Thinking of spending $80,000 on an SUV? Could the 2018 Chevy Tahoe fit that bill?

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The Chevrolet Tahoe sits between the larger Suburban and the smaller Traverse, it’s a full three-row, full-size SUV that can accommodate 8 passengers comfortably and the 2018 Model Year is set to be a good one, especially if you opt for the full RST (Rally Street Truck) package – 420 BHP of V8 grunt.

The Tahoe isn’t a cheap SUV, prices for the current year start at $47, 215 and although the Premier (top trim level) has a sticker price of $65,430, if you add in a few options and a bit of bling, the price skyrockets; just for fun, we went through the build process on Chevrolet’s website and ticked the options for a number of packages and upgrades, we didn’t include accessories, just toys for the SUV. By the time we’d finished, the total build price was … $80,895!

It’s worth pointing out that wasn’t with the RST version either. Ouch.

The Fast 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST

Chevrolet are going to offer a number of options and packages, but perhaps the one most people are talking about is the RST – basically making the Tahoe a sporty SUV which looks aggressive and improves the handling.

Starting under the hood, the standard 5.3 liter V8 has been swapped out for a 6.2 liter V8 that uses active fuel-management and continuously variable valve timing to produce 420 BHP and 460 lb/ft of torque – a 65 BHP and 77 lb/ft increase over the standard V8.

You can also add further tuning options like a high-performance exhaust (also available on the standard versions) that adds another 7 – 10 BHP (at the wheels) and the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system – giving much sharper (but not a harsh ride) handling more suited to a 400+ BHP tank.
You can even add options that help you slow that weight down – a Brembo six-pot brake kit for example.

Looks-wise, the RST loses the chrome trim and replaces it with body-colored paintwork or black – giving it a cleaner, more purposeful look. The RST will also use the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission. The RST version is only available on the LT and Premier trim levels though.

The Not-So-Fast 2018 Chevy Tahoe

The standard Tahoe will use the 2017 engine – which as we’ve already mentioned is the 5.3 liter V8 – it pumps out 355 BHP and 383 lb/ft of torque as standard (power upgrades are available) and will come in three trim levels – LS, LT and Premier.

If you fancy a little customization, Chevrolet have plenty of options, including a Brembo six-piston caliper brake upgrade, larger wheels (in a number of different finishes), a range of colors, trim options, camera systems … of course they don’t come cheap, but if you want something a little different, then Chevy is the way to go.

We don’t yet know what is going to come as standard equipment on the base LS trim, but the 2017 Model Year was pretty loaded – low speed forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, safety alert seat, rear-vision camera, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, side blind-zone alert, premium smoothride suspension, heavy-duty locking rear differential, 3-months of OnStar guidance, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hill start assist, StabiliTrak, active aero shutters, 4.2” driver information center, Bluetooth, climate control, cyruise control, HD radio, 5-years of OnStar basic plan, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start and Sirius XM satellite radio – that’s pretty comprehensive!

We’d expect the same again for the 2018 Tahoe.

Standard Styling

Style-wise, nothing much is going to happen for the 2018 model, we’d expect to see some minor updating to the lighting at the front and rear, a possible redesign to the front grille and that will be about it.

But the Tahoe doesn’t suffer from looking old or outdated – it still looks fresh and even mechanically, there’s not a lot that needs updating. Sure there are other manufacturers with a newer model out there, but that’s only because of their production cycle. As with any vehicles, it’s worth trying a few brands until you find one that suits your needs – don’t let someone tell you what your needs are!

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Coming to a Dealer Near You Soon

We are expecting to see the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe as a pre-production model sometime in the middle of 2017, expect around June or July, with the full production and dealership roll-out around September of the same year.

If you’re looking for a deal, you should be able to pick up a 2017 Model Year with a significant discount as dealers discount their inventory to make way for the new models – if your local dealer isn’t playing ball, try calling a few different dealers – sooner or later you’ll find one that wants to take your money!

What do you make of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe? Is the Tahoe RST something you’d be interested in? Or is that just too much power for the sake of it? Let us know in the comments – your opinion matters!

Also read about the upcoming 2017 Chevy Equinox

 

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Tahoe keeps the classic recipe of American SUV - frame body, massive V8 and brutal design even for 2018 model year.

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