The Chevy Suburban Celebrates 85 Years on the Road
Vehicles come and go every year, but the Chevy Suburban is one versatile SUV that’s stood the test of time. November 2019 marks the 85th year of continuous Suburban production, making it the industry’s longest-lived nameplate. More impressively yet, the hefty three-row SUV is the first vehicle to reach this milestone.
Paul Edwards, Chevrolet’s vice president of marketing, proclaims that the Suburban is just as important today as it was when it debuted, back in 1935. He spoke highly of the model’s unprecedented cargo volume and interior comforts, and how these features made it the forerunner of the entire SUV segment.
Indeed, drivers of all stripes continue to flock to the Suburban for its ideal mix of luxury and practicality.
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History of the nameplate
According to a curator at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Leslie Kendall, the “Suburban” name has been used by a handful of different automakers throughout history, but the Chevy Suburban is the only one that’s truly stood the test of time. However, the vehicle didn’t always have this well-known moniker. When it arrived back in 1935, it was appropriately known as the Chevy Carryall.
It was a true trailblazer, combining a heavy-duty truck chassis with the comforts of a passenger wagon. At first, it was a huge hit with commercial buyers, and following World War II, families began to adopt the big wagon into their households.
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About the 2020 Chevy Suburban
You can seat up to nine passengers in this three-row SUV — or fold down the back seats to load it up with 121.7 cubic feet of cargo. It’s available 6.2-liter V8 puts some pep in its step with 355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capacity of 8,300 pounds.
Inside, the Suburban boasts all sorts of comforts, including available heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, along with heated second-row bucket seats.