The 2015 model marks the 80th anniversary and 12th generation of the original Chevrolet Suburban SUV. It’s stronger, sleeker and smoother, and has exterior changes that include modern new headlights and sleeker lines. Yet it continues as a powerful workhorse capable of hauling 8,300 pounds, 200 more than the old model.
Chevy literature says the new Suburban has been designed for today’s active families who need space for everyone and everything, and Suburban delivers with plenty of room, functionality and amenities. It is more refined and precisely sculpted, with new inlaid doors that fit into the body side instead of over the top, which reduces interior noise and improves aerodynamics. The lightweight aluminum hood and liftgate panels also help enhance efficiency through reduced overall weight. And the windshield angle has a more forward rake and is flattened at the corners for better wiper performance. Projector-beam headlights flank the Chevrolet-signature dual-port chrome grille and sweep into the front fenders.
High-intensity discharge headlights and light-emitting diode daytime running lights are included on LTZ models, along with an exclusive chrome grille surround.
On the inside, a new instrument panel houses an available eight-inch color touch screen radio with a secured storage bin behind the motorized screen and the compartmentalized center console is large enough to store a laptop or iPad. Laminated windshield and front door glass contribute to a quieter ride.
To accommodate radar-based safety technology, the lower front fascias no longer include exposed tow hooks, for a more refined appearance. The B-pillar is moved forward slightly and the C-pillar is a little straighter, making it easier to get in and out, especially when climbing into the third row.
Suburban is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with new functionality and technology features including:
• A new 5.3-liter V-8 with direct injection and other technologies that allow almost 10- percent better highway fuel efficiency.
• Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that allow for more cargo space, including an available power-folding feature for easier entry/exit for rear passengers.
• Available eight-inch color touch screen radio with next-generation MyLink connectivity.
• OnStar with 4G LTE and standard builtin WiFi hotspot.
• Up to six USB ports and six power outlets, including a 110-volt three-prong outlet, to support electronic devices of all types.
• Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens (Suburban only) and Bluray DVD player.
• Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats.
• Keyless entry and push-button start.
• Up to 121.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. The MSRP on the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is $53,695.
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