Preview: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban – Loses Weight, Gains Size and Power

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Is your 2007 Chevrolet Suburban getting long in the tooth?  Well, GM is giving us something to look forward to next calendar year by revealing the next generation 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, and its stable mates: 2015 GMC Yukon XL, Yukon, and Tahoe.  The next generation Escalade will be revealed in October.  The new line of GM’s full-size SUVs is a concert of old and new.  They maintain the body-on-frame construction, while learning a few new tricks from the recently released 2014 Silverado and Sierra pickups.  The frame strength is increased and suspension components are reworked for improved driving dynamics.  If the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is any indication, then the next generation of Tahoe/Suburban SUVs will have more comfortable and composed driving feel.  The 2015 LTZ models will include the third generation magnetic ride control shocks with real-time damping adjustment.

The 2015 Suburban rides on the same 130 inch wheelbase as its predecessor, but the overall length is increased by two inches for even more interior volume.  At the same time, the new behemoth SUV shaves off about 100 lbs from its curb weight.  The new 2WD Suburban weighs 5,576 lbs, and the 4WD comes in at 5,815 lbs.  Fuel economy has not yet been announced, but GM said that improved aerodynamics, electric power steering, and the new EcoTec3 engine technology combine for better highway MPGs.

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Chevrolet paid great attention to the interior design.  There you will see better materials, ergonomic design, more space, and improved user interface.

The new Tahoe and Suburban will use Chevrolet’s new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 power: direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing, and other advances are included.  Power output is same as on the 2014 Silverado: 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.

The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is also stuffed full of safety technology.  You can add 360 degree radar crash avoidance, lane departure, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, and much more.  The new SUVs will also be more difficult to steal.  GM throws down the gauntlet with latest window break detection, vertical and interior movement alerts, and a system that disables key control if it detects any theft intrusion.  GM says this makes unauthorized startup and movement of the vehicle “almost impossible”.  Sounds like a challenge?

We will have insider video available very soon.  In the mean time, enjoy TFLcar off-road mashup involving 2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.