The State Fair of Texas Auto Show was the appropriate venue this last week to introduce the all-new Texas Edition trim levels for the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUV plus the University of Texas Special Edition 2015 Silverado 1500 pickup truck.
Chevrolet has serious roots in the Texas anchored by their Arlington (near Dallas) Assembly Plant which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary and has been building the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe since 2000. The plant, which employs nearly 5,000 Texans, has produced over 10-million Chevrolet vehicles since its opening.
These roots also go very deep with drivers in Texas as evidenced by the customer acceptance of the new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban with combined retail sales for these full-size SUV’s up 37 percent in Texas for the first eight months of 2014. Texas is also the Chevrolet Silverado’s largest market, with nearly 40,000 retail sales for the first eight months of the year.
Tahoe and Suburban Texas Editions
Going on sale next month, the new 2015 Tahoe and Suburban Texas Editions are going to be offered in LT or LTZ trims. They each feature a special package of options including the exclusive Texas Edition badging. The LT package MSRP is $2,195 and the LTZ is $1,095.
The packages feature the Max Trailering Package, which includes a 3.42 axle ratio and trailer brake controller in addition to the standard hitch receiver and seven-wire harness, twenty-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels on LT models, twenty-two-inch Premium Painted Aluminum Wheels on LTZ models, an additional nine-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio and Navigation radio on LT models (standard on the LTZ.)
Silverado 1500 University of Texas Edition
There is no mistaking or missing the University of Texas Sunset Orange color – so the new 2015 Silverado 1500 University of Texas (UT) Special Edition with its metallic exterior paint plus the special UT graphics, on the pickup bed and tailgate, gets your attention right away. UT grads are everywhere in Texas and they wear their orange colors with fanatic zeal – so a Silverado in Sunset Orange is a natural extension for their enthusiasm.
The University of Texas Edition (announced earlier this year) is a special package add to the Texas Edition package and is available on the new Silverado LT and LTZ trim levels with the Double Cab or Crew Cab in the LTZ.
The UT Edition package will have an MSRP of $795 and include Chrome Side Steps and a Spray-in Bed Liner for both LT and LTZ plus 20-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels, Chrome Mirrors, Door Handles and the distinctive Texas Edition badges. The LT model substitutes body color mirrors and door handles instead of the chrome.
2015 Silverado adds new eight speed automatic transmission
Chevrolet has added an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission to their Silverado line-up for 2015. It will be available with the EcoTec3 6.2L V8 engine on all trim levels. The new eight-speed transmission augments truck performance that includes a segment leading 12,000 pound maximum trailer tow rating documented according to the new SAE J2807 Towing Test Protocols.
Strong sales of the Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado in Texas helped propel a 14-percent increase in national Chevrolet truck sales in August. Tahoe and Suburban had their best retail sales month in six years, while Silverado’s overall sales were also the best since 2008, says Chevrolet.
Texas State Fair Auto Show
All of the new 2015 Texas Special Edition trucks are on display at the State Fair of Texas that runs through October 19. While there, make sure you also take a look at the new 2015 Chevrolet mid-size pickup – the Colorado which is making its first Texas appearance at the state fair. They all can be seen at the outdoor Chevrolet Truck exhibit just outside the Automobile Building in the Truck Zone just West of Big Tex.