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Chevrolet waited until to rebadge the redesigned mid-size S Blazer as the Blazer , renaming the full-size Blazer as the Tahoe. The name Tahoe refers to the rugged and scenic area surrounding Lake Tahoe in the western United States. The name Yukon refers to the Yukon territory of northern Canada. For the model year, the Tahoe and Yukon gained a new 4-door model slotting in size between the 2-door models and the longer wheelbase and higher passenger capacity to up to nine passengers like the Chevrolet Suburban and newly named Yukon XL.
A luxury Denali model joined the Yukon lineup in for the model year. The Cadillac Escalade is closely related to the Denali models of the Yukon. The Tahoe has regularly been the best selling full-size SUV in the United States , frequently outselling its competition by 2 to 1. All were 2-door models through The Chevrolet K5 Blazer was discontinued after the model year. The Chevrolet Tahoe was introduced in for the model year with the addition of an all-new 4-door version.
This was a true truck chassis, and was based on that used in the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck. Both two-door and four-door models were produced in rear- and four-wheel drive. The two-door rode a six-inch shorter wheelbase than the four-door. The upscale Denali trim line to the Yukon was introduced in as these vehicles became popular with wealthy families.
The standard engine was Chevrolet's 5. In Mexico , the Tahoe 2-door was released in , called the Chevrolet Silverado, and in the 4-door was released as the Silverado 4-door, and both were available in Base, LS, and luxury LT trim lines. In the 2-door was discontinued. In only Grand Blazer 4-door 4WD was available. In Bolivia , the 4-door was released as the Tahoe 4-door 4WD.
These special edition vehicles were produced in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant for the model year only. It is reported that GM disliked the idea of an SS badged vehicle at a time when insurance companies were already demanding higher premiums for SUVs. The Tahoe SS prototype vehicles made in were painted either an unspecified metallic green or metallic blue, but the Tahoe Limited was produced only in Onyx Black.
The Tahoe Limited had a distinctive exterior appearance that included a factory equipped ground effects, a monochromatic theme with bumpers and grille painted in the same high gloss black as the body, removal of the roof rack, and fog lamps integrated into the front bumper. The L31 5. Other than the Tahoe Limited Edition, the vehicle was redesigned and launched in March for the model year on the new GMT platform, still shared with the full-sized pickups and SUV's.
A 2-door GMT Tahoe prototype was made but never entered production. Both vehicles received significant updates with only the grille, headlights and body-side moldings distinguishing one from the other. Both vehicles now featured softer lines as part of a more aerodynamic design. The interior was also updated with new seats, dashboard, and door panels. All-new Tahoe and Yukon are launched. Side-impact airbags are standard for driver and front passenger, OnStar communications system optional, automatic headlamp control standard, Power-operated sunroof optional for first time, new uplevel 9-speaker audio system with rear mounted subwoofer, Driver Message Center, new PassLock II theft-deterrent system, Autoride Suspension system optional on Tahoe LT and Yukon SLT, all-new independent SLA front suspension with torsion bars and all-new five-link rear suspension with coil springs.
Onstar is now optional on Tahoe LS. Tahoe LS receives a plethora of new standard features, including: six-way power adjustable seats, heated exterior mirrors with drivers-side auto-dimming feature, electric rear-window defogger and HomeLink Universal Transmitter.
Base trim is discontinued. Vortec V8 is now flex-fuel E85 capable. Tahoe LT models ordered in Redfire Metallic now come with body-color front bumper cap, bodyside moldings and wheel flares. Premium ride suspension is made standard on all models excluding Z GM's full-size SUVs saw a major refresh for the model year.
New features include: StabiliTrak stability enhancement system, dual-level airbags, passenger-sensing system, adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with memory. Second-row bucket seats optional on models with leather seating surfaces. LT models feature power-adjustable, body-color exterior mirrors with power folding, memory and integrated turn signal indicators. A redesigned instrument cluster featured a new Driver Information Center, which can monitor and report on up to 34 different vehicle system functions including: Service StabiliTrak, Ice Possible and Door Ajar.
The interior was refreshed, including a new eight-button steering wheel that allows the driver to safely access new infotainment features as well as a redesigned center console. There were also new improvements to the powertrain and electrical system for These included a new Electronic Throttle Control ETC system to improve throttle feel and new oxygen sensors to improve durability and reduce emissions during engine warm-up.
A new battery-rundown protection system automatically turns off the headlamps, parking lamps, and interior lighting if left on for more than 10 minutes with the key removed from the ignition. The Tahoe received minor updates for , most notably newly designed 16 and inch wheel choices and a tire pressure monitoring system. Hydroboost brakes and a front passenger seat belt reminder were also added as was a 7-to-4 pin trailer brake wiring adapter.
The 5. OnStar is now standard on all trims. Touch-screen navigation system now optional. All Tahoes come standard with a rear liftgate and liftglass. A new all-electric cooling system helps with quiet operation as well as fuel efficiency.
New aerodynamic changes, including a new front air deflector, help the Tahoe improve fuel efficiency by one MPG. The 4. These changes included combining the OnStar and XM Satellite Radio antennas into one single unit, removal of the Chevrolet badging on the liftgate, relocating the catalytic converter closer to the engine to improve emissions performance and a new manual parking brake adjuster. The short-wheelbase Tahoe and its police counterpart began production at Arlington Assembly on December 1, For the first time, GM used the Tahoe name in Mexico.
Both the redesigned Yukon and Tahoe featured a more angular design that gave the vehicles a more upscale appearance than their predecessors. The interior was significantly redesigned as well, features a faux wood trim dashboard with chrome-accented instrument controls. For , the 6. A 6-speed 6L80 automatic transmission replaced the 4-speed on all trucks except 2WD models with the 4. From 0. This option continued into the model year, but was dropped for MY For , the GMC Yukon offered a special Heritage Edition package, featuring unique Heritage Edition exterior badging, embroidered color-keyed carpeted floor mats, embroidered headrests, SLT-2 Equipment Group standard features such as way memory leather seats and power liftgate , and optional inch wheels.
In , the Tahoe was featured on and promoted through Donald Trump 's TV series, The Apprentice , where the two teams put together a show for the top General Motors employees to learn about the new Tahoe. Also, The Apprentice sponsored a controversial online contest in which anyone could create a second commercial for the new Tahoe by entering text captions into the provided video clips; the winner's ad would air on national television.
An early example of user-generated marketing , headed by ad agency Campbell Ewald , the campaign began to backfire when hundreds of environmentally conscious parodies flooded YouTube and Chevy's website critiquing the vehicle for its low gas mileage.
Over negative ads were created in total; however, over 20, positive ads were created which Chevrolet viewed as successful,  despite the negative media attention. Production on the Tahoe and Yukon began in December with the first completed SUVs being used for testing purposes,  and started officially shipping the vehicles to dealerships on February 5, Like its larger siblings Suburban and Yukon XL, the front fascias of the Tahoe and Yukon are distinct, but from the base of the A-pillars back, they share most of the same styling cues.
This now includes inlaid doors that tuck into the door sills, instead of over them, improving aerodynamics and fuel economy, and lessens interior noise.
The hoods and liftgate panels now are made of aluminum in an effort to reduce vehicle weight. A more-efficient, direct-injected EcoTec3 powertrain coupled with improved aerodynamics help increase fuel economy for the SUVs. Both fourth-generation SUVs do not share a single piece of sheetmetal or lighting element with the brands' full-size pick-up trucks, and the front grilles of both vehicles are slightly altered to give them their own identity.
The front headlights features projector-beam headlamps that flanks the Chevrolet-signature dual-port grille — chrome on all models, sweeping into the front fenders, while the LTZ trims feature high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lamps. Also new are the addition of fold-flat second- and third-row seats, now a standard feature but can be equipped with an optional power-folding feature for the upgraded trims, and an additional two inches of leg room for second-row passengers.
The third-row fold-flat feature is accomplished using a raised platform that reduces available cargo space behind the third-row seats. Standard third-row seats and raised "fold-flat" platform significantly reduce available cargo space compared with previous Tahoe models. Multiple USB ports and power outlets are now spread throughout their interiors, including one volt, three-prong outlet, with the Tahoe adding an available eight-inch color touch-screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity along with an available rear-seat entertainment system but will not feature a Blu-ray option that is exclusive to the Suburban for , while the Yukon added a standard eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen radio with enhanced IntelliLink and available navigation.
The Yukon interior has more features including seats stuffed with dual-firmness foam, a standard Bose sound system and SD card slots, and laminated glass for the windshield and front windows, decreasing interior noise.
GM's third-generation magnetic ride control suspension is optional on the Tahoe LTZ models, whose upgraded features include third-generation magnetic ride control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by "reading" the road every millisecond, and changing damping in just five milliseconds.
Both SUVs feature sound deadening material to improve cabin quietness. The Tahoe and Yukon went on sale in February as an early model year vehicle. As with the previous Z71 Tahoe, this version will continue to be offered in a 4WD LT trim only, featuring a front skid plate, off-road tires mounted on inch wheels, a unique grille, running boards and "Z71" identification inside and out.
Fog lamps, front tow hooks and front parking assist are also included. The Texas Edition will be available in both LT and LTZ trims, featuring a maximum trailering package, twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels on LT models , twenty-two-inch premium painted aluminum wheels on LTZ models , and an exclusive "Texas Edition" badge.
The Texas Edition Tahoe package will be part of a lineup that will also use the Texas Edition package, alongside the Suburban and Silverado. The demand and interest in the redesigned Tahoe has also translated into a percent sales spike since it went on sale in February , with most dealers reporting the units being sold within 17 days after they arrive on the dealership lots, with most customers opting for the fully optioned LTZ model, making it one of Chevrolet's fastest-selling vehicles in along with Suburban, who posted higher sales and quicker inventory turnovers.
Khalifa Haftar has a 4-door convertible Yukon. On March 23, , a GMC Yukon caught fire and went up in flames in Anaheim, California , after a couple, who along with the sales representative who were giving them a test drive, noticed the vehicle stopping and that smoke was starting to make its way into the cabin, prompting the three individuals to park the car and escape before it was destroyed within 15 minutes. The cause of the fire was traced to an oil leak and an engine malfunction.
The Yukon, in addition to receiving the aforementioned features, sees the 6. A body-colored painted Shark Fin antenna was added with the mid-year refresh for all models. For the model year, the Chevrolet Tahoe received more upgraded changes and new features, similar to the ones added to the Suburban.
The changes included power-adjustable pedals, forward collision alert, IntelliBeam headlamps, lane keep assist and a safety alert seat as part of the newly introduced enhanced driver alert package as an available option on the LS trim. The inside floor console with storage area-SD card reader was removed and a new infotainment system was introduced, officially ending the CD player era for the Tahoe; the 8-inch MyLink feature was expanded to the LS trim and became standard replacing the 4-inch display , although the navigation feature remains as an option on LT and standard on LTZ.
A new liftgate shield was added to the Theft Protection Package, along with the new lane keep assist which replaced the lane departure warning. The capless fuel fill tanks became standard on all trims.
Chevrolet 2002 Tahoe Owner's Manual
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