The eleventh generation of the Suburban has been released quite recently at the start of 2014 and it is based on the latest Silverado chassis, a recipe which worked quite well ever since the 1930s. While the Silverado is expecting an all new model in the next few years, the current Suburban is likely going to be kept on the market for a bit more time so it will receive a mid-life refresh with the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban. This model will have to suffice before an all new generation will be released some time after 2020. A move which may seem a bit odd to some. Considering taht the car is based on a truck’s chassis and it uses a regular steel body, the Suburban is more than capable both on and off the road and we might go as far as saying that it is one of the better large crossovers on the market.
Price and Changes of 2018 Chevrolet Suburban
The upcoming 2018 MY car is definitely going to go through a few design and interior changes. Also a few power-train upgrades are going to happen, in order to allow it to compete with the upcoming Expedition which will be completely updated by the end of 2017. This mid-life refresh of the Suburban is likely going to be out by the start of 2017 and the car should be available on the market shortly after that. The pricing should not change all that much over the current model so expect the base LS version to come at over $51,000 while a top of the range model will go past $65,000 with ease.
Interior and Exterior Design
Even though we say the base LS, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban is going to add quite a few features over the ongoing generation. Firstly, it will come as standard with a better air conditioning unit which should now allow the passengers on the three rows to control the temperature in their specific zone. On top of that a new camera system is definitely going to be installed. Camera system will also include a trailer monitoring system as well as seating for up to nine people which will only be available on the base model. The higher end LT and LTZ will come with extras such as leather upholstery, park assist, a magnetic ride-control with adaptive dampers and even GM’s first generation of autonomous driving.
There is still no word on how the upcoming Suburban is going to look. Considering its past and the fact it still is based on a truck we expect it to either get a minimal update with new headlights and possibly a new grille. Other option is a larger face-lift based on the upcoming Silverado which should be out by the time the refreshed Suburban is going to be released.
Like many of its rivals there is a single engine choice on the current model, a 5.3 liter naturally aspirated V8 mill offering 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque which currently sends its power to the rear or all wheels via a 6 speed automatic. The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban on the other hand is going to certainly be updated with GM’s all new 10 speed automatic gearbox which was first seen on the all new Camaro ZL1. This will be faster and lighter than the older 6 speed unit and it should provide better fuel efficiency and towing ratings. On top of that there are strong rumors that its 5.3 liter V8 might be discontinued and replaced by a turbocharged application, a move which some of its rivals already did. The most probable engine to be installed under its hood would be GM’s 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged V6 which can make upwards of 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque with better fuel efficiency ratings than the older V8.
New Suburban will be released somewhere during year 2017 as 2018 model. That means we still have lot of time until it hits the markets. Earlier rumors suggested that Chevy Suburban will be presented during fourth quarter of 2016, an released as 2017 year model. As we see now this hasn’t come to fruition, because there are still changes to be made to the exterior and interior. Depending on these changes, and available engine options we will probably witness new trim on Suburban that wasn’t available on 2016 model.
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