A smaller version of the Suburban sport utility vehicle, the Chevrolet Tahoe shares the same design and mechanics. Built on the chassis used by General Motors full-sized pickup trucks, the 1998 Tahoe sport utility vehicle featured two-wheel and four-wheel drivetrains powered by either a 5.7 liter Vortec V-8 engine or a 6.5 liter diesel powerplant.
In 1998, the Chevrolet Tahoe was available as a two-door and four-door body style. The two-door version of the Tahoe was dropped the following year along with the diesel engine option. In 2000, the Chevrolet Tahoe was completely redesigned on top of a brand-new chassis. A 275-horsepower 4.8 liter and a 280-horsepower 5.3 liter eight-cylinder engine option were offered on the 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. Whereas previous models of the Chevrolet Tahoe offered a choice of a manual transmission, the 2000 version committed to only automatic gearboxes for the sport utility vehicle.
In 2002, the Chevrolet Tahoe presented an optional FlexFuel version. The Chevrolet Tahoe was given an all-new appearance for the 2007 model year featuring a more sophisticated interior and exterior look as well as improved engine performance. On the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ model, a 395-horsepower 6.2 liter V-8 represented the top-end of the performance scale for the large sport utility vehicle. In addition to the traditional V-9 powered Tahoe models, 2008 added a hybrid version of the Chevrolet Tahoe. The Chevrolet Tahoe Two-Mode Hybrid utilizes a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors and a unique transmission to achieve better fuel economy.