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Suburban – An American Icon

Suburban – An American Icon

In 1935, the United States’ population was a little more than 127 million. A first-class stamp cost three cents, Technicolor was introduced to motion pictures and the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs in a tough World Series. It was also the year Chevrolet introduced the Suburban.

In the eight and a half decades since its introduction, the Suburban became an icon and the industry’s longest-running model. In fact, Suburban was the first vehicle to reach 75 years of production in 2010.

The idea for the Suburban was born out of a need for a heavier-duty, truck-based wagon. Through the early 1930s, most manufacturers offered car-based wagons for professional use. Open models with windows and rear seating were known as depot hacks, and were used to ferry passengers and their cargo around train stations and boat docks. Enclosed models, typically without rear seats, were known as sedan deliveries.

Bodywork for these early vehicles often consisted of wood sides and canvas tops; and while they were versatile, their car-based chassis and damage-prone bodies were compromises. Chevrolet began experimenting with an all-steel wagon body mounted on a commercial chassis in the mid-1930s, and the Suburban Carryall was launched in 1935.

After the Suburban’s introduction, car-based commercial vehicles, including sedan deliveries, remained in production, but the heavy-duty chassis of the Suburban increasingly found favor with professional customers. In the post-World War II years, its popularity with private customers who appreciated its uncompromising capabilities increased steadily.

The Chevrolet Suburban hit the mainstream in the early 1990s, with the overall popularity of sport-utility vehicles. But while many customers were new to the Suburban then, it had garnered a legion of longtime owners who had purchased multiple examples over the years – using them to haul Little League teams and their equipment, tow a horse trailer or seat a work crew on the way to a job site.

GMC's equivalent to the Chevrolet model was originally named "Suburban" as well, until re-branding it to "Yukon XL" for the 2000 model year.

2016 Chevrolet Suburban

The 2016 Suburban is the perfect vehicle for the modern family. It has more of everything you need; Striking design, abundant space, powerful performance and efficiency, and ingenious safety technology.

Suburban offers best in-class highway fuel economy along with the power and capability your family needs. And with innovative features no competitor offers- like available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi (3) and Lane Keep Assist—the longest-running name plate in automotive history just keeps getting better.

Suburban was designed to make an impression. A sculpted and athletic exterior gives this large SUV a commanding presence, while the interior offers sophisticated style and comfort without sacrificing versatility.

Simplify your life with ingenious technology like support for Apple CarPlay (1), a smarter way to use your iPhone with the Chevrolet MyLink (2) display. And available built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi (3) helps keep your family connected and entertained while you’re on the road, while the new available 8-inch Reconfigurable Cluster with Driver Information Center and Head-Up Display provide easy access to all the information you need for the drive.

Suburban features a powerful 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with the perfect combination of performance and fuel economy, offering efficiency without compromising power and towing capability.

Suburban offers a host of available advanced safety features to help prevent a potential collision, and technology to help protect you and respond in the event of one. Meanwhile, an available Theft Protection Package can help keep your belongings secure inside your vehicle.

While times have changed, the Suburban remains a fixture in the industry for private and professional customers who need truck-like towing capability with maximum passenger and cargo space. The Suburban’s core capabilities and dependability have remained constant for more than eight decades and generations of people know that a Suburban will haul people and their gear.

  1. Carplay - Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and Apple’s terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.
  2. MyLink – Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices
  3. Wi-Fi - Devices must be WPA2-compliant with active OnStar service and data plan. Wi-Fi devices manufactured prior to 2006 may not be compatible. Please consult your device manufacturer for information regarding the WPA2 security protocol and Wi-Fi device compatibility. Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Vehicle must be started or in accessory mode.