As the always-busy SEMA show pushes on, so does Chevrolet with an onslaught of concept vehicle debuts. We’ve already seen what some Chevy accessories can do to the 2015 Colorado and Camaro, but what kind of customization choices do buyers of the full-size 2015 Suburban have?
To give consumers some inspiration for customizing their own Suburbans, Chevrolet has debuted the Suburban Premium Outdoors concept, the most notable feature of which is the 6.2-liter L86 V8 rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The motor is normally available exclusively on the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon Denali/Denali XL models.
The 6.2-liter engine results in an 18 percent increase in horsepower and a 20 percent boost in torque over the Suburban’s standard 5.3-liter L83 V8, Chevrolet says. The power plant is backed up by a throaty exhaust note, amplified by the Borla exhaust system and chrome, side-exit exhaust tip from Chevrolet Accessories. There are also concept six-piston front brake calipers from Brembo with performance brake pads and 16-inch slotted rotors.
Visually, the Suburban Outdoors concept receives a Pepperdust exterior color with “Warm Tarnished” accents and a body colored front fascia and door handles. There’s also a new grille insert, retractable running boards and 22-inch wheels with body color accents from Chevrolet Accessories. The cabin features Saddle and Cocoa-colored leather trim with Mustard piping and a suede headliner. Rounding out the package are loop-carpet floor mats and a Chevrolet Accessories illuminated sill plates.
The Suburban Premium Outdoors concept is nice. So nice, in fact, that it makes us wonder whether the term “outdoors” isn’t being misapplied here. There’s nothing in particular about this vehicle that quite yells “outdoorsy”, and its various luxury makes us want to stay in it rather than go, you know, outdoors. But the real party piece here is its concept tailgating package. Designed for fans of football and other sports where tailgating is a common pastime, the package includes a smart HDTV along with a handcrafted table and benches made of wood salvaged from abandoned Detroit homes.
The Suburban Premium Outdoors concept is joined by its less longitudinally-endowed twin — the Tahoe Premium Outdoors concept.