Last year, Chevrolet distributor The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI) announced its plans to introduce the all-new Suburban and Tahoe to the Philippines. Originally slated to arrive in Q4 of 2020, they had to postpone its launch due to the pandemic.

With the launch of both SUVs delayed, it seems we might have to wait a little longer before it arrives. Fortunately, we might be getting the refreshed versions of both the Tahoe and Suburban as they were recently revealed over in the US.

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Despite the lack of exterior changes, Chevrolet insists that these are the updated versions of the two SUVs. So what did the bow-tie brand change in both the 2022 Suburban and Tahoe?

Instead of design changes, Chevrolet gave the SUVs more high-tech features and standard equipment. For the 2022 model year, both models come with a larger 12.3-inch instrument cluster as standard. It has 4 selectable layouts which allow drivers to customize (or personalize) the multi-info display.

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The infotainment system was also upgraded and now supports built-in apps from Google. Available on the LT models and up, users will now have access to Google Assistant, Google Maps, and even Google Play right at their fingertips. Instead of connecting their smartphones to use the apps, users can now control them via the touchscreen, steering wheel controls, or voice control.

As for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Chevrolet says they will continue to be available for both the 2022 Tahoe and Suburban.

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Aside from the updated infotainment system, Chevrolet also improved the camera system on the two SUVs. The Tahoe and Suburban now offer up to 13 unique camera views, including a transparent view that helps the driver virtually “see-through” a trailer. Not only will this help drivers safely back up their vehicles, but it will also give them a better view of their surroundings.

Customers that are looking for more power on their Suburban and Tahoe will be glad to know that the 6.2-liter V8 with 420 PS and 623 Nm of torque is now available on the RST, Z71, and Premier variants. Meanwhile, the 5.3-liter V8 remains the standard engine on the LS, LT, Z71, and Premier. Both engines connect to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

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Giving drivers better peace of mind is the electronic limited-slip differential (aka eLSD). Should wheel slip be detected on either side of the vehicle, eLSD immediately reacts to shift power to the wheel with better traction – perfect for when you're going off-road.

Production of the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban will begin in October of this year. With that in mind, does this mean we'll get the 2022 Tahoe and Suburban with the new upgrades? Watch this space.