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2021 Chevrolet Suburban Production Begins At Arlington Plant

2021 Chevrolet Suburban production has commenced at the GM Arlington plant outside of Fort Worth, Texas, GM Authority has learned.

The all-new 2021 Suburban joins its shorter twin, the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe at the facility, as well as its corporate cousin – the 2021 GMC Yukon. Both of the short-wheelbase SUVs (Tahoe and Yukon) started production June 26th, 2020, while the long-wheelbase variants (Suburban and Yukon XL) enter production today, July 13th.

With a storied history spanning 85 years, the Chevy Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history. In fact, it (almost) single-handedly established its segment. The all-new 2021 model was revealed last December and represents the 12th-generation of the Suburban nameplate.

The new model rides on an all-new platform (the GM T1 platform) with a wheelbase that’s 4.1 inches longer than its predecessor, which was in production from the 2015 thru the 2020 model years. There’s also more legroom for passengers riding in the second and third rows.

While 2021 Suburban cargo volume grows 19 percent, overall length of the extended-length full-size SUV grew less than 1 percent. A lower cargo floor makes getting things in and out of the trunk easier and more convenient.

Chevy also made a host of other improvements to the 2021 Suburban, including a completely overhauled exterior, interior, mechanicals, and a bevy of new technologies. An independent rear suspension replaces the live rear axle of the the last-gen, enabling better ride characteristics as well as the aforementioned gains in interior and cargo space.

An optional power center console, available five screens (three up front and two in the rear), plus optional Adaptive Air Suspension and Magnetic Ride Control are just some of the new options.

2021 Suburban Trim Levels
LS LT RST Z71 Premier High Country

Six trim levels will be on offer, including the base LS, mid-level LT, sporty RST, offload-oriented Z71, loaded Premier and luxurious High Country. Not all trims will be available during the initial stages of 2021 Chevrolet Suburban production. Particularly, LS and RST will go into production later on in the model year.

The 2021 Suburban will offer three engine options, including two gasoline V8s and a turbo-diesel straight six. The base gasoline engine is the naturally-aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 that’s rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The optional gasoline engine is the 6.2L V8 L87 rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 3.0L LM2 I6 turbo-diesel Duramax engine makes 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. All three engines are paired with GM’s Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.

The baby Duramax engine will not be available at start of 2021 Chevrolet Suburban production. It will instead join the lineup later on in the 2021 model year. It’s also worth noting that not all engines are available with all trim levels.

With 2021 Chevrolet Suburban production underway, the very first units should be arriving at dealers within the next few weeks, barring any unforeseen delays . We’ll have more about this extended-full-size SUV very soon, so be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Suburban news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.

Alex Luft: GM Authority Founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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  • Let’s not get into the science of COVID-19, unless of course you happen to be a world class virologist. As for the cost of new vehicles... we are the ones that allowed it to happen. The money rules the world..

  • I can't wait to see TFLTruck, Driven Car Reviews and SavageGeese review this new Suburban once it hits dealerships.

  • That's gotta be the largest "trunk" in history as well, lest we consider the back end of vans as a trunk as well! 😉

    • Not only that, it is a very usable "trunk" as the floor goes completely flat -- something the 9th, 10th and 11th generation Suburbans (2000-2020) did not have (in some cases even with seats removed).

  • OK, then. It's interesting, that GM is only building the high buck versions first. They must want to make an early splash in the marketplace. If they build it, we will come. Can't wait to see the prices for these things. I wonder it they have fixed the 5.3 "lifter" problem. Many, many owners have had, and are having problems with this engine. The "AFM" is junk. GM knows it, but owners are on their own. Unless you are your own "wrench", you are stuck with a heavy price to fix it. Just sayin'

    • It would be nice to have the new 6.6 engine as an option. That doesn't come with AFM

      • Like they did with the prior body style, I expect the HD model to start production a year or two after the half ton model. I'm looking forward to the heavy duty 6.6 engine in the Suburban HD in 2023. But with the high markup and my limited budget, I have to wait on finding a used 2023 HD in 2025 or later.

    • Totally agree! Cost will be off the charts because you know the Secret Service uses them....
      My niece won't buy one still; drives her '99 because it has the barn doors. These doors help her with all the things she loads for her handicapped child.
      She wants to know why they stopped making the Tahoe this way.

    • How can anyone afford these things? Those high country models start out at $70,000 and go up from there. Why do people insist on paying a second mortgage for these?

      • O please , it's not a second mortgage! I paid $107 556 for me AND my son's Silverado's. Got a great deal on the two trucks. And NO , you cannot shut everything down. Where will people get money to make a living.

        • Really???? Almost $110,000 for two new trucks? That's crazy. If we as consumers, just started too NOT buy these overpriced toys, maybe, just maybe, the makers would wake up and see that we as the ultimate purchasers, just can't keep buying these things. Also, if the lenders really cared about us, they would not allow people to borrow the funds to buy them. Maybe, start pricing them where they should be. And not in the upper stratousfear. Just sayin'

          • It was for a 6.2 High Country and a LT Trailboss with some extras. I was happy with the deal.

  • They really should be shutting the plant down again, because the infection rates are rising rapidly in Texas. They may only be operating at 25% capacity, but it doesn't change the fact that the plant workers are at risk.