A 6.2-liter V8 and trim upgrades give these big SUVs a bit more swagger, but it comes at a cost.
Newsflash: SUVs are selling like crazy. Okay, that’s not exactly breaking news these days, but we suspect it’s why Chevrolet is now offering a Premier Plus special edition for both its Tahoe and Suburban. The crux of the package is the 6.2-liter V8, which was initially available for RST performance versions of both big SUVs. The Premier Plus editions offer up the beefier engine over the standard-issue 5.3-liter V8.
“Our customers have shown strong demand for both Tahoe and Suburban with the 6.2L V-8 option,” Chevrolet Trucks Marketing and Advertising Director Sandor Piszar. “Thirty-six percent of all Chevy full-size SUV special edition models are now sold with this engine. Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.”
Those extra premium touches include a two-tone interior in black and mahogany, with leather front seats that are also heated and ventilated. A heads-up display is part of the tech treatment along with an 8-inch diagonal cluster. A 12-month data plan is also included in the Premier Plus edition, allowing driver and passengers to take advantage of the SUV’s 4G LTE connectivity.
On the outside, folks will know you’re riding Premium Plus style with new 22-inch wheels – a first for Chevrolet’s full-size SUV lineup. Gold Chevrolet bowtie logos and the requisite chrome badges are part of the package, along with chrome power steps and a chrome exhaust tip.
It all sounds snazzy, but there is a price for these SUV upgrades. The ever-so-slightly smaller Tahoe Premier Plus starts at $74,100 plus $1,295 in destination charges. The Suburban Premier Plus checks in just a bit higher, at $76,900 with the same $1,295 destination charge. That’s officially Cadillac Escalade money, but for those who prefer the bowtie to Caddy’s crown, both the Suburban and Tahoe Premier Plus editions are available for order now, with deliveries slated to begin later this year.
CHEVROLET INTRODUCES TAHOE AND SUBURBAN PREMIER PLUS SPECIAL EDITIONS
DETROIT — Due to customer demand, Chevrolet is expanding the availability of the 6.2L V-8 engine within its full-size SUV lineup by introducing the Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions.
The 6.2L V-8 was first made available in the Chevy full-size SUV lineup on the 2018 Tahoe RST 6.2L Performance Package. The engine recently debuted on the 2019 Suburban RST 6.2L Performance Package, which is now on sale at Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.
All Premier Plus edition Chevy full-size SUVs, as well as RST Premier models with the optional 6.2L Performance Package, also feature Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration and a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.
“Our customers have shown strong demand for both Tahoe and Suburban with the 6.2L V-8 option,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Trucks Marketing and Advertising. “Thirty-six percent of all Chevy full-size SUV special edition models are now sold with this engine. Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.”
The 2019 Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus editions feature a unique interior with heated and ventilated Black/Mahogany-colored leather-appointed front seats against a Jet Black trim surround. This premium two-tone interior and 22-inch polished wheels make their first appearance in Chevy’s full-size SUV lineup with the Premier Plus special editions.
Other features include gold Chevrolet “bowtie” logos, chrome nameplate badging, a head-up display and 8-inch diagonal cluster, cross rails, chrome power steps and exhaust tip and a Chevrolet-branded cargo organizer.
Connectivity is provided by a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi1 hotspot, and the Premier Plus package includes a 12-month data plan.
The available 6.2L V-8 is capable of 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers three state-of-the-art technologies — direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing — to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.
The 10-speed automatic transmission offers smaller steps between each ratio to maximize engine power under acceleration. With a wide 7.39 overall gear ratio spread and lower numerical top gear ratio, the transmission also reduces engine revolutions at highway speeds.
Magnetic Ride Control is an active suspension that “reads” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in the electronically controlled shock absorbers in as few as 10-15 milliseconds. As a result, the suspension delivers improved body-motion control during cornering and a more comfortable ride while cruising.
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier Plus will start with an MSRP of $74,100 plus a $1,295 destination charge, while the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Premier Plus will start at $76,900 with a $1,295 destination charge. (MSRP excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.)
Both Premier Plus full-size SUVs are also available to Costco members at GM supplier pricing with a $4,500 Costco member incentive2. Costco Gold Star and Business Members who purchase the vehicle through participating dealers and complete a Costco Auto Program survey are also eligible for a $300 Costco Cash Card, while Executive Members are eligible for a $700 Costco Cash Card.
The exclusive Costco member value package is only available on 5,000 vehicles. Costco offer is not compatible with any other GM incentives. To qualify, customers must be a member by Oct. 1, 2018, and take delivery between, Oct. 2, 2018, and Jan. 2, 2019.
The 2019 Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus can be ordered from Chevrolet dealers now, with production beginning in mid-August.
- Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active OnStar service and paid AT&T data plan. Visit onstar.com for details and limitations.
- To qualify for this offer, the customer must: (1) Be a Costco member by Oct. 1, 2018; (2) Register with the Costco Auto Program to receive their GM Authorization Number and the contact information for a dealership that has opted in to offer the Premier Plus exclusive value package for Costco Members; (3) Present the GM Authorization Number to the dealer at time of visit; (4) Take delivery of a new 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier Plus or Suburban Premier Plus starting Oct. 2, 2018; (5) Submit a redemption form within 30 days of purchase or lease and complete a Costco Auto Program member satisfaction survey to receive the Costco Cash Card by mail. Please allow eight weeks for Costco Cash Card delivery, pending completion of all eligibility requirements; including redemption form submission, purchase verification from GM and phone survey completion. Not compatible with some other offers. Costco Cash Cards are not redeemable for cash, except where required by law.