The old adage that Americans love big, powerful trucks when fuel is cheap seems to be proving true once again. Responding to demand for the top 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs, Chevrolet has announced that it will be expanding the availability of this engine by creating a new special edition for those two trucks. The new 2019 Tahoe Premier Plus and Suburban Premier Plus can be ordered now, with Chevrolet beginning SUV production in mid-August.
Previously, the more powerful V-8 engine option was only available on Chevy's performance-oriented Tahoe RST Premier and Suburban RST Premier SUVs, which also included a monochromatic trim package, Magnetic Ride Control adjustable suspension, a 3.23:1 axle ratio, and big 22-inch wheels and tires. Starting price for that model of the Tahoe was around $66,000 and the Suburban just a hair under $70,000, but if you wanted a more traditional SUV look to your Tahoe and Suburban, you were out of luck. Now, you can specify the Premier Plus version of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban instead of the Chevy RST and retain all the chrome.
The new top-luxury versions of the full-size Tahoe and Suburban get a lot of the goodies that come with the RST badging, including the Magnetic Ride Control suspension with performance calibration, but also add a unique mahogany-and-black two-tone leather front seats and interior, a head-up display, polished 22-inch wheels and power-retractable side steps. Of course, the reason for the season is the 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 engine, mated up to a 10-speed automatic transmission driving to the rear wheels or all four.
Starting price for the new Premier Plus trim level is an even loftier $75,395 for the Tahoe, or $78,195 for the Suburban (all prices include destination). But if you're a Costco member and you act quickly, you can get both GM supplier pricing and a $4,500 Costco member incentive discount on the new Chevrolet Tahoe or Suburban SUVs — they'll even throw in a $300 Costco Cash Card for Gold Star and Business Members, and a $700 one for Executive Members. But you have to act soon; Chevrolet and GM are limiting this to just 5,000 trucks.
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