2014 SEMA Show: Chevrolet Tahoe Premium Outdoors Concept

Article by Christian A., on November 4, 2014

The new Tahoe Premium Outdoors Concept is the perfect vehicle for a night on the town or a weekend getaway in the mountains and according to Chevrolet, it delivers a higher level of interior luxury comparing with the standard model. The concept was unveiled today at the 2014 SEMA Show and it is based on the 2015 Tahoe LTZ 4WD model.

It arrives with a unique Black Ice finish with Cool Tinted accents and body-color door handles and front fascia. Moreover, the Tahoe Premium Outdoors Concept comes with Chevrolet Accessories 22-inch aluminum wheels with body-color accents.

Inside, the Premium Outdoors Concept gets leather-trimmed black and Saddle-colored appointments as well as contrasting Petrol Blue piping. Just like the exterior, the interior receives Cool Tinted accents, but also a suede-trimmed headliner and contemporary and Chevrolet Accessories illuminated sill plates.

Under the hood, there is an EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 petrol engine that generates 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque bolted to a new Borla exhaust system that features chromed exhaust tips from Chevrolet Accessories.

The interior of both the 2015 Tahoe and the 2015 Suburban shows the use of premium materials as well as improved ergonomics. This reveals the good mix of function, craftsmanship, and sophistication present in the two models. The instrument panel is new and this is where the touch eight-inch color screen radio is placed. Behind this motorized screen is a secured storage bin.

Further, there is a compartmentalized center console whose space is large enough for an iPad or a laptop to be stored. On the exterior, the 2015 Tahoe and the 2015 Suburban reveal designs that are precisely sculpted and more refined. There is no lighting element, or even a single sheet metal panel on the exterior, that is shared with the full-size pick-ups of Chevrolet. The inlaid doors are new and rather than being above the top of the body, it is instead fitted to the body side openings.

As such, it improves significantly the interior cabin’s quietness. It also helps enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamics, a quality that ensures that vehicles on the highway are able to slip through the air and experience less drag and better efficiency. The lift gate panels and hood are both composed of lightweight aluminum which helps lower the overall mass and thus improves the efficiency.

The two models also have the brand’s signature dual-port grille, which is available in chrome for all models. The grille sweep to the fenders in the front and is flanked by the projector-beam headlamps. For the LTZ model, it will include the daytime running lamps, which use light-emitting diodes, and the high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Chevrolet Executive Director of Design Ken Parkinson said that the designs of this two new models mirror better refinement, technology, and functionality. This will allow Chevrolet SUVs to forge a new presence, he added, one that expresses the unique heritage of the brand.

Press Release

Chevrolet Tahoe Premium Outdoors Concept

Whether it's a night on the town or weekend getaway in the mountains, the Tahoe Premium Outdoors concept is designed to deliver its occupants with uncompromising capability and comfort. It builds on the well-appointed 2015 Tahoe LTZ 4WD production model with greater exterior distinction and a higher level of interior luxury.

The exterior is finished in a unique Black Ice color with Cool Tinted accents, as well as body-color door handles and front fascia. A concept grille insert adds a customized flair to the Tahoe's appearance, along with Chevrolet Accessories 22-inch aluminum wheels accented to complement the body color. It also features retractable running boards.

Inside, the Premium Outdoors concept wears leather-trimmed black and Saddle-colored appointments, with contrasting Petrol Blue piping. Cool Tinted accents carry the exterior's color theme in the cabin, while a suede-trimmed headliner and contemporary loop-carpet floor mats lend a decidedly luxurious aura to it. The interior also features Chevrolet Accessories illuminated sill plates.

As with the production 2015 Tahoe LTZ, the concept is equipped with wireless phone charging, hands-free liftgate operation and OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Power comes from the EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 with direct injection, continuously variable valve time and Active Fuel Management. It's rated at 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. A Borla exhaust system with a chrome, side-exit exhaust tip – available from Chevrolet Accessories – enhances the performance sound of the powerful V-8 engine.

The Tahoe Premium Outdoors concept also wears concept Brembo six-piston front brake calipers with performance brake pads and 16-inch slotted rotors.

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