Chevrolet Suburban Turns 85 in 2020

Published on November 5, 2019 in Galleries by Guillaume Rivard

Photo: Photo: General Motors

The biggest Chevy of all is the auto industry’s longest-running nameplate and the first vehicle to reach 85 years of continuous production.

The bowtie company began testing an all-steel wagon body mounted on a commercial chassis in the mid-1930s. This research and development resulted in the launch of the Suburban Carryall in 1935—the first heavy-duty, truck-based wagon of its kind.

Initially popular among commercial customers, the Suburban hit mainstream fame in the early 1990s as part of the SUV boom. Today, it’s sold as a long-wheelbase variant of the Tahoe. Both will be completely redesigned for the 2021 model year and a debut is scheduled for December 10. In the Suburban’s case, we’ll be talking about the 12th generation.

Here is a photo gallery illustrating the evolution of the Chevrolet Suburban through eight decades and a half…

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