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2022 Chevy Tahoe, Suburban updates include engine upgrades, more tech

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For the 2022 model year, Chevy is making improvements to the Tahoe and Suburban. Among the most notable improvements include wider availability for the 6.2-liter V-8 and the addition of some advanced technology at lower trims.

Also of note for 2022 is the addition of some new colors: Evergreen Gray Metallic, Auburn Metallic and Dark Ash Metallic.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the bigger changes to the 2022 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban.

6.2L V-8 engine available for more trims

There will continue to be three engine choices for the Tahoe and Suburban. The 5.3L V-8 remains the standard engine for all trims. However, for 2022, the 6.2-liter V-8 engine that was only available for the High Country trim will now be available on RST, Z71 and Premier as well as remain standard for the High Country.

Despite some conflicting reports, along with a production halt, the optional Duramax 3.0L turbo-diesel is available on all models except Z71. All engines are mated to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission with push-button electronic shift.

The 6.2-liter V-8 comes with Dynamic Fuel Management technology, which is designed to optimize engine efficiency across a various driving conditions, and when towing a trailer. This engine could be the preferred choice for those who buy a Tahoe or Suburban for the purposes of towing.

Another attractive appeal to this engine is the eLSD technology. This may sound like a psychedelic drug, but it actually refers to the slip differential where the engine can detect wheel slippage and shift power to the wheel with better traction. This type of confidence is good for a vehicle this size.

The eLSD is only available on Z71 trim for Tahoe and Suburban.

The cost to upgrade to the 6.2-liter is $2,495.

Big screen action

Chevy didn’t stop with powertrain improvements for Tahoe and Suburban. A new, larger 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster is now standard on 2022 Tahoe and Suburban for LT trims and above.

As part of this new screen, there’s customizable options for what information you want to display on this larger screen. Additionally, GM has begun adding Google Assistant technology into the infotainment system, which will start as a slow roll out and integration for vehicles equipped with the larger screen.

The integration will continue to evolve over time, but 2022 Tahoe and Suburban customers will be able to control vehicle functions by voice or the steering wheel, including:

  • Phone calls and messaging (SMS), when phone paired
  • Audio volume
  • Changing AM/FM radio or SiriusXM channel (subscription required5)
  • Navigation using Google Maps
  • HVAC

The 2022 Tahoe and Suburban will continue to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

Safety now standard

Personally, we think safety features should be standard for all trims on all vehicles. But General Motors doesn’t always do a good job with that on its vehicles, and a lot of safety features end up being options. GM in general and Chevy specifically are starting to get the memo, and it adds two new features to its Chevy Safety Assist: Park Assist and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Other features already included in this standard safety suite are:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • IntelliBeam auto high beams

The bottom line on the 2022 Chevy Tahoe & Suburban

These big SUVs are incredibly popular as alternatives to pickup trucks and certainly as the preferred option to minivans. For moving families around, as a weekend warrior and for towing recreational vehicles, these SUVs fill a big need in the market. So, it’s always good to see refreshes and updates to keep them relevant.

The 2022 Tahoe and Suburban will begin production in October and be available in late fall at dealerships.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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