The Chevrolet Suburban is an SUV model from Chevrolet with a long history. As a matter of fact, there’s no single nameplate that has survived for longer than the Suburban. It is believed that this nameplate is the longest continuously used automobile nameplate. It started in 1935 for the first Chevrolet Suburban model. Not only is the history a long one, but It is also known as the most profitable nameplate in production. Here’s a brief history of the icon.
When the first model of the Suburban was introduced in the market, the name SUV was not in the books yet. The SUV was introduced to the market in the 1935 US model year and since then it has undergone metamorphoses with very many added features. The name has also stood alone as an icon in the market being produced and selling individually.
The First Generation (1933-1940)
The first model was produced about a century ago to answer some of the already existing wagons. The original version of this vehicle come into existence in 1933 with a body set upon a half ton truck frame. By this time, most of the vehicles were made of wood construction and the Chevrolet Suburban was not an exception. It was made to hold eight passengers. Additionally, this vehicle was specifically designed for use in the Civilian Conservation Corps and National Guard. A year after its production, we started to see some evolution and there were a lot of improvements. After 1934, the manufacturer changed the wood construction and replaced it with sheet metal but still retained the design. It was later made to consist of three rows of seats that were highly functional for transporting the whole family. The style of the Chevrolet Suburban was changed from the start of 1935 to 1936. By this time, the design was changed to a two-door wagon style that became the official first generation of the vehicle ready for sale to the public. The seats were designed to be removable and for this reason, the vehicle was used not only to transport passengers but also as a cargo transporter. The style of this machine was later changed in 1937 to a more streamlined body. It introduced a six-cylinder engine which jumped up power output from 60 to 79 horsepower. Between 1939 and 1940, there were some noticeable changes in the body and the design of the vehicle. However, by this time, all the features and the shape of the machine remained the same.
The Second Generation (1941-1946)
During this time, World War II remarkably affected automobile production. There were no remarkable changes. The vehicle was modified to carry several passengers which made it preferable for military activities. This was the main reason why the Suburban was the leading character in major movies by this time. However, at this time, the vehicle gave consumers and military a few choices in terms of design. There were several other upgrades with this machine during the second generation. It had 216 cubic inch 6 cylinder engine with GMC. That took the machine a step higher.
Third Generation (1947-1954)
At this time, Chevy increased the production of its machines and borrowed some of the elements for the third generation. The vehicle used Stovebolt OHV 16 3.5 liter engine to power the vehicle. This engine was later replaced by the Thriftmaster 3.9 liter. The vehicle also had seats that were easy to slide forward to give room for more passengers.
4th and 5th Generation (1955 through 1966)
The fourth generation of the Chevy Suburban saw several changes to the engine with a 265 cubic inch V8 4.3 liter engine. This engine cracked out 145 horsepower. The models by this time were available in 4-speed manual and 4-speed hydra-matic automatic transmissions. During this time, the biggest style and design changes saw their way into the market. The 5th generation gives rise to a Chevrolet Apache which was also known as the GMC Carryall. This was a two-door SUV that was offered in both two wheel and four wheel drive. The main change in the fifth generation was the introduction of a new front independent suspension with a wrap-around windshield.
Chevrolet Suburban from 1967 through 1999
At this time, the vehicle made it through from the sixth generation all the way through to the eighth generation. The body change in the sixth generation appeared as a 3 door wagon in North America and a 5 door option in Brazil. During the same time, the wheelbase was lengthened to 127 inches. The vice had a total vehicle length of 215.5 inches. In 1971, the manufacturer introduced the disc brakes on the front wheels. During the seventh generation, there were several noticeable changes. Now consumers could choose between Diesel engines in the form of a 5.7 L V8 or a 6.2 V8 or Gasoline engine. Another change is the wheelbase that grew a bit higher to 129.5 inches. The model also featured two doors on each side vs. the one on the driver’s side from the previous generation. They also introduced the vehicle’s air conditioning systems. During the eighth generation, the Chevy of the 21st century came out. The vehicle had a 4 door body type with 4 Wheel drive. During this era, the 4-speed automatic transmission was very popular.
Chevy Suburban in the 21st Century
Now, the wheelbase had been shortened slightly to 130 inches. The spare wheel has also been moved to the underside. This increased the cargo area significantly. It also features a new instrument center. This has the driver’s message center, electronic climate control, and four-wheel disc brakes. The styling and design during the 10th generation was more modern. Now, it includes DVD players, navigation system, two-tone interior, and enhanced radio and touch screens.
The company is using new materials to make this SUV more convenient and beautiful. The engines were upgraded and now the vehicle has new technology with an anti-theft system, multiple sensors, and radar detection to avoid crashes.
With such a rich history, it’s no wonder the Chevy Suburban remains a favorite! Take yours home today!