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It’s Absolutely Massive

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This 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 you see before you was spotted by us in a parking garage, likely trying to keep away from smaller cars that are terrified of its presence. Its overall length is marginally longer than before, at just 1.3 inches. But when you factor in that the adaptive air suspension, as you see here, its imposing body rises above the wheels for that added intimidation factor. Or if you have to drive clear over a log in the woods.

MC&T decided to publish these photos of the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71, as the full-size SUV in this build configuration was absent from the December 2019 reveal at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, Michigan. If you look closely, you’ll notice a Texas license plate, where the Suburban is built.

2021 Chevrolet Suburban

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban will utilize the General Motors T1 platform which first debuted under the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks –with one key difference– a fully independent rear suspension and a longer wheelbase. The improved architecture looks to make key improvements in the realms of passenger accommodations, cargo capacity, and driving dynamics.

The standard engine of the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71 will be a 5.3L V8 rated at 355 horsepower. From there is either the optional 6.2L V8 rated at 420 horsepower. Finally, while it’s not offered on the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban Z71, a third engine is a Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel available. The Duramax is rated at 277 horsepower and a robust 460 lb-ft of torque. Significantly, no other SUV in class offers a diesel engine, and it should give the new Suburban some of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment – which are TBA. All engines will be matched with a new 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control.

The interior of the 2021 Suburban (and Tahoe) push the SUV family into new levels of premium with a 10-inch center screen, massive tablet-style rear seat entertainment screens, and the omission of a column shifter. We’re told that many of these interior updates will eventually be found on the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra soon.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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