Chevrolet Philippines first introduced the 11th generation Suburban in late 2015. Locally, the brand offers two variants of the full-size SUV which are the base LT and top of the line LTZ models. In the last four years, modifications on the grille, the paint, and the technological features were applied. Its current price ranges from Php 4.8 million to Php 5.3 million.
The Suburban has been around for 80 years
The muscular yet sleek design of the Suburban is paired with functional elements incorporated in its aesthetic. Its chrome grille is accentuated by halogen headlamps for the base variant and HID headlamps for the top-spec LTZ model. On the roof is a luggage rack side rails for additional cargo. Both variants of the SUV are also equipped with intermittent wipers with Rainsense, intermittent rear wipers, and window defoggers.
A step assist feature varies between the two Suburban variants as the LT gets a flat step assist while the LTZ comes with a power-retractable step assist with lighting. The top-spec variant also comes with fog lamps.
The interior of the Suburban is equally refined with a cabin decked in leather and a console in wood finish. Seats of both variants are upholstered in leather with the top range variant decorated by perforations. The LTZ variant comes with a 12-way driver adjustability while the LT variant has a 10-way driver seat adjustability. Driver and passenger seats come heated with the top-spec variant equipped with seat cooling as well.
The Suburban comes in two seating configuration options which are 2-3-3 and 2-2-3 for the entry-level and top of the line variants, respectively. Second and third-row seats can be folded flat to make room for a maximum of 121.1 cubic feet cargo space.
Technology & Safety Features
The Suburban is equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for the driver, the front passenger, and the rear passenger. On the console are a front storage cooler, a driver information center (DIC) with a 4.2-inch diagonal multifunction display, and the Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment System. Audio comes out of a Bose 9-speaker with a subwoofer or a Bose 10-speaker surround sound for the LT and LTZ variants, respectively. The top range variant also comes with a wireless charging panel and a push start/stop button for added convenience.
Chevrolet packaged the Suburban with extensive safety features such as remote keyless entry, remote starting system, rear vision camera, tire pressure monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, StabiliTrak, park assist sensors, and an anti-lock braking system, to name a few.
Platform & Chassis
The 5-door full-size SUV comes in a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. It rides on a GMT K2XX platform powered by a 5.3L EcoTec3 engine. The LT variant sits on a premium smooth ride front and rear suspension package, while the LTZ comes with a magnetic ride control system which is Corvette-inspired. The real-time damping system delivers a smooth and precise ride by “reading” the road 1,000 times per second and switching damping every 10 to 15 milliseconds. Stopping power comes from disc brakes in both front and rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Chevrolet Suburban is powered by a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine with active fuel management, direct injection, and variable valve timing. It can produce a maximum of 355 hp and 516 Nm of torque that is able to combine performance and fuel economy without compromising its power and towing ability. The powerful engine is attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission with electronic overdrive and tow/haul mode. The SUV can haul up to 8,300 lbs. which is more than enough to tow ATV’s or boats.