What Makes the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Most Fuel Efficient SUV
Say thanks to Chevrolet engineers!
We know the full-size 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV is big on everything. I mean it can accommodate nine passengers, there is plenty of space inside, it is safe and it can easily go off-road thanks to its outstanding toughness. Considering the big size of the SUV and the huge 5.3L V8 engine pumping out 355 hp and 520 Nm of torque, you might say it cannot be economical. Well, this is where Tahoe surprises us. For a 4×4, the 10.3 Km/L is extraordinary in its class and believe me it is not easy to achieve this fuel economy. The question is, what makes the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe one of the most fuel efficient SUV?
Say thanks to Chevrolet engineers; they used clever techs to enable it to deliver breathtaking performance. They employed a combination of three Active Fuel Management™ technologies that work together to reduce fuel consumption without compromising on performance. The first system, Direct Fuel Injection, uses an ideal amount of gas for effectual consumption. The Variable Valve timing technology handles the valve opening and closing such that the engine breathes better. In return, the engine consumes less fuel and reduces emissions.
That is not all! GM’s Intelligent Cylinder Deactivation technology has a lot to do with the Tahoe’s fuel economy. As the name implies, the technology deactivates. Yes, it deactivates V8’s four cylinders on lighter loads. Let me give you an example:
Suppose you are driving on a highway where your Tahoe does not need full power, the technology will deactivate four cylinders to minimize fuel burning. On the other hand, when you need extra power, say to overtake a vehicle, the system activates to give power to all eight cylinders, which enables you to swiftly cross the vehicle. Remarkably, this transition from four to eight and eight to four is so efficient that you do not notice any change in the performance.
Additionally, the engine is paired with GM’s six-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission, which features ideal shift points to minimize fuel burning even more.
You might be wondering for such a huge Sports Utility Vehicle, how is it possible to be so efficient. The answer lies in another advanced aero shutters system. There are a couple of electronically controlled shutters following the grille, which open and close as per engine’s air needs. Therefore, they change aerodynamics in the real-time such that the vehicle encounters minimum resistance, thus improves fuel efficiency.
The last technology which contributes to 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe fuel economy is the Adaptive Cruise Control. You just need to select the vehicle ahead and a gap between vehicles and the Tahoe does the braking and acceleration automatically. We all know the more we brake and accelerate, the higher is the fuel economy. So, eliminating the need for braking and acceleration does not only boost the economy but also make it hassle-free and safer.
When we combine all these technologies, we get full-size 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe which is efficient on both performance and fuel. Do not forget the vehicle offers lots of space, comfort, practicality and towing capacity.
These features make the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the full-size utility vehicle segment. The starting price of the SUV in the UAE is AED 179,000, which goes as high as AED 261,000.