Expectations from the new generation of the Chevy Suburban full-size SUV are high. But, the first disappoint is here, since the company prolonged the debut. So, the next-gen model comes as the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban. The same happens with its sibling Tahoe, and the twin from GMC factories, Yukon. Whatsoever, it will be worth of waiting for the new Suburban. It is an all-new SUV, with fresh styling and probably one addition under the hood. We already know the vehicle will start using the independent rear suspension. There are also few other upgrades that will make this model so special.
The dimensions of the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban will remain large. Expect the SUV with more cargo space than before. This is an extended version of Chevy Tahoe with 20 inches more in overall length. Definitely, the IRS is the major upgrade leading to other changes. Reportedly, the new setup will also bring the new platform. It is the T1 architecture used by the Silverado truck. Suburban and Tahoe will finally be able to challenge the Ford Expedition.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Spy Photos
We are seeing spy photos of the new SUV for a while. These are unveiling the major change for the upcoming season – the independent rear suspension. Although covers are hiding details, the system beneath the SUV remains uncovered. This means the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban is going to challenge Ford Expedition once again. The Blue Oval company is already using this kind of suspension. Now, both Tahoe and Suburban are becoming competitive. What’s more, GM’s SUVs will get the new architecture. Chevy Silverado launched the T1 platform for its latest generation. Now, full-size SUVs are getting the same concept and bring its advantages.
New platform and IRS will be a combination that improves off-road capabilities and durability. Each wheel on the rear axle will be able to travel as much as it needs. Next, the T1 architecture is definitely more durable than the previous one. The concept allows the new Suburban to take the diesel engine available for the pickup truck.
Most fans and experts believed the new generation and big changes are coming for the 2020 season models. But, the most recent update is clear – all things we know and saw are the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban. Although the release is set for this year, we won’t see the new SUV any time soon. LA Auto Show is the biggest happening in the second quarter of the year, and GM doesn’t want to wait until New York or Detroit’s NAIAS, which is now moved for the summer.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Engines
While the architecture and suspension are making changes, the drivetrain lineup remains pretty much the same. There won’t be dropping, only possible new engines. A 5.3-liter V8 is the base choice. This engine is capable to produce 355 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. It is also capable to tow a lot, but not as much as its larger sibling. A 6.2-liter unit produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, and it is good for 8,300 pounds of towing capacity. Standard model pairs the smaller engine to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the bigger mill sends power through an eight-pace gearbox. Active and Dynamic Fuel Management will improve MPG rating, but do not expect spectacular results.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel
When we mentioned the new drivetrain, we had on mind Duramax unit. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel becomes very probable with all upgrades on the way. The SUV will become capable to carry a 3.0-liter turbodiesel unit. With 280 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, it will be able to haul over 10,000 pounds. Duramax is delivering the most powerful diesel among its rivals. Ford’s PowerStroke is creating 250 hp and 440 lb-ft, while Ram’s EcoDiesel is at 240 hp and 420 lb-ft of twisting power. Rumors say that the Ford Expedition is also getting the diesel unit, so the rivalry between this model and 2021 Chevy Suburban raises to another level.
Suburban HD Becomes Available for Purchase
A heavy-duty SUV. That sounds great. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban HD could make the first move before the Ford brings back the Excursions SUV. The GM already offers the heavy-duty model, but only in the commercial segment and for delivery companies. Still, we can’t know what kind of a drivetrain it is going to use. If we compare it to the heavy-duty truck segment, we will find two very powerful solutions.
The vehicle can get either a 6.6-liter petrol V8 with 400 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque. The other possibility is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel by Duramax. In this case, the SUV could get 450 horsepower and torque rating between 700 and 930 lb-ft. well, the high-end output is not so likely, since only Silverado 3500 HD Dually configuration is capable to handle this amount of twist. The Suburban HD will definitely increase the towing capacity over 15,000 pounds.