Chevrolet Tahoe – History
The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV manufactured by General Motors. The Tahoe is very similar to the GMC Yukon, also made by GM. In the early 1990s, Chevrolet and GMC released two different sized SUVs that go under the model names Blazer and Jimmy. But when the full-size Jimmy was renamed the Yukon in 1992, the situation changed. Chevrolet waited until 1994, when they upgraded the midsize S-10 Blazer to a full-size SUV and rebranded the new 4-door version of the Blazer as the Chevy Tahoe.
Today, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon serve as GM’s full-size SUV model line. Longer wheelbase options are also available for both SUVs; the Suburban for the Tahoe and the Yukon XL for the Yukon. In 1998, as demand for more passenger-friendly SUVs increased, a luxury line emerged for the Yukon model line, the Yukon Denali, and since 2002 the Denali version of the Yukon XL has been available to consumers.
In the 2010 model year, the Chevy Tahoe is considered one of the best performing SUVs on the market. It’s also very competitive in terms of fuel efficiency, capable of getting 22 mpg with the introduction of the new Tahoe Hybrid. Tahoe’s competitors in the large SUV market are the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia in the gasoline division; Among hybrids, it takes on the Mercedes GL-class with its clean-burning BlueTEC diesel engine, the BMW X6 Hybrid, as well as GM’s Cadillac Escalade Hybrid and Yukon Hybrid.
The Tahoe’s design style takes traditional design cues from traditional SUVs and cleverly updates them for the modern market. In 2007, GM designers were very successful in giving the Tahoe a different look than its Cadillac Escalade model, although it closely resembles the GMC Yukon. The two SUVs almost look identical until you look at them straight ahead. The Tahoe’s grille and nose carry the latest Chevrolet design theme, twin horizontal grilles divided by the Chevrolet emblem and flanked on either side by large square headlights. The glass and sheet metal work done on the Tahoe is done in good proportion; a subtle flare on the fenders, a straightforward tailgate, and minimal number of trim lines give an overall clean appearance.
The interior of the Chevrolet Tahoe is impressive too. A wide band of trim is placed on top of the dash that looks better with metallic paint than glossy woodgrain. Large, visible gauges are framed by the large steering wheel. A large center console houses simple but clearly marked secondary controls. The rugged interior fits perfectly with the base Tahoe model, but in the LTZ trim, the interior looks like something out of a German luxury sedan.
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid has some subtle modifications that improve the overall aerodynamics and also reduce its weight. There are also different LCD screens on the console of the hybrid version.