At a time when most things seem to becoming more compact, Chevrolet seemingly has decided that bigger is better.
This week, the automaker announced its new 2021 Chevy Suburban and 2021 Chevy Tahoe full-sized SUVs, each offering several changes from the previous respective models. One of the most noticeable? An increase in overall size for both.
The Suburban, which always has been the longer of the two models, is 1.3 inches longer than its predecessor with a 4.1-inch longer wheelbase. The new Tahoe grew even more, adding 6.7 inches of length and a 4.9-inch longer wheelbase. The changes translate to an overall increase in interior space for passengers and cargo in both vehicles.
According to reports from industry publications, the space gain is largely attributable to a new independent rear suspension that replaces the solid rear axle found in earlier model years. A report from Jalopnik expounded on the benefits of the change:
“The new independent rear suspension…is comprised of a long arm reaching rearward from outside of the frame rail ahead of the rear axle, plus three lateral arms, a sway bar, and a spring/damper. The setup should yield improved ride and handling over a solid axle. On top of that, the independent rear suspension apparently allows for increased interior volume, since there’s less space needed accommodate the travel of a large stick-axle.”Jalopnik
Chevrolet is offering three initial powertrain offerings in line with those found on the Silverado 1500, including a 277-horsepower 3.0L Duramax inline-6 diesel engine—a first for either model.
Other engine options include a 5.3L V8 capable of producing 355 hp and a 6.2L V8 that puts out 420 hp. A 10-speed automatic transmission with push-button electronic shift is standard for all engine options.
Chevy also made a point to upgrade the much-maligned interior of the Suburban and Tahoe, integrated next-generation technologies and more user-friendly controls. Each comes standard with a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen and options for up to four additional display screens, including:
- An 8-inch diagonal instrument cluster
- A 15-inch head-up display
- Dual 12.6-inch rear-seat LCD displays mounted to the back of the front headrests
Both vehicles are available in six trims, including the LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country versions. Those looking to do some off-roading should consider the Z71 package, which features a higher approach angle, a two-speed transfer case, all-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, a skid plate, and tow hooks.
Here are a few shots of the new 2021 Chevy Suburban:
And here are photos of it’s little (but less little than it used to be) sibling, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe: