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Most of the things about the upcoming next-generation Suburban are already known. We know that the upcoming redesign is about to bring all kinds of novelties, including some pretty significant improvements in various aspects. However, there are still some things about the new model that we can call a little bit mysterious. One of them is the 2021 Chevy Suburban Z71. If you are familiar with Chevy models, you know that this badge stands for an off-road package, available in pickup trucks like Silverado and Colorado. However, it hasn’t been available in this SUV so far, so the rumors about this novelty seem pretty interesting.
Although the exact details are still unavailable, we may presume that this version will come with all kinds of off-road upgrades. Some sources suggest that, in the case of Suburban, this won’t be a package, but rather a separate trim level. However, this doesn’t sound very likely in our opinion. In any case, we are still waiting to hear something from the officials. So, take the following paragraphs with a reserve.
2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 won’t be any different than other upcoming versions of the full-size SUV. The new generation is coming with all kinds of novelties and the first thing to notice is a new styling. As you may presume it follows the brand’s new design language. This means pretty much the same front end as the recently redesigned Chevy Silverado. Of course, the rest of the body comes in a typical wagon layout, with a pretty boxy shape that guarantees impressive interior practicality. Of course, we presume that the 2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 would come with a couple of exclusive details in order to accentuate its off-road capabilities. Still, the focus would definitely be on mechanics.
What to expect from Z71 Package?
The key thing about this package is about improving off-road performances. We presume that this version will be seen as a direct competitor to models like Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro, which also offers all kinds of off-road upgrades. In the case of the new Suburban, we presume that most of the things would be the same as on the Silverado 1500 with this package. This means we may count of features like off-road suspension, hill descent control, skid plates, a two-speed transfer case, and an automatic locking rear differential. Of course, there is always plenty of room for some additional upgrades.
When it comes to interior design, we don’t expect too many differences compared to the rest of the lineup. A couple of “Z71” badges are possible, as well as a couple of exclusive additions to the list of standard equipment. Other than that, we don’t expect to see any particular change. So, the 2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 will come with some improvements we can see in the standard model. Of course, there is a new dashboard design, which looks notably more luxurious than before. We also like the fact there is a full load of advanced tech goodies, both in terms of connectivity and driver assistance features.
Still, the biggest improvements are those in terms of interior functionality. The new generation features a longer wheelbase, which is highly beneficial in terms of legroom. The cargo area is much bigger than before and now offers more than 145 cubic feet of the overall cargo space. This is mostly because of the independent rear suspension on the rear axle. So, we can’t say if the 2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 is going to be as spacious. Simply, it may feature a little bit different suspension setup.
2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 Engines
Given the fact that this package is expected to be available in different trim levels, we presume that all engine options will be in the game for 2021 Chevy Suburban Z71. This means that the engine offer would start from a well-known 5.3-liter V8. It comes without changes in power and delivers around 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the bigger V8, a 6.2-liter unit will be in the offer as well. This one also comes with changes in max power. So, you may count on about 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Finally, we may see a new engine option, a diesel version of the large SUV. Of course, we are talking about a familiar 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel. This one puts out around 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and seems like a great fuel-efficient alternative.
2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2021 Chevy Suburban Z71 will come along with the rest of the lineup. This means some time in the second half of the year. When it comes to the price, this package usually costs an extra $1000 and we don’t expect bigger differences in this case either.