Chevrolet revealed the redesigned 12th generation of its Suburban full-size SUV in late 2019. Originally set for a 2020 model year introduction, the coronavirus pandemic forced Chevy to delay the truck’s launch by a year. As in past generations, the Suburban shares its underpinnings with the Silverado pickup truck.
Chevrolet offers the new Suburban in LT, Z71, Premier and High Country trims. The first three use a 5.3L V8 engine, while High Country upgrades to a 6.2L powerplant. Both engines come hitched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. LT starts with 2WD and can be optioned to 4WD; the other three trims get 4WD as standard.
All Suburban trims include driver assists like forward collision warning and pedestrian detection with automatic braking, a following distance indicator, rear park assist, and active hill hold assist.
On the outside, Suburban LT comes fitted with transmission and engine oil coolers; a limited slip rear differential; 18-inch alloy wheels; heated/power-adjustable side mirrors; hands-free power tailgate; LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights; automatic high beams; and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, there are 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, a 10.2-inch infotainment display, 120-volt power outlets, a 4.2-inch driver info display, a nine-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, passive keyless entry, remote engine start, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, three-zone climate control, leather seating, front and rear USB ports, an integrated garage door opener, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and wireless smartphone charging.
Z71 trim adds a front skid plate, heavy-duty air filter, hill descent control, recovery hooks, 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, and black roof rails.
Premier models get dual exhaust outlets, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with all-season tires, a driver’s side auto-dimming mirror, chrome door handles and side mirrors, ventilated 12-way power front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a 10-speaker stereo, navigation, front park assist, blind spot monitoring with lane change alert and rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, power-folding third-row seats, and power-release second-row seats.
Finally, the High Country package brings the 6.2L engine, 22-inch wheels and tires, surround-view cameras, Chevrolet’s camera-based rearview mirror, a head-up display, and rear pedestrian alert.
LT and Z71 trims can be optioned with much of the upscale kit that’s standard in posher trims. The LT Signature pack adds power-folding seats, a panoramic sunroof, and 20-inch wheels. A luxury package gets the surround vision cameras, rear pedestrian alert, power steering column, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, and power-folding side mirrors with driver’s side auto dimming. A driver alert group brings the full suite of driver assists, and there are two trailering packages.
A Premier Premium package gets a panoramic sunroof, trailering equipment, and adaptive cruise control. In High Country models, this package also adds power-retractable side steps.
Chevrolet’s fuel consumption estimates for the Suburban are 14.3/11.8 L/100 km (city/highway) for the LT 2WD model, and 15.3/12.4 for LT 4WD, Z71 and Premier trims. Suburban High Country and its 6.2L engine is rated 16.8/12.4 L/100 km (city/highway).
As we write this, the Suburban is one of the newest full-size SUVs in a class that includes GM’s also-new and very similar GMC Yukon XL. Other big utilities worthy of consideration are the Ford Expedition, Toyota’s Sequoia, and the Nissan Armada.