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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban Z71 and Texas Edition Revealed

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/26/2014 Eric Weiner

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe will gain both the familiar Z71 package and a new Texas Edition. The Texas Edition is an aesthetic and convenience package, while the Z71 package for the Tahoe and Suburban does add some off-road performance capability.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Z71

Off-road junkies got their first crack at the Z71 package on Chevrolet’s full-size pickups in 1988. In those days Z71 meant business—we’re talking upgraded shocks, chassis protection, and proud Z71 exterior fender badging. The Z71 badge adorned the Chevrolet Tahoe for the first time in 2000, before spreading to the Suburban in 2001. The recipe has remained basically unchanged through today.

The new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and Suburban Z71 add off-road tires and 18-inch wheels, suspension upgrades, a front skid plate, running boards, and front two hooks in the way of concrete off-road capability improvements. Other upgrades such as a revised grille, fog lamps, front parking assist, and Z71 badges add to the overall feel and convenience of a higher-level trim package. The Z71 package for both the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will be available starting from the middle-of-the-pack LT trim level, which gains 4G LTE and built-in WiFi capability this year. The next-up LTZ trim adds a hands-free liftgate and wireless phone charging. Only models equipped with four-wheel-drive can be paired with the Z71 package.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Front View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Front View

No doubt Tahoe and Suburban buyers enjoy that the new SUVs are both attractive and luxurious, but the Z71 package seems like it will still deliver a bit more off-road prowess, as well.

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Texas Edition

It’s no surprise that the Tahoe and Suburban Texas Edition takes an aesthetic-based approach as well, appealing to the truck-faithful who make up a significant portion of full-size SUV buyers. LT and LTZ versions of the Suburban and Tahoe equipped with the Texas treatment gain polished aluminum wheels (20-inchers for the LT and 22-inches for the LTZ) and Texas Edition badging, while the LT model also gets navigation (already offered on the LTZ.) Buyers will also enjoy nine months of extra satellite radio. The only upgrade in the way of performance is the Max Trailering package, which adds a two-speed active transfer case on four-wheel-drive models, the Z85 Premium Smooth Ride suspension package on LT models, a trailer brake controller, and a 3.42 rear axle ratio.

Texas Edition models will cost $2185 for the LT and $1095 for the LTZ trims on the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. Pricing is not officially available for the Z71 package, but it adds $1590 when added to the 2015 Silverado pickup. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban start at $45,890 and $48,590, respectively, including destination fees.

Source: GM

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