Changes to 2021 Chevrolet Models Highlighted by All-New Suburban and Tahoe SUVs

Jeff Youngs | Dec 15, 2020

With such an expansive product portfolio, it’s no surprise that there are several all-new or redesigned Chevrolet models for 2021. The popular Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs are completely redone, adding more room and featuring an improved suspension and more technology. An all-new Trailblazer small SUV joins the party as well, and the performance off-road Colorado ZR2 midsize pickup debuts.

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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Chevy’s sporty Blazer 2-row midsize crossover SUV sees only a handful of updates for the 2021 model year, primarily related to safety equipment. The Chevy Safety Assist package is now standard on 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier trim levels. Also, 2021 Blazer models equipped with front-wheel drive and a V-6 engine can be equipped with an optional trailering package. There are also four new exterior paint colors: Pewter Metallic, Iron Gray Metallic, Cayenne Orange Metallic, and Cherry Red Tintcoat, the latter two extra-cost hues.

2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV features a 66-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that enables the electric vehicle to travel an EPA-estimated 259 miles on a full battery charge. Get a Bolt EV compatible with DC Fast Charging, and the battery can soak up enough juice to provide up to 100 miles of range in just 30 minutes, according to Chevy. For 2021, DC Fast Charging is now standard on the Premier trim level.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

The iconic Chevrolet Camaro sees a host of aesthetic, performance, and technology updates for 2021, all designed to keep it competitive with its main rivals, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger

A couple of Wild Cherry Design packages debut to dress up both the interior and exterior of the Camaro, and a Performance Package is available on LT1 and SS trims and includes a 10-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, the RS Package and Redline Edition are available on LT1, SS, and 1LE models. New brake pads make the SS and ZL1 legal in all 50 states.

On the technology front, all versions of the 2021 Chevy Camaro receive wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and Wild Cherry Tintcoat exterior paint is available on all trims at extra cost.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

The Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup gets minor front and rear styling updates for 2021, and a new ZR2 off-road performance variant joins the lineup. Aggressively styled, the new Colorado ZR2 features a revised front-end and a lettered, flow-through “Chevrolet” grille. To enhance its off-road ability, the ZR2 is outfitted with position-sensitive dampers, standard front and rear electronic locking differentials, a 2-inch suspension lift, a 3.5-inch wider track, off-road rocker protection, cast iron control arms, an Autotrac transfer case, and multiple skid plates. It even gets standard red tow hooks to complete the tough new look.

2021 Chevrolet Corvette Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

The much-anticipated eighth generation of the Corvette debuted for the 2020 model year featuring a mid-engine design for the first time in the model’s storied history. Understandably, changes for the 2021 model year are modest, and are mostly related to the car’s appearance.

Two new extra-cost exterior paint colors (Silver Flare Metallic and Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat) are available for the 2021 Corvette, while Sky Cool Gray/Strike Yellow is a new interior color offering. Chevy also expands the color palette of its various racing stripe offerings.

Other updates to the 2021 Chevy Corvette include the availability of the adaptive damping Magnetic Ride Control suspension as a stand-alone option, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

A mild refresh of Chevy’s popular Equinox compact crossover SUV is coming for 2022, so for now the 2021 Equinox marches forward without its turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine option and only one minor equipment update. A Leather Package is now available on the LT trim level, equipping the SUV with Jet Black leather seats and more. 

2021 Chevrolet Malibu Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Now in its sixth model year since its last major redesign, the venerable Chevy Malibu midsize sedan gets a handful of minor updates for 2021. Among the changes are the availability of the Sport Edition package on the LT trim, and the addition of customizable Buckle to Drive, which works in conjunction with the Teen Driver system to prevent the driver from shifting the vehicle out of park if the driver’s seat belt is not buckled. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, and there’s one new extra-cost exterior paint color: Cherry Red Tintcoat.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

To keep its trucks competitive in the eyes of new pickup buyers, Chevy has made a number of trailering, utility, and other enhancements to its Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year, just two years after a complete redesign.

Trailering capacity for the 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and Duramax 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline 6-cylinder engines is greater for 2021, the former now capable of towing up to 9,600 pounds. To make the task of towing easier, Chevrolet has rolled out enhanced camera trailering technologies across the lineup. 

A new Multi-Flex tailgate also debuts for 2021, and Chevy makes it possible to get more standard and available equipment on more affordable trim levels. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available this year, along with an adaptive damping suspension with High Country trim.

Finally, three new extra-cost exterior paint colors debut: Oxford Brown Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat, and Mosaic Black Metallic.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Heavy Duty Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Heavy-duty trucks exist for one reason: to tow big, heavy things. So, it makes sense that, in spite of a complete redesign of the Silverado Heavy Duty (HD) lineup just last year, engineers sought and found ways to enhance the truck’s capability in order to keep up with the competition, namely the Ford Super Duty and Ram Heavy Duty. The result is a maximum tow rating of 36,000 pounds for the Silverado 3500 HD. And to make towing easier, the Bed View Camera is available on the Silverado HD Work Truck, Custom (2500 only), and LT trims.

The bulk of the remainder of the updates to the 2021 Silverado HD lineup center around expanded availability of optional equipment packages. Additionally, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability is available, and there are two extra-cost exterior paint colors: Mosaic Black Metallic and Cherry Red Tintcoat.

2021 Chevrolet Spark Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

The diminutive Chevy Spark hatchback is essentially unchanged for the 2021 model year. A couple of extra-cost exterior paint color options the only difference from the 2020 model. You can now dress your new Spark in Cayenne Orange Metallic or Mystic Blue Metallic paint.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Chevy’s popular Suburban full-size SUV is redesigned for 2021 with best-in-class cargo volume, new technologies, and the most advanced available suspension in its class, according to the automaker. 

A transition to an independent rear suspension and a longer wheelbase improves ride and handling as well as increases space for third-row passengers. The available Magnetic Ride Control and 4-Corner Air Ride adaptive suspension help to further improve the new Suburban’s handling characteristics. Newly available is a Duramax 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine – the same one found in the Silverado 1500.

The all-new Chevy Suburban also arrives with a couple of new, class-leading technology features such as a 10.2-inch diagonal central color touchscreen and up to nine available camera views. New trailering and camera tech also helps drivers to hook up a trailer as well as better see their surroundings while towing.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Like the Suburban, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is also redesigned this year and benefits from the same improvements made to its slightly longer sibling. 

More technology, 60% more cargo room behind the third row, and an advanced air suspension are all hallmarks of the new Tahoe. Additionally, third-row passengers now enjoy 10 additional inches of legroom, while available tech includes a segment-exclusive 15-inch color head-up display and up to five full-color, fully configurable screens.

Tahoe buyers can opt for a Duramax 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline 6-cylinder engine, which the EPA says will supply up to 24 mpg in combined driving.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Slotting between the smaller Trax and larger Blazer in Chevrolet’s comprehensive SUV lineup, the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is priced from under $20,000 and offers a lot in the way of style and functionality for a modest price.

The new Chevy Trailblazer is offered in five trim levels – L, LS, LT, Activ, and RS – and has available all-wheel drive. The crossover SUV has an available fold-flat front passenger seat that can accommodate objects up to 8.5 feet long with the rear seat folded, and it offers what Chevy says is best-in-class rear-seat legroom. 

For a sporty look, the Trailblazer RS features blacked-out exterior bits, a unique grille with a mesh pattern, and dual exhaust outlets with chrome tips, among other items. Meanwhile, the Trailblazer Activ is designed for light off-roading.

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

The popular Chevrolet Traverse 3-row midsize crossover SUV sees only a single update for 2021. Chevy Safety Assist replaces the Driver Confidence II Package, and it is available on the LT and standard on RS, Premier, and High Country trims. A 2022 Traverse refresh is coming soon.

2021 Chevrolet Trax Changes - Find the best Chevrolet deals!

Chevy’s smallest crossover SUV offering, the Trax offers a surprising amount of space and standard features for the price. As it’s not a particularly high-volume model for Chevy, the Trax sees only minor updates for 2021. Among the changes are the availability of several equipment packages on the top-level LT trim. Lastly, buyers can choose from four new exterior paint colors: Midnight Blue Metallic, Crimson Metallic, Shadow Grey Metallic, and Iridescent Pear Tricoat, the latter costing extra.

Chevrolet is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 13, 2020, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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