The age of the SUV is far from over, and the new line of Chevrolet and GMC full-sized vehicles tackles the future head-on with new refinement and fuel-efficient EcoTec3 engines. Both the Chevrolet and GMC models receive a wide array of new features, but the real gem is the EcoTec3 technology under the hood. The Chevrolet models debuted this morning in New York, while the GMC event took place in Los Angeles.
All models will come standard with a new 5.3L V8 FlexFuel that boasts 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque, while the GMC Yukon will also have an optional 6.2L V8 FlexFuel sporting 420 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft of torque. Both engines feature direct fuel injection with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, all of which GM believes will lead to industry-leading fuel economy. As it stands, GM sells three out of every four SUVs in America, so say hello to the likely new leader in the segment.
Though they may look boxier than ever, GM insists that aerodynamics have played a major role in the design of the new Chevrolet and GMC models. Each model is styled with a strong and confident stance, that in the longer wheelbase models seems to stretch on until infinity.
Each one also features chrome grilles between projector-beam headlamps – a bold face to lead more refined elements like inlaid doors for reduced cabin noise and lightweight aluminum panels that reduce mass. All models come standard with 18-inch aluminum wheels, and 20-inch or 22-inch wheels are available.
Both the Tahoe and Suburban will be available with standard or higher-trim LTZ models. On the GMC side, the Yukon will be available as standard or the Yukon XL, plus the highest level Yukon Denali and Yukon Denali XL. The GMC Yukon models feature extensive luxuries like premium interior materials and standard Bose sound system, but essentially all new GM SUVs ride on the same platform. They will all share electric power steering and suspensions – independent coilovers in front and a solid axle with multileaf springs in the rear.
The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukon will all be available in the first quarter of 2014.