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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, and GMC Yukon Get Illuminated Front Emblems

Remember the 1962 Chevrolet E-10 Concept from the 2019 SEMA Show? The one-off truck with Bolt EV components imagines the future of hot rodding, but more importantly, its illuminated front bowtie emblem will be available on the all-new Tahoe and Suburban.
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The order guide for the 2021 model year features RPO code R88 – “black illuminated front bowtie emblem.” The rear bowtie, which is also finished in black, isn’t illuminated. R88 is listed as a dealer-installed option, and as the headline implies, GMC mirrors the design with RN2. The Yukon with the XLT Luxury Package can also be had with RPO code RGL – “Illumination Package” – that adds an illuminated mirror emblem.

Though this is a first for GMC, don’t forget that previous-generation Chevy full-size SUVs also had the illuminated bowtie emblem in gold. But most curiously, Cadillac doesn’t offer this option for the all-new Escalade. Considering that the Lincoln Navigator has an illuminated star in the grille, General Motors may change things for the 2022 model year.

On the Chevy website, both the Tahoe and ‘Burban are coming in mid-2020 while pricing information isn't listed yet. Fret not, however, because we already know that they’ll start at $50,295 and $52,995. Switching from rear- to four-wheel drive costs an additional $3,000.

The GMC Yukon kicks off at $51,995 for the 2021 model year while the Yukon XL is $54,595. And finally, the Escalade is the most expensive of the lot at $77,490 and $80,490 for the extended ESV. All three full-size SUVs share the T1 truck platform with the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, and all of them come with independent rear suspension.

In addition to the 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s from the small-block family of engines, the T1 SUVs will also be offered with a turbo diesel. Indeed, ladies and gents; even the Escalade can be ordered with a 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six engine. Codenamed LM2 after the RPO code, the “baby Duramax” offers 277 horsepower (281 PS) and 460 pound-feet (624 Nm) of torque.

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