Both the Tahoe and Suburban are offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive for each. Suburbans can be specified either as standard-duty 1500 models or heavy-duty 2500 models. The Tahoe can tow up to 8,400 pounds, while the Suburban 2500 can tow up to 9,600 pounds when properly equipped.
A 320-horsepower, 5.3L V8 engine featuring E85 capability is the only available engine option for the Tahoe, although a 6.0L is combined with an electric motor on hybrid models, making a combined 332 horsepower. The same 5.3L V8 is standard on 2WD and 4WD Suburban 1500 models and the heavy-duty Suburban 2500 comes equipped with a standard 6.0L V8, which makes 352 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
The 5.3L and 6.0L engines both come equipped with Active Fuel Management, which cuts off fuel to half of the cylinders in some conditions when full engine power isn’t needed.
The Tahoe Hybrid model, which joined the lineup in 2008, gets a 6.0L V8 as part of a 2-Mode hybrid system that is capable of powering the Tahoe at low speed on electric power alone, while at higher speeds the electric motor system assists the gasoline engine for more efficient accelerating and passing. The Hybrid has 8-passenger seating and can tow up to 6,200 pounds.
The stiff, fully boxed frame of Tahoe and Suburban helps provide the structure for heavy hauling and towing and also reduces vibration in the passenger cabin. There’s also extensive noise-reduction material used throughout the models inside the headliner, over the engine, in front of the dash and in door seals.
Luxurious LTZ models get a smooth Autoride suspension system, which has two modes of damping-one firmer, one softer-which it can switch between quickly depending on driving conditions.
Inside, the Tahoe and Suburban have a sophisticated instrument panel design, with LED backlighting and chrome accents, which is smoother and more car-like in design than most other full-size SUVs. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is standard.
Roof-mounted head-curtain air bags with rollover protection, covering all three seating rows, are standard across the model lines, and side impact airbags are also now standard. StabiliTrak electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are also included with both models.
Standout features available on the Tahoe and Suburban include a remote start system, heated seats for the first and second rows, a power-release fold-and-tumble second row, ultrasonic rear parking assist, a rearview camera system, touch-screen navigation, and an 8-inch rear DVD entertainment system.
I can not believe that its been 75 years since Chevrolet came out with the Suburban! Chevy claims that its SUV is the first vehicle to be continuously produced for 75 years, but to be honest I haven’t done any research to back that up (please remind me later to check that out). Regardless of whether or not Chevy was the first to produce a car for that long, the accomplishment of producing a vehicle for 75 years is HUGE!
The concept behind the Suburban’s layout has not changed much through the years, and it just goes to show that when something isn’t broke…don’t fix it!
Here is a time-line of the Suburban:
- Suburban Carryall introduced
- 2-door body style that would last through 1967
- Power came from Chevrolet’s stalwart “Stovebolt” inline-six that produced 60 horsepower for the half-ton chassis
- New, streamlined exterior styling carried Art Deco cues
- Horsepower from the Stovebolt six increased to 79
- Production of almost all civilian cars & trucks halted during America’s involvement in World War II
- Many Chevy trucks – including the Suburban’s body style – were pressed into military duty
- The first significant redesign of the Chevrolet Suburban
- Suburban models are offered with either a tailgate/top-opening rear window configuration or conventional “barn doors” at the rear
- Revolutionary new styling is introduced midway through the model year
- Known as the “second series” design, it features a wraparound windshield and the elimination of running boards – the body is flush with the fenders for the first time
- The second series model also introduces the ubiquitous small-block V-8
- Factory-installed four-wheel drive is offered for the first time
- Chevrolet institutes the C/K designations to denote models with two-wheel drive (C) and four-wheel drive (K)
- Front-end styling is also new
- All-new styling of Chevy’s half-ton trucks is introduced, including Suburban
- It carries a unique three-door arrangement with a single door on the driver’s side and front and rear doors on the passenger side
- This configuration makes the Suburban popular with ambulance companies
- A new generation of Chevy trucks is launched, with Suburban offered in a conventional four-door body style introduced for the first time
- Increased focus on interior comfort and amenities in the 1973 models bring more customers to Suburban for use as a personal vehicle
- Chevrolet responds with more comfortable seats and greater amenities, including simulated buffalo hide vinyl upholstery, wood grain dash inserts, fully trimmed door panels and more
- Updated styling brings stacked rectangular headlamps for the 1980s
- The four-wheel drive system adds automatic locking hubs and the 454 cubic-inch big-block is still offered, giving customers great towing capability
- Electronically controlled fuel injection and a four-speed overdrive transmission bring greater efficiency
- An all-new Suburban features sleek styling with flush glass and composite headlamps
- The 5.7-liter small-block V-8 powers 1500 models, while the 454 engine is still available in the 2500 series
- Other updates include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, Insta-Trac on four-wheel-drive models and a suspension system designed to provide a more carlike ride
- OnStar and the full-time AutoTrac all-wheel-drive system are added
- In Australia, right-hand-drive versions of the Suburban are offered through GM’s Holden brand
- Launched in 1999 as a 2000 model, the next-generation Suburban brings new styling, new interiors and new powertrains
- The latest generation of the Suburban is introduced, featuring a wind tunnel-shaped exterior and the elimination of traditional chrome front and rear bumpers
- More efficient, comfortable and capable than ever, the Suburban continues to offer customers of all walks of life uncompromising capability and versatility
- The 75th anniversary is marked with a limited-edition model, the 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Suburban!