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LTZ MODEL ADDS STYLISH FLAIR TO 2006 CHEVY SUBURBAN LINEUPA stylish LTZ model highlights the changes and enhancements for the 2006 Chevy Suburban – the last model year for the current-generation vehicle. The LTZ includes features such as a standard Vortec 6000 V-8 engine, all-wheel drive and 20-inch wheels, along wîth exterior and interior enhancements that make it a standout from all other Suburban models – and all other full-size SÚVs.
Suburban has earned a strong reputation as North America 's premier full-size SÚV for its unmatched comfort, capability and durability. It has one of the highest loyalty rates in the , thanks to uncompromising capability. Suburban offers up to 131.6 cubic feet (3,727 L) of cargo space and can tow up to 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg) when properly equipped. These traits put the 's original SÚV in a class by itself.
Additional '06 model year changes are evolutionary yet significant to customer desires and vehicle performance. The most prominent of these is revised camper extendable outside rearview mirror that is available on Suburban 2500 models. This new, vertical mirror has a larger glass area and manually extends outward to provide a greater view when towing a trailer or camper. It includes heated, power-adjustable flat glass and integrated turn signals. A convex 'spotter mirror' glass also has been added to the mirror. The vertical configuration and new spotter mirror section answer customer requests for such a configuration.
Other changes for 2006 include:
Integrated OnStar/XM Satellite Radio antenna – A single antenna unit replaces the previous two, for a smoother appearance. The new, combined antenna is located on the left-front corner of the roof.
Relocated catalytic converters – For Suburban 1500, the catalytic converters are moved closer to the engine to meet improved emissions performance guidelines.
Standard tire pressure monitoring system – All Suburban models have a standard GM tire pressure monitoring system, which uses an electronic signal on the driver information center to warn of a low-pressure condition.
The new Suburban LTZ combines the uncompromising capability of the Suburban wîth a distinctive package of exterior and interior styling enhancements. The LTZ is based on the well-equipped LT model and comes wîth the following features in addition to or substituting LT content:
Vortec 6000 V-8, rated at 335 horsepower (250 kw) and 375 lb.-ft. of torque (508 Nm)
Autotrac all-wheel drive
Twenty-inch chrome-finish wheels and P275/55R20 tires
Monochromatic front and rear bumpers
Chrome grille bar wîth Z71-style grille insert
Chrome tubular assist steps
Stainless steel exhaust tip
Chrome door handles
Black rocker moldings
Roof rack wîth chrome side rails
Black, Sport Red Metallic, Bermuda Blue Metallic, Silver Birch Metallic and Summit White exterior colors
Specific trim on instrument panel door switch pad bezel and center stack extension
Monotone Medium Neutral and Medium Gray interior colors
Steering wheel and column color-matched to interior color
As wîth the LT trim, the LTZ also is equipped wîth standard comfort and convenience features that include a AM/FM stereo wîth in-dash six-CD changer, overhead console, floor console, driver information center, power-adjustable pedals, tire pressure monitoring system, dual front auxiliary power outlets, remote keyless entry, leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth radio controls, power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone climate control and HomeLink remote transmitter system.
Available options include side-impact air bags for driver and front outboard passenger and a sunroof. There also are numerous entertainment and information system options, including XM Satellite Radio, a AM/FM stereo wîth CD and touch-screen navigation system, a Bose premium sound system wîth subwoofer and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The DVD system features a player and flip-down screen, along wîth a remote control, two sets of wireless headphones, auxiliary audio/video jacks, remote game plug-in and a mute button in an overhead console. An available Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package for the LTZ combines an AM/FM stereo wîth in-dash six-CD changer (including Bose speakers) and touch-screen navigation system, XM Satellite Radio and power sunroof.
LT and Z71 models also offer an available Sun, Sound and Entertainment package, which includes a premium audio system, sunroof and DVD entertainment system. Many of the uplevel LT and LTZ's standard convenience features and entertainment systems are available on other Suburban models.
Full-size truck capability
Suburban's powertrain lineup includes a choice of three powerful V-8 engines to cover almost all towing needs. GM's Vortec 5300 5.3L V-8 is standard on all half-ton models, delivering 295 horsepower (220 kw) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 Nm) of torque. This flexible-fuel engine is capable of running on either unleaded gasoline or a blend of up to 85 percent ethanol. New programming in the engine control module recognizes the amount of ethanol in the fuel system, eliminating the need for a physical fuel sensor.
GM's Vortec 6000 6.0L V-8 is standard on all three-quarter-ton Suburban models, and generates 335 horsepower (250 kw) and 375 lb.-ft. (508 Nm) of torque. For those wîth exceptional requirements, GM's Vortec 8100 8.1L V-8 is available on 2500 series 3/4-ton models, providing 320 horsepower (239 kw) and 440 lb.-ft. (597 Nm) of torque. Three transmissions, all four-speed automatics wîth electronic controls and tow/haul modes, are available, depending on engine choice.
Introduced in '05, Suburban's all-electric cooling system helps improve fuel economy through reduced parasitic loss on the engine – there is no engine-driven fan. It also enhances air conditioning performance and has the capability of idling wîth the air conditioning engaged for extended periods in very high ambient temperatures. Also, the electric cooling system is very quiet during operation.
Backing the Suburban lineup's Vortec engines is a trio of proven Hydra-Matic electronically controlled automatic transmissions. Half-ton models receive the Hydra-Matic 4L60-E, while three-quarter-ton Suburbans equipped wîth the Vortec 6000 engine are equipped wîth the Hydra-Matic 4L80-E. Vehicles powered by the robust Vortec 8100 feature the heavy-duty Hydra-Matic 4L85-E transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) All transmissions feature a tow/haul mode that enhances driving on steep grades while towing.
Suburban can be equipped wîth two- or four-wheel drive and several §teering and electronic stability control systems. GM's StabiliTrak system is available on half-ton 2WD or 4WD models wîth the Vortec 5300 5.3L V-8 engine (not available wîth Z71). In addition, 2WD Suburbans wîth a locking rear differential can be equipped wîth electronic traction assist.
StabiliTrak helps the driver maintain control in sudden maneuvers, particularly in low traction conditions, in emergency lane changes and during avoidance maneuvers. StabiliTrak assists the vehicle in maintaining the driver's intended path by applying a brake force at any corner of the vehicle independent of the driver's use of the brake pedal.
As for suspension systems, half-ton models feature an independent front suspension wîth torsion bars and a five-link rear suspension wîth coil springs. Three-quarter-ton Suburbans use a similar independent front suspension wîth torsion bars, along wîth a dual-stage multi-leaf spring rear suspension.
Interior flexibility, comfort
Suburban has a full complement of safety and security features, starting wîth dual-stage frontal air bags for supplemental protection for front seat passengers. Dual-stage frontal air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of air bag-induced injury. When the air bag system's control unit detects an impact, it determines whether the crash is severe enough to trigger a deployment and whether the primary amount of inflation is sufficient. The primary stage alone will deploy in most frontal impacts requiring the supplemental protection of an air bag, while a secondary stage is designed to deploy in more severe frontal collisions.
The Suburban also has GM's Passenger Sensing System (PSS). PSS uses the latest sensing technology to turn the front passenger air bag on or off. If the sensor system detects an unoccupied front passenger seat or the presence of a smaller occupant, the front passenger air bag is deigned to automatically turn off so it would not deploy in the event of a frontal collision. A status indicator on the instrument panel alerts occupants that the passenger air bag is on or off. Even wîth this system, GM strongly recommends restraining child passengers in an appropriate child seat placed in the second or third row of the vehicle. Never install a rear-facing infant seat in front of an active air bag. GM also recommends that all children 12 and under ride in the rear seat when possible.
Side-impact air bags for the driver and front outboard passenger are available.
Other standard safety and security features include the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat attachment system in the rear seats, and GM's PASSLock II theft deterrent system. The LATCH system provides two lower anchors and a top tether anchor to be used to secure a child seat to the vehicle seat structure. These anchorages are designed to make it easier to properly install compatible child safety seats.
Also standard are four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes wîth Hydroboost, a feature that provides more reserve power assist for braking under specific conditions.
All Suburban models come wîth the OnStar system, including a one-year subscription to the Safe & Sound plan. OnStar-equipped Suburbans feature OnStar dual-mode (analog-digital) equipment. OnStar's digital equipment also includes enhanced hands-free voice recognition capabilities including more intuitive continuous digit dialing and improved voice recognition accuracy. OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the Únited States and Canada . Úsing the GPS satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar features core safety services and OnStar Hands-Free Calling that allows drivers to make and receive voice-activated phone calls using an externally mounted antenna for greater reception.
Chevrolet Suburban At 75: A Historical Look At An American IconIn 1935, the Únited 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 seven and a half decades since its introduction, the Suburban became an icon and the 's longest-running model. In fact, Suburban is the first vehicle to reach 75 years of production and Chevrolet is commemorating the milestone wîth a special 2010 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition model.
'Times have changed, but the Suburban remains a fixture in the for private and professional customers who need truck-like towing capability wîth maximum passenger and cargo space,' said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet general manager. 'The Suburban's core capabilities and dependability have remained constant for more than seven decades and generations of people know that a Suburban will haul people and their gear.'
The original Suburban could seat eight, while easily removable seats provided a large, 75-inch-long by 77-inch-high (1,905 x 1,956 mm) cargo area. The 2010 Suburban seats up to nine, but offers up to 137.4 cubic feet (3,891 L) of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded and third-row seats are removed.
History of an icon
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 wîth 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 wîth an all-steel wagon body mounted on a commercial chassis in the mid-1930s, and the Suburban Carryall was launched in 1935.
The base price of the original, eight-passenger Suburban was about $675, or the equivalent of about $10,900 in 2010 dollars – although the 1935 model didn't come wîth frontal and side air bags, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, anti-lock brakes and stability control, a six-speed automatic transmission or remote keyless entry. In fact, a radio, heater, clock and even a rear bumper were extra-cost options. It might well have been called a sport utilitarian vehicle.
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 wîth professional customers. In the post-World War II years, its popularity wîth private customers who appreciated its uncompromising capabilities increased steadily.
The Chevrolet Suburban hit the mainstream in the early 1990s, wîth 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.Source - Chevrolet
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