• Jul 17, 2006
Some resourceful members of the GMInsideNews community managed to grab what appears to be official pics somewhere of a Chevy Suburban wearing the not-yet-released Z71 offroad package. Rather than being purely cosmetic, the Z71 package will add a host of real mechanical upgrades to the Suburban, Silverado and Avalanche. Of course, Chevy is still making sure its big SUV and trucks look the part of the rugged off-roader.

(Follow the jump for an interior pic and a list of the expected cosmetic and mechanical upgrades)



Cosmetic enhancements:
  • Redesigned front fascia with satin chrome grill insert and lower skid plate appearance with increased approach angle
  • Wheel Flares -body color
  • Satin chrome door handles and mirror caps
  • Z71 badges (LT badges removed)
  • Colors: Black, Silver Birch, Sport Red, Bermuda Blue, White, Antique Bronze (Antique Bronze on Tahoe & Suburban only)
  • Leather appointed Ebony seats or Ebony seat accented with Morocco Brown or Light Titanium inserts
  • I/P trim plates in brush metal, similar to LS, plus brush metal plates added to steering wheel (replaces wood grain)
  • Unique cluster appearance with Z71 badging

Mechanical enhancements:
  • Rear Locking Differential
  • 18" Aluminum Wheel
  • 18" On/Off Road Tire, P265/65R-18 Blackwall
  • Skid Plate Package
  • Tubular Assist Steps (satin chrome)
  • Off Road Suspension with high-pressure, gas-charged mono-tube shocks
  • High Capacity Air Cleaner
  • Tow Hooks

Nowhere in all of this information do we learn about the drivetrain of an SUV or truck with the Z71 package. The GMInsideNews forum members are hoping it comes with the 6.2L Vortec V8 and new six-speed automatic transmission used in the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Denali. If not that premium drivetrain, we should expect any Z71 off-roader to use the 6.0L Vortec V8 and Hydra-Matic four-speed.
[Source: GMInsideNews]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      i for one use my 02 4x4 burb almost every weekend for pulling a boat or camper. we go to places a 2x probably would have problems. most of the people who go where we go have burbs, excursions, etc. not once in the shop with mine at 88k. ready for a new one, this one has my vote. screw the gas prices, not gonna give up my toys or my way of having fun.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Um, Joe, I have some land I would like to sell you. If going back for 50 days worth of repairs is "you are geeting what you pay for" then I have some building sites for you - never mind the swamps. People complain about GM, but their trucks don't require that much shop time. I have a venture (s-10 frame), and have only had to worry about the brakes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I sure hope they put the 6 speed automatic in this thing. The 4 speeds are feeling more and more old school every day.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Z71 Suburbans make me laugh. It amazes me how many Bay Area commuters fork over an extra ~$6,000 for the privilege of a slower steering ratio, tall and squirmy off-road tires, and more-nervous shock calibration.

      Only six grand for even sloppier handling in my SUV? Gosh! Where do I sign up?

      I do realize, though, that it's all a matter of where you live and what you use your vehicle for. I'm sure there are people out there using the package for its intended purpose.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I highly doubt anyone is off roading a Suburban, so this is nothing more than an appearance package. However, this will probobly sell a lot more Suburbans, since there are a lot of people willing to pay for this.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I WAS THE FIRST TO COMMENT, STILL RIGHT

      #2. "Nice truck, but with today's diminished SUV sales, isn't this like arranging deck chairs on the Titanic?"
      It is progresively down each year... so yes.

      As for comparising apples to oranges LR3 vs Suburban, like someone said here, actually they do have the same seating capacity, this is the never ending battle, we could argue abaout this for days but at the end, WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD CHOOSE A CRAPPY CHEVY OVER A LR3?
      • 8 Years Ago
      That truck is a BEAST. Looks pretty good.

      As for #1's comments, you're comparing apples to oranges. The LR3 isn't the same size as a suburban, nor does it have the same seating capacity. The LR3 is actually overpriced if you think about it, since you're getting less seating capacity and paying a premium for the green Land Rover badge on your grill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I apologize Ken, I'll get off my soapbox, and put aside the typical gluttony that this vehicle represents. It is very cool looking and the towing capacity would be nice. I hope they have improved on sound insulation, because I hate the amount of road noise generally heard in these. The interior seems like a big leap forward from previous generations.
      • 8 Years Ago
      3. the LR3 will never have the towing and cargo capacity that a suburban has though...

      Right now, there so close, it probably doesn't matter. What's interesting though is that the Tahoe has a HIGHER towing capacity with the 5.3 than the 6.2
      in the Escalade. It's mainly because the 6.2 with 6-speed only offers one rearend choice. Of course the LR3 is going to climb 45 degree angles and the GM triplets won't. It just depends on where you wanna go and what you're gonna pull there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have seen a couple of the '07 'Burbs around town and think that the Z71 package enhances the look, if nothing else. If the new ones are anything like the current model, the reason for the additional cost is not necessarily the mechanical "enhancements", but more for the stand equipment that is included with the package (leather, power seats, mirrors, OnStar, etc).

      And while it's still no Prius, it gets much better mileage than anything in it's class. Maybe a hybrid Z71 would do the trick?
      Jim
      • 8 Years Ago
      instead of adding any off road upgrades they should just do the appearance, no one takes a suburban off-road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Add anything, it ll never be an off road machine, its just a packg, with a few mechanical enhancements,
      You want an off road SUV, buy the LR3 FOR THE SAME PRICE, and i bet that it beats the Chevy from interior to ride quality... Its just better and for the same price, so if you re reading this, chances are you are a car cognoscenti or car crazy... you ll always pick the Rover.
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