Earlier in the year, GM promised buyers that the Z71 package would be available with the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban, and it just delivered on the promise as it rolled out the details on the new package. The Z71 package will be available only on the LT trim level with four-wheel drive, and it will add a bevy of new features including new technology and some off-road-ready goodies.
In terms of technology, the Z71 package adds in wireless phone charging, front parking assist and a hands-free liftgate feature. The latter operates by sliding your foot under the rear bumper, much like the system Ford introduced a few years back.
The real additions to the Z71 package are the ones that make tackling less-than-ideal conditions a better experience. These features start off with a set of 18-inch wheels that are a half-inch wider than the standard rollers and shod in all-terrain tires. The Z71 package also tosses in an exclusive grille, sheer-style body mounts for enhanced stiffness and reduced shaking, variable-assist electric power steering, four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors, fog lights, front tow hooks, and “Z71” identification inside and out. As an option, buyers can also toss in an auto-locking rear diff.
Sales of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Z71 kick off in the fall of 2014, but GM has yet to reveal pricing for these tougher SUVs. For reference, the 2015 Tahoe LT with four-wheel drive starts at $53,995 and the 2015 Suburban LT four-wheel drive starts at $56,695. In 2014, the Z71 package added $1,585 to the price of the Tahoe and Suburban LT, and this will likely not change too much for the 2015 model year.