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Everything you want to know about the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban have gotten a makeover for the 2021 model year.

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When the Chevrolet Silverado was redesigned for its current generation, there was little doubt that a redesign of the Tahoe and Suburban weren't far behind. Now it is certain. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe have debuted in Detroit sporting engineering, body, and tech enhancements from its tires to its top.

These are the major takeaways from the debut.

The redesign gives the Suburban and Tahoe class-leading interior space.

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The Tahoe got 66 percent more cargo room behind its third row and the Suburban got 19 percent more maximum cargo space behind its first row. The 2021 Tahoe has 25 percent more cargo room behind its third-row seat than the 2020 Ford Expedition does. The 2021 Suburban (shown above) has the most passenger and cargo space of any SUV.

Chevrolet says that the SUVs' driving dynamics are greatly enhanced in this new generation.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 body outdoors rugged

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It isn't hard to believe given the ride and handling improvements from one generation to the next in the Silverado. All three vehicles share a platform. Chevrolet will offer the vehicles with Magnetic Ride Control and an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. The new air suspension allows automatic leveling on all four corners of the vehicle and can adjust a vehicle's ride height by up to four inches. Above, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 hits the open trail.

​The models are filled with modern technology.

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Up to five screens and nine cameras are available in the vehicles. The list of screens includes: a standard 10-inch central touchscreen (largest in its segment), available 8-inch instrument cluster, available 15-inch head-up display (no competitor offers this), available dual 12.6-inchl rear-seat LCD displays.

The models come with a Wi-Fit hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, multiple USB charging ports, and wireless charging with charger cooling (not available in the LS grade).

Above, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is shown with premium infotainment options.

Chevrolet has engineered the Suburban and Tahoe's engines to be powerful and efficient.

Chevrolet Duramax Diesel engine

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The automaker has updated its engine lineup to align with the Silverado's in this new generation. A 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel and refined V8s are part of the menu. The engines are all paired with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission and push-button electronic shift.

A 5.3-liter V8 rated at 355 horsepower is standard on LS, LT, Z71, RST and Premier models; and a 6.2-liter V8 rated at 420 horsepower is standard on High Country models. The Duramax diesel power plant shown above is available on all models except Z71.

The SUVs are meant for towing.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban parked outside

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Chevrolet has given the new Tahoe and Suburban (shown above) trailering technology that first appeared in the new Silverado. A Max Trailering package is available and includes a high-capacity radiator and cooling fan, an integrated trailer brake controller, a Hitch Guidance with Hitch View feature, and the Chevrolet trailering app.

The Suburban and Tahoe will be offered in six trim levels.

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This is the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST.

The Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe (show above in the RST variant) will have the LS trim as their base model. Next up is the LT grade. Additional trim levels include:

  • RST - The front fascia includes a black ice finish on the grille, while the interior includes RST-specific seats with stitching in a contrasting color. RST models include all LT content, plus black and black-chrome exterior trim, 22-inch wheels and more.
  • Z71 - The Z71 front fascia has a higher approach angle to aid off-road capability. Four-wheel drive is standard and includes a two-speed transfer case and hill descent control, along with 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, front skid plate and red tow hooks. Z71 features black and black-chrome exterior accents.
  • Premier - This trim level adds features such as Magnetic Ride Control, navigation, an 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster, premium Bose 10-speaker audio system, 12-way power vented and perforated front bucket seats, power releases for both rows of rear seats, heated steering wheel, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist, and 20-inch wheels.
  • High Country - The design is highlighted by a unique grille with bronze accents and High Country badging. The interior includes High Country sill plates, seat embroidery, and expanded color and trim choices. High Country features the 6.2L V-8 engine with Magnetic Ride Control, 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts, and adds Rear Pedestrian Alert, a head-up display, HD Surround Vision, and the rear camera mirror. Air Ride Adaptive Suspension and adaptive cruise control.

The 2021 Suburban and Tahoe will be manufactured in Arlington, Texas and go on sale in mid-2020.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Arlington Assembly

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Pricing for the 2021 models is expected to rise a bit from the 2020 model year, as is common with a redesign. The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban starts at $50,800 and tops out over $20,000 more than that. Chevrolet has priced the 2020 Tahoe to start at $47,900 and with options its price tag can rise to near $74,000.

The Chevrolet Traverse looks different but still has what buyers are looking for.

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The Chevrolet Traverse is coming in hot. After record sales of the model in 2019, Chevrolet carried over the 2020 model into the current year with very minor changes. The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse is shaking that all up.

Its exterior is getting new front and rear fascia. There's also a now-standard LED headlights and taillights, new sculpted grille, four new wheel designs. The car's turn signal indicators are now integrated into the daytime running lights.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse High Country

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2021 Chevrolet Traverse Premier

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The SUV's interior has gotten a more robust makeover with new interior seating options, an available two-panel power sunroof with rear power sunshade, available Apple CarPlay and Android Audo, available 8-inch driver information screen, wireless charging pad, and USB ports in all three rows. The SUV continues to have best-in-class cargo space.

Chevrolet has also given the car newly available adaptive cruise control and Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates the driver's seat if the safety system encounters a predicted unsafe behavior or obstacle. Automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, automatic high beams, and a following distance indicator are all standard for the new model year.

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse will go on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the model's on-sale date, but don't expect too much of an increase over the previous model year.

For much of its life the Chevrolet Impala was categorized as a large car.

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The Chevrolet Impala has come and gone three times now. When the last model rolled off the assembly line at General Motors' Hamtramck plant this week, it marked the official end to the tenth generation of the legendary large car.

Before its sales dwindled in the late 2010s and sealed its fate, the Chevrolet Impala was one of the most popular sedans sold – at least in its early history. Starting with the 1958 model year, the Impala made a splash, coming to market as the top-tier version of the Chevy Bel Air. It was flashy with Corvette-like design cues and a longer body style than most of its competition.

1962 Chevrolet Impala The 1962 Chevrolet Impala, shown in a press photograph from the time of its debut. Photo by Getty Images

This was the heyday of the big car and Chevrolet was 100 percent on-trend.

Just one year after its arrival on dealership lots, the model was redesigned. The Impala now came in four variants: four-door hardtop, four-door sedan, two-door sport coupe, and two-door convertible. It had a standard inline six-cylinder engine. It also came standard with front and rear armrests, an electric clock, dual sliding sun visors, and crank-operated front vent windows.

1962 Chevrolet Impala Fern Lynn demonstrating the Valmobile Suitcase Scooter New York State, 1962 behind a Chevrolet Impala. The Valmobile folds into a package the size of a suitcase and fits into a car boot. Photo by Getty Images

A few years later Chevrolet would trim its V8 engine offerings to just seven. Speed and cruise control would become options as technology advanced.

Between 1959 and 1960, the only two years that featured that second-generation Impala, Chevrolet sold 490,000 models.

Chevrolet Impala The Chevrolet Impala went through several different redesigns during a short period in its early historyPhoto courtesy of Chevrolet

In 1961, the third generation of the Impala began when General Motors moved the model to the GM B full-size rear-wheel drive platform joining the Bel Air, Pontiac Bonneville, Oldsmobile Dynamic 88, and Buick LaSabre. Use of that platform by GM brands lasted from 1926 to 1996.

From there, the Impala had a rich history with families across the U.S. and beyond. As the 80s began, Chevy shifted the Impala to become their base level full-size car. The sedan was sold primarily as a fleet car during the first term of the Reagan administration until Chevrolet shelved it in 1985.

Chevrolet Impala The Impala of the 90s was powered by a V6, not the traditional V8 of yesteryear.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

In 1992, the Impala name was brought again as General Motors debuted the Impala SS as a concept car at the Detroit Auto Show. The model featured a body lower than the Caprice and an 8.2-liter engine.

Two years later, the 1994 Impala SS went into production with some design tweaks, including the engine, which was now shared with Corvette. And, just like that, Chevrolet discontinued the Impala again in 1996, this time to give the automaker more capacity to make more profitable SUVs.

1996 Chevrolet Impala Chevrolet saw success with the Impala Police Package.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The Impala name was resurrected in 2000 to slap on the Chevrolet Lumina. With the rebadging, the Impala lost much of its previous identity. It was now a midsize car with a V6 engine. A supercharged Impala SS was sold starting in 2004, sharing its engine with the Buick Regal GS and the Pontiac Grand Prix.

In 2000, the vehicle also was released with a Police Package and an Underdover Police Package. With a stronger suspension and other interior changes from the mass market Impala, the model gained traction as a fleet vehicle.

Following a 2006 redesign, Chevy went back to its Impala roots a bit, giving the Impala SS a small-block V8 though the model was still a V8. It wasn't enough to convince buyers and the SS edition was shelved after the 2009 model year.

2014 Chevrolet Impala The 2014 Chevrolet Impala debuted at the New York International Auto Show in 2012.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

Chevrolet went big with the 10th-genneration Impala, first showing it off at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The model was bigger than the last iteration and it good reviews from noted publications. However, the praise was not enough to make the public purchase the car in the quantities they once had.

With the large car market sagging as demand shifted to SUVs and as the implementation of a General Motors business plan built on electrified mobility progressed, Chevrolet once again announced that the Impala program would end.

The final Chevrolet Impala rolled off the assembly line at the Detroit/Hamtramck plant on February 27, 2020.

General Motors has a habit of bringing old nameplates back (see: Hummer as the most recent example) so it may be too early to completely count the Impala out, though its days as a large sedan may be over for a while.