2012 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2012
Chevrolet
Tahoe


New for 201
2



Hard
-
drive
n
avigation radio with AM/FM/XM stereo and CD player
, USB port, Time Shift Recording
capability and available SiriusXM Weather Service



Leather
-
wrapped heated steering wheel



standard on LTZ



StabiliTrak
®

stabili
ty control system now includes electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist



Heated seats are now standard on LT models



Side blind zone alert is now standard on LTZ models



Exterior
colours
: Crystal Red Tintcoat, Silver Ice Metallic and Blue Topaz M
etallic


Highlights


Chevrolet Tahoe

is a

full
-
size SUV
that

offers

spaciousness and
a strong
towing
capability

of up to
3,855 k
ilo
g
ram

(
8,500
lb
)
. It also

delivers surprising fuel
efficiency
,
with 2WD model
s

estimated at
9.4L/100km

on the highway.


A fuel
-
saving Hydra
-
Matic 6L80 six
-
speed is standard on all models,
which contributes to
the Tahoe’s highway fuel
efficiency

via reduced engine speed.
That lowe
r engine speed
also helps make the interior quieter.


For
even greater fuel
efficiency

in a full
-
size SUV
, customers c
an select the Tahoe
Hybrid. It uses

GM’s patented two
-
mode hybrid system to deliver a
33
-
percent
improvement in fuel
efficiency

in city d
riving.



Chevrolet Tahoe is available in LS, LT, LTZ and Hybrid models,
all offered in

2WD and
4WD.
Each is

built on GM’s full
-
size SUV platform that
features

a fully boxed frame, coil
-
over
-
shock front suspension

and

rack
-
and
-
pinion steering. Wide front a
nd rear tracks
enhance handling and lower the
centre

of gravity for a more confident road feel.


Changes and new features for 2012 include
a

new
hard
-
drive
navigation radio

with a
USB port, Time Shift Recording capability and more. Also new is a

leather
-
w
rapped
heated steering wheel

and

StabiliTrak
®

now incorporates trailer sway control and hill
start assist.
Three new exterior
colours

are offered.


Tahoe

d
esign

and exterior features


Tahoe features the global face of Chevrolet, with a large Chevy gold b
owtie,
centred

on
a twin
-
port horizontal grille. The grille surround is inset with an argent texture or available
chrome finish. Fog lamps and headlamps feature detailed optics. The lower fascia,
incorporating the front license plate holder and integrated
recovery hooks, is
aggressively styled with a skid plate look that enhances Tahoe’s rugged, off
-
road
appearance.




Standard assist steps
with power
-
retractable assist steps available on LTZ.



Heated

power
-
operated outside mirrors
is standard on

LTZ

and avai
lable on
LT. It

includ
es

auto
-
dimming, integrated signal indicators, ground lights and curb
-
tilt feature.



A power
-
operated liftgate
is available on LT and standard on LTZ.



Chrome recovery hooks are available
on LS and LT models and standard on
LTZ (4WD mod
els). Black recovery hooks are standard on LS and LT 4WD
models.



A range of 17
-
inch and 20
-
inch wheels is offered.

Seventeen
-
inch wheels and
tires are standard

on LS and LT
, with 20
-
inch
wheels standard on LTZ.



Dealer
-
installed accessory wheels include 20
-

and 22
-
inch designs.



The Z71 Off Road appearance package

is available on LT models and
includes
high
-
pressure, gas
-
charged monotube shocks, 18
-
inch on/off road tires,
automatic
-
locking differential, front recovery hooks, a durable skid plate and high
-
ca
pacity air cleaner. Large,
colour
-
keyed wheel flares, an aggressive front fascia
and satin chrome tubular assist steps, and bright chrome front grille insert
provide a one
-
of
-
a kind appearance.



Exterior
colour

choices
include:
Crystal Red Tintcoat, White
Diamond Tricoat,
Black,
Gr
a
ystone,

Silver Ice Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic, Olympic White, Black
Granite Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic.


Tahoe

i
nterior

standard and available features




T
here
are

almost no exposed metal hardware or

latches
, as all models
feature enclosing “close
-
outs” around the seat bottoms and door sill trim plates.



Tahoe

has the segment’s

largest
centre

console storage bin
, a large glove
box and numerous storage compartments.



Three rows of seating are standard
o
n all models. The second row is available
as a three
-
passenger bench with a 60/40 split or two bucket seats. The third row
features a 50/50
-
split design and is removable. A power
-
assisted
second row
seat release feature

is available on LT and standard on L
TZ.



Leather
-
appointed seating
is available on LT and LTZ.



Heated front seats
are
standard

on LT.



Heated and cooled front seats
and heated second
-
row seats
are standard on
LTZ.



Heated and leather
-
wrapped steering wheel
is standard on LTZ.



Dual
-
zone automa
tic climate control
on LT and LTZ; dual
-
zone manual
-
control
air conditioning on LS.



Rear
-
seat entertainment system
is
available

on LT and LTZ
,
including
DVD
player with remote control, overhead display, two sets of wireless infrared
headphones, auxiliary a
udio/video jacks, remote game plug
-
in and mute button in
overhead console
.



SiriusXM Satellite Radio
is
standard on all models.



Audio system with AM/FM/CD and USB port
is
standard on LS and LT.



Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system

is standard on LTZ; Bose

nine
-
speaker sound standard on LT and
non
-
Bose
six
-
speaker sound
system
standard on LS.



Navigation radio with touch
-
screen operation
is standard on LTZ and
available on LT.



Bluetooth phone connectivity
is standard on all models.



Power
-
adjustable pedals

are standard on LT and LTZ
.



Remote vehicle starter system
standard on

LS,

LT and LTZ
.



Driver
Convenience Package (PD
E
)
is available on LS and includes power
-
adjustable pedals

and
rear park
ing assist
.


Tahoe

powertrain


All models are powered by a Vortec 5
.3L V
-
8 that balances power and efficiency.
Variable valve timing helps the 5.3L optimize performance, efficiency and emissions,
while GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivating technology helps
increase

fuel
efficiency

in certain light
-
load driving

conditions. It is also E85
-
capable and matched
with GM’s Hydra
-
Matic 6L80 six
-
speed automatic transmission.




Vortec 5.3L with an iron cylinder block

is used on 2WD

and 4WD

models and
rated at 320 horsepower (239 kW) and 335 lb.
-
ft. of torque (454 Nm).



The

variable valve timing system

allows linear delivery of torque, with near
-
peak levels over a broad rpm range, and high specific output (horsepower per
litre

of displacement). It also helps reduce exhaust emissions. Because it
manages valve overlap at optim
um levels, it eliminates the need for an Exhaust
Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.



GM's Active Fuel Management technology
improves
fuel
efficiency
approximately 6 percent

under the federal government's required testing
procedure and potentially more in cert
ain real
-
world driving conditions. AFM
temporarily deactivates four of the engine’s cylinders under light load conditions
and seamlessly reactivates them when full power is required. The transition takes
less than 20 milliseconds and is virtually indiscern
ible.




A heavy
-
duty timing chain

delivers quiet operation and long life. It is validated
for
320,000 kilometres

(
200,000 miles
) of operation.



E85 is a clean
-
burning, domestically produced alternative fuel

comprising

85
percent ethanol alcohol and 15 perce
nt gasoline. Ethanol is renewable and
produces fewer greenhouse gases during the combustion process.


Tahoe

c
hassis and suspension


The
Tahoe

is built on GM’s full
-
size SUV platform, incorporating a fully boxed frame,
coil
-
over
-
shock front suspension
, leaf
-
spring rear suspension

and rack
-
and
-
pinion
steering.




Wide front and rear tracks



68.2 inches (1,732 mm) front/67 inches (1,702
mm) rear


enhance handling and vehicle stability for a more confident road feel.



A stiff frame
reduces vibrations transmitt
ed to the passenger cabin, while the
strength and accuracy of the fully boxed frame also enable precise mounting and
tuning of chassis and suspension components.



The Autoride suspension system is standard on LTZ

and
features a
segment
-
exclusive bi
-
state,
real
-
time damping system
that
provides
a

refined ride
with greatly reduced body motion. The system consists of a semi
-
active, two
-
position damping control system that responds in real time to road and driving
conditions, based on body and wheel motion sens
ors.



A single
-
speed transfer case
is standard on LS and LT 4WD models.



A two
-
speed transfer case
is standard on LTZ 4WD and available on LS and
LT 4WD models.



A trailering package
with a 3.42 axle ratio, external transmission cooler and
engine oil coole
r is available on LS, LT and LTZ models.



The standard axle ratio on all models is 3.08.



A locking rear differential
is standard on

LS,

LT and LTZ models
.



Tahoe

s
afety and crash
-
avoidance features




Standard head curtain side air bags with rollover prote
ction

for both seating
rows. The roof
-
mounted head curtain air bags include design features that
provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment.



Standard seat
-
mounted side
-
impact air bags
for driver and right
-
front
passenger provide thorax

and pelvic protection.



StabiliTrak
®

electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover
crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle,
braking or a combination of both.



Available Ultrasonic Rear Parki
ng Assist

that can detect certain stationary
objects in the rearward path of the vehicle and send an audible warning sound
.

Available rearview camera system
designed

to provide the driver with

a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle
.



Side blind zone alert is standard on LTZ.



Standard f
our
-
wheel
-
disc brake system

with ABS
featuring smooth, quiet
operation, longer pad life and more resi
stance to brake pulsation.



Pretensioners minimize forward movement

during a collision
, and are
stand
ard on the front safety belts. Load
-
limiting retractors cinch the belt more
tightly.



LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)

child seat attachment
system, which is included in
two of the

second
-
row seating positions
.



Tire pressure monitoring system
,

standard on all models
.



Standard remote keyless entry

(RKE) system provides a second function for
the red panic button. Drivers can

use

it

to locate their cars without sounding the
panic alarm.



Strong body

structure to absorb crash energy

and provide a pr
otective
“safety cage” around occupants.


OnStar
®

details


OnStar
®

i
s standard on all
Tahoe
models. It
uses GPS and cellular phone technology to
automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar
®

subscribers also can use the
service to be Good Sama
ritans by sending help to other motorists
,

and to call for help in
other non
-
crash emergencies.



OnStar
®

is the leading provider

of in
-
vehicle safety, security and information
services in the United States and Canada.



Six months of complimentary OnStar
®

D
irections and Connections

service
with Turn
-
by
-
Turn Navigation for easier route guidance on all
Tahoe

models
.
The
feature is e
asy to use because all
directions are
sent
to the car by an advisor,
without the need to stop.

Turn
-
by
-
Turn can be cost
-
effective,

since map
updates and aftermarket navigation systems are not needed.



Stolen Vehicle Assistance
helps police track the vehicle.


# # #


For media enquiries contact:

General Motors of Canada

Product Communications Manager

George Saratlic

905
-
644
-
2848

george.saratlic@gm.com


SPECIFICATIONS


Overview

Models:

Chevrolet Tahoe LS, LT, LTZ, Hybrid

Body style / driveline:

4
-
door sport utility vehicle, front
-
engine, 2
-

or 4
-
wheel drive, half
-
ton models

Construction:

Body
on frame

EPA vehicle class:

Full
-
size sport utility vehicle

Manufacturing locations:

Arlington, Texas

Key competitors:

Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia


Engines


Vortec 5.3L V
-
8 FlexFuel

(LMG)

Vortec 5.3L V
-
8 FlexFuel

(LC9)

Type:

5.3L

V
-
8

5.3L V
-
8

Displacement (cc / cu in):

5328 / 325

5328 / 325

Bore & stroke (mm / in):

96 x 92 / 3.78 x 3.62

96 x 92 / 3.78 x 3.62

Block material:

Cast iron

Cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

Cast aluminum

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain:


Overhead
valve, two valves per
cylinder, variable valve timing,
Active Fuel Management

Overhead valve, two valves per
cylinder, variable valve timing,
Active Fuel Management

Ignition system:

Coil
-
near
-
plug ignition, iridium
electrode tip/ iridium core spark
plu
gs, low resistance spark plug
wires

Coil
-
near
-
plug ignition, iridium
electrode tip/ iridium core spark
plugs, low resistance spark plug
wires

Fuel delivery:

Sequential fuel injection

Sequential fuel injection

Compression ratio:

9.9:1

9.9:1

Horsepower
(hp/ kW @ rpm):

320 / 239 @ 5400* (gas)

326 / 243 @ 5300* (E85)

320 / 239 @ 5400* (gas)

326 / 243 @ 5300* (E85)

Torque (lb
-
ft / Nm @ rpm):

335 / 454 @ 4000* (gas)

348 / 472 @ 4400* (E85)

335 / 454 @ 4000* (gas)

348 / 472 @ 4400* (E85)

Fuel:

Regular

unleaded or E85

Regular unleaded or E85

Max. engine speed (rpm):

6000

6000

Emissions controls:

Close
-
coupled catalytic converter,
58X ignition, returnless fuel rail,
fast
-
response O² sensor

Close
-
coupled catalytic converter,
58X ignition, returnless fu
el rail,
fast
-
response O² sensor

Estimated fuel consumption:



Mi/imp.gal (city / hwy /
combined)

20 / 30 / 23

20 / 30 / 23

L/100km (city / hwy /
combined)

14.3 / 9.4 / 12.1

14.4 / 9.5 / 12.2


Transmission


Hydra
-
Matic 6L80, six
-
speed automatic

Gear
ratios (:1):



First:

4.03


Second:

2.36


Third:

1.53


Fourth:

1.15


Fifth:

0.85


Sixth:

0.67


Reverse:

3.06

Final drive ratio:

3.08 ; 3.42


Chassis / Suspension

Front:

Independent, coil over shock; Autoride real
-
ti
me damping (opt.)

Rear:

Five
-
link with coil springs

Traction assist:

All
-
speed traction control

Steering type:

Power
-
assisted rack
-
and
-
pinion

Steering ratio:

17.75:1

Steering wheel turns, lock
-
to
-
lock:

3

Turning circle, curb
-
to
-
curb
(m / ft):

39.04 /

11.9


Brakes

Type:

Four
-
wheel disc, four
-
wheel ABS

Rotor diameter x thickness
(mm / in):

front:

330.2 x 30 / 13 x 1.18

rear:

345 x 20 / 13.5 x .787


Wheels / Tires

Wheel size and type:

17 x 7.5
-
inch steel (fleet, Police Pursuit)

17 x 7.5
-
inch machine
d cast aluminum, silver sparkle accent (LS, LT)

18 x 8.0
-
inch polished aluminum (Z71 and Tahoe Hybrid)

20 x 8.5
-
inch polished aluminum (opt. LT, std. LTZ)

20 x 8.5
-
inch chrome opt. LTZ)

Tires:

P265/70R17 blackwall Bridgestone AL2 (all
-
season) steel belt
radials;

P265/70R17 white letter Goodyear AL2 (all
-
season) steel belt radials;

P265/70R17 blackwall Bridgestone OOR (on
-
off
-
road) steel belt radials
(export only)|

P265/60R17 blackwall Goodyear AL3 (higher performance) steel belt
radials (Police Pursuit)

P265/65R18 blackwall Bridgestone OOR (on
-
off
-
road) steel belt radials
(Z71 package)

P265/65R18 blackwall Bridgestone AL2 (all
-
season) steel belt radials
(export only)

P275/55R20 blackwall Bridgestone AL2 (all
-
season) steel belt radials


Dimensions


Exteri
or

Wheelbase (mm / in):

2946 /
116

Overall length (mm / in):

5131 /
202

Overall width (mm / in):

2007 /
79

Overall height (mm / in):

2WD & 4WD

1953 /
76.9

Track (mm / in):

front:

1732 /
68.2

rear:

1702 /
67

Minimum ground clearance
(mm / in):

228.8
/
9

Step
-
in height (mm / in):

2WD:

553 /
21.8

4WD:

558 /
22

Ground to top of cargo floor
(mm / in):

2WD:

804 /
31.7

4WD:

802 /
31.6

Approach angle (deg):

17

Departure angle (deg):

21.9

Curb weight (kg / lb):

2WD:

2471 /
5448

4WD:

2525 /
5567

We
ight distribution (% front /
rear):

2WD & 4WD:

52 / 48


Interior


First Row

Second Row

Third Row

Headroom (mm / in):

1043 /
41.1

996 /
39.2

963 /
39.7

Legroom (mm / in):

1049 /
41.3

991 /
39

644 /
25.6

Shoulder room (mm / in):

1658 /
65.3

1657 /
65.3

1566 /
61.7

Hip room (mm / in):

1636 /
64.4

1539 /
60.6

1246 /
49.1


Capacities

Seating capacity (9 max.):

2 / 3

EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):

3084 /
108.9

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

108.9 / 3084 (Behind 1
st

row, 2
nd

row folded no third row)

1707 /
6
0.3

(Behind 2
nd

row no third row)

478 /
16.9

(Behind 3
rd

row)

GVWR: (kg / lb):

2WD:

3220 /
7100

4WD:

3311 /
7300

Payload, base (kg / lb):

2WD:

749 /
1652

4WD:

786 /
1733

Trailer towing maximum (kg /
lb):

2WD:

3855 /
8500

4WD:

3719 /
8200

Fuel tan
k (L / imp.gal):

98 / 21.6

Note: 3
-
passenger bench and 2
-
passenger bucket seats standard or optional depending on the model.


*SAE certified.


Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.