The 1500 is the Chevrolet’s regular-duty variation of the Suburban SUV. This variation is built for the regular drivers like the father who takes his kids to school from Monday to Friday and then goes out on fishing trips on a Saturday or the single working professional who drives off to the office on workdays and then goes snowboarding on weekends. Even though it is usually driven by ordinary people, the Chevrolet 1500 is still a beast, capable of pulling a boat or a trailer even with the whole family in tow.
1973: 1500’s first appearance
The 1500 first came out with the release of the 8th generation Suburban, the longest and arguably the most well-known among all the generations. 1500 Models released under Chevrolet were labeled “10” while those released under GMC bore the “1500” model name. Engine choices of the SUV include a 5.7 liter diesel engine and a 4.1 liter gasoline engine. Three-speed and four-speed automatic transmissions were available courtesy of GMC’s Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission system while a three-speed manual transmission was also provided. Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations were available. The fuel delivery systems of the Suburban were changed from carburetors to electronic fuel injection in 1986, giving the 1500 increased fuel efficiency, better performance and cleaner air emissions. A rear-wheel anti-lock braking system was added in 1990, increasing vehicle safety for the SUV.
1992: Ninth generation Suburban
The Suburban 1500 adopted a more streamlined look as opposed to its boxier predecessor. It came with either a 5.7 liter or a 7.4 liter V8 engine. A 6.8 liter turbo diesel engine was also eventually offered. The engine’s power had to be reduced due to the limited axle capacity of the 1500. 5-speed automatic transmission was made available while the manual transmission was dropped, owing to it unpopularity among buyers. The interior was roomier, allowing more people and a lot of other things to be crammed in. The suspension was vastly improved with the addition to coil springs and torsion bars in the front and live axle and leaf springs in the back.
2000: 10th generation Suburban
The 1500’s released with the 10th generation Suburban looked very similar to the previous generation. The old engines were replaced with 5.3 liter Vortec V8 engines which soon included a flex-fuel capability, allowing it to burn alternative fuels. Other features added to the 1500 included electronic climate control, four-wheel disc brakes, a new instrument panel with a drive message center and four-wheel steering via the Quadrasteer system.The interiors were upgraded in 2003 along with improvements to the radio and sound system. GM’s Stabilitrak system was added, equipping the vehicle with electronic stability control. The Hydroboost braking system was added in 2004 and provided the 1500 with improved braking in case of engine failure.
2007: Eleventh Generation Suburban
The new Suburban was first unveiled in the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show. The stylish and aerodynamic exterior was a vast improvement of the style that first came out with the Suburban’s 9th generation. A 5.3 or 6.0 liter engine is provided along with a 4-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission. Various trims are available which could seat anywhere from 6 to 9 people. 2012 models include trailer sway control, Hill Start Assist while the more luxurious LTZ trim will also have a heated steering wheel and Side Blind Zone Alert included.