Retrospective

See every Chevrolet Suburban generation: America's original SUV turns 85

America's original SUV is turns 85 years old this year.

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America's original sport utility vehicle is 85. The Chevrolet Suburban has had a run that has lasted since the year Jane Goodall, Giorgio Armani, Hank Aaron, and Don Cherry were born. And it's not done yet.

As Chevrolet readies to unveil the next generation of the Suburban, let's take a look back at the SUV through the years.

First Generation (1935-40): 1935 Chevrolet Suburban

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The Suburban Carryall was introduced in 1934 and featured a half-ton chassis. The vehicle's signature two-door body style was produced through 1967. The Suburban got its power through Chevrolet's Stovebolt inline six-cylinder engine that produced 60 horsepower. The model got an upgrade for the 1937 sales year including a new Art Deco-inspired exterior design and a power increase to 79 horsepower.

Second Generation (1941-46): 1943 Chevrolet Suburban

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Most automaker production for civilians halted during World War II. Many trucks, including the Chevy Suburban were produced for military use.

Third Generation (1947-55): 1948 Chevrolet Suburban

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Following World War II, Chevrolet redesigned its truck line and the Suburban was refashioned as a workhorse. Its inline six-cylinder engine got a significant power upgrade, with the ability to now produce 174 pound-feet of torque.

Fourth Generation (1955-59): 1956 Chevrolet Suburban

1956 Chevrolet Suburban

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For the model's fourth generation, Chevrolet gave the Suburban aggressive new styling. In the 1955 model year, the company added fresh technology and a wraparound windshield. Running boards were eliminated. This Suburban was powered by a V8, the company's legendary Small Block power plant. Four-wheel drive was offered for the first time in 1955.

Fifth Generation (1960-66): 1965 Chevrolet Suburban

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The fifth generation Chevrolet Suburban brought about the C/K designation to denote models with two-wheel drive (C) and four-wheel drive (K). In 1963, a ladder-type frame replaced the X-member frame. Chevrolet introduced air conditioning and rear-area heating to the Suburban for the fist time in 1965.

Sixth Generation (1967-72): 1967 Chevrolet Suburban

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The redesign of Chevy's trucks line brought about the evolution of the Suburban to move from a two-door model to a three-door SUV. There is now a single door on the driver's side and two doors on the passenger side. Ambulance companies found this configuration advantageous and purchased the Suburban in droves.

Seventh Generation (1973-91): 1974 Chevrolet Suburban

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This generation Suburban is the first ever to get a complete redesign. Up until this point, the generations just slowly evolved. Now the model was offered in a four-door body style and its wheelbase grew to 129.5 inches to support more family members and cargo. Buyers were able to enjoy more amenities than ever and by the late 1980s electronically controlled fuel injection and a four-speed overdrive transmission helped with the Suburban's fuel efficiency.

Eighth Generation (1992-99): 1992 Chevrolet Suburban

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This Suburban is a true evolution of the model incorporating the sleekest styling of the model since the 30s. It had flush glass, composite headlights, four-wheel antilock brakes, "shift-on-the-fly" four-wheel drive, and a supple suspension. In 1998, OnStar became available and for the first time all-wheel drive became an option.

Ninth Generation (2000-2006): 2001 Chevrolet Suburban

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The 10th-generation Suburban was launched in 1999 as a 2000 model. It got more modern styling, a fresh interior, and new powertrain options including 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter V8s. For the first time, four-wheel disc brakes, a load-leveling suspension system, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control were offered.

Tenth Generation (2007-2014): 2007 Chevrolet Suburban

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Eleventh Generation (2015- Present): 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

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The modern Chevrolet Suburban is the most plush, capable, and connected ever. It's also more efficient thanks to its available EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 engine. Standard features include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.


The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is on sale now.

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And all-electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado is on the way.

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Earlier this year, General Motors very quietly teased its forthcoming electric full-size pickup truck. Today, the automaker is giving us a closer look with a new teaser video.

The video accompanies an announcement that says that the Silverado electric pickup will be built at the company's Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. The Silverado electric vehicle (EV) will be built alongside the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV, which debuted this weekend.

GM has designed the Silverado EV to be an electric vehicle from the ground up, riding on the company's Ultium Platform and keeping Silverado's capability in focus. The automaker says that the truck will offer more than 400 miles of all-electric range on a full charge.

The company confirms that retail and fleet versions will be offered.

"The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles," said General Motors President Mark Reuss. "The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and Chevrolet will take everything Chevy's loyal truck buyers love about Silverado — and more — and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike."

What will it be called? The teaser photo GM released was labeled "Silverado E". Stay tuned for confirmation on the name.

GM plans to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025 and earn EV market leadership in North America. With the company's Ultium Platform, virtual development tools and technology, GM has reduced vehicle development times by nearly 50 percent to just 26 months.

The GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and Cruise Origin will also be built at Factory Zero. Reports indicate that a forthcoming Cadillac Escalade BEV could also be built there and be ready for dealerships around the same time as the Hummer EV SUV.

To ready for its new products, GM has invested $2.2 billion in a complete renovation and retooling at the historic GM manufacturing facility. The project is the largest ever for a GM manufacturing site. The plant's paint and body shops and general assembly area are receiving comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tooling. The plant has expanded to over 4.5 million square feet.

Late last year General Motors revealed details about many of the new electric vehicles it has in the pipeline.

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The first 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible off the line was auctioned for charity tonight.

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The United Way for Southeastern Michigan was a double beneficiary on Friday night. Proceeds from the sale of the first production 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Launch Edition and the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible benefitted the charity. The winning bid for the C8 Corvette Convertible was $400,000.

The Corvette Convertible traces its roots back to the original 'Vette - the 1953 model was only available as a rag top. The modern C8 Corvette Convertible engineered the hard top to provide a quieter cabin, increased security, and a cleaner look than previous convertible designs. It can be activated at speeds u pro 30 mpg and retracts in 16 seconds.

The roof is powered by six electric motors — a Corvette first. A body-colored roof is standard, while Carbon Flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof are optional.

A divider glass window in the middle of the vehicle can be power adjusted with the top up or down. In addition to the roof, the car as the same rear spoiler used on the Stingray coupe's Z51 Performance Package, resulting in identical drag between the coupe and convertible with the top up.

The chassis was tweaked for the convertible, giving the convertible nearly the same performance as the coupe.

Like the Stingray coupe, the convertible is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible has a $68,495 starting MSRP.

Last year, Rick Hendrick, founder and CEO of Hendrick Companies, placed the winning bid for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 0001 at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. All proceeds from that sale benefitted the Detroit Children's Fund, a nonprofit focused on high-potential investments to provide Detroit school children the opportunity to receive an excellent education.

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