The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the unsung heroes in the Chevrolet brand. With the Chevy Bolt EV getting a lot of attention, especially with its autonomous self-driving tests, and the Centennial Edition models for the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado, some would think Chevy forgot about their full-size SUV, the Tahoe. Chevrolet did make a slight change to the Tahoe lineup when they introduced the Tahoe Custom - the new model was given an additional 54 cubic-feet of cargo space (bringing the total cargo space to 112 cubic-feet), and the seven passenger seating capacity was reduced. But Chevy is making some more changes to the Tahoe lineup, and that includes the new Custom Midnight Edition.
Yes, that’s right. Chevrolet’s Custom Midnight Edition treatment is much like the “Blacked-Out” packages consumers can see offered by several other automakers. When it comes to a “Blacked-Out” package, the entire vehicle is painted black, aside from the windows and mirrors of course. Mainly the body, the wheels, and any badges or emblems are covered in black, almost making the vehicle invisible at night if it weren’t for headlights.
The new Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition is based off of the Tahoe LS, except the body will be painted all black, including the grille and Chevy bowtie emblem. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels, now black, with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. The Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition also comes with off-road side steps, a feature seen on off-road vehicles and trucks. For those who want to take this dark beast out off-roading, the Chevy Tahoe is available with a two-wheel drivetrain or a four-wheel drivetrain, so you’re in luck.
Power for going off-road isn’t too bad either. Under the hood of the Tahoe is a 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 engine. EcoTec is a General Motors trademark engine, and it stands for “Emissions Control Optimization TEChnology”. It’s mainly meant for following emissions standards using specific technologies, so it doesn’t affect the horsepower or torque too much, set at 355 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 4100 rpm. Designed with gasoline direct injection (GDI) and variable valve timing (VVT) technology, this engine is a very efficient
The Chevy Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition features the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and an eight-inch touchscreen display. Chevy MyLink includes an AM/FM radio, a single-slot CD/MP3 player, Bluetooth streaming audio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability with Wi-Fi. There are also five USB ports found around the console and cabin for charging devices, and there is a six-speaker sound system included, standard.
Chevrolet always includes a lot of safety features, and that’s no different for the Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition, made with a rear vision camera. There is also an “Enhanced Driver Alert Package” that includes Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, a Safety Alert Seat, power-adjustable pedals, and IntelliBeam® headlamps.
That’s all there is to the new 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition. This special edition will be going on sale sometimes in the spring of 2018. It has a starting MSRP of $45,995 (plus destination fee).
What do you think of the Custom Midnight Edition treatment? Does a black-out package really add anything to the vehicle besides what can be achieved at a custom auto shop? Would you prefer automakers make more limited or special editions with upgrades and not just aesthetics? Let us know what you think on NowCar social media. We want to know what you think. You can also find the original Chevrolet Tahoe when you shop for a car online with NowCar.