NEW FOR 2015:

– All-new model.

The longest-running nameplate in the auto business enters its 80th consecutive year in production completely renewed. The Suburban, Chevrolet’s largest sport utility vehicle rides on an entirely new platform shared in common with the Chevrolet Silverado that debuted last year.

Although the Suburban retains its ladder frame and solid rear axle, the latest model is the most refined and technologically advanced Suburban to date. New technologies such as direct fuel injection and lightweight aluminum body panels allow it to consume less fuel, while active safety features such as collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and a safety seat that vibrates to alert the driver of a potential accident help keep the occupants safe. For the first time, the Suburban will also feature Magnetic Ride Control for improved ride comfort.

But let’s not forget about the passengers. The latest infotainment tech is also on board, including wireless phone charging, 4G LTE internet, Apple Car Play, and more than a dozen power points. Comfort, long a Suburban strong suit, continues with a more luxurious cabin that’s trimmed in premium materials.

Capable as ever, the Suburban is offered in seven, eight, and nine-passenger variations, with two or four-wheel drive, depending on trim level. Unlike previous generations, the latest version is only offered in half-ton (1500) guise, powered by the latest 5.3-litre small-block V8 engine which is mated to a six-speed automatic. It develops 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and features cylinder deactivation. Total towing capacity is 8,300 lbs, when properly equipped.

The Suburban is offered in LS, LT, and LTZ trims.

The Suburban LS features 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, automatic locking rear differential, trailer towing provisions, heated power exterior mirrors with driver’s spotter mirror, LED daytime running lights, black assist steps, black roof rails, rear park assist, reverse camera, remote keyless entry, remote starter, alarm, trip computer with full colour display, rain-sensing wipers, tri-zone automatic climate control, power windows, tilt steering column, conversation mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, six-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, premium cloth upholstery, 60/40 split-folding second row, 60/40 split folding third row, cargo management system, 110-volt power outlet, 4.2-inch display audio system with AM/FM/CD/satellite radio, six-speakers, two USB ports, one SD card reader, aux-in jack, Bluetooth, and OnStar with 4G LTE internet and WiFi.

The LT adds forward collision alert, lane-departure warning with vibrating driver’s seat, power height-programmable tailgate, leather upholstery, 10-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, memory driver’s seat and mirrors, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, garage door opener, power adjustable pedals, tilt and telescoping steering column, 8.0-inch MyLink display audio system, nine-speaker Bose sound system, and five USB ports.

The LTZ adds magnetic ride control, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, HID headlights, fog lights, blind-spot monitoring system with lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic assist, front and rear parking sensors, body colour side mouldings, exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals and power folding, chrome-accented assist steps, chrome-accented roof rails mouldings, proximity key with push-button start, power tilt and telescoping steering column, heated steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, 12-way power adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row bench, and 10-speaker Bose sound system.

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