This is an SUV that has a long line of heritage built on a tradition of excellence. Almost 7 decades of superior quality people and cargo hauling are placed on its shoulders and it's a heavy burden to carry. Nevertheless Chevrolet took the task at hand and provided a vehicle that has been a part of American culture for the past century. The Chevrolet Suburban may as well be called the very first Sport Utility Vehicle. Long has been the term Carry-all Suburban has been used to signify its utilitarian usage; the tag has been synonymous with a large vehicle capable of carrying a multitude of people as well as cargo. General Motors took the initiative and the concept that a big "carryall" may in fact be a new segment in which people would like, many followed suit but through the end, no one could surpass the achievement Chevrolet/GMC has achieved. From generation to generation until currently in the seventh generation, modifications such as bigger more powerful engines to steel body shells to four wheel drives the Suburban has become what it is today, an all around vehicle with the performance to match any driving condition.
The seventh and current generation of the Suburban started in 2000, a fresh start for a new millennia. This full-size SUV was provided great engine power from all new V8 truck engines from GM. As always there is a GMC version of the Suburban, they have rebadged it as the GMC Yukon XL. The 1500 trim of the Suburban is pushed to its task by the Vortec 5300 V8 that churns out 285 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque from its 5.3 liters, an impressive 30 horses more than the Vortec 5700 engine the Suburban previously used. And even more thrust is provided for the Suburban 2500, which features the Vortec 6000 sporting 300 horses and 355 lb-ft of twist. The Vortec 6000 became even more powerful in 2001; horsepower ballooned up to 320 and torque to 360 pound-feet. A new big-block Vortec 8100 (8.1-liter) V8 with 340 horsepower and 455 lb-ft also joined the power engine lineup.
For its latest offering, there are two trims available, the 1500 and the 2500 both available in two-wheel and four-wheel drives. Many minor modifications have been done such as tweaking in fuel consumption for economy, better suspensions and a host of others just to make driving performance better and luxury features accessible. There's just no mistaking about it, the 'Burb is as a good friend as any, anyone can recognize it a mile away. The Suburban has come a long way and it seems that this all around carry all vehicle is set again for more decades to come.