General Motors is hoping that the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe will erase one unfortunate legacy of the outgoing model -- its popularity with car thieves. GM hopes to do so by adding a number of new standard security features, as well as a new package with advanced anti-theft technology.
The Tahoe, along with its platform-mate Cadillac Escalade, has dominated a number of car theft reports in recent years, including one by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) that lists the Chevrolet Tahoe as the second most stolen SUV or crossover between 2008 and the first half of 2012. In that timeframe, the bureau reports that 856 Tahoes were stolen, making the SUV second only to the Ford Escape, of which 1014 units fell into the hands of thieves.
GM hopes to knock the Tahoe off of such lists by adding more anti-theft features. For starters, the 2015 Tahoe will come standard with a new steering column lock to thwart thieves who depend on push-away and tow-away style theft. The Tahoe will also come with shields to block slim jims, and side cut keys which should make lock-picking more difficult. GM has also improved the key control systems, making it harder to access or start the Tahoe if an unauthorized key is used.
Additionally, a Theft Protection Package will be offered on LT and LTZ models. The package includes glass breakage sensors, interior motion sensors, and tilt sensors that will activate the anti-theft alarm. Finally, OnStar will still provide another layer of security thanks to its ability to locate and slow down stolen vehicles, and even disable the ignition once a Tahoe is reported stolen.