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After the Great Depression, most commercial wagons used to haul cargo were still car-based with wood sides and canvas tops. While common and popular, these wagons didn’t perform all that well. The car base wasn’t too capable, and the arguably flimsy sides and top were prone to damage. In 1935, Chevy switched to a truck base and developed a complete steel body. The first-generation Chevrolet Suburban, coined the Suburban Carryall, was born and priced at $580. The SUV was the first of its kind. Now in its 12th generation, it remains the longest-running production car in the world.

With roots in industry and the military, families adopted the Suburban more and more over the decades. It provides seating for a sizeable group plus plenty of space to haul gear, luggage, groceries, and whatever else the American suburbanite needs to bring along.

1935 Chevrolet Suburban Carryall specs

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1936 Chevrolet Suburban | Chevrolet
1935 Chevrolet Suburban CarryallSpec
ChassisHalf-ton (1500)
Body style2-Door
Engine“Stovebolt” L6
Output60 hp til ’37, then 79 hp
Gen run1935-1940

A red 1972 Chevrolet Suburban parked with a line of family people fishing
1972 Chevrolet Suburban | Chevrolet

In 1955, the Suburban would come with Chevrolet’s Small Block V8 and factory 4WD. The SUV would have two doors standard until 1967. Then, it would offer a single door on the left front for the driver and front and rear passenger doors on the other side. Chevy would add the fourth door in 1973 and stretch the wheelbase for increased interior comfort.

2025 Chevy Suburban specs

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2025 Chevrolet Suburban | Chevrolet

By 2025, the Suburban will have all the latest vehicle tech and safety. Features will include the ever-more-standard automatic engine stop-start, advanced trailering assistance, sensory power liftgate, wireless charging pad, and reconfigured interior features for max driver and passenger comfort. Certainly, a far cry from 1935.

2025 Chevrolet SuburbanSpec
Engine5.3L V8, 6.2L V8, 3.0L I6 turbo diesel
Output305 hp (diesel) – 420 hp (6.2L)
TransmissionHydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic
Final drive ratio3.23 (all engines)
Fuel tank capacity28 gal
Brakes4-wheel disc
Passengers7, 8, or 9
Max payload1,759 (5.3L 4WD)
Max trailering8,200 (5.3L 2WD)

In 2019, Chevy celebrated 85 years of Suburban production.

Source: Chevrolet media