Chevy reveals Z71s, special editions
General Motors Co. on Thursday revealed its 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Z71 at the Texas State Fair, plus new special Texas Editions of the Tahoe and Suburban.
The Z71 editions of the redesigned SUVs go on sale this fall. The package, which drivers know as an off-road performance package, includes a front skid plate, off-road tires on 18-inch wheels, a special grille, running boards and Z71 badges. It’s a $1,695 option.
Chevrolet said the popular and long-offered Z71 package will be available on 2015 Tahoe and Suburban LT trim models with four-wheel drive that are produced starting in October. In 2013, about 10 percent of Tahoe and Suburban sales were Z71-equipped models.
The special Texas Editions of the Tahoe and Suburban go on sale next month on the LT or LTZ trims. They get an exclusive badge and feature special packages of options ranging from $1,095 to $2,195. that includes features such as a max trailering package and aluminum wheels.
“Texas is Chevy truck country and the new Tahoe and Suburban Texas Editions celebrate that passion like Friday night football,” Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet marketing, said in a statement. “These SUVs are part of the very fabric of Texas life.”
Chevrolet said it sells more Tahoes and Suburbans in Texas than any other state. Sales of the Tahoe and Suburban in Texas to retail customers are up 37 percent through August this year, GM says.
The Tahoe and Suburban are built at GM’s Arlington Assembly Plant. More than 4,500 people have been working three shifts, seven days a week to keep up with demand, GM said.
The automaker also revealed a special 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Sport Concept, which highlights the GearOn system of accessories for GM’s new midsize truck. The system allows owners to store items such as bikes above the pickup bed and still store items like coolers and tents inside the pickup bed. The concept Colorado also features unique wheels that Chevy is considering for production.
“I think people are going to be surprised with how versatile it (the Colorado) is,” said John Fitzpatrick, Chevy marketing manager for trucks, said in an interview. “With our GearOn system, you’re going to be able to configure this bed very easily.”
GM also showed a “Toughnology” Chevrolet Silverado concept truck that highlights the high-strength steel body structure of the production Silverado with a few extras.