In light of a black 2015 Chevrolet Suburban named as the 10 millionth vehicle made in GM’s Arlington Assembly Center, Chevy celebrates this by releasing a nostalgic photo album that contains the 12 generations of the big SUVs.
The first Suburban was released in 1935 and was an eight-seater, most of the seats can be removed to make a 75’’ cargo space. It was powered by an inline six-cylinder engine that could produce up to 60 horsepower. Let’s take a look at how the Suburban evolved through the year.
1st generation (1935 -1936)
The 1st gen Suburban was the Suburban Carryall that had a half-ton chassis and its two-door body style, the model continued until 1967. It was powered by Chevrolet’s “Stovebolt” inline six cylinder engine.
2nd generation (1937– 1940)
The Chevrolet Carryall got a more streamlined body and better styling, the Stovebolt six cylinder engine’s power increase to 79 horsepower.
3rd Generation (1941-1946)
When World War II started, the production for all commercial cars and trucks was stopped. Several of the Chevrolet trucks such as the Suburban models were pushed in military service.
4th Generation (1947 – 1955)
The 4th generation Suburban came out at the end of World War II. It had a lot of changes on its design and became popular to professionals that made it into a new service truck. It was a great truck for carrying heavy loads with a torque that was measured at 174 lb-ft at 1,200 rpm with its inline six-cylinder engine.
5th Generation (1955-1959)
The design of the 5th gen Suburban was change half way of the model year and was called as the “second series” style, it had a wraparound windshield and the running boards was removed. The second series models had an engine upgrade, the more powerful Small Block V8 engine. In 1957, the suburban finally had a four-wheel drive stock package.
6th Generation (1960-1966)
All new styles were introduced in 1960s and Chevrolet created the C and K labels to represent the models with 2WD and 4WD, respectively. The 6th gen Suburban had engine options such as the 230-cubic inch inline-six, the 283- and 327- cubic inch Small Block V8 engines.
7th Generation (1967 – 1972)
Chevrolet’s half-ton trucks was redesigned which includes the Suburban. They now had the innovative three-door style, with one door for the driver’s side the two doors on the other side. This made it a lot easier to access the cargo area, it became a popular choice for service trucks such as ambulance.
8th Generation (1973- 1991)
From the previous 3 door design, the Suburban now had the standard 4-door design. The interior design was upgraded for a more comfortable ride and other features that was intended for private use customers. In the late 80s, the Suburban was upgraded with electronically controlled fuel injection system and 4-speed overdrive transmission.
9th Generation (1992-199)
A brand new look for the Suburban was introduced, it had a smoother design with flat glass and composite headlamps. Four-wheel antilock brakes, Insta-Trac for four-wheel-drive models, and an improved suspension system that provided a smooth ride similar to a car. By 1998, OnStar and AutroTrac All-wheel-drive system were installed. Right-hand-drive types for the Suburban was offered in Australia via GM’s Holden Brand.
10th Generation (2000 – 2006)
The 2000 Chevrolet Suburban was released in 1999 as the first 10th gen Suburban that brought a new design, interior and powertrain. The engines options included Vortec 5.3 L and the 6.0 L V8 which is the same Gen III Small Block series that was used in the earlier Corvette models. It also had new four-wheel disc brakes and load-leveling suspension system.
11th Generation (2007-14)
The 11th Gen Suburban had an exterior designed using wind tunnels and the classic chrome front and rear bumpers was removed. It was a much better SUV that provides customers with quality ride and reliability. In 2010, limited-edition 75th Anniversary Diamond Edition Suburban was released.
12 Generation (2015+)
Improved functionality, style, and safety features using the advance technology we have now, the new Suburban is better than ever.
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