GM public relations folks were kept busy on Thursday, September 12th, 2013. First, there was an unveiling and press conference in New York for the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban. A few hours later, there was an unveiling and press conference in Los Angeles for the 2015 GMC Yukon. Then, finally late in the afternoon, everything came together and a double introduction, unveiling, and press conference was held in Dallas, including representatives from the Arlington GM Assembly Plant, area GM dealers, and the media-press personnel.
The Tahoe, Suburban, and Yukon are the best-selling vehicles in the full-size SUV class. These all-new models for 2015 will offer a lot more refinement, much more functionality, and will be really quiet in the cabin area. For the Suburban, it will be the 12th Generation and the 80th year of production.
The Suburban's new styling is immediately noticeable. The edges are softer and slightly rounded, although there it retains the boxed look. It just does not appeared to be chiseld out of a several hunks of put-together metal. In fact, the steel-stamping process is now all done at the Arlington Assembly Plant. The doors are not copied from the pickup trucks and are now inlaid into the body side openings instead of going over the top. The projector-beam headlights even have a chrome inset that sweeps into the side of the vehicle as well as the front fenders.
There are new fold-flat second and third row seats. This is not new for the industry, but is certainly a new innovation for the Suburban. It extends the cargo capacity but with an increased amount of convenience with the power-folding feature. About two inches of legroom has been added to the second-row passenger area. There will be up to six USB ports and six power outlets placed strategically throughout the vehicle. These is even a 110-volt three-prong outlet.
Chevrolet officials went to great lengths to emphasize that the new Chevy Suburban is not a re-make of a pickup truck that happens to be enclosed with three rows of seats. Previously, the Suburban and the Silverado shared quite a number of parts. Not a single exterior panel of sheet metal or any lighting elements are taken from or shared with the Silverado. About the only thing I could identify was that the windshield glass is the same for the Suburban and the Silverado.
The Suburban will be powered by a direct-injected EcoTec3 engine. It is claimed to be more efficient, and coupled with the improved aerodynamics, should help to boost fuel economy. The overall performance and capability will, of course, be preserved. The EcoTec3 will be mated to a Hydro-Matic six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2015 model year is the 80th anniversary of this legendary American icon. Although this will be an all-new model, it will retain its legendary functionality, premium interior, and legendary roominess. The 2015 Chevy Suburban is designed for families that need space in their vehicle, whether it is for people or things. Although there will be an abundance of connectivity, technology, and more refinement, the vehicle will unmistakably show its brand heritage as a full-size Chevy SUV.