Chevy Suburban HD

Will there be a Chevy Suburban HD?

Ever since General Motors introduced the all-new, T1-based 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, many have wondered whether GM would offer a new heavy-duty version of the SUV as well. Now, GM’s vice president of Global Product Programs, Tim Herrick, has hinted that a new Chevy Suburban HD could be on GM’s radar.

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Chevy Suburban HD prototype pic
Chevy Suburban HD prototype pic


General Motors recently announced that it had delivered the first unit of the Chevy Colorado-based GM Infantry Squad Vehicle to the U.S. Army. During the announcement, Herrick was asked how GM would bring its various technologies into the defense market. His response mentioned a new Chevy Suburban HD model.

“I have full-size truck stuff in my blood, right? So I understand what it takes to make a light duty truck, a heavy duty truck, an SUV, make them all together architecturally work, and then expand that architecture, whether it’s putting batteries in, or different engines and the like,” Herrick said. “Expanding the architecture architecturally would be great. And with that, then you bring, maybe a heavy-duty Suburban.”

Chevrolet Suburban 3500HD

Chevrolet Suburban 3500HD

There hasn’t been a Chevy Suburban HD in production since the end of 2018 following the discontinuation of the K2-based Suburban 3500HD. Previously, the Suburban 3500HD was available exclusively to fleets, starting at $80,215, $30,000 more than the $49,915 starting price of the standard Suburban model. Powered by the 6.0L V8 L96 gas engine, the Suburban 3500HD is motivated by 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, which was directed to all four wheels by way of the six-speed 6L90 heavy-duty automatic transmission.

Compared to the standard model, the Suburban 3500HD came with substantially greater payload capacity, specifically 4,405 pounds from an 11,00-pound GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating), as compared to the 1,670 payload rating and 7,500-pound GVWR offered by the standard Suburban.

As such, the HD model was a great choice for armoring and bulletproofing.

Although Herrick’s recent comments are from an official confirmation, they are still the first time we’ve heard anything related to a new Chevy Suburban HD model from GM brass. That said, we fully expect a new, T1-based Chevy Suburban HD to launch for the 2022 model year.

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New Pictures Show 2021 Suburban Z71 For The Very First Time: Photo Gallery

Shop for a new Suburban NOW!  When General Motors revealed the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe in a joint debut late last year in Detroit, it showed the all-new full-size SUVs in four models – the Tahoe RST and Z71, as well as the Suburban Premier and High Country. A few weeks later, we spied the Suburban RST roaming the streets, but we have never seen the 2021 Suburban Z71 – until now.

2021 Suburban questions?  Call us now at 630-898-9630.  Before we get into the details, it’s worth noting that the all-new, completely-overhauled Tahoe and Suburban are available in six trim levels, LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier and High Country. Of those, the Z71 is the offroad-oriented trim level that brings unique looks and increased capability to the extended-length, full-size SUV.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban Trim Levels
Tahoe Commercial / Fleet LS LT RST Z71 Premier High Country
Suburban Commercial / Fleet LS LT RST Z71 Premier High Country

Real-world photos of the extended-length bruiser.

Based on the popular mid-range LT trim level, the 2021 Suburban Z71 features various unique visual and performance attributes. It all starts with the rugged front fascia unique to the Z71 model. Additionally, the fascia also delivers a higher approach angle to aid off-road capability. A set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires is standard, as are a front skid plate, red tow hooks, and black and black-chrome exterior accents.Under the hood, the 2021 Suburban Z71 can be had with one and only engine – the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8gasoline unit. Output is rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The GM 10-speed automatic transmission is standard. The more powerful, naturally-aspirated 6.2L L87 V8 is not available, and neither is the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine. While it’s perfectly normal for Chevrolet to reserve the big boy 6.2L for only the highest trim levels, but the reason the diesel isn’t available is that it doesn’t fit with the Z71’s front fascia. 4WD with a two-speed transfer case and Hill Descent Control is standard on the new Suburban Z71.

The 2021 Suburban Z71 comes standard with the Premium Smooth Ride suspension, which is a fixed system with passive dampers. Meanwhile, the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension is optional, delivering automatic load-leveling and ride-height adjustment, allowing up to 4 inches (101 mm) of vertical adjustment. In highway driving, the system automatically lowers the ride height ¾-inch (19 mm) to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, while a driver-selectable setting lowers the suspension two inches (51 mm) to aid passenger entry and exit when the vehicle is parked.

Buyers of the Chevrolet Suburban Z71 will likely be more interested in the additional ground clearance the system offers when driving off-road. The system is capable of increasing the vehicle’s ride height by one inch (25 mm) at low speeds in 4WD HI, and an additional 1 inch (25 mm) at lower speeds in 4WD LO.

In fact, one could make the argument that the Suburban Z71 is the most interesting of all Suburban models, as it combines the gargantuan proportions of the extended-length SUV body with the unique front fascia and available Air Suspension. The model seen here has the suspension in its normal setting, and it already looks menacing. Increase that ride height a bit, and the utility should look even meaner still.

The 2021 Suburban will go into production shortly at the GM Arlington plant in Texas and the very first units should begin arriving at dealers towards the end of the third quarter of 2020.

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Source: New Pictures Show 2021 Suburban Z71 For The Very First Time: Photo Gallery

How much does it cost to fill the gas tank of a 2019 Chevrolet Suburban?

2019 Chevrolet SuburbanFor a large family, a king-size SUV like the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban might be the right vehicle for the job of taking that trip over the river and through the woods for some seasonal Thanksgiving eats. The Suburban seats up to nine in three rows and provides ample cargo space in the rear. Such king-size accommodations, though, don’t come cheaply, either in the purchase price or the cost of feeding this beast of burden. How much would it cost to fill one up for a trip to Grandma’s house this Thanksgiving?

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Good news: It’d be a lot less than last week, per the national average for gas prices. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said the average price of regular gas was $2.60 on Wednesday, down 8 cents from a week ago and 31 cents less than in early October, when pump prices began to drop.

So what does that look like coming out of your wallet? Here’s what it would cost to fill the Suburban’s 31-gallon tank based on prices posted early Wednesday by AAA:

  • At the national average for regular, filling the tank from empty would cost $80.60.
  • In California, where regular averaged $3.63, the bill would climb to $112.53. But if you think that’s a hike, try Hawaii: Regular averaged $3.82 a gallon there, making a Suburban fill-up more than $118.
  • In Texas, one of the biggest markets for the Suburban, regular was $2.30, and filling the tank would drop to $71.30.
  • Missouri, which led the nation as the cheapest average for regular fuel in the U.S. this week at $2.24 per gallon, would fill up your Suburban for just $69.44.

Gas prices have steadily declined for seven weeks in a row, lowering the cost of driving on the busy Thanksgiving weekend. Pump prices fell throughout the country the past week, and the biggest declines were in the Great Lakes and Great Plains areas. Regular fell 8 cents in Kansas, Missouri and Ohio, and 10 cents in Iowa. The average price of regular has dropped 29 cents over the past three weeks in Iowa.

The national average for premium gas was $3.19, down 6 cents from a week ago, and diesel fuel was $3.22, down 3 cents.

Even with the steady slide in pump prices, however, noted that they are still the highest since 2014 for Thanksgiving Day, a time when millions of Americans travel by car to visit family and friends. If you’re taking a Suburban along for the trip, you’ll have it comparatively easy for this year – but not as easy as the same time in years past.

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2019 Chevrolet Suburban Adds 6.2-Liter V-8 Option – Motor Trend

2019 chevrolet suburban rst ron westphal chevroletThe 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST with the Performance Package boasts a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Read more here.

After bringing the RST Performance Package to the Tahoe last spring, Chevrolet is now giving Suburban buyers the same option. Instead of the standard 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST with the Performance Package boasts a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The direct-injection engine features active fuel management and continuously variable valve timing.

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These Suburbans also feature a 10-speed automatic transmission rather than the standard six-speed. Magnetic ride control, optional on the regular Suburban, features a performance calibration for improved body control on all Performance package models.

A performance dual side-exit exhaust system is available, designed by aftermarket exhaust company Borla. This feature improves exhaust flow by 28 percent, Chevrolet says. Buyers can also choose Brembo brakes with red six-piston, fixed aluminum calipers and larger 410 x 32mm Duralife rotors. The automaker says the performance brakes offer an 84-percent increase in brake pad area and a 42-percent increase in rotor area for improved system thermal capacity.

The Performance Package is based on the regular Suburban RST that came out last year. These models receive 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone P285/45R22 tires. Visual upgrades include black accents on the grille, mirror caps, roof rails, window trim, and Chevy bowties.

Chevrolet hasn’t announced how much the 6.2-liter Suburban will cost when it arrives this summer. But the same package on the Tahoe goes for $2,720. When we tested that model, it was able to hit 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, ahead of a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4WD Z71 we ran at 7.9 seconds.

Source: 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Adds 6.2-Liter V-8 Option – Motor Trend