It practically goes without saying that, since the first generation of Chevy Carryall Suburban hit the market in 1935, there have been a remarkable number of changes in the world, leading to a vast array of updates to the vehicle itself. The all-new 2021 Chevy Suburban will be the first release for the large SUV’s twelfth generation, making it the longest continuous production of an automobile. The Suburban is also one of Chevy’s most popular vehicles, so it stands to reason that the venerable manufacturer would put great care and consideration in all design and engineering updates.
The 2021 Chevy Suburban promises to be a very exciting year for the vehicle, starting off the twelfth generation with a full range of new and re-imagined technologies. Outside, drivers will find a more stable wheelbase, while inside, passengers will appreciate a more accommodating amount of space. Cargo space will increase, allowing Suburban to be more versatile and helpful than ever. A full range of up to thirty safety features also improves the Suburban’s driveability, with technology that helps drivers guide, park, and pay attention in any situation. The technology extends to the cabin, with entertainment features that will keep all three rows of passengers engaged for the duration of the drive.
There will also be three performance-guided engine options, depending on the trim level chosen, allowing drivers to build a Suburban that will deliver on all of their individual needs. As the longest-running vehicle under the Chevy emblem, Suburban must always impress, and the new model year will be no exception.
In preliminary press releases regarding the 2021 Suburban, Chevrolet has been pleased to announce that the new generation of large SUV will contain more space within.
While in prior years, the nine-passenger vehicle has received some critique for being a large vehicle on the outside, but less impressive on the inside, Chevy has updated its design and engineering to allow passengers more room inside with only a minor increase in the exterior dimensions.
Overall, the Suburban will gain about four inches in the wheelbase, with measurements increasing from 130 inches to 134.1 inches. The overall body length will only change by just over an inch from 224.4 inches to 225.7 inches. These will result in a more stable wheelbase and more solid-feeling drive for those who have commented that the Suburban “drives big.”
Inside, however, is where the true change is affected, all of which is good news for second and third-row passengers. The second and third-row passengers will receive an additional two inches of legroom, bringing their total legroom counts to 42 and 36.7 inches, respectively. For all of those planning long road trips or who frequently shuttle the whole team around town, this will be a huge advantage to the overall comfort of each and every passenger.
Additionally, both the second and third-row seats can slide and fold, allowing for necessary adjustments to accommodate cargo. Chevy has taken cargo loading into consideration when redesigning the Suburban, as well. Not only is the cargo room increased, but access is much easier, with a low, flat load floor and wide rear door opening. The best-in-class maximum cargo room has increased to 144.7 cubic feet, with 41.5 cubic feet of space available even when the third-row seat is in use.
Another area in which Chevy takes its upgrades very seriously is safety technology. Altogether, Suburban will feature thirty safety-related features.
These features include a high-definition rear vision camera, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, a following distance indicator, front pedestrian braking, rear park assist, automatic headlamp control, and standard LED head and tail lights. The Chevy Suburban will also have a full suite of airbags and a system to sense the presence of passengers and deploy safety features accordingly.
The Heads Up Display will be improved in 2021 to promote greater driver awareness. This 15-inch color display projects all of the information typically gleaned from the infotainment system onto the windshield, so drivers never have to take their eyes off the road. This display will feature navigational directions, safety alerts, and will notify drivers when there is an incoming call.
Additionally, the standard Chevy Infotainment screen will increase to 10 inches diagonally, which is the largest in the class. An optional 8-inch instrument cluster can be added for precise readings at all times.
For those who will use their Suburban for towing and trailering, an available nine-view camera system will provide views from all around the vehicle, the most in the full-size SUV market. A Max Trailering package- inspired by the trailering packages Chevy offers on its trucks will be offered as well. This will add options that can improve vehicle performance while pulling heavier weights, including a high-capacity radiator and cooling system, trailer brake control, and hitch views to assist in hooking up the trailer.
For those who are concerned about keeping rear-seat passengers entertained, the Suburban will offer a Rear Media system, featuring 12.6-inch screens that can be viewed from both the second and third rows. Each screen will have its own independent connection, which can be shared across rear and front screens via an Android phone, in order to alert all passengers and the driver to a point of interest or the need to make a quick stop.
Chevy has not yet released all of the interior details for all trim levels yet; however, they have confirmed that the 2021 Suburban will be released in six total trims: the LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country.
All models except High Country will be well-equipped with a 5.3L V8 engine that offers 355 horsepower. The High Country will include a 6.2L V8 engine that offers a dynamic 420 horsepower. Drivers of all models except the Z71 will have the option to choose a Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbodiesel engine, which features 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This will make Chevy the only manufacturer to offer a diesel engine option on an SUV. All engines are paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission.
The Suburban will also include an onboard WiFi hotspot offering 4G LTE data, connectivity with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, several USB ports, and wireless charging will be standard on some trim levels.
As with other vehicles in Chevy’s lineup, the Z71 will continue to be an off-road forward vehicle. For the 2021 Suburban, this means a more rugged outward appearance, as well as a higher base for greater clearance. The Z71 models will come standard with four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer case and include 20-inch wheels equipped with all-terrain tires and a protective front skid plate. The Z71 will include chrome accents, as well as signature red tow hooks.
Premier and High Country trim levels will include a newly re-engineered Magnetic Ride Control, in which sensors review road conditions to adjust the damping rate of shocks. Chevy Suburban will feature some of the fastest reaction times in this type of technology. The High Country and Z71 models will also include an Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, in which the ride height and suspension can be adjusted based on the road and the load. Drivers can drop the suspension by two inches to assist passengers in entering or exiting the vehicle, as well as raise the body up to two inches while driving on uneven terrain. The Air Ride system will automatically adjust to increase overall fuel efficiency; for example, when driving on the highway, the system will drop the height by three-quarters of an inch.