It’s just like we announced a few months ago! Chevrolet is heading to the 2017 New York Auto show with a new trim. More precisely, the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban are getting the impressive RST badge. The “RST” stands for Rally Sport Truck Package, which will basically bring styling changes, as well as a performance boost for the topping 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST. Unfortunately, the carmaker has no plan to add the Performance package to the Suburban.
In contrast to today’s model that is “single powertrain” SUV, the new 2018 Chevy Tahoe RST will offer two pretty impressive options. The base model will use a familiar 5.3-liter V8 unit. However, according to the carmaker, engine’s output should be higher for a few additional horses from the current that stops at 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. They haven’t said anything closer, but the new Borla exhaust system offers a 28 percent improvement in exhaust flow, so let’s say there will be from 7 to 10 hp more than before.
As for the more potent option, it will be paired with an impressive 6.2-liter V8. Yes, it’s the same mill that currently powers the Silverado pickup, and yes, it will be able to deliver a whopping output of 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. We almost forgot to mention that the mighty V8 only goes together with the Performance package.
That’s not all because the engine comes mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission and should enable an impressive 0-60 sprint time. Well, not as impressive as the future Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but still pretty good. According to the carmaker, the V8-equipped 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe RST will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the maximum towing will be limited to 8,400 pounds. Of course, the mighty engine comes along with some other additions such as GM’s magnetorheological suspension, aforementioned Borla exhaust system, and bigger brakes.
Styling wise, the 2018 Tahoe RST will feature the striking black surrounds for window and mirror caps, while the grille and door handles come painted as the rest of the body. Speaking of colors, aside from the white model, the carmaker will offer silver, black, and tungsten versions. The RST trim also includes standard 22-inch wheels and Bridgestone P285/45R22 tires.
Chevrolet hasn’t released any pricing information at the moment.