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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Preview

3/1/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Heated steering wheel has been upgraded for 2013
  • Three new colors: Champagne Silver, Concord, and Blue Ray
  • Powertrain grade braking is now included in normal driving mode
  • All-terrain tires are available with Off-Road Package
  • Last Tahoe of the current generation prior to introduction of new platform for 2014

Introduction
The Chevrolet Tahoe is similar to the older Chevrolet Suburban, only with a shorter wheelbase. The Tahoe is a full-size SUV, a direct descendant of the Chevrolet Blazer and the GMC Jimmy, built for rugged use and for towing heavy loads. Its closest stablemate in General Motors is the GMC Yukon; the premium version of the Tahoe is the Cadillac Escalade. Main competitors include the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and Nissan Armada. A hybrid version of the Tahoe was introduced in the 2008 model year. The Tahoe is often used in commercial fleets, and sometimes used for law enforcement purposes. This will probably be the last Tahoe of the current generation, with a new platform scheduled to be introduced for the 2014 model year. The Tahoe has a towing capacity of 8,500 lbs. and seats up to 9 passengers. The standard Tahoe is available in three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ, and is available with 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive.

Exterior Features
Colors include white, black, Silver Ice, Champagne Silver, Mocha Steel, and (at a premium charge) Black Granite, Crystal Red, Concord, Blue Ray, and White Diamond. Wheels are available in various designs, ranging from 17 inches to 22 inches. Standard features include side and center luggage rack rails, assist steps, rear door liftgate, and daytime running lights. Exterior upgrades on the upper trim levels include a power liftgate, chrome door handles, power heated mirrors, chrome front grille, upgraded wheels, and upgraded tires.  

Interior Features
The LS trim comes with power front bucket seats, some other power accessories, Second row 60/40 split-folding bench seat, third row 50/50 split-bench removable seat, floor console, Bluetooth connectivity, 8-speaker sound system, and 3-zone climate control. The LT trim includes leather upholstery, fog lights, locking rear differential, automatic 3-zone climate control, remote ignition, and Bose sound system. The LTZ trim adds heated and cooled driver and front passenger seats and second-row seats, rear air suspension, premium leather upholstery, premium sound system, premium interior lighting, hard-drive-based navigation system, and enhanced safety features. For maximum cargo space, the third-row seats must be removed, creating a total of 108.9 cu. ft. of space, and a cargo length of 81.4 inches.

Optional Features
Stand-alone options include 22-inch wheels, heavy-duty towing package, power-retractable running boards, off-road package, sunroof, and rear-seat entertainment system. Many of the enhancements featured on the upper trims are optional on lower trims. The Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package includes a full year of SiriusXM Radio and NavTraffic service, audio system with navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and third row DVD screen. Additional amenities include a rearview camera system and power sunroof. Many other options are available. Off-Road Suspension Package include 18-inch aluminum wheels with on/off-road tires, Skid Plate Package, recovery hooks, unique front fascia, monotube shocks and wheel flares, and chrome grille inserts.

Under the Hood
The Chevrolet Tahoe's standard engine is a 5.3-liter V-8 model rated at 320 hp, that produces 335 lb.-ft. of torque and runs on FlexFuel. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard. With the LS and LT trims, the 4-wheel drivetrain is fitted with either a single-speed or 2-speed transfer case.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe are 15 mpg in the city, 21 mpg highway, 17 mpg combined.

Safety
Safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes, front, rear, and third-row air bags, dual front side-mounted airbags, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear-door child safety locks, dusk-sensing headlights, delayed headlight turnoff, stability control, traction control, and tire pressure monitor. Many other safety features are available. In impact tests, the Chevrolet Tahoe got an overall rating of four (out of five) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): five stars for front and side impact, and three stars for rollover protection.

Technology
The Tahoe's Active Fuel Management? technology delivers maximum power when needed and conserves fuel when less power is called for. On level roads, the system automatically deactivates 4 of the 8 cylinders, and reactivates all cylinders on an incline or when the driver accelerates. The manufacturer also addresses sustainability issues, as 85% of the vehicle is recyclable.

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