It’s been only hours since Chevrolet announced the upcoming summer debut of the 2019 Suburban RST Performance Package. If we were the History Channel there would be mention of Chevrolet employing ancient alien technology, but we’re Super Chevy and we know its due to a strong influence gleaned from Corvette engineering.
Under its hood the 2019 Suburban optioned with the RST Performance Package screams Corvette with 376 cubic-inches of pure grunt. Available later this summer, this is the first time Suburban will offer the 6.2L V-8, which boasts 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers three state-of-the-art technologies — direct injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing — to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.
In Chevy brochure speak, “Featuring a 420-hp, 6.2L V-8 engine, Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration and a new Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission, the Suburban RST Performance Package brings a seamless blend of style and performance to Chevy’s portfolio of full-size SUVs.”
Chevy Trucks Marketing and Advertising director Sandor Piszar, reported, “The RST Performance Package made its debut on the Tahoe RST last spring, and the response from our customers was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, Tahoe RST with the Performance Package is the fastest-turning Tahoe model, and we’ve received customer requests to offer the same performance and power to Suburban RST. Delivering on those requests with the Suburban RST Performance Package is another example of how Chevrolet has continually invested in the segment, developing models with combinations of capability, technology and performance to meet the needs of different customers.”
And straight from the Corvette playbook the Magnetic Ride Control is an active suspension that “reads” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in the electronically controlled shock absorbers in as few as 5 milliseconds. As a result, the suspension delivers both improved body-motion control during cornering and a more comfortable ride while cruising. The new performance calibration included in the Suburban RST Performance Package increases body control for even higher levels of responsiveness and comfort.
Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks summed up the 2019 Suburban optioned with the RST Performance Package by saying, “When you want to hustle, the Suburban RST with the Performance Package offers high levels of acceleration, braking and road-holding grip. When you want to relax, it is very refined, with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness.”