2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 This 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 you see before you’ve been spotted by us in a parking garage, probably trying to keep away from smaller cars that fear its presence. Its total length is only 1.3 inches slightly longer than before.
But when you consider that the adaptive air suspension, as you can see here, their imposing body rises over the wheels for this additional intimidation factor. Or if you need to drive clearly over wood in the forest.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71
The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71, when the full-size SUV was missing in this construction configuration, in December 2019 at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
If you look closely, you will notice a Texas license plate where the Suburban is being built.
The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban will use the General Motors T1 platform, which debuted under the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks – with one crucial difference – a completely independent rear suspension and a longer wheelbase.
The improved architecture is expected to achieve important improvements in passenger accommodation, cargo capacity, and driving dynamics.
The standard engine of the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 is rated a 5.3L V8 with 355 hp. From there, either the optional 6.2L V8 is rated at 420 hp. Finally, while it is not offered on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71, a third engine is a Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel available. The Duramax is designed with 277 hp and a robust torque of 460 lb-ft.
Significantly, no other CLASS SUV offers a diesel engine, and the new Suburban should be given some of the best fuel economy values in the segment – that’s TBA. All motors are equipped with a new 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic switching control.
2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 Interior
The interior of the 2021 Suburban (and Tahoe) drives the SUV family into new premium stages with a 10-inch mid-screen, massive tablet-style rear-seat entertainment screens, and omitting a column slider.
We are told that many of these interior updates will be available on the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra sometime soon.
If you’ve spent half a century using Chevrolet trucks and SUVs, you’re no doubt familiar with the Z71 off-road package. Over the years, this package has evolved from a hardcore collection of off-road hardware to little more than bed stickers and then back into a respectable feature set.
The latest iteration of the Z71 package on Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe typically consists of Rancho shock absorbers, a few skids, and stickers. For 2019, Chevrolet unveiled the Silverado Trail Boss, a robust trim ready for off-road adventures.
Since the family should not be left behind, the company has reinvented the Z71 package for the suburb in 2021, and Tahoe is more off-road than ever before.
The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe Z71 now feature more styling and off-road performance content than ever before. Now, in addition to LS, LT, RST, Premier, and High Country.
The Z71 now has a stand-alone trim package that offers a significantly improved approach angle. Along with the unique fascia, a pair of horizontally aligned towing hooks that protrude far enough for easy use should an unlikely recovery be necessary.
And of course, the towing hooks are painted red. Under the fascia and behind the tow hooks, there is a large sled to protect the trucks from sudden impact.
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Of course, Z71 Suburban and Tahoe are equipped with all-wheel drive as standard, as well as a two-speed transfer case with a special low-range.
The downhill control is also standard. The entire operation rolls on unique 20-inch wheels and Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT off-road tires.
The most interesting option is the 2021 Suburban and Tahoe Z71 with the company’s new and class-exclusive four-corner air suspension. This new chassis system allows drivers to use three different off-road driving modes.
For tame graded roads, the suspension can be left at normal height. If the road gets a large Rutted, the suspension can be moved to off-road one mode, which increases the vehicle by 1 inch. For the most extreme trails, the suspension is able to increase the vehicle 2 inches in “Off-Road 2” for maximum ground clearance.
The choice of air suspension involves Magnetic Ride Control, which uses active dampers to continuously record road conditions and make automatic adjustments if necessary.
The biggest disappointment comes in the engine room, where only the 5.3L and 6.2L V-8 s are available. That’s right, the only trim that the new 3.0L Duramax diesel engine is not available is Z71.
While the Gassers undoubtedly have a lot of power, we would be pleased if the immense torque and fuel range come on the off-road-centered Z71.
We are pleased that Z71 is finally getting its own trim and that Chevrolet is using resources to delight the off-road crowd. However, we hope that they would have dropped the 20-inch wheels in favor of 18s and more tire sidewall, and we really hope that the red tow hook madness will soon come to an end.
Chevy also did not mention a locking rear differential, but if we were to speculate, we would suspect that they will be equipped with the GovLock G80 differential, which we loathe. An electronically selectable rear (and dare we say front) locker would be preferred.
We need to avoid the final verdict if we get the opportunity to ride one in the wild, but at the moment, we are cautiously optimistic about the off-road chops of Chevy’s new family tugs.
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