The upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV will combine family-friendliness with criminal un-friendliness. Debuting sometime in the first few months of 2014, new technology will make it much harder to steal.
The LT and LTZ versions will come with a new Theft Protection Package that uses motion detectors inside the vehicle. If a thief tries to sneak in, an audible alarm system will alert everyone in the area. The driver has the option to enable or disable the alarm. New sensors have also been added to detect window break-ins and level of tilt.
A new key control system adds another layer of security. Chevy won’t elaborate on how it works, but only the authorized key will start the SUV. A new steering column lock, when activated, makes the Tahoe immovable—a good way to thwart carjacks that involve a “push away” from a parking lot. There’s even a new hidden compartment under the dash for stowing a smartphone.
The safety features complement existing technology from OnStar such as Stolen Vehicle Location, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, and Remote Ignition Block that are designed to aid law enforcement. If a criminal does manage to steal your 2015 Tahoe, the police can contact OnStar and request that they slow down the car or make it impossible to start the vehicle.
The new Tahoe will stand out in a crowd, mainly by the sheer size of this moveable yacht. Now, if it draws the wrong kind of attention, at least it'll have a way to fight back.
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