General Motors revealed the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe in a joint debut held in Detroit late last year. The all-new, completely-overhauled SUVs are offered in six trim levels, including the new RST (Rally Sport Truck), which offers a more athletic appearance thanks to various unique touches. We’ve already shown you the 2021 Tahoe RST on the streets, but we have yet to see the 2021 Suburban RST out in the wild – until now.
Based on the popular mid-range LT trim level, the 2021 Suburban RST adds 22-inch wheels as standard, representing a noteworthy upgrade over the 18-inch wheels that are standard on LS and LT models. The 22-inch, bright machined High-Gloss Black painted wheels on the RST are also larger than the 20-inch wheels standard on Premier and Z71 trims. In fact, the only other 2021 Chevrolet Suburban model that has 22-inch wheels as standard is the range-topping High Country, which rides on bright Sterling Silver premium painted wheels with chrome inserts.
In addition to new rollers, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST gets a “street-inspired” exterior design thanks to a unique front fascia, which features a “black ice” grille finish. Complementing the unique front end are black exterior trim found elsewhere throughout the body, including the window trim (DLO), roof rails, badging and lettering.
Inside, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST features RST-specific seats featuring contrast-color stitching. The cabin also gets a 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information center (DIC) display as standard. The remaining equipment and features are pulled from the Suburban LT.
Under the hood, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST is equipped with the naturally aspirated 5.3L L84 V8 gasoline engine as standard. Output is rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Those wishing for diesel power can equip the RST with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine, which is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The GM 10-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines.
As we have mentioned before, we find it rather peculiar that GM decided to not equip the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban RST and Tahoe RST with visible exhaust outlets for two reasons. First, this is a trim level focused on a sporty appearance, and a visible exhaust treatment is part and parcel of that direction. Second, other Chevrolet utilities with the RS treatment all have exposed exhaust tips, including the Chevrolet Blazer RS, Chevrolet Traverse RS, and Chevrolet Trailblazer RS. And though there’s not denying that the 2021 Suburban RST looks great, we maintain that visible squirters out back would give it even more curb.
At the time of their announcement in December 2019, the 2021 Suburban and Tahoe were scheduled to launch in mid-2020. As of this writing, that timetable is still in effect, though it’s worth noting that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused The General to push various 2021 model year vehicle launches back into the 2022 model year. When production starts, the all-new Suburban and Tahoe will be assembled at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.