Ever since the Chevrolet Suburban HD left the market back in 2018, fans of the General’s most robust family-hauler have been clamoring for its return. Well, GM just confirmed in a press release Thursday that a brand new version of the Suburban HD is in the works after all. However, you aren’t actually going to have a chance to buy one. That is because the heavy-duty SUV is being built as part of a $36.4 million development contract with the U.S. Department of State and GM Defense.
Unfortunately for all of us, only the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service will have access to the all-new Suburban HD. The development contract will see GM produce a limited run of 10 examples, with builds taking place over the next two years. The trucks are slated to utilize a ton of standard production components, including the bodywork, interior trimmings, drivetrain and brakes. The chassis itself will be a bespoke unit, complete with suspension designed specifically to meet the government’s payload and weight requirements. GM Defense hasn’t disclosed which engine with power the Suburban HD, but we suspect the 6.2-liter V-8 will suit the bill. The 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque it provides is enough to get out of sticky situations, and it's hard to beat the parts availability of a Chevy small block.
Deliveries of the Suburban HD are expected to begin in the spring of 2023. After that happens, it is expected that GM Defense will be awarded a much larger purchase order. GM Defense suggests it could build as many as 200 units a year for the next nine years. Not that those production figures really increase the chance you’ll get to own one of these one day. I’m not sure how many folks would be interested at $3.5 million a pop.
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