GM reveals 2015 Tahoe and Yukon SUVs

Big Chevrolet and GMC SUVs are said to be quieter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient

Published: September 13, 2013, 8:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:52 PM

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

General Motors is the dominant player in the full-size SUV segment and it has every intention of maintaining that position.

To that end, the company revealed its next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon family of vehicles, this week. It's the first major redesign since 2007 for the big SUVs, which will go on sale early next year as 2015 models.

As has always been the case, the Tahoe and Yukon are pickup-truck-based – in this case derived from the all-new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups that came to market earlier this year. And they share most of the improvements introduced in the trucks.

In addition to being quieter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient, they also promise greater comfort and convenience that now includes flat-folding second- and third-row seats.

Their exteriors have been updated with more refined styling that shares no sheet-metal with the pickups and portrays a less-brutal demeanour. Novel features include projector beam headlamps and a rear spoiler on the liftgate that hides a rear window wiper when it's not in use.

Inside, both vehicles are more refined, more versatile and more luxurious, with greater storage potential and connectivity for passengers in each seating row.

The cabins are said to be designed for quietness and feature improved materials such as real wood, new seats, more rear leg-room and enhanced cargo space without having to remove the rear seats.

The standard powerplant in most models will be the new EcoTec3 5.3-litre OHV V-8 engine, while Yukon Denalis get a 6.2-litre version. All models feature a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.

The Suburban and Yukon XL share the same architecture as the base-size Tahoe and Yukon but their wheelbase is extended by 356 mm (to 3302 mm) and they are 518 mm greater in overall length (5199 mm).

The new Tahoe/Yukon family of vehicles, to be built at GM’s Arlington, Texas assembly plant, is scheduled to begin arriving at dealerships in the first quarter of 2014.