Report – GM is considering off-road duty for the new Tahoe/Suburban/Yukon image

According to General Motor’s chief executive engineer of full-size trucks the company could introduce off-road inspired versions of the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL.

Without being really big sellers, GM for years has sold a Z71 off-road package for the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, with stronger shocks, bigger wheels and special styling cues.

“We are looking at, for this generation, a more off-road variant,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for GM trucks during the media preview last month where they introduced the SUVs, the first redesign for the body-on-frame trucks in eight years.

“In the life cycle of this product we’re going to continually upgrade and add technologies, including in the powertrain area,” Luke also said.

Luke also commented that off-road capability is one reason buyers gravitate to big SUVs instead of unibody crossovers, which largely have replaced the body-on-frame architectures. In general, Luke said GM will introduce more enhancements to the next generation of SUVs, which will go on sale by March for the 2015 model year. The outgoing SUVs have gone without major modifications or powertrain advancements since their debut in early 2006.