Spotlight on the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LTAug 13rd, 2018
First introduced in 1991 as the K5 Blazer, the full size 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT has become a staple of American-bred power, comfort, refinement, and sport utility. The 2018 model year is the most advanced Tahoe yet, benefiting from Chevrolet’s renewed dedication to fuel efficiency, utility, and user-friendly amenities.
In this post, we’re placing the spotlight on the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT and all of the special features that make it the crowd-pleaser it’s been for the last two decades.
The Chevy Tahoe began life in 1991 to be introduced for the 1992 model year as the K5 Blazer, a 2-door full size SUV based on the same GMT400 platform as its longer Suburban cousin and Silverado brethren. Named after the iconic California/Nevada Lake Tahoe, the model had sport utility, performance, and fun in the crosshairs since day one. In 1995 Chevy, and GMC, who released the similar Yukon, introduced a 4-door model in 1995, when the 2-door original was discontinued.
Powering the original iteration was a behemoth 5.7L 350 cubic inch small block V8, with an optional 6.5L turbo diesel introduced in 1994. The luxurious LT package began its life in 1994 as well, featuring a revised interior, automatic transmission, and a revised Vortec V8 with electronic 4WD shifting. Marketed to adrenaline-seeking young professionals and adventure-seekers, the Tahoe was uniquely suited to transitional lifestyles that could accommodate children, groceries, and pets as much as it could snowboarding, camping, and weekend backcountry traversing.
Major revisions and facelifts ensued in 2000 and 2007, with the introduction of an innovative 6.0L hybrid V8 version in 2008, based on the GMT900 platform, which defied and exceeding predicted sales numbers despite a weakening market for full-size SUVs.
Style & Utility
Inside and out, the new 2018 Tahoe LT is basted in impressive refinement and athletic lines. The TAhoe has always been a beefy vehicle, but the short wheel base lends itself well to tight urban driving as much as it does highway cruising.
Available with soft-leather appointed interior and premium amenities, the Tahoe comes with available Z71 package specific 18-inch aluminum rims, recovery hooks, specialty front grille and fascia, black tubular assist steps, and unique floor mats, instrument cluster, and badging. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe also comes in five unique special editions, including the Z71 Midnight Edition, LT Signature Package, and All Season Package. The LT package includes chrome assist steps, bright body side mouldings, polished exhaust tips, signature chrome grille inserts, chrome recovery hooks, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
New stylish cabin refinements comes insulated with an acoustic-laminated windshield with triple seals to help reduce excessive road noise. The Tahoe also is able to accommodate a massive 94.7 cu. Ft (2,682L) of maximum cargo space.
Power & Capability
Never one to skimp on power and capability, the new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe comes equipped with a standard 355 horsepower, 383 lb/ft torque 5.3L V8 that boasts an impressive max trailering package rated at 8,600 lb; all while combining to deliver a best-in-class, unbelievable 10.4L/100km highway fuel efficiency rating. If you need more power than that, the RST Performance Package offers up a beefy 420 horsepower 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine, coupled to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Tahoe is also equipped with an optional 2-speed Autotrac transfer case for 4WD applications, as well as hill descent control.
Technology & Safety
Excess seems to be the game plan for the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT, and the technology arena is no exception. The Tahoe is equipped with an impressive array of user-friendly tech features like an available 8-inch touch-screen Driver Information Centre and Head-up display that conveniently places integral information right in the driver’s line of sight.
The Tahoe is able to support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, seamlessly connecting up to 7 mobile devices connected to its available 4G LTE WiFi hot-spot. The Tahoe also has up to seven available USB ports, a 110 volt three-prong outlet, and an available wireless charging station for convenience and ease.
Safety comes by way of intuitive and innovative features like available low-speed forward automatic braking, forward collision alert, safety alert seat (with seat-bottom vibration alerts rather than audible safety alerts), rear vision camera, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, and side blind zone alerts – all comfortably enclosed in a high-strength steel safety cage with 7 airbags and available OnStar automatic crash response.
This confident toy hauler and family carrier is loaded with modern tech and connectivity, capable off road 4X4 ability, and serious brute power to accommodate all of life’s winding roads. Find out more during an informational and experiential test-drive at Eagle Ridge GM today!