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2011 Chevrolet Suburban


After marking 75 years on the market in 2010 – making Suburban the oldest continuous nameplate in automotive history – the original SÚV rolls into its 76th year wîth the same blend of spaciousness and capability that made it an American icon.

Suburban delivers the capability of hauling more passengers and cargo than any other vehicle in the §egmènt. It is based on GM's full-size SÚV architecture, which features sleek, exterior styling; a sharp, precise driving feel; and excellent interior refinement and quietness.

Riding on a 130-inch (3,302 mm) wheelbase, the Suburban's dimensions support generous passenger and cargo capability, while enabling its smooth ride. Behind the first-row seats, Suburban offers 137.4 cubic feet (3,890 liters) of cargo room, along wîth up to 8,100 pounds (3,674 kg) of towing capability (1500 2WD models), when properly equipped; Suburban 2500 can tow up to 9,600 pounds (4,354 kg).

The Suburban lineup features LS, LT and LTZ models, wîth 2WD and 4WD, as well as 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 series. (LTZ is available only on 1500 series.) A Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed is standard on 1500 models, optimizing fuel economy on the highway via reduced engine speed. Also, the lower-rpm engine speed on the highway enhances interior quietness.

Suburban is packed wîth technologies hadn't even been dreamed of 75 years ago, including Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity wîth specific §teering wheel controls, an available rear camera system that can be displayed in either the inside rearview mirror or the navigation display (depending on radio choice), Side Blind Zone detection, head curtain side-impact air bags and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system.

Changes for 2011 include three new exterior colors – Mocha Steel Metallic, Steel Green Metallic and Ice Blue Metallic – and a host of package revisions. Here are the details, per equipment level:

Suburban 1LS:

• Standard rear audio system controls wîth two headphone jacks

• Standard Bluetooth connectivity

• Standard floor console wîth storage area

• Standard wood grain interior appearance

• Standard luggage rack center rails

• Standard body-color exterior door handles and mirror caps

• Standard premium-cloth front bucket seats, wîth 40/20/40 split-bench optional.

Suburban 1LZ:

• Standard chrome recovery hooks on 4WD model

• Standard two-speed transfer case on 4WD model

• Available 20-inch chrome wheels.

Also, the available trailering package now includes the integrated trailer brake controller.

Design details

Suburban wears the global face of Chevrolet, wîth a large Chevy gold bowtie centered on a distinctive grille. The body-colored grille surround is inset wîth an argent texture mesh. Fog lamps and headlamps feature detailed optics. The lower fascia, incorporating the front license plate holder and integrated tow hooks, is aggressively styled wîth a skid plate look that enhances Suburban's rugged, off-road appearance.

Suburban's front-end styling reflects its capability. It includes the fast-rake windshield; a bulging power dome hood; a prominent fender design wîth integrated wheel flares; a distinctive grille and headlamps; and a full-wrap fascia. The wraparound fascia, which eliminates the conventional bumper-to-body gap, is one of the numerous attributes that gives the Suburban a more refined look. It also enhances aerodynamics.

Seventeen-inch wheels and tires are standard on 1500 models, wîth 20-inch wheels available (standard on LTZ). The large wheels fill Suburban's wheelhouses, giving the vehicle a confident stance. Suburban 2500 come wîth standard 17-inch wheels.

Suburban also offers power-articulated running boards on LTZ models. They blend smoothly wîth the vehicle's design, but automatically move downward and outward when the doors are opened, providing a lower step-in height.

The popular Z71 Off Road appearance package returns for 2011. It includes the Z71 Off Road suspension wîth high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks; 18-inch on/off-road tires; automatic-locking rear differential; front recovery hooks; a durable skid plate and a high-capacity air cleaner. Large, color-keyed fender flares; an aggressive front fascia and satin chrome tubular assist steps; and bright chrome grille insert provide a distinctive appearance.

Interior refinement and convenience

Suburban's interior represents refinement, comfort, quality and convenience. Refinement is exemplified throughout Suburban's spacious interior, creating an environment that exudes quality and precision. A two-tone color scheme is executed wîth soft and low-gloss materials for the instrument panel and other trim pieces. Also, there are almost no exposed metal hardware or latches, as all models feature enclosing 'close outs' around the seat bottoms and doorsill trim plates.

Accessibility and capability are enhanced wîth features that include a unique power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat and a third-row seat that also is easily removable. Storage capability is maximized wîth the §egmènt's largest center console storage bin, a larger glove box and additional new storage compartments.

Suburban's available features also include:

• Power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat

• Remote vehicle starting system

• First- and second-row heated seats

• Últrasonic Rear Parking Assist

• Driver information center

• Tri-zone automatic HVAC

• Rearview camera system

• Touch-screen navigation system

• DVD rear-seat entertainment system wîth eight-inch screen.

Suburban features an impressive audio/navigation lineup, which provides quality entertainment and information. A family of CD/MP3-compatible radios leads the audio lineup, wîth a DVD entertainment system that includes a large, eight-inch screen (with in-dash loading) and a second flip-down screen for the third seating row. A touch-screen navigation radio is available on LT and standard on LTZ.


Vital Stats
Engine : 5.3 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 320 hp
Torque: 335 ft-lbs

Engine : 6.0 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 352 hp
Torque: 382 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
Standard in Suburban 1500 2WD models is an iron-block Vortec 5.3L V-8 wîth 320 horsepower (239 kW)* and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (454 Nm)*, which offers Active Fuel Management fuel-saving technology. Active Fuel Management technology seamlessly switches between eight- and four-cylinder power to save fuel. (concept carz) An aluminum-block version of the 5.3L is standard in 4WD models. The engines can run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85 fuel. (concept carz)

The Suburban 1500 engines are backed by the fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on

Heavy-duty Suburban 2500 models offer a 6.0L V-8. It features an iron cylinder block and is rated at 352 horsepower (262 kW)* and 382 lb.-ft. of torque (518 Nm).* It is matched wîth a new, fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on

Strong and smooth

Extensive attention to detail was paid to ensure a quiet driving experience. It centers on the stiff frame, which reduces vibrations transmitted to the passenger cabin. The strength and accuracy of the fully boxed frame also enable more precise mounting and tuning of chassis and suspension components, which also help reduce vibration. Even the tires on the large, 17-inch standard and 20-inch available wheels (1500 models) were designed to reduce noise.

The Autoride suspension system, standard on LTZ, complements Suburban's quietness and smoothness. This §egmènt-exclusive, bi-state, real-time damping system provides an extremely refined ride wîth greatly reduced body motion. The system consists of a semi-active, two-position damping control system that responds in real time to road and driving conditions, based on body and wheel motion sensors.

Superior safety

The Suburban offers security in the form of a 360-degree perimeter safety system of occupant protection and crash-avoidance technologies. Standard features include roof-mounted head curtain side air bags wîth rollover protection for all seating rows and front-seat safety belt pretensioners that are linked to the vehicle's sensing system to provide §egmènt-exclusive deployment in rear-end crashes. These features are integrated into a stronger vehicle structure that is also designed for improved compatibility wîth other vehicles.

The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment. These head curtain side air bags stay inflated longer than air bags developed only for side impacts, since rollover incidents can last longer. The deployment duration and other design features of the air bags combine to provide increased occupant protection and the ability to help keep occupants inside the vehicle.

Additional safety features include:

• Standard OnStar wîth one-year Safe and Sound plan, including Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance featuring Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Roadside Assistance and more

• Standard StabiliTrak stability control system wîth rollover mitigation technology

• Standard dual-stage driver's front air bag

• Standard dual-stage outboard-front passenger air bag wîth passenger sensing system

• Standard tire pressure monitoring system

• Available Últrasonic Rear Parking Assist that can detect certain stationary objects in the rearward path of the vehicle and send an audible warning sound and display via three LEDs on the right D-pillar

• Available rearview camera system designed to provide the driver wîth a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle

• Available Side Blind Zone Alert system

• Standard pull-up/push-down power window switches.

*SAE certified.

Source - Chevrolet

Chevrolet Suburban At 75: A Historical Look At An American Icon

In 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
Recent Vehicle AdditionsModel Year Changes

  • Available 20-inch chrome wheels
  • New exterior colors: Mocha Steel Metallic, Steel Green Metallic and Ice Blue Metallic
  • Trailering package now includes integrated trailer brake controller
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