The Chevy Suburban HD Lives on for Government Employees
If you’ve been waiting for heavy-duty SUVs to make a comeback, then we don’t have great news. The Chevy Suburban HD does exist, but not for civilians. Plus, the Chevrolet Suburban HD isn’t made for towing.
What is the Chevy Suburban HD?
The Chevy Suburban HD is the newest government vehicle to enter the fleet. It has so many modifications that calling it a Suburban could be unfair. It actually goes by ‘HD SUV’ or Heavy-Duty Sport Utility Vehicle.
GM Defense LLC has taken the General Motors truck and technology to craft a brand-new armored beast.
The government has been using General Motors vehicles for decades, but GM Defense has a new approach. The vehicles were purchased, taken to aftermarket armor companies, disassembled, modified, armored, and reassembled.
Now GM Defense can build these vehicles with armor during the original manufacturing process.
It has a new and unique body-on-frame chassis and suspension to support the weight of extra equipment.
The body, interior, brakes, exterior, propulsion, and brakes have been modified to provide protection during government missions. Plus, it has bulletproof glass.
It could be equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 engine with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque or the diesel 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax engine with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
How much does the Suburban HD cost?
Pricing for the Chevy Suburban HD is tricky to track down. But it’s safe to assume that this armored beast is expensive due to the customization and added equipment.
The regular 2023 Suburban starts at $57,200, so that’s already on the higher end of things. Also, the government is absolutely stoked because it invested $36.4 million in a contract for these HD SUVs.
If you want one, you might be able to save with a fleet deal. But it’s unclear how much these SUVs can tow.
For civilians, the regular Suburban can tow up to 8,300 lbs. The Silverado 3500 can tow up to 14,000 lbs, and the 4500 can tow up to 37,000 lbs.
If you want a true Suburban HD model then it might be best to write General Motors a few letters.