NEW FOR 2010:

– 6.2-litre V8 engine discontinued
– E85 capability and cam phasing on 5.3-litre V8 engine
– Fuel-efficient Tahoe XFE model available
– Single-speed transfer case standard on 4WD models, with two-speed transfer case optional
– USB connection in centre console, enhanced battery saver mode when running accessories
– Universal garage door opener standard on LTZ
– Z71 off-road suspension now available on 1LT
– Exterior colours: Taupe Grey Metallic and Sheer Silver Metallic added; Graystone Metallic, Silver Birch Metallic and Deep Ruby Metallic discontinued; Red Jewel Tintcoat now available on LS and LT, and with Z71 off-road package

For 2010, the Chevrolet Tahoe undergoes a few revisions, especially for fuel economy: the 6.2-litre V8 is discontinued, while the 5.3-litre V8 gains E85 ethanol capability and cam phasing, and will be used in a new Tahoe XFE model, available as a mid-interim introduction, providing an estimated return of 14.3 L/100 km in the city and 9.3 L/100 km on the highway. Other changes include a single-speed transfer case as the default choice on four-wheel drive models, with the two-speed transfer case optional; a USB connector for playing and charging music devices; an enhanced battery saver mode when running accessories; a universal garage door opener on the LTZ model; and the Z71 off-road package available on the 1LT trim line.

The Tahoe uses a 5.3-litre V8 engine with six-speed automatic transmission, while the Tahoe Hybrid uses a 6.0-litre V8 and hybrid electric propulsion unit with four-speed automatic transmission. All engines use Active Fuel Management, which shuts off half the cylinders under light load for improved fuel economy. The Hybrid can launch and travel at speeds of up to 49 km/h on its battery alone, and features an automatic-stop that shuts off the gasoline engine when the truck is stopped, such as at a light. The battery pack is recharged through regenerative braking.

The LS and LT come standard with two rows of seats, but can be optioned with a third row; the LTZ and Hybrid come only with three rows.

Features on the LS include 17-inch aluminum wheels, tri-zone manual climate control, keyless entry, OnStar with Safe & Sound Plan, heavy-duty trailer hitch with seven-pin wiring connector, remote starter, black assist steps, black door handles, privacy glass, heated mirrors, roof rack side rails, variable intermittent wipers, rear washer/wiper, cruise control, floor mats, auxiliary rear heater, driver information centre, tire pressure monitoring system, GM Oil Life monitoring system, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, driver’s express-down window, cloth 40/20/40 split-bench front seat with power six-way driver’s adjustment, second-row 60/40 split-folding bench, CD/MP3 stereo, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and XM satellite radio.

The LT adds OnStar Directions & Connections plan with Turn-By-Turn Navigation, colour-keyed door handles, fog lights, roof rack cross bars, centre floor console, six-way power passenger seat, and second-row audio controls and earphone jacks.

The LTZ adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, automatic tri-zone climate control, rear parking assist, AutoRide suspension with air-assisted automatic rear level control, chrome door handles, chrome mesh grille insert, power liftgate, power-folding heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, reverse-tilt, puddle lamps and integrated turn signals, power sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, garage door opener, heated and cooled perforated leather 12-way power front seats, driver’s side memory, heated second-row reclining bucket seats with power fold-and-tumble release, 50/50 split-bench third-row seat, six-CD/MP3 stereo, and Bose Centre Channel sound system with subwoofer.

The Hybrid is outfitted similarly to the LT, but adds 18-inch lightweight aluminum wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear parking assist, electric power steering, lightweight aluminum liftgate, power-adjustable pedals, power-folding heated mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, reverse-tilt, puddle lamps and integrated turn signals, rearview camera, tire inflator kit, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 115-volt power outlet, garage door opener, leather seats with six-way power front seats, third-row 50/50 split-bench seat, Bose Premium sound system with subwoofer, and XM NavTraffic.

Depending on the model, available options include a block heater, heavy-duty trailer package with electric brake controller, Z71 Off-Road package, power-retractable assist steps, skid plates, and rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

The Tahoe is also sold as the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.

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