Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban has one of the greatest distinctions in automobiles; it is the longest running automobile imprint in the world. The Chevy Suburban has been in production since 1935.

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Chevrolet Suburban Origins

The Suburban model is used for any station wagon vehicle that has windows on the back. The original Chevrolet Suburban was a steel vehicle (in an era where wood-body vehicles were still popular), made in 1935. Originally known as the Suburban Carryall, the name was shortened by GMC to Suburban. The Suburban was made a trademark of the General Motors company in 1988.

The Suburban SUV on the market today shows the result of several Chevy Suburban generations.

About the Chevrolet Suburban

Every generation of the Chevrolet Suburban has its own ticks and identifying marks. The recent generation, including vehicles from 2007 onward, is well known for its rugged durability, power as well as its superior safety rating; a rare thing indeed in the SUV market.

Chevrolet Suburban Features

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban comes in two separate models: a half-ton vehicle and three-quarter-ton vehicle.

The half-ton Chevrolet Suburban comes in one of three trim models.

The LS seats eight to nine passengers on cloth seats, has tri-zone climate control, a USB port for iPods, Sirius radio, and OnStar navigation. The LS contains a 5.3-liter V-8 engine with FlexFuel capability, meaning it can run on gas or E85 ethanol mix. Safety-wise, the LS (as well as the other trim models) are excellent. They include six airbags; preventive rollover avoidance is engineered into the unit, and a rear vision camera is available as an option.

The LT model features a few trim upgrades. Leather first and second seats are available, as well as heated front row seating. Bose speakers are included for superior sound. You can even let the sun in with a special sunroof. Many other trim options from the LS version are also available.

The Z71 suspension system for off-road driving is available as an option on the LT model. The rear parking assist comes standard.

The LTZ version has a smaller seating capacity (seven), but all of the trim options and safety features offered on the lower trim models come standard. .

The three-quarter-ton Chevy Suburban houses a 6.0-liter V-8 engine with Variable Timing. The vehicle is huge, containing 137.4 cubic feet of storage space. The car has a six-speed transmission, a Stabilitrak stability control system, 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, an integrated brake controller for heavy hauls, airbags, and ABS. The LT version offers extra trim options unavailable on the standard LS version.

Chevrolet Suburban Evolution

The first, second, and third generations of the vehicle are two-door wagons built with a front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. These vehicles were built between 1935 and 1947. The fourth and fifth generation vehicles are considered two-door carryall vehicles, made to hold and transport heavier loads. The carryall variety was built from 1941 to 1959.

The sixth generation, built between 1960 and 1966, was the first version of what is now considered an actual SUV variety of Suburban available. A new carryall was built for the seventh generation between 1967 and 1972.

Between 1973 and 1991 (one of the longer running models) the Suburban was available as a four-door SUV, a two-door short wheelbase SUV (built and sold in Brazil), and a four-door pickup truck (also built in Brazil).

The ninth generation GMT400 Suburban was produced between 1992 and 1999. These vehicles saw a huge increase in power over the previous models; boasting a variety of engines that included a 5.7-liter L05 V-8, a 5.7-liter Vortec L31 V8, a 7.4-liter L19 V-8, and a 7.4-liter Vortec L29 V-8.

The tenth generation offered a powerful, four-door SUV by the model name GMT800. Upgraded interior ergonomics and materials, and an 8.1-liter Vortec V-8, made this one of the most powerful SUV models on the market. Stabilitrak and other safety options were introduced during this generation.

The GMT900 model and 11th generation was introduced in 2007 and is still manufactured today. The 2010 model was named SUV model of the year by U.S. News and World Report. The current generation produces safe, reliable, and powerful SUV vehicles, offering the best in the SUV market. The 8.1-liter engine of the previous generation was dropped in favor of the 5.3-liter, 6.0-liter, and 6.2-liter Vortec V-8 engines, which boasts an incredible 403 horsepower.

If you are looking for a strong workhorse or a flashy SUV that can handle lugging the entire family around, the Chevy Suburban is a true gem among the SUVs on the market. Even the used vehicles will beat out some other current models.

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