Chevrolet Adds Value-Priced Custom Special Edition to 2018 Tahoe SUV Lineup
Chevrolet officials this week said the brand will bring back the Custom label for its new 2018 Tahoe large SUV when it arrives in dealerships next month. The noted Custom value package, which deletes the third-row seat and has fewer premium features, is $3,750 below the base LS trim’s sticker and is priced at a suggested $44,995. The emphasis of the new Tahoe Custom is on utility rather than luxury amenities, although advanced driver safety systems are available.
Based on the LS trim level, the 2018 Tahoe Custom adds 18-in. painted aluminum wheels and all-season tires with a chrome-accented grille. Offered in two-wheel drive (2WD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD), the new Chevy Tahoe Custom is equipped with a standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine that generates 355 horsepower. The SUV will average an EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway, Chevrolet officials say.
For camping and boating fans, the Tahoe Custom will offer 6,600 lbs. of towing capability. An optional max trailering package also is offered to allow the SUV to tow up to 8,600 lbs. With third-row seating eliminated, cargo space behind the second row extends to 54 cu. ft., according to Chevy officials who state the Tahoe Custom’s maximum cargo room is 112 cu. ft.
In spite of the lower price and slight de-contenting, the Tahoe Custom still comes with ample technology and safety features. Smartphone connectivity for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, lots of USB ports, as well as an 8-in. color touch-screen radio are all standard. So is a rear-vision camera, remote start, and GM’s teen driver mode. An optional advanced driver-assistance suite includes forward-collision alert, safety alert driver seat, intelligent headlamps with auto high-beam, lane-keep assist, and low-speed automatic braking.
Chevrolet’s Tahoe remains the best-selling large SUV on the U.S. market. Last year, more than 103,000 Tahoes were delivered, and through the first half of 2017, sales rose 4% from a year ago, based on data collected by J.D. Power and auto forecasting partner LMC Automotive.
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