GM wants the Chevrolet Suburban to become the National Vehicle of Texas.
Apparently, Texans really love the Suburban. According to a Change.org petition that was set up by GM, a Suburban leaves a Texas Chevy dealer every 90 seconds. Roughly 200,000 Suburbans are on Texas roads right this very moment, and five out of 10 of the top Suburban dealers in the country are in Texas. That’s more than the bottom 25 states combined.
So yeah, Texas really loves the Suburban. It’s not hard to see why considering the Suburbans enormity and ability to comfortably seat a family of 8 football players. It’s also been a vehicle that has historically captured the attention of Texas media. A 1986 story in Texas Monthly declared the Suburban the Nation Car of Texas and said it was “the most Texan vehicle there is…It’s big, it’s strong, it’s fun, it doesn’t put on airs, but it doesn’t keep you from putting on a few.” Whatever that means.
Throw in the fact that the Suburban turns 85 this year, making it the longest-running nameplate to be in continuous production in automotive history, and GM wants to mark the occasion with something big. And you can’t have something big without it being from Texas.
So far, the Change.org petition has 406 signatures as of the time of this writing. We’re sure that’s a disappointingly low number for GM as it shows Texans’ eagerness to have a national car doesn’t quite equate with their sales figures, but the petition is only a week old and hasn’t gotten a lot of attention.
We know that the next-gen Suburban will launch later in December and feature a new independent rear suspension. It won’t, however, feature a new engine besides the 6.2-L V8 that the previous-gen had. Or at least, that’s what we expect.
If that’s not good enough, you can always contact Special Vehicle Engineering and ask for a 1,000 horsepower upgrade. They’d be more than happy to help you out.