2018 Tahoe & Suburban Ready to Roll in Fall
New performance package with 6.2-liter V8, Magnetic Ride Control and an exterior with no chrome makes Chevy’s SUVs tougher than ever.
SUVs have gotten a bad rep recently for being vehicles that only soccer moms and drivers with lots of kids would like. But that’s not true, of course. Large SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are versatile, comfortable machines that can hold a lot of cargo and eat up miles like no one’s business. Chevrolet recently announced a new special edition that will hopefully help clear the SUVs bad rep.
The RST (Rally Sport Truck) Special Edition models bring a variety of performance and exterior changes that transform the Tahoe and Suburban. Some of the more signification changes have been made to the SUVs’ exterior and include body-color grille surround and door handles; black roof rails; gloss-black grille and mirror caps; black badges; and 22-inch wheels with Bridgestone tires.
As for the Tahoe, the RST Special Edition brings an exclusive performance package that adds the 6.2-liter V8 under the hood – the first time the 6.2-liter motor has been offered in the SUV – and Magnetic Ride Control that has been calibrated with performance in mind. The engine is matched to the new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The available performance upgrades don’t stop there, though, as both the Tahoe and Suburban can be fitted with a performance exhaust system from Borla, as well as a high-performance brake package that includes Duralife rotors and red Brembo six-piston calipers at the front.
The 6.2-liter V8 engine on offer in the Tahoe RST Special Edition model produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque. With the new 10-speed transmission and the other goodies that the RST Special Edition brings, Chevrolet claims the Tahoe RST Performance Package can sprint to 60 mph in less than six seconds, while towing 8,400 lbs.
“When you want to hustle, it is incredibly fast, with significantly higher levels of acceleration, braking and road-holding grip,’ says Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks. “When you want to relax, it is very refined, with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness.”
The Tahoe and Suburban RST Special Edition models are meant to meld luxury and performance, which may just be the key to making large SUVs cool again. The two special edition SUVs will go on sale this fall with pricing expected to be announced soon.