When GM decided to rebadge the Jimmy in 1992, Chevrolet followed suit after two years. From the Blazer, a new name was released--the Tahoe. Although this particular line of SUVs is not as old as its competitors, it still managed to entice many car owners and bag various awards. Manufactured under different platforms, the Tahoe is one of the most successful SUV lines in the automobile industry.
Under the GMT400 platform, the Tahoe received a truck chassis, and several versions were made. The different versions were classified as either two- or four-doors and four- or rear-wheel drives. During this period, some car owners can purchase Tahoes that were powered by a standard 5.7 L LO5 small-block V8 engine. Moreover, because of its versatility and performance, the Tahoe was recognized by Motor Trend as the Truck of the Year for 1996.
2000: GMT400 limited edition
For the 2000 model year, Chevrolet released limited edition Tahoes that were still under the GMT400 platform. These special edition trucks were named 4WD Tahoe Z71 and 2WD Tahoe Limited. Some of the notable features of these Tahoes were their monochromatic themes, ground effects, fog lamp-integrated front bumpers, and missing roof racks. The police package was also made available for the Tahoe Limited which made it two inches lower than the 4WD Z71 version.
Though GMT800 Tahoes were already being manufactured by Chevrolet in late 2000, the first ones to actually be equipped with the StabiliTrak debuted in 2003. This unique feature is an electronic stability control system which helped Tahoe drivers during that time to maintain control especially if they are driving on uneven or slippery roads. This generation of Tahoes also saw the introduction of the FlexFuel engine--a kind of engine that can operate under more than one kind of fuel.
Under the latest GMT900 platform, new Tahoes were produced for the 2007 model year. The updated model became more angular therefore making it look more upscale. In terms of interior changes, the dashboard of the Tahoe received a wooded trim, and its instrument controls were given a chrome tint. Aside from these, the overall fuel economy was improved from 19 mpg to an average of 22 mpg. At the present, the Tahoe is still being manufactured under the same platform. It is powered by a 6.2 L Vortec 6200 V8 engine that could produce at least 395 hp and 417 pound-feet of torque.