Chevy just rolled out brand new iterations of both the Tahoe and Suburban, and the Z71 model has returned more serious than ever.
The Z71 recipe starts with a brand new frame, body and suspension setup, with the rear moving from a solid axle used in previous generations to a fully independent setup.
A new air suspension system has been developed as well and is available on the Z71, capable of lifting the body a full two-inches over stock height. And even without the air, the Z71 model receives a modest 1-inch lift to help it clear the rocks. The track is also slightly wider on the Z71 model, which sports a set of Goodyear Wrangler Trailrunner AT tires.
Up front, a unique fascia with an incorporated skid plate has been added to help the approach angle while unique side steps are fitted.
Red tow hooks complete the exterior appearance, and it is enough to really set the Z71 apart from the rest of the lineup.
Under the hood, there is good news and bad. Two V8s will be offered, either a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 or the big 6.2-liter V8 making 420 hp, both of which are hooked to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The bad news is that the 3.0-liter diesel engine that is available on every other Tahoe trim won’t be coming to the Z71.
To see if for yourself and learn everything about the new Tahoe Z71, watch the video walkaround above.