The redesigned Chevy Suburban was just unveiled — here's a closer look at this 85-year-old icon

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  • Chevy just introduced the all-new Suburban SUV.
  • The vehicle has been in production since 1935.
  • The new Suburban continues to tradition of large hauler of people and stuff, but its gets tech and engineering updates, as well as some new styling touches.
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Age is just a number, right?

If that’s true, then an 85-year-old vehicle should be well into a happy retirement. Not so the Chevy Suburban, which according to General Motors is the oldest nameplate still going, dating to a time when the suburbs were actually a new thing.

Chevy just pulled the cover off a brand-spankin’-new Suburban, showcasing a variety of improvements to what the brand characterises as the original SUV.

Here’s a closer look at the icon, as well as look back at Suburbans of yore:


Behold! The all-new, 2021 Chevy Suburban. Chevy also rolled out a new Tahoe, the Suburban’s slightly smaller and less expensive sibling.

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The Suburban arrived in 1935. By 1937, true to its name, it was big in the ‘burbs.

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By 1946, the Suburban was showing its versatility.

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By 1953, customers were using the Suburban for jobs that had nothing to do with family life.

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The 1965 Suburban — not hard to see why it was called the original SUV.

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The 1972 Suburban, in dashing red and white.

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The 1991 Suburban. Towing has always been important to owners.

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Flash forward to 2019. “We’ve taken what people love about these pioneering SUVs and made them even better – adding more room for people and cargo, more advanced technology and an unrivalled driving experience,” GM North American head Barry Engle said in a statement.

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The front end is already drawing some criticism. Overall, the new Suburban isn’t hugely different, design-wise, from the previous generation. There’s only so much you can do with a gigantic box on four wheels. But the the snazzy new grille and those cut-in running lights … well, it’s interesting.


The current-gen Suburban starts at just over $US51,000 is a pretty awesome value for serious people-and-gear-haulers. The new Suburban adds a more sophisticated suspension and bumped-up proportions.

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The changes are modest, a few inches here and there. BUT …

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… The new Suburban’s cargo capacity has been boosted by a whopping 23 cubic feet. That’s bigger than the trunk of a Toyota Corolla.

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I’ve always been a fan of the the Suburban’s roomy, durable interior. It’s not as blingy as the Cadillac Escalade. But it’s a nice place to spend time, and the new SUV continues that vibe.

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Legroom has been expanded for the second row. And these seats can now slide forward and back.

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A large moonroof is welcome — without, the Suburban’s cabin can really seem cave-like.

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Infotainment is provided by GM’s superb system, skinned specifically for Chevy. It also offers full OnStar connectivity with 4G LTE wifi, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The engine is either a 5.3-litre 8, making 355 horsepower or a 6.2-litre V8, making 420 horsepower. A 3.0-litre, turbocharged Duramax diesel six-cylinder is also on offer. Transmission is a standard 10-speed until. Chevy didn’t detail pricing, but it should be in the range of the outgoing Suburban when the new SUV goes on sale mid-2020.

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The lineup consists of six trim levels. The basic LS and higher spec LT are joined by the stylish RST, the offroad-oriented Z71, the luxurious Premier, and the range-topping High Country.

“We transformed … Suburban to offer all-new technologies and features and deliver a better driving experience, while staying true to the versatility and capability that have earned people’s trust for generations,” GM Tim Herrick said in a statement.

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