Chevrolet's biggest bruiser, the Suburban, is a staple of the brand's lineup. The nameplate has been around in one form or another since the 1930s; in that time, it has slowly morphed from a basic workhorse to a highly capable and highly luxurious hauler of people and goods. Today, the Suburban typically retails for as much as a well-equipped Chevy Corvette yet remains hugely popular among a small, loyal following.
That might sound like easy money for Chevy, but it puts engineers at a crossroads come time for a redesign. How do you update a product already so beloved and so dominant in its class?
With the all-new 2021 Chevy Suburban, the brand shows that the answer is to balance and refine rather than go for a clean-sheet redesign. The styling has evolved and the interior has been classed up, yet it still looks and feels very much like a Suburban.
Most significantly, the rear suspension trades off its old-school solid axle for an independent design. The move increases cargo space, improves ride comfort, and makes for a much roomier third row.