Sales of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs have come out of the gate strong over the last few months, as customers were clearly swayed by the vehicles’ 5.3-liter, 355-hp V-8 and surprisingly comfortable driving dynamics. Now buyers will be able to opt for an additional Z71 option package, although Chevrolet declined to reveal any more details on the package, such as included equipment and pricing, promising that more information will be forthcoming in late September.
The Z71 package is nothing new, even to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. Chevrolet introduced the first Z71 package in 1988 for its pickup trucks, and by 2001 the suite of performance upgrades made it to the Tahoe and Suburban. We can’t be sure what exactly will come with the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Z71, but there’s a good chance it will be similar to that of last year’s iteration. A Z71 Appearance Package was available separately for more aesthetic upgrades, but the main differences in 2014 came with the Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package that added 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, revised springs and shocks, special front and rear fascia changes, undercarriage skid plates, and a heavy-duty air cleaner.
Currently, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado offers a Z71 Off-Road package that fits the truck with upgraded shocks, a transfer case shield for four-wheel-drive models, an automatic locking rear differential, all-terrain tires on 18-inch aluminum wheels, and a suite of Z71-branded appearance pieces inside and out. Only available starting from the mid-pack LT trim level, the Z71 package carries a $1590 premium over the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LT.
The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban start at $45,890 and $48,590 including destination fees, respectively.