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According to General Motors, owners "just love off-roading with [its fullsize body-on-frame sport utility vehicles]," namely the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC Yukon. If that's the case, it's a bit odd that sales of the previous generation of these models with the Z71 off-road package didn't sell particularly well.

Perhaps, considering this disconnect between owner's thoughts and desires with actual sales, it's not surprising that General Motors is reportedly "considering" an off-road specific model. That means the package would include styling changes and badges along with suspension modifications and larger wheels with appropriately sized fender flares.

There's no indication if the off-road model would be called Z71 or when it may potentially go on sale, assuming it ever goes on sale at all.


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      gary
      • 1 Year Ago
      A high performance off road Tahoe, along the lines of the Ford Raptor, is a no-brainer IMHO. The margins would be huge and the halo effect wouldn't hurt either.
      Pete Moss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reading this makes me misty-eyed thinking of the GMT-400 2-door vehicles which were axed at the start of the new millennium.
      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they do it, it would be nice if they actually do it right. The Z71 package was a joke. New shocks and stickers doesn't magically make a vehicle more off-road capable. They need to use vehicles like the Wrangler Rubicon, Ford Raptor, and Ram Powerwagon as benchmarks. Look at what they offer and see how much of it you can incorporate into the SUVs.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      They must be pretty capable in their stock form. The border patrol has them running all over. As far as I can tell they just remove the front bumper and add a big front skid plate. This sounds more like a marketing effort... styling changes and badges.
        Mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe
        Border patrol ones are not stock. they are law enforcement spec
          Joe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mbukukanyau
          I don't see much different. Looking at the specs they have dual batteries and are designed to have lights and stuff wired in. Drivetrain is the same. http://www.gmfleet.com/police/chevy-tahoe-4wd-police-suv.html
      Robert Moore
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, since they brought the topic up, I wouldn't be surprised if GM does offer a off-road version of their SUVs down the road. After all they do have a cult following and it would be a eye-catching addition to the 2015 Suburban/Tahoe. They should make the Z71 a off-road level trim and probably use a SS-variant type trim as a sport level trim.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 1 Year Ago
      A lot of fair weather people on here. Personally I like off road variants because I live in the snow belt. From the factory I can get all terrain tires, skid plates--which I contend help in the snow, some kind of limited slip or locking differential, and I would hope they would include a low range transfer case--which helps at the boat launch and which GM has been eliminating from their full-sized SUVs. I would have bought an Avalanche Z71, but I did not like how they forced you to configure it. Namely I wanted a front bench seat, and when I couldn't get it with the Z71, I didn't buy one.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good to see that BOF Off-roaders are still around.
      Bassracerx
      • 1 Year Ago
      acording to an interview of a GM truck engineer i watched a few years ago the tahoe is actually more suited for offroad than the silvarado. the tahoe hybrid did better offroad on GM's own offroad proving grounds. and the Z71 tahoe cleared all of the obstacles while the silverado was left stranded!
        Joe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bassracerx
        I'd love to watch that interview if you remember what program it was.
      johnnythemoney
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it hilarious that they are mulling off-road variants of vehicles that were supposed to be (and used to be) off-road vehicles to begin with.
        waetherman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnnythemoney
        To be fair, "utility vehicle" doesn't always mean it's intended for off-road. Many people who buy SUVs (espcially like these) buy them for towing their boats, hauling lots of gear, going on trips with their family, etc. I drove a suburban for our SAR team for awhile, and it was perfect for that. Of course, many people don't use them for anything but going to the corner market or to pick the kids up at school...
          Malcolm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @waetherman
          which is a total waste. instead of using a behemoth SUV for going to the store for a pint of milk or picking up Timmy from school, a midsized sedan would work just as well for and get better gas mileage.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would anyone bother taking these generic vehicles off-road in the first place?
        Mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        Because they are better than grandma car lexus
        JaredN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        A lot of people take them out on the beach. You can load up the entire family, fishing gear, beach chairs, coolers, etc., and drive 4 miles up the beach away from the crowds. A lot of folks use 4-door pickups for this, but others use mid-size and large SUVs.
      Malcolm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it funny that the only people really getting the nod are the ones thinking that off-road variants of GM's SUVs is a good thing and that the people getting down voted and shittalked are the ones who are using common sense. Off-Road vehicles these days are image and nothing more. How many people do you know with off-road looking trucks that never leave the pavement like a Raptor or Wrangler? Since GM can only do the corvette right and everything else they make is a turd, I don't see why anyone would think they can make a decent off-road vehicle from an OEM standpoint. Sorry you Government Motors fans, but Ford and Chrysler kick your asses.
        Kris O.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Malcolm
        I would argue that "off road vehicles" these days are better than before. By off road I mean the raptor, wranglers, FJ crusers, grand cherokee trailhawk, 4 Runner Trail, Xterra pro4x, etc. Factory selectable rear lockers or off road programmed traction control systems really only started about a decade ago. IE: these aren't just "offroad looking trucks" but can actually do the part. Before that the off roaders had to rely completely on the aftermarket. Yes there are some "off road looking" vehicles sold (example 2wd wranglers) but the raptors and rubicons of the world are significantly different under the skin than the base models. The real question is wether GM will go for looks or try and make something real.
        the.fog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Malcolm
        This dumbass post in a thread talking about GM vehicles that sell 75% of their segment and enjoy HUGE margins. AWESOME!
          Malcolm
          • 1 Year Ago
          @the.fog
          go home retard. you're drunk. what you posted made no sense to what I even said you nitwit.
        Malcolm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Malcolm
        wow. so many downvotes. must be alot of corvette haters. either that or pissed that someone else doesn't enjoy ******* their tahoe's tailpipe like they do.
      Shawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Poor Ford has been building the same fullsize SUV since 1994.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shawn
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        @Shawn
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