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Old 11-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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2014 Chevrolet Suburban

Not much has been revealed but it looks like the Tahoe/Yukon are being redone for release late next year. The unibody rumors appear to have been without substance as these vehicles have a ladder frame and solid rear axle.

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The press seems to think that these will be made lighter through the use of high strength steel and aluminum chassis components and all-aluminum engines. An 8 speed auto may be in the cards but not immediately due to all available production capacity for this transmission being spoken for by pickups. No word on the 3/4 model or towing capacities.

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Old 11-27-2012, 03:45 AM   #2
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Too bad about the retention of the live rear axle. That should have been buried years ago. Pickups, yes, SUV's, no. It's like having rear drum brakes when the competition has four wheel discs . . . and then make excuses about tiny rolling resistance differences (which any driver could offset by smarter use).

But it'll have class-leading dashboard driver distractions, right?

I'd say this about any brand, not just GM. Neither fish nor fowl.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:52 AM   #3
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Agree with RedN. The competition is leaving this one behind. Nothing has changed. GM is still hanging on to old/dated technologies.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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AND still no talk of adding a diesel to the Suburban, when they had an opportunity to use the 4.5 Duramax a few years ago. Now Chrysler will jump out with the Jeep Diesel, and the Durango Diesel option. MAYBE GM will pay attention in a few years.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:26 AM   #5
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Another fail by Government Motors in my opinion.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:45 AM   #6
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We're looking forward to the Detroit Auto Show in January and seeing all of the new generation trucks and the 7th generation Corvette.
We're giving serious consideration to returning to "The Blue Oval" should GM not be able to keep up with everyone else in the industry. We've been overly loyal to GM to date and so we're looking forward to the show to see what they plan to offer for the future.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:17 PM   #7
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There are some downsides to the Suburban - as pointed out - but as a genre of TV, they have a lot of upside too. I have a 5 year old Sub, and if I was going to buy a new TV, I'd consider another one. Mostly because I have no love of pickup trucks. I find the usefulness of the interior of my Sub far more enjoyable than a PU.

My Sub is super comfortable and capable on the road and provides a great cocoon for me, wife and dog.

I do wish I was getting better gas mileage both towing and not. On the other hand, I have no interest to climb in and out of PU beds for any reason. If I was to give up on Subs, I'd probably look to getting a big modified sedan before going to a PU.

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