Make us your home page
Instagram
Autos | Chevrolet Suburban

The first 75 years of the Chevrolet Suburban, America's first SUV

America's first SUV, the Chevrolet Suburban, has long been the vehicle of choice to schlep people, tow boats and explore the outdoors. Let's venture off-road into this vehicle's past. Larry Printz, Virginian-Pilot

1935

Base price: $580

The 1935 Suburban Carryall was the first eight-passenger, steel-bodied station wagon and was sold with two, three or four doors. Power came from Chevrolet's six-cylinder engine that produced 60 horsepower. That jumped to 79 two years later, when the Suburban was restyled.

1947

Base price: $1,474

For its first redesign in a decade, the Suburban's appearance was updated and Chevy's six-cylinder engine, nicknamed the "Stovebolt," received more muscle, generating 90 horsepower. For 1950, the option of a rear-lift gate or traditional barn doors was offered.



1955

Base price: $2,150

Attractive new styling signaled that much had changed. Running boards were out, a wraparound windshield was in. Chevy's small-block V-8 and two-speed automatic transmission were new options. Two years later, four-wheel drive would be offered for the first time.

1973

Base price: $3,560

A conventional four-door model was added for the first time when Chevy trucks were totally revised. A longer wheelbase and revised suspension improved the ride. A 454-cubic-inch V-8, rated at 240 horsepower, was standard; full-time four-wheel drive was a new option.

1981

Base price: $8,771

With its updated design, more efforts were made to enhance the Suburban's appeal as a personal-use vehicle. New automatic locking front hubs meant 4x4 Suburbans could be shifted into four-wheel drive at speeds up to 20 mph. The 454 cubic-inch V-8 was optional.



1987

Base price: $12,983

While the Suburban's strengths continued to find buyers, Chevrolet updated the drivetrain for greater efficiency, adding electronic fuel injection and a four-speed automatic transmission. A 5.0-liter, 5.7-liter, 7.4-liter gasoline V-8 and a 6.3-liter diesel V-8 were offered.

1992

Base price: $18,155

A sleek redesign featuring flush side glass modernized the Suburban's appearance while new standard features, such as antilock brakes and shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, added a measure of safety. A 5.7-liter V-8 was standard, while the 7.4-liter V-8 was optional.

2000

Base price: $27,421

With SUV sales booming, GM redesigned the Suburban for the new century. New features included automatic climate control, rear-seat audio jacks, programmable door locks and side-impact air bags and four-wheel disc brakes. Both gas and turbodiesel V-8 engines were offered.

The first 75 years of the Chevrolet Suburban, America's first SUV 03/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 12:38am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Virginian-Pilot.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 'Toxic' times: How repeal of Florida's tax on services reverberates, 30 years later

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Hurricane Irma attacked Florida, the state faced a troubled fiscal future that the storm will only make worse.

    Robertson says the tax debate is now “toxic.”
  2. Fewer Tampa Bay homeowners are underwater on their mortgages

    Real Estate

    The percentage of Tampa Bay homeowners underwater on their mortgages continues to drop. In the second quarter of this year, 10.2 percent of borrowers had negative equity compared to nearly 15 percent in the same period a year ago, CoreLogic reported Thursday. Nationally, 5.4 percent of all mortgaged homes were …

    The percentage of Tampa Bay homeowners underwater on their mortgages  continues to drop. [Times file photo]
  3. 'What Happened'? Clinton memoir sold 300,000 copies in first week

    Blogs

    Despite being met with decidedly mixed reviews, What Happened, Hillary Clinton's new memoir about the 2016 presidential campaign, sold a whopping 300,000 copies in its first week.

    The new memoir by former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sold 300,000 copies in its first week.
  4. After Irma topples tree, home sale may be gone with the wind

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — To house hunters searching online, the home for sale in St. Petersburg's Shore Acres neighborhood couldn't have looked more appealing — fully renovated and shaded by the leafy canopy of a magnificent ficus benjamini tree.

    Hurricane Irma's winds recently blew over a large ficus tree, left, in the yard of a home at 3601Alabama Ave NE, right, in Shore Acres which is owned by Brett Schroder who is trying to sell the house.
[SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  5. Unemployment claims double in Florida after Hurricane Irma

    Business

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped by 23,000 last week to 259,000 as the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey began to fade.

    Homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma on Big Pine Key last week. Hurricane Irma continued to have an impact on the job market in Florida, where unemployment claims more than doubled from the previous week.
[The New York Times file photo]