburban are offered in four interior color combinations: Jet Black, Cocoa/Dune, Jet Black/Dark Ash and Cocoa/Mahogany.

Infotainment and connectivity

To accommodate the increasingly connected lives of customers – and their passengers – the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban deliver infotainment and connectivity features that enable seamless incorporation of mobile devices and smartphones.

The available, next-generation MyLink infotainment system gives customers the best of both worlds when it comes to infotainment. It provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions, yet it is also highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices such as smartphones, SD cards and MP3 players, giving customers more ways of staying connected.

Depending on the model, there are up to six USB ports and six power outlets – up to 12 charging locations altogether – offered to support electronic devices of all types.

Three levels of radios are offered in the Tahoe and Suburban:

Level 1 (standard on LS): AM/FM/HD/XM (with three-month trial) radio with 4.2-inch color display, two USB ports, SD card slot, auxiliary jack for MP3 devices and Bluetooth connectivity via OnStar. Level 2 (standard on LT and LTZ): Includes all Level 1 features, plus 8-inch touch screen with audible feedback, additional three USB ports, voice recognition for mobile device and music, Pandora internet radio connectivity and full Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio streaming, gestures capability with tablet-style functionality, and Time Shift, which allows pausing and rewind of the radio Level 3 (available on LT and LTZ): Includes all Level 2 features, plus embedded navigation, flash memory navigation map capability and map updates via USB drive.

Tahoe and Suburban also offer a rear-seat entertainment system that features an integrated 9-inch-diagonal screen, Blu-ray/DVD player and two wireless headsets. Tahoe systems feature a single fold-down screen and Suburban has dual screens.