Hardcore diesel fans already found the solution to build Suburban with an engine that uses their favorite fuel type. However, from now on, it won’t be necessary to acquire the third-party company to install the new powertrain. The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel will be built by GM. Although it is still unofficial, there are some hints about it. First of all, there is Silverado 1500 diesel out in the market. Suburban already uses one of the engines that are under the truck’s hood. Diesel could be next.
Next, fans want this so bad. Then, rumors are there. And where is smoke, there is fire. Finally, our leaking sources are informing that 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel is seriously considered as the surprise for next season. The redesign is on the way as a part of the mid-cycle refresh. The current generation of Chevy Suburban started in 2015, and we won’t see the next one until 2021 or 2022. Part of this mid-cycle update is revisited of the engine room, where the full-size SUV is getting a new unit.
2019 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel specs
Standard powertrain for the 2019 Chevy Suburban will be again the petrol unit. We can also find a 5.3-liter V-8 in Chevrolet Silverado 1500. From next season, it will be the base engine for the light-duty truck. The drivetrain is good for 355 hp and 383 pound-feet of torque. The Suburban, with this mill, is capable to tow up to 8,300 pounds. But clearly, this is not enough. Fans want more.
Since the crossover shares this petrol engine with its sibling in pickup truck category, we can expect further similarities. The same diesel unit fits perfectly to the engine room of full-size SUV. That is a 2.8-liter Duramax straight-six. As for the truck, this drivetrain will be good to produce around 250 horses and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Towing capacity and gas mileage
The crossover will use a 10-speed automatic transmission. We suppose both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive will be in the offer. However, neither the towing capacity nor fuel economy can be estimated at the moment. Since the unit is smaller than the petrol one, we can expect a big boost on the gas mileage end. On the other hand, the huge SUV is pretty heavy, so neither do the diesel engine can help it achieve some crazy numbers.
2019 Chevy Suburban Duramax Diesel Release Date
The release date and debut of the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel are not set yet. However, it won’t come before we see the first Silverado 1500 trucks with Duramax units on roads. Only then the SUV can plan its premiere. We believe that car shows in New York or Chicago can host the debut of 2019 Chevy Suburban Duramax Diesel SUV.
The new diesel version of the full-size crossover can only cost more than the cheapest one with a petrol engine. These are not good predictions to fans. Big crossovers are not achieving good sales as before or as compact and mid-size models. There are many advantages of these SUVs, but the price is always a stumbling block. The base Chevy Suburban costs over $52,000.
Diesel engine, with the same trim level, will cost at least $3,000 more. Well, the price could be even higher. With value near $60,000 for the base model, many fans will give up from the purchase.
As its petrol sibling, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel is not going to offer too many packages of equipment. There are three sets of features ready for the vehicle. The base SUV is Suburban LS, the mid-range level is LT, and the Premiere brings the most accessories. The highest price is there as well, which will go over $70k for diesel.
The impact of Silverado 1500 diesel spreads to other categories. The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban Diesel is another clue of this theory. Well, when we take a look at other categories, there are similar rumors as well. Tahoe and Yukon, as other GM’s big SUVs, could also get diesel versions. It is not strange since their size is similar to truck and Suburban.
But, that is not all. Chevy and General Motors are not the only carmakers that go this way. Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 are getting diesel units for 2019 season as well. Both companies, Ford and FCA are already developing platforms which will use the same engines for other vehicles. At first place, there will be Ford Expedition and Dodge Durango diesel on the way.