Ford Motor Company (F), General Motors Company (GM): Will Chevy’s 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Avoid Extinction?

The first difference you’ll notice is the larger grille on the front of both vehicles, but aside from that, the design is more evolutionary than revolutionary. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it fits the trend with the redesigns of General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)’s Silverado and Sierra trucks.

The Tahoe and Suburban both have a standard 5.3L V-8 featuring direct injection, with cylinder deactivation to help retain power yet improve fuel economy. Official miles-per-gallon information hasn’t been released yet, but I believe if it fails to improve significantly from the last generation, it will be difficult to revive Tahoe and Suburban sales.

The two SUVs also boast a slew of new safety technologies. Those features include forward collision alert, front park assist, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. In addition, both SUVs include the segment’s only front-seat center airbag for additional protection.

GM didn’t stop there. The interior also received a makeover:


2015 Chevrolet Suburban showcases an all-new interior. Photo credit: General Motors.

According to General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), both vehicles include;

Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo convenience — including an available power-folding feature.

18-inch standard wheels that are a half-inch wider, reducing tire flex for improved cornering performance. Twenty- and 22-inch wheels are available.

Available 8-inch color touchscreen radio, with next-generation MyLink connectivity.

Up to six USB ports and six power outlets — including a 110-volt three-prong outlet — to support electronic devices of all kinds (up to 12 charging locations total).

Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens (Suburban only) and Blu-ray/DVD player,

Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats.

Keyless entry and push-button start.

Takeaway
GM is indeed a much better company than it was a decade ago, when these full-size SUVs were some of the best-selling and most profitable vehicles on the planet. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) seems to think there’s still significant pent-up demand in the full-size SUV segment, but I’m just not as convinced.

If there is, these models look to reverse their sales slide and bring in big profits for GM over the next few years. And if GM’s recent redesigns of its full-size pickups and SUVs are a hit with the market, we could be on the cusp of a very profitable few years for the folks at General Motors and its investors.

The article Will Chevy’s 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Avoid Extinction? originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Daniel Miller.

Fool contributor Daniel Miller owns shares of Ford and General Motors. The Motley Fool recommends Ford and General Motors and owns shares of Ford.

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