Although the heavy duty segment is much smaller than the standard duty portion, there’s a certain buyer who will always have things to tow and large mounds of whatever it may be to haul. Chevrolet has answered this call with the Silverado HD, and at one point, the Suburban 2500 HD.
But the 3/4-ton Suburban HD faded away with the K2XX Tahoe and Suburban, and we haven’t heard much about it since. But decoding the General Motors VINs reveals a new VIN variation for a 2016 Suburban 3500HD.
The new 3/4-ton Suburban HD may merely be an uprated 1500, considering the 5.3-liter V8 is the only engine in the decoder, but it’s a good possibility that the SUV will feature another engine as well as an upgraded suspension package, per spy shots showing the Heavy Duty SUV testing in Colorado. The Suburban 3500HD trim also seems to only be available for 4×4, LS and LT variants of the SUV, seemingly reserving the LTZ trim for a more luxurious offering.
We’ve reached out to Chevrolet for comment on this matter and were told that, as things currently stand, the 2016 Suburban 3500HD will be offered solely to fleet buyers and will not become a new trim for the Suburban range, laying any the speculation to rest.
Speaking of fleet customers, General Motors will reportedly also offer the current-generation Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu for fleet buyers through the addition of a Limited trim level after the next-generation cars are revealed this year. In the meantime, non-fleet buyers can still turn to the fully-capable Silverado HD to service their heavy duty needs.
Update: we have found out more information about the 2016 Suburban 3500HD, including the engine it will use and its GVWR.