Chevrolet has added the Tahoe and Suburban SUVs to the lineup of vehicles available with its Midnight Edition trim package for the 2017 model year.
The Midnight Edition pack has previously been seen on the Impala sedan, the Colorado and Silverado pickups, and the Trax and Equinox crossovers. In the case of the Tahoe and Suburban, it’s available in conjunction with the LT trim level, or the Z71 package.
The LT Midnight builds on the standard equipment list - which includes wifi hotspot, power liftgate, climate control, Bose stereo, leather upholstery, rear-view camera, and lane keep assist - with 20-inch black wheels wrapped in all-season tires, roof rack cross rails, black side steps, and black “bow tie” logos.
The Z71 Midnight, meanwhile, adds 18-inch black wheels wrapped in Goodyear DuraTrac off-road tires, roof rack cross rails, and black grille insert and “bow tie” logos to the standard off-road suspension, side steps, fog lamps, tow hooks, sill plates, and hill descent control.
According to Chevrolet, both the Tahoe and Suburban have seen an upswing in sales this year, as low gas prices have tempted car buyers back into SUVs generally. Tahoe sales are up 18 per cent on 2015 levels, while the Suburban has seen a bump of 30 per cent. Together, they make up around 50 per cent of all full-size SUVs sold in the United States; the Tahoe is the segment’s best-seller.
Marketing and advertising manager for the cars, Mike Weidman, said: “Our SUV customers have shown a considerable appetite for specialty vehicles. The Midnight Editions allow us to further deliver on the premium expectation that our customers already have for these class-leading full-size SUVs.”
For the 2017 model year, the Tahoe and Suburban feature Chevrolet’s new Teen Driver monitoring system, front active aero shutters, and autonomous emergency braking.
The Midnight Edition Tahoe and Suburban will go on sale later this year; Chevrolet has not announced pricing.