Chevrolet Tahoe is a combination of the most modern technologies and traditions of the legendary SUV. Throughout its history, he gained a reputation as a powerful, reliable and comfortable car. Tahoe combines excellent maneuverability with equally impressive road performance. It is made on the basis of a pickup Chevrolet Silverado and inherited from it a powerful frame and bridges. This family of SUVs is named for the lake in the United States. The model has been produced since 1992.
At first, only cars with a 3-door body were manufactured, and in 1995, 5-door versions were added to them. The designation “1500” on the body of the Tahoe indicates the load capacity in pounds (very approximate). The following power units were installed on all-terrain vehicles: gasoline 5.7-liter V8 (258 hp) and diesel 6.5-liter V8 (182 hp) with turbocharging (since 1994). The engines were paired with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Transmission had several versions. In the American market they offered not only four-wheel drive cars, but also with rear-axle drive.
There are versions where the permanent rear-wheel drive and the front-wheel drive can be plugged in using the buttons (on the first releases, the lever) in the cabin. If the four-wheel drive is manually activated, it can only be used on slippery areas, otherwise the transmission will quickly fail. Later, cars began to be equipped with a transmission in which the front axle was automatically connected electronically when the rear was slipping.
In Tahoe, the front suspension is independent, and the rear one is dependent with a solid axle beam on springs. This design allows you to confidently overcome off-road. The positive quality of the Tahoe is large interior space. Even the 3-door version, the base of which is less than 15 cm, has enough space for the legs of the rear passengers. The back door of all versions of the Tahoe is double-winged: Some of the doors are vertical, others have horizontal doors, while the lower door does not fall down on the same level as the floor. In 2000, the next generation Chevrolet Tahoe appeared.
Compared with the previous generation model, the car received more smooth shapes, rounded corners and protruding wheel arches. Still, his features carry solidity and masculinity. A new body, a powerful and economical engine, a completely updated suspension, the progressive Auto 4WD system and the most spacious cabin in its class allow you to move around the city with equal comfort and overcome any off-road conditions. And the changes made to the cars in this model year made the already powerful and comfortable SUV even more convenient, dynamic and reliable.
Tahoe can be found for hundreds of meters. His appearance is characterized by rectangular headlights, separated by a chrome molding with a vertical cross in the middle. If you look at the car from the side, you can see the solid wheel arches, large doors (especially the front), a massive luggage compartment, in which you can put a third row of seats. Solid appearance Tahoe gives him a real male car. The interior of the Chevrolet Tahoe is designed to meet the latest requirements for ergonomic driver seats.
All signs and switches on the dashboard are clearly visible and easily accessible. Inside, the car is home-style spacious and comfortable. Tahoe is available in 5 or 7 seater. Salon impresses with an abundance of opportunities. Heated driver and front passenger seats with good lateral support are equipped with electric drive, with which you can adjust the position of the seats in 6 directions (with two-position memory). Separate air conditioning and heating for the front and rear parts of the passenger compartment allows passengers to set for themselves the optimal mode, regardless of the preferences of the driver and front passenger.
A specially designed Bose stereo with CD player, offered as standard, delivers great acoustic sound. The 126 BT system includes a 6-channel amplifier with 8 speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer designed specifically for the Chevrolet Tahoe. The elegant 4-spoke role is easy and informative. The selector of an automatic transmission "on the ocean" is located on the steering wheel. Between the seats there is a giant space, which is occupied by a drawer locked with a key. The patented General Motors Autotrac 4x4 system is a computer-controlled transfer case. Autotrac 4x4 allows you to simply select one of the five transmission modes - A4WD, 4 HI, 4LO, 2HI, as well as the Neutral mode.
Thanks to this system you are always ready to change road conditions. 2Hi mode is used in normal road conditions. This mode provides fuel savings by completely disabling the front axle. The AUTO 4WD mode — automatic all wheel drive — is best suited for driving on mixed roads. When the rear wheels slip, the system in a matter of a fraction of a second automatically switches on the four-wheel drive and turns it off when road conditions do not require it. 4Hi mode - permanent four-wheel drive - is used in conditions of snow drifts, ice and most other off-road situations.
This mode is similar to the mode with a locked center differential. 4Lo mode is used in heavy road conditions - when driving in deep snow, mud, on steep slopes and sand. Switching from / to 4Lo mode requires stopping the vehicle and only then transferring the transmission from / to this mode. Neutral mode allows Chevrolet Tahoe owners to tow a car if necessary without damaging the transmission. This is one of the few cars with an automatic transmission on which this option is offered. Chevrolet Tahoe is equipped with a third-generation Vortec V8 engine. Compared with the previous version (5.7 liters), its volume decreased to 5.3 liters.
However, the new engine has become even more powerful (273 hp) and at the same time more economical. At the same time 85% of the maximum torque is achieved in a wider range of revolutions, which provides excellent maneuverability and traction characteristics. The standard package includes Tahoe disc brakes on all wheels with ABS, as well as a dynamic brake force distribution system, which is a computer unit that redistributes braking forces between the front and rear wheels, depending on the change in their rotational speed. This increases braking efficiency, which is most noticeable with a high degree of load on the car, and increases the service life of brake pads.
The 2007 Tahoe is built on a new platform that will become the basis for 11 more General Motors models. Compared to its predecessor, the car was 12.8 cm longer (5.12 m), the difference in width and height is insignificant: plus three (2.007 m) and plus seven (1.955 m) millimeters. The new generation of Tahoe received: power, spacious interior, modern elements of comfort and safety. At its core, the 2007 Tahoe remained a traditional SUV with a robust rear axle. But the chassis itself was significantly reconstructed, and the body, according to the manufacturer, has become more durable.
Due to the large angle of inclination of the windshield and carefully “licked” body panels, the drag coefficient of the Tahoe is 0.363 - almost a record for a large SUV. Chevrolet Tahoe is offered in three versions. These are the base LS, the enhanced LT and the sporty LTZ. The basic equipment offered: stability control system, climate control, CD-MP3-player and on-board computer.
LT has three more sub-levels: LT-1, LT-2 and LT-3. The LT-1 has an audio system control panel in the steering column, bucket-type seats and fog lamps. The package LT-2 added leather upholstery, a CD changer for six drives and rear parking sensor.
The LT-3 adds side-impact airbags, heated front seats and a Bose audio system with satellite radio to this list. The LTZ is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, heated second-row seats, lockable differentials, wipers with rain sensors, and an Autoride pneumatic rear suspension. The main options for this model Tahoe - navigation system, rear view camera and DVD system.
All disc brakes, a vehicle stability control system and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard on all Tahoe. Airbags for passengers of all three rows - the standard for the LT-3 and LTZ, this system is included in the list of options for the other options Tahoe. Depending on how the owner equips his Tahoe, in the cabin of the car can accommodate from six to nine passengers. The maximum volume of cargo space is 3.08 meters. The second row of the Tahoe can be removed using a mechanical device, and the third row of chairs are folded manually.
The 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe can stand in one of two V8 engines. At the first Tahoe will put 5.3-liter V8 with a capacity of 320 hp Later, a 4.8-liter V8 with a capacity of 290 hp will appear, which will be part of the standard configuration on the Tahoe with a 2-wheel drive, and the 5.3-liter engine will be included in the list of options. The new suspension makes the movement softer than before. The 11-meter turning circle gives the car sufficient maneuverability when driving around the city. The cabin is relatively quiet even at high speed, and it’s quite comfortable to drive along an uneven road.