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Chevrolet Sport Utility Vehicles Through the Years



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A Pictorial Glimpse of Chevrolet Sport Utility Vehicles

This page began as a few Chevy photos, but has expanded into additional content. See the Chevrolet Photography Book.The Chevrolet Surburban and the GMC Suburban are essentially the same vehicles except for a few small differences in body trim including the grille, and, in older versions, also the engines.

In 1933 Chevrolet created their first station wagon built upon the frame of their 1/2 ton pickup.. This first model was specifically manufactured for the Civilian Conservation Corps and National Guard units. A great deal of it's body was built of wood, and seated as many as eight passengers.

From 1935 through 1940 Chevrolet built the Second generation body they called a "Carryall Suburban". These Surburbans shared the frames and front sheet metal with the 1/2 ton pickup, although they had all-metal bodies with very little shape differences from those contemporary "woodies". Seating for as many as eight passengers was available, with three in the front, two in the center, and three occupants in the back row. An option for panel doors or choice of a tailgate/lift window allowing easy loading of items was available.

Although it had windows and seats instead of just a windowless monster cargo area.. You could call them station wagons built on a truck chassis, the initial Suburbans had but two doors plus a two-door tailgate and featured seating in three rows with room for as many as eight passengers. The typical engine was, a 217 cubic-inch overhead valve inline six cylinder with only 90 horsepower. Minor alterations to the body stayed with the first Suburban all the way to 1940.

In 1941 came the bullet-shaped headlights that swept from the fenders. The GMC's had a new 93 horsepower inline six. engine. However Chevrolet manufactured no vehicles for civilians from 1943 through 1945 because of supporting World War II. In 1946 Chevrolet simply began again up exactly where it had stopped, resulting the 1946 models being virtually the same vehicles as the 1942 models.

The 1947 Suburban was restyled with flush headlights and acquired a broader-shouldered look featuring a wider grille along with passenger area. This basic premise continued on until 1954, when the biggest news was the new GMC Hydra-Matic transmission and increased power which for the Suburban was now up to a whopping 100 horses.

Many automotive makers used the name "Suburban" to denote a station wagon style body with windows mounted on a commercial pickup frame which included; Chevrolet. GMC, Dodge, Nash. Plymouth and Studebaker. Production of the all-steel Chevrolet "carryall-suburban" began in 1935. GMC introduced its first model in 1937. These early SUV vehicles were also called "Suburban Carryalls" until GM shortened the name to just "Suburban."

Full Size SUVs

The full size Chevrolet Suburban is the longest continuous vehicle nameplate being manufactured, beginning in 1935 for the 1935 United States model year, and has customarily been one of General Motors' most profitable vehicles. The Suburban has been manufactured under the Chevrolet, Holden, and GMC brands until the GMC variant was rebranded as the GMC Yukon XL. For a majority of recent history, the Suburban has been built as a station wagon-bodied rendition of the Chevrolet pickup, including the Chevrolet C/K and Silverado version of truck-based vehicles. Cadillac built an adaptation called the Escalade ESV.

The Suburban is marketed in the United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, the Philippines, and the Middle East (excluding Israel) as a left-hand drive vehicle, while the Yukon XL is sold just in North America (U.S. and Canada) and The Middle East regions (aside from Israel).

Surburan - 1933 to Present

1932 Chevrolet Confederate use by U.S. Army
1932 Chevrolet Confederate use by U.S. Army
<b>1935 Chevrolet Suburban</b><br>These share the front sheet metal and frames of the 1/2 ton pickup models of the same year, but featured all-metal wagon bodies 1935 Chevrolet Surburban
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1935 Chevrolet Surburban
1936 Chevrolet Suburban
1936 Chevrolet Surburban
1937 Chevrolet Suburban
1937 Chevrolet Surburban
1938 Chevrolet Suburban
1938 Chevrolet Surburban
1941 Chevrolet Suburban
1941 Chevrolet Surburban
1942 Chevrolet Suburban
1942 Chevrolet Surburban
1946 Chevrolet Suburban
1946 Chevrolet Surburan
1947 Chevrolet Suburban
1947 Chevrolet Surburban
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1948 Chevrolet Surburban
1949 Chevrolet Suburban
1949 Chevrolet Surburban
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1951 Chevrolet Surburban
1952 Chevrolet Suburban
1952 Chevrolet Surburban
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1956 Chevrolet Surburban
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1958 Chevrolet Surburban
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1960 Chevrolet Surburban
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1965 Chevrolet Surburban
1969 Chevrolet Surburban
1969 Chevrolet Surburban
1973 Chevrolet Surburban
1973 Chevrolet Surburban
1990 Chevrolet Surburban
1990 Chevrolet Surburban
1992 Chevrolet Surburban
1992 Chevrolet Surburban
2007 Chevrolet Surburban
2007 Chevrolet Surburban

Tahoe - 1995-Present

The Chevrolet Tahoe (and its rebadged rendition GMC Yukon) are full-size General Motors SUVs. Chevrolet and GMC sold two diverse sized SUVs using the Blazer/Jimmy brand names through the mid 1990s. This circumstance changed in 1992 when GMC rebadged their full-size Jimmy as the Yukon. Chevrolet held up until 1995 to rename the redesigned mid-size S-10 Blazer as simply the Blazer, at the same time renaming the full-size Blazer as the Tahoe. The Tahoe name alludes to the tough and beautiful region encompassing Lake Tahoe in the western U.S. The name Yukon alludes to the Yukon territory in northern Canada. The Tahoe and Yukon picked up another 4-door version fitting in between the 2-door models and the more extended wheelbase and higher passenger capacity Chevrolet Suburban and recently named Yukon XL.

1995 Chevrolet Tahoe
1995 Chevrolet Tahoe
2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

Traverse - Crossover - 2004-Present

Blazer - 1969-1995

1974 Chevrolet Blazer
1974 Chevrolet Blazer

The K5 Blazer was the shortestt full size SUV introduced in 1969, the full-size Blazer was replaced by Tahoe in 1995. In 1970, GMC produced its own version of the truck, called the Jimmy, which ceased in 1991 and the GMC Yukon replaced it in 1993. Both were based upon the short wheelbase pickups and came in either rear wheel drive only or four-wheel drive. The "Jimmy" name mirrored the GMmy sound in a comparative way in how Jeep was an elocution of GP in the competing market.

Until 1995, both the K5 Blazer and Jimmy featured "full convertible" removable tops. In 1976, GM announced a half-cab outline that was less inclined to leaks and somewhat more secure in a roll-over. These half cabs are convertible beginning a few inches behind the driver/passenger doors clear to the tailgate.

Mid-size

S-10 Blazer - 1982-2005

1982 Chevrolet S10 Blazer
1982 Chevrolet S10 Blazer

Equinox - 2004-Present

2004 Chevrolet Equinox
2004 Chevrolet Equinox


Trailblazer - 2001-Present

Compact

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Sub Compact

Tracker - 1996-Present

2004 Chevrolet Tracker
2004 Chevrolet Tracker

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