2015 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban | First Drive

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 by
2014 Chevrolet Tahoe / Suburban
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  • 2014 Tahoe / Suburban
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
  • Interior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 65%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Back in 1935 when Chevrolet brought out the Suburban Caryall, it was innovative, it was practical and most of all, it was different. Fast forward to eight decades later and the brand tries to follow in the footsteps of its novel ancestors with the newest additions to its line-up, the and 2015 .

Pros

* In terms of road presence, there's not a whole lot that can claim to have as much as this American duo.
* Capacious and comfortable interior.

Cons

* The sluggish feeling of the Suburban can be eliminated if it is fitted with a larger engine.
* Heated steering wheel and heated 2nd row seats are completely unnecessary in this part of the world.

Exterior

Rough, tough and orthogonal, are adjectives you’d use when describing the previous generation models, but come 2015 and that image has been bartered for one of sophistication and maturity. While an extensive grille and two-tier projector-beam headlamps adorn the frontal section, the generous use of chrome along the window lining and side mirrors complement the ruler-straight contours that run the length of the vehicle.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe front side

Measuring in at 5,181mm and 5,699mm respectively, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are 50mm and 40mm longer than their predecessors, but the differences don’t end there. Utilizing refined sheet metal, the latest-gen Amercian SUV’s flaunt a certain sheen that the previous models lacked, and in an effort to offer a more luxurious ride, the guys at Chevrolet have opted for new inlaid doors that fit into the body side openings and significantly improve cabin quietness.

Clearly, more of an urban family hauler than an outright dune tackling SUV, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban welcome 18 inch wheels which grow to a cool 22 inches, and a low plastic front lip on its bumper. Quite simply, the latest American SUV’s on the block aren’t as capable, or more precisely, ready, when lined up against their Japanese counterparts.

Interior

It’s true, the American’s really do like everything king sized; hop into the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban and there’s all the proof you need. While there’s ample amounts of leather and soft touch materials around the cabin, wood trim spans across the centre console and door panels to give the SUV’s from Detroit that slightly superior, slightly upmarket feel.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe interior

Ensuring all passengers within the vehicle are ‘charged’ at all times, the latest offerings from Chevrolet boast a whopping 6 USB ports and 6 power outlets around the cabin. Impressive for sure, but what’s even nicer is the convex mirror which allows the driver to have a clear view of the passengers in the rear seats at all times. Handy for parents with mischievous children or tiny tots? I think so…

Challenging the status-quo and doing something differently is always encouraged, and the results are even more rewarding when the outcomes are practical. So with cupholders integrated into the door panels and electronic fold flat seats which reveal 2,681 litres of cargo space in the Tahoe and an exceptional 3,429 litres in the Suburban, there’s not much left to do except congratulate the designers, really.

Features

Equipped with Magnetic Ride Control (a feature which adjusts shock-absorber damping in real time by means of electromagnetically charged particles contained within the shock fluid) and Chevrolet’s next generation My Link system, the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban are definitely up to date on the tech front.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe interior

While the centre mounted 8-inch display on the dashboard slides up at the touch of a button to reveal a secret compartment to hook up a phone or iPod to the entertainment system, rear seat passengers don’t have to feel left out, as they are entrusted with one rear roof-mounted screen in the Tahoe and two roof-mounted screens in the mighty Suburban!

Packing in a 360 degrees safety system, the latest full-size American SUV’s ensure the driver and passenger’s are safe before a crash with forward collision alert and automatic braking; during a crash with seatbelt pretensioners and 7 airbags, including a segment exclusive centre mounted airbag; and after a crash by cutting off the fuel supply and automatically unlocking the doors.

Drive

Under the hood of the Tahoe and Suburban reside the same 5.3 litre ECOTEC3 V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 518 Nm of torque at 4,100 RPM. Though the numbers may look promising on paper, it isn’t exactly the same story in the real world.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe side

 While the 2,515 kg Tahoe gets up and gets going once you put your foot down, the 2,620 kg Suburban feels lethargic and is in dire need of a larger powerhouse. Mated to a 6 speed transmission, the American SUV’s provide a smooth and quiet ride once at cruising speeds, but getting up there, could take longer than expected.

In an effort to improve fuel efficiency, the boffins at Chevrolet have fitted the Tahoe and Suburban with a plethora of features, including cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system. However, the mighty V8’s thirst for Octane hasn’t exactly been abolished, as our tests saw it chug little less than half a tank over a stretch of 170 kilometres.

Engineered to provide a luxurious and comfortable drive, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban have spent a fair amount of time undergoing tests and alterations to reduce wind noise and provide a smooth ride. With the introduction of a laminated windscreen and smaller side mirrors, wind noise is kept to an absolute minimum until you pass the 100 km/h mark and the car glides over tarmac quite effortlessly, but arrive at a set of speed breakers and the wafty suspension ensures the passengers pray you had enough to afford the variant with Magentic Ride Control.

Verdict

In the eyes of Chevrolet, the Tahoe and Suburban go up against local favourites such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol, but in actuality, they can’t really be compared. Because while the Nissan Patrol demands a steeper price tag, it delivers with a 7 speed transmission and an engine that puts out 45 horsepower more. On the other hand, the Land Cruiser too, packs a slightly stronger punch and would probably annihilate the American SUV’s on a set of dunes.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe rear

So who do the SUV’s from Detroit really compete with? Well, in terms of sheer size or presence, there’s not much that can come close to the gargantuan American duo. But if you’re willing to scale down a little, there’s the 2014 Dodge Durango with a 5.7 litre HEMI V8, or the 2014 Ford Explorer Sport which produces 350 horsepower from its twin turbocharged 3.5 litre V6 engine; both of which provide similar levels of comfort to the Chevy’s and similar amounts of power, while being easier on your wallet.

Pricing

MSRP*LSLTLTZ
2015 Tahoe (2WD)AED 157,000AED 173,000AED 223,000
2015 Tahoe (4WD)AED 168,000AED 184,000AED 232,000
2015 Suburban (2WD)AED 166,000AED 183,000AED 233,000
2015 Suburban (4WD)AED 178,000AED 194,000AED 242,000

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