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2021 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe to Receive Z71 Trim Level

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If you’re a Chevy enthusiast, you’re familiar with the impressive hardware you get with the Z71 off-road package, which currently includes improved shocks, some sturdy skid plates, and exclusive decals. For the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban, that package of rough-and-tumble equipment is about to get even better.

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Preview of the Z71 trim level

Instead of existing solely as a package of optional equipment, you can now choose Z71 as a full-fledged trim option on the 2021 Tahoe and Suburban. As a trim level, Z71 goes way beyond adding a few pieces of off-road equipment. Instead, Z71 models will boast signature styling, such as a custom front fascia complete with a pair of red horizontal tow hooks — which can come in handy if your off-road adventure goes awry.

The models boast an improved angle of approach, higher clearance, hill-descent control, and huge skid plates. They also come equipped with signature-styled 20-inch wheels and Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner tires. You’ll also enjoy a smooth ride thanks to Magnetic Ride Control, a feature also found on the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray. This intelligent system automatically senses and adjusts for bumps and divots in the road.

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The Z71 Tahoe and Suburban will also boast class-exclusive four-corner air suspension that offers three driving modes — Normal, Off-Road 1, and Off-Road 2. Normal mode is ideal for your daily drive, while Off-Road 1 is suited to a rougher drive. It gives your SUV a 1-inch boost to its ground clearance. Off-Road 2 provides you with a 2-inch boost.

In terms of engine options, only the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 have been confirmed. It’s unknown if the model will eventually receive a 3.0-liter V8 diesel mill, which would offer an impressive mix of beastly torque and fuel efficiency.