Thanks to this system, the Suburban‘s ride height has up to four-inches of adjustable travel. When the going gets a little rough, the driver can adjust the system to offer maximum ground clearance. Then, when they reach the highway, they can lower the ride height back down to improve the full-size SUVs aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
The Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system can also lower the ride height by a further two-inches to aid passenger entry and exit when the vehicle is parked. While side steps will be enough for some passengers to enter and exit the vehicle, older folks may appreciate the lower ride height offered by the air ride system.
General Motors recently released a video detailing the new Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system for the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and demonstrating how to use it. To raise the suspension for off-road driving, the user must select 4WD LO on the transfer case and hit the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension adjustment button. An animation of the vehicle will then appear on the digital driver’s display, indicating it is now in ‘Maximum Ground Clearance’ mode. There is also a separate off-road suspension setting available when the vehicle is in 4WD HI, which sits 1-inch lower than the 4WD LO setting.
As mentioned above, the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system also has a Normal Ground Clearance mode for highway driving and an Entry Exit Ground Clearance mode for aiding passengers. These settings do not require the vehicle to be in 4WD HI or 4WD LO mode to be activated, obviously.
It’s worth noting the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system is only available on the off-road-focused Z71 and High Country trim-levels for the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe and comes paired with Magnetic Ride Control.
Check out the video embedded below for a more in-depth explanation on how to use the optional air ride system in the new full-size Chevrolet SUVs. The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe will enter production later this year.