No automotive nameplates have survived nearly as long as the Chevy Suburban, but as Chevrolet debuts the new 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, we're taking a look at this legendary model's history. What started in the 1930s as a two-door, eight-passenger people-mover with 60 hp has morphed into an imposing yet still capable 355-hp SUV with a luxury price-tag if you're not careful with the options. So as you read the First Test of the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and 2015 GMC Yukon XL, take a look at how the Suburban has evolved over more than 10 generations.
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Generation 1: 1935-1936
The 60-hp Suburban Carryall arrives with two doors and room for eight people.
Gen 2: 1937-1940
The output of GM's Stovebolt inline six-cylinder engine jumps to 79 horses, and additional style changes give this Suburban a look that lasts until 1956.
Gen 3: 1941-1946
As the Arsenal of Democracy halts most car production to make war machines, the Chevy Suburban continues, though it's typically painted olive drab and has a star on its doors. A four-door model is included.
Gen 4: 1947-1955
The grille goes big and horizontal, and GM boosts the inline-six's output to 90 hp and 174 lb-ft. Still, the Chevrolet Suburban is considered more of a work vehicle than a family hauler. For families, wagons rule.
Gen 5: 1955-1959
The bubbly fenders and running boards are gone and a wraparound windshield is added. Engine upgrades include a small-block V-8. In 1957, four-wheel drive is offered.
Gen 6: 1960-1966
Restyled for the '60s, Chevy Suburbans arrive in either C (2WD) or K (4WD) designations and a variety of engine choices ranging from a 283-cubic-inch inline-six to a 327 V-8.
Gen 7: 1967-1972
A straight-edge design incorporates a single door on the driver's side and two doors on the passenger side. In 1971, front disc brakes become available.