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Happy Birthday Chevy Suburban!
It’s highly likely that the Chevy Suburban has been around longer then you’ve been alive. The ol’ crooner is often the go-to vehicle for political leaders and federal intelligence services, but even more so with bad-guys in your favorite action films, as it has been featured over 1,200 movies and even was honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year. The Suburban isn’t just any vehicle, it has been a game-changer from its beginning to now and its ability to evolve and become more advanced makes it a significant part of American history.
“The name Suburban is so widely recognized that at various times over history it was used by a few vehicle manufacturers,” said Leslie Kendall, curator at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. “But the Chevrolet Suburban was the forerunner of the modern SUV, has stood the test of time, becoming a fixture of Americana.”
In honor of the Chevy Suburban’s 85th birthday, let’s see, just how far its come!
A Stroll Down Memory Lane
America’s SUV was born in 1935, a year where many U.S citizens were just starting to recover from the Great Depression. While models like Ford V8s, Duesenberg SJs and Chrysler Airflows tried their best to compete, they just couldn’t compare to the multi-purposeful Chevy SUV.
“The Suburban Carryall, as it was known in 1935, was designed for versatility,” said Christo Datini, manager of the GM Archives. “It combined the comfort and convenience of a passenger car with the practical hauling capability of a light commercial vehicle. It could seat eight or be reconfigured for maximum cargo capacity by removing its rear seats.”
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The mother of all Chevy Suburbans allowed up to three rows for passengers and was powered up (if you want to call it that) with just 60 horsepower from a 6-cylinder engine. It had a two-door body shell that was developed upon General Motor’s crossover chassis, however, what really caught our attention was the Art-Deco-era (apart of the AK Series), in which had a glamourous look it but not so bougie that it looked out of place in the driveway of a farmer.
With each generation, the Suburban has gone through various refinements, powertrains, and computerized systems that one could only dream of when it first made its debut. However, the overall blueprint hasn’t changed.
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A couple of years after World War II, more changes were made like the round chrome-grilled nose of the company’s preferred truck line while advancing the torque of the engine in order to make it more adequate for towing. By 1956, there was a complete conversion made from the 1930s style with elements involving wrap-around windshield and body flush with the fenders. Additionally, we finally acquired the V8 engine along with a four-wheel-drive. By the 1960s, it almost unrecognizable with its straight lines and creases on its body, as well as air-conditioning and a rear heater.
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It wasn’t until 1967, where the Suburban had some sort of resemblance to the models of present-day, as a third door on the rear passenger side was finally added, making it a hit with families. Within a few more decades, four doors were added as well as increased comfort and emphasis on interior design.
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Over the subsequent years style evolved to something sleeker and more cultivated, and was OG when it comes to sharing its exterior style with the Cadillac Escalade. It also evolved more during the Information Age with advancements in technology like electronic sway control, blind-spot alert, forward collision warning, rear safety alert seat and 4G Wi-Fi. Hands-free liftgates, heated steering wheels, and rear-seat entertainment systems.
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“Over the years, the Suburban has become a trusted member of the family,” said Mikhael Farah of Chevrolet Communications. “The 2021 Suburban took what customers loved and made it even better,” Farah said. “The focus on more efficient use of cargo space, interior passenger comfort, interior refinement and overall driving dynamics was the main focus of the all-new Suburban. For the first time in its history, it has an independent rear suspension, that has allowed for a much more refined vehicle overall.”
Additionally, the Suburbans air system gives way to ride-height configuration of up to 4 inches for off-roading. The interior includes impressive features like 10-inch touchscreens, widescreen head-up displays, and 12.6-inch rear monitors. It also includes Adaptive cruise, automatic emergency braking, rear pedestrian alert and side blind zone alert bolster safety. Today’s powertrains push 355 horsepower with a 5.3-liter V8 and 420 with a 6.2-liter V8 turbo-diesel, which are both paired but with 10-speed transmissions and push-button shifting.
The 2021 Suburban is set to release this summer, though there’s talk that its descendent may be an electric variant. General Motors affirmed that they would carry out 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 as well as a reawakened Hummer with a whopping 1000 horsepower.
“While the world has changed significantly, the Suburban is just as relevant today as it was in 1935,” Farah said. And we couldn’t agree more!
Miami Lakes Chevrolet
Wondering what birthday present to buy the Chevy Suburban? How about purchase one at Miami Lakes Automall! We have a plethora of 2020 models in our online inventory, so feel free to look around. In case you find something that feeds your fancy, chat with an online representative for more assistance!
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Trucks are known for their legacies. They are known for being a reliable and practical tool of hardworking men and women and are often handed down from generation to generation. One of the things that most likely sticks out from a Chevy truck is the Chevy graphics.
Chevy has been around for the past 100 years. The legend began in 1918 with the ‘1918 One-Ton which is said to be the first purpose-built Chevrolet truck, according to chevytrucklegends.com. By 1929, wooden wheels were no longer, and all of Chevrolet vehicles started featuring “new steel disc wheels.”
Of course, by 1938, the Chevrolet Half-Ton, with its swept fenders and new front bumper, showed early signs of the newly formed design team’s influence on Chevy Trucks. Fast-forward about 10 years later, and the first three-seater is introduced in the Chevrolet 3100 series. As the years progressed, so did the trucks MSRPs.
Back in the 1970s, the graphics were necessary for the distinction between trucks but not every truck had them. In the ‘80s, Chevy graphics gained large popularity making them more consistent in their trucks. The decals adorning truck beds have progressed over the years. They went from having a “plain bodyside stripe to funkier abstract shapes in period-correct-colors,” according to New Roads magazine.
Here are some of Chevy’s graphics greatest hits:
If there’s anything that you remember from the 80s (whether born in that era or you’re a die-hard fan of 80s music and movie like Pretty in Pink) is the vibrant colors that dominated the period. Trucks didn’t get left behind. The graphic designs had everything from neon lights, vibrant colors and they were the jagged type styles.
At the start of the 1980s, Chevy truck graphics were “starkly simple, with ‘70s carryover style: a broad bodyside stripe bordered by chrome trim, creating a two-tone look.” The color combo of the 80s were cream stripes on a brown body. But in the late ‘80s, Chevy’s full-size trucks left behind the 70s body style and introduced Z71 as a trim level.
Z71 configurations and 4×4 truck graphics, for this era, used bold, simple lettering to convey their capability and strength. Today, a Z71 logo on a Chevy truck instantly announces its off-road capability. The Z71 package offers rugged features, an upgraded suspension, and more.
There are times when you get a design that works as was the case for the 1990s design. It took the same lean and slightly rounded corners of designs established in the late ‘80s. It can be seen on special editions, like 1990-1993 454 SS pickup, which featured “red logos on the sides of the bed, plus red outlines around the 1500 emblems on the door trim and around the bowtie on the front grille,” according to New Roads magazine.
The 90s were known for grunge music with relevant distressed-looking text, but the design for the trucks was different as they reflected their straightforward capability. One familiar truck emblem took on a new meaning. The Silverado badge became the official moniker of Chevy full-size trucks in 1999.
With digital design came the expectation that the design had to look good not only in print but on screens of all sizes, especially with the rise of smartphones around the corner. Chevy needed to stand out even more, and this was the case with the ZR2 off-road package. Available for the S-10 and Blazer, which sported large semi-dry-paintbrush-looking logos in front of the taillights to show that it was ready to get dirty on the road.
Then there was the sporty S-10 Xtreme. It showcased a lower stance and door emblems that boasted an exaggerated X. Small screens started to dominate drivers fields of vision, and even though trucks had large bedside panels for displaying graphics, the decals embellishing them reflected the trends of the time, with bold outlines and sharper corners.
Chevrolet has decided to replace its top-tier LTZ trim level with the new named Premier trim. The change first happened on the 2016 Chevy Malibu, and then spread across most of the Chevy lineup, except for the Camaro, Corvette, Chevy trucks and several low-end models like the Spark. When the Premier debuted it featured a two-tone, silver-black badge, which has replaced a new version on 2019 Chevrolet models.
You can search the inventory of Chevrolet vehicles at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.