Body-on-frame construction favorable for off-road GM SUVs
The body-on-frame construction of the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL perceivably set them as the preferable rugged off-road choice over the popular unibody crossovers. There is something alluring about a big off-road SUV; perhaps its spacious ability to haul the whole family and gear could be part of it. Perhaps the fact that these SUVs can hold their own against specialized, trailered off-road toys also plays a part. Regardless, General Motors is paying attention to the fact that owners see fullsize SUVs as off-road capable.
Could an off-road variation more aggressive than the Z71 off-road suspension package be in store for the redesigned 2015 Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon? The current Z71 package includes goodies like a skid plate package, 18” aluminum wheels, tubular assist steps, a high capacity air cleaner, and specially-tuned springs and gas-charged monotube shocks. Automotive News reports that Jeff Luke, chief engineer for GM trucks, foresees an aggressive off-road package in the future: "We are looking at, for this generation, a more off-road variant." While we are not sure what this means exactly, Luke foreshadows more enhancements, upgrades, and technologies for this generation of SUVs, applicable also to the powertrain area. Is there an eight-speed transmission looming in the future?
How would you like to see GM outfit its off-road SUV variant?