America's Pride: Big Three's SUV world – Part 1

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Durango, aside from a number of revisions, has been around since 2010 with its platform being shared with the current Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Big, brash, rough and not always tough, they have, over the last four decades, become an institution in the Land of the Free with sales last year of 8.2-million units. Along with their pick-up siblings, the SUV has become the modern era staple of North America and like the drawn of the muscle car in the 1960s, the type of vehicle most Americans aspire to own no matter their size or if they can go off-road or not. In this spin-off from the America's most wanted SUVs in South Africa series, The Citizen Motoring looks at 12 SUVs from the...

Big, brash, rough and not always tough, they have, over the last four decades, become an institution in the Land of the Free with sales last year of 8.2-million units.

Along with their pick-up siblings, the SUV has become the modern era staple of North America and like the drawn of the muscle car in the 1960s, the type of vehicle most Americans aspire to own no matter their size or if they can go off-road or not.

In this spin-off from the America's most wanted SUVs in South Africa series, The Citizen Motoring looks at 12 SUVs from the USA's Big Three automakers; Ford, General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) that take luxury, excess and opulence to another level in a uniquely Americana way.

Chevrolet Tahoe

The smaller sibling of the iconic Suburban, the Tahoe has become an American institution in its own right since debuting in 1995 as a rebadged version of the equally mythic Blazer.

Morphing from a simple two-door SUV to a five-door that become the only available bodysyle after 1999, the Tahoe entered its fifth generation last year when GM revealed it alongside the twelfth generation Suburban in Detroit.

Continuing to be based on a truck platform, in this case the all-new GMT T1XX used by the Silverado and GMC Sierra, the 5.3 m long Tahoe is offered in six trim levels; LS, LT, RST, the off-road focused Z71, mid-luxury Premier and ultra-luxurious High Country which, amongst others, comes as standard with a…
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