So we already know that the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will soon be making their way to the Philippines. Redesigned from the ground up, both SUVs now sit on the new T1 architecture, feature a Silverado-inspired design, has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and now have independent rear suspension instead of leaf springs.
But what engines will the PH-spec Tahoe and Suburban get? Buyers that have longed for a diesel-powered Suburban or Tahoe rejoice, as local distributor The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI) is considering the 277 PS, 623 Nm six-cylinder Duramax diesel to the country.
According to the company, they are currently studying whether they will be able to launch the diesel-driven versions of the Suburban and Tahoe. Fuel compatibility tests for the new diesel engine are in order to see if our local diesel will work properly with the new Duramax inline-six. Perhaps the new turbo-diesel engine is rated higher than Euro 4 and some tweaking would be required in order to work with the country's fuel.
There is also no word as to which V8 we'll get once both SUVs arrive in the country. During its launch, the all-new Suburban and Tahoe were offered with either a 5.3-liter V8 or the slightly bigger 6.2-liter V8. However, given that the current models sold here still come with the 5.3-liter EcoTec, we won't be surprised if that will still be the V8 available for the Philippine market.
With several more months to go before Chevrolet actually brings in the all-new Tahoe and Suburban, let's hope that the automaker will be able to bring in the Duramax variants of the two SUVs, along with an all-American V8.