PHOENIX -- General Motors says the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe gets better fuel economy than its predecessor and feels more like a car to drive. But the Tahoe still is what it is: a large truck.
The redesigned Tahoe is longer (by 5 inches), wider and heavier than the vehicle it replaces.
"Nobody is asking for a bigger truck, but everybody is asking for more room," Gary White, GM vehicle line executive for trucks, said at a press event here.
Based on the GMT900 platform, the new Tahoe will arrive at dealerships in January. It is one of several new large SUVs and pickups GM is counting on heavily in 2006.
The basics: GM executives tout the Tahoe's ability to eke out another mile per gallon compared with the current version. On the other hand, they say large SUV sales are driven more by customer needs than a desire for better mileage.
The 2007 two-wheel-drive Tahoe gets 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway. That's up from 15 in the city and 20 on the highway for the outgoing model.
For the four-wheel-drive model, GM claims 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, compared with 15 mpg/19 mpg for the 2006.