Looking for a big SUV, but don't need three rows of seats? This Tahoe could be the solution.

Chevrolet appears to be testing the waters over whether people want a less expensive Tahoe because the new Custom special edition starts at $44,995, versus a base price of $47,215 for the Tahoe LS. The only major change is that the Custom only comes with two rows of seats, rather than three in the rest of the lineup.

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom


“In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display,” Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director, said in the model’s announcement. “This created an unmet need in the marketplace for customers who want the cargo and towing capability of a full-size SUV to go camping, boating or off-roading but don’t necessarily want all of the option content offered on a Tahoe Premier.”

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The only aesthetic tweak compared to the base LS trim is a set of 18-inch painted aluminum wheels rather than polished parts. Removing the third-row seat means there’s always at least 54 cubic feet (1,529 liters) of cargo room in the back.

Otherwise, the Custom has all of the rest of the Tahoe’s standard amenities, like an eight-inch infotainment display with a 4G LTE Wi-fi hotsport, rear-vision camera, and remote start. The Custom also has the same 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower (265 kW) and six-speed automatic gearbox as the rest of the lineup. Customers can choose between rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. The powertrain lets the SUV tow 6,600-pounds (2,994 kilograms) in standard trim or 8,600 pounds (3,901 kilograms) with the available Max Trailering Package. Another option is the Enhanced Driver Alert Package that adds low-speed automatic braking, lane-keep assist, driver alert seat, forward collision alert, power-adjustable pedals, and automatic headlights.

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CHEVROLET INTRODUCES THE TAHOE CUSTOM


New model offers Tahoe’s legendary capability starting at $44,995

DETROIT — Today Chevrolet announced the new Tahoe Custom special edition for the 2018 model year. Like other Custom models, the Tahoe Custom is intended for buyers who want the uncompromised capability of Chevrolet trucks and SUVs in a great looking package at an outstanding value.

“The Tahoe Custom is a response to strong customer demand for Tahoe, as well as the full-size SUV segment moving upmarket,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director. “In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display. This created an unmet need in the marketplace for customers who want the cargo and towing capability of a full-size SUV to go camping, boating or off-roading but don’t necessarily want all of the option content offered on a Tahoe Premier.”

For $44,995, the 2018 Tahoe Custom comes standard with 6,600 pounds of towing capacity (up to 8,600 pounds of towing with max trailering package), a maximum of 112 cubic feet of cargo space and a 355-hp, 5.3L V-8 engine that delivers an expected segment-leading 23 mpg highway based on EPA estimates.

The Tahoe Custom is based on the LS trim and adds 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, all-season tires and a chrome-accented grille. Plus, Tahoe Custom features a third-row seat that has been removed, increasing cargo space behind the second row to a substantial 54 cubic feet for added utility.

Tahoe Custom also features a suite of connectivity technologies including:

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility

  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3G data trial)
  • 8-inch color touchscreen radio
  • Standard rear-vision camera
  • Standard remote start
  • Standard teen driver mode


Available Enhanced Driver Alert Package that features Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
Up to five USB ports and five power outlets — including a 110-volt three-prong outlet —  to support electronic devices of all kinds (up to 11 charging locations)


Tahoe Custom will be available at Chevy dealers in September 2017.

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Offered in LS, 2WD and 4WD configurations
  • Standard 5.3L V-8 engine with direct injection and Active Fuel Management provides 355 horsepower and segment-leading fuel economy: EPA estimated 23 mpg highway
  • Cargo space behind the second row has 54 cubic feet of space
  • Standard front active aero shutters enhance aerodynamics on the highway
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability through MyLink displays messages, music, maps and more on the multicolor screen
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3G data trial)
  • Standard Rear Seat Reminder
  • Standard 8-inch color touchscreen radio
  • Up to five USB ports and five power outlets — including a 110-volt three-prong outlet —  to support electronic devices of all kinds (up to 11 charging locations)
  • Standard remote start
  • Standard Teen Driver feature


SAFETY FEATURES

  • Standard front and side-impact air bags for driver and front passenger with front-center air bag and head curtain side-impact air bags for all rows
  • Available Enhanced Driver Alert Package that features Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Standard rear-vision camera
  • Standard tire pressure monitor includes tire fill alert