For off highway travel, the 4wd Tahoe comes well equipped. The Autotrac system features four drive modes to suit a variety of road conditions. Terrain wrangling is further improved with the optional Z71 Off Road Package. This specially tuned suspension includes unique shock absorbers, bump stops and anti roll bars, a locking rear differential and taller P265/ 70R – 17 tires for added traction, skid plates to protect the undercarriage, side steps, wheel flares, front bucket seats and special badging. For previous years the body color grille, bumper and door handles, plus a roof rack and mirrors caps, are part of the Z71 package. Beneath its rugged body on frame chassis, the ½ ton Tahoe is supported torsion bar front suspension and 5 link rear axle with coil springs. Handling is further improved with the optional Autoride automatic shock damping system available on LT models, and the Electronic Traction Assist system available on 2wd versions. This year all models except the Z71 receive the Premium Ride Suspension. The Tahoe also scores high marks in the passenger and cargo hauling arena. All models, except those featuring the Z71package, can be purchased with the optional third row seat to accommodate up to nine passengers.
For maximum storage space, the rear seats can be folded or removed to provide a flat load surface. Towing capacity is a robust 8700 lb. for the 4 wheel drive model (7900 lb. for 2 wheel drive), and both versions boast a 1672 lb. payload capacity. Finally, the Tahoe comes with new preferred equipment groups, electronic climate control is available with the sun roof option, and LT buyers can select the Redfire Metallic topcat with body color components.