2015 Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe, GMC Yukon: squarer, larger, 6 USB ports

GM has unveiled its latest generation full-size SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon, which are predictably larger than ever before.

As before the full-size SUV range comprises of the standard wheelbase Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon (and Yukon Denali), as well as the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL that have a longer wheelbase and greatly lengthened rear section. So, basically you have large and American-sized gi-effing-normous. A differently styled Cadillac Escalade will take a bow a little later on.

The body-on-frame SUVs — they’re basically specced up and slightly restyled passenger carrying versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks — are powered exclusively by a direct injection Flex Fuel capable 5.3-litre V8 petrol engine churning out 250kW (355hp) of power and 519Nm (383lb-ft) of torque. The GMC Yukon Denali can be optioned with a 6.2-litre V8 that has 313kW (420hp) of power and 610Nm (450lb-ft) of torque.

Power to goes to either the rear or all four wheels via a 6-speed auto. Depending on the model the Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon rides on either 18-, 20- or 22-inch alloy wheels.

New features on the redesigned super-size SUVs include fold flat seats in both the second and third row (electric operation is optional), “conversation mirror” that allows the driver and front passenger to keep a tab on kids in the back seats, powered tailgate, high-res display for the trip computer, power retractable sidesteps, “magnetic ride control” suspension, proximity entry key and push button start.

The entertainment system can be specified with an 8-inch touchscreen, MyLink smartphone application connectivity that allows the driver to control apps like Pandora via the car’s controls, and a rear seat entertainment system with a Blu-ray/DVD player. To top that off the Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon can be specced with up to six USB ports and six power outlets, including one with mains-style 3-prong 110V port.

Safety kit includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane changing assistance, rear traffic monitoring and the ability to warn the driver not only via charming noises, but also through a vibrating seat.

What does it go on sale? The Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon go on sale across North America from the first quarter of 2014.

Why is it a 2015 model? US model years are generally a year ahead of actually calendar years.

Will any of them come to Australia? Given the poor showing the last time Holden tried importing the Chevrolet Suburban, it seems highly unlikely.

Dimensions, weight

  Chevrolet Tahoe
GMC Yukon
Chevrolet Suburban
GMC Yukon XL
Length 5,181mm 5,699mm
Width 2,044mm 2,044mm
Height 1,889mm 1,889mm
Wheelbase 2,946mm 3,302mm
Weight 2,426kg (RWD)
2,533kg (4WD)
2,529kg (RWD)
2,637kg (4WD)
Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]