The current crop of crossover vehicles that are based on an underlying car design are amazing triumphs of automotive design. They are fully capable of hauling lots of humans and cargo, but there are a few things that even they can’t do, like carry up to nine passengers or haul extreme loads of over 6,000 lbs. To get this kind of power and performance, you need to jump up a full-size SUV powered by a king-sized V8 engine. You can find that and more in the brand new 2020 Chevy Suburban.
The latest version of Chevy’s flagship SUV is part of it's the 11th generation, and thanks to an exhaustive list of option packages, this modern-day Suburban can be customized into a nearly endless array of configurations. The new 2020 Chevy Suburban is one of the largest and longest SUVs you can buy, which is perfect for hauling everything from people to boats and campers. In addition to its bulk, the Suburban is also powerful and stylish, perfect for a family on the go. It’s a top brand for families, but with more luxurious details being added to the latest iteration, the appeal of the Suburban is broadening.
Originally speculated to be part of the all-new 12th generation Suburban, this iteration will continue the evolution of the 11th generation, with the all-new models coming later in 2020. The 2020 Chevy Suburban is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2019, with a shorter production run expected to make room for the 12th generation vehicles. It will be assembled at GM’s Arlington, TX, plant, which has been revamped to produce even more advanced Suburbans going forward.
For a vehicle that’s this hefty, don’t be expecting the same performance you’d find in a sporty coupe. However, don’t let the Suburban’s size deter you. With its speed, nimble turning, and sheer will, the Suburban handles most driving conditions with ease. On narrower roads, you’ll need to keep a firm grasp on the wheel, but on more open roads, there will be no problem keeping it between the lines. The steering responds swiftly, and acceleration requires only the lightest touch. The Suburban features GM’s StabiliTrak system, which performs masterfully while keeping the 5,586 lb weight of the vehicle in check.
The 5.3L V8 is wedded to a standard manually shiftable six-speed automatic perform well together, providing a perfect combination of power and performance. It gets up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. An optional 6.2L V8 comes paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, this engine gets 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The base engine, however, provides plenty of power to keep the Suburban moving along, and when driven at reasonable highway speeds, fuel economy stays respectable.
While the Suburban is best suited for paved and gravel roads, an off-road package is available if you truly want to go there. However, the vehicle’s massive size and long-wheelbase restrict where it can travel.
As noted in the introduction, the 2020 Chevy Suburban offers room for up to nine people with its three rows of seating. Everyone can spread out and have plenty of room in the first two rows, but the third row is better suited for kids or only two adults.
The 2020 Suburban’s cavernous interior offers plenty of space thanks to a flat load floor, hands-free programmable power liftgate, and power-assisted folding second and third-row seating. Even with all the space for larger objects, the Suburban also offers plenty of interior nooks and crannies for small space storage for everyone. A large center console provides enough room to store a laptop computer.
With the optional trailering package on the two-wheel drive model, the towing capacity bumps up from the already impressive 6,300 lbs to an astounding 8,300 lbs. Opting for the four-wheel drive model drops that slightly, but not much: you’ve still got 8,000 lbs to work with.
The new Suburban is indeed a large vehicle, but its size is offset by a generally good ride on smooth surfaces. For those long, hot summer vacation drives, the robust air conditioning system offers plenty of power to keep the large interior space cool for everyone. For the driver, all the controls are within easy reach, offering peace of mind and confidence when behind the wheel. The second-row seats don’t slide but still offer plenty of space for adults or children. If opting for the Premier trim level, you’ll also get heating and ventilation for the front seats.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard as is a full-color touchscreen display. Families will appreciate a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot and loads of USB and 12-volt charging ports. An available rear-seat Blu-ray / DVD entertainment system will keep everyone entertained in the back seat.
The Suburban's advanced active safety features help keep you one step ahead of any potential collisions. Available automatic emergency braking can alert the driver if it detects that a front-end collision is imminent and can also reduce the severity of impact if it does happen, by automatically applying hard emergency braking.
An available safety alert seat adds the option of tactile feedback through seat vibrations instead of beeps and alerts. The standard rear vision camera provides a view of the scene directly behind the vehicle to assist in parking and to avoid objects or people. Available rear cross traffic alert aids in detecting traffic approaching from the left or right when backing up and displays warning triangles with left/right indicators.
Standard rear park assist provides distance alerts to detected nearby objects when traveling at slow speeds. An available lane change alert with blind zone alert can help to prevent lane change collisions when a moving vehicle is detected rapidly approaching a side blind zone or has already entered one.
The 2020 Chevy Suburban is also available in several special edition packages which include the following features.
RST Edition - A seamless blend of capability and distinctive styling make this Suburban perfect for taking on the city streets. 22-inch gloss black aluminum wheels with custom silver accents, unique gloss black sport grille, black bowties, and nameplate badging, body-color grille surround, door handles and headlamp accents, and black mirror caps, beltline moldings and roof rails.
Suburban Premier Plus Edition - The new standard for performance, style, and comfort all in one package. 6.2L V8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, magnetic ride control, premium two-tone black / mahogany interior featuring heated and ventilated perforated leather-appointed front seats with jet black Interior trim surround, 22" 12-spoke alloy wheels with polished finish, head-up display and 8” reconfigurable cluster, power assist retractable assist steps with bright accent and perimeter lighting, polished exhaust tip, black roof rack cross rails, and available Chevrolet 4G LTE WiFi hotspot.
Z71 Midnight Edition - This edition features bold black accents with all-season blackwall tires and also include the Z71 off-road package, 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, black mesh grille, black bowties, black roof rack cross rails (Z71 Midnight Edition only); 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, all-season blackwall tires, black bowties (LT Midnight Edition only).
Suburban Signature Edition - A how of refinements in this package add luxury and a distinctive look to your Suburban. Features include 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome assist step, bodyside molding with bright inserts, polished exhaust tip, unique chrome grille insert, polished chrome exhaust tip, and chrome recovery hooks.