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Biggest launch ever? GM says its 2007 full size trucks are critical to the company’s success
Posted Date: 9/20/05

General Motors Corp. introduced its all-new, 2007 full-size SUVs and while GM officials insist the trucks won’t make or break the company, if they fail…well, according to GM that’s just not an option. The trucks have new all-new sheetmetal, new engines, new chassis and suspension, and new interiors. GM says the new trucks will offer more power and better fuel economy than the vehicles they replace.

The Chevy Tahoe (pictured), GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade will be on sale early in the first quarter of 2006. Extended-wheelbase versions, including Chevy Suburban and Avalanche, GMC Yukon XL and Yukon XL Denali, and Cadillac Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT will be introduced in ’06’s second quarter. Prices will be announced closer to the trucks arriving in dealers, GM said.

The SUVs will come in two wheelbase lengths – 116 inches and 130 inches – three bodystyles and 12 different models, including light- and heavy-duty versions. Production of the new SUVs is shared among three plants: Arlington, Texas; Janesville, Wisconsin and Silao, Mexico .

The new range of V8 engines:

>> 4.8-liter, 290 hp

>> Two 5.3-liters (one aluminum block and one iron block), with Displacement On Demand, 320 hp

>> 6.0 liter heavy-duty with variable valve timing, 350 hp

>> 6.0-liter with Displacement On Demand and variable valve timing, 355 hp

>> 6.2-liter with variable valve timing, 380 and 400 hp

GM officials used the word “refinement” often during the trucks’ introduction, whether they were referring to the interior or the exterior. The trucks look slightly smaller than the ones they replacement but they aren’t and the look isn’t radically different from the old trucks, but they do look cleaner. “Everything’s new,” said GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, “but they are still instantly recognizable as our trucks.” A great deal of attention was spent on the details, Lutz said, and the aim was for taut lines and tight and consistent body panel gaps. “We want you to focus on these details,” Lutz said. “A few years ago we were glad you didn’t but now we want you to.”

GM claims a 0.363 drag coefficient, the best among SUVs. GM also claims that because of the good aero, fuel economy is up to a combined 20.5 mpg for the 2 wheel-drive models and 20.1 mpg for the 4 wheel drive models.

The front suspension is coil-over-shock and the rear is a five-link setup. Four-wheel disc brakes and an all-new ABS system from Bosch use larger front and rear rotors, 50-percent stiffer dual-piston calipers, and longer-life brake pads. The ABS system works with the standard Stabilitrak stability control system.

Lutz said these newest GMs “work like trucks but drive like a really nice passenger car.” Indeed, GM has a lot riding on these full-size utes. It will be interesting to watch how they perform once they hit the showrooms.

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The fuel mileage is quite impressive for a big vehicle like this and for an eight. Love the sounds of this truck having 400hp...vroommm!

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The Tahoe doesn't get the 6L or 6.2L. I'm going to close this thread because I don't think we need 2 different threads on the Tahoe.

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