Chevy Suburban RST Performance Package finally adds the big engine

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Chevrolet has given its full-sized SUV a sporting upgrade, with the 2019 Suburban RST Performance Package proving you don't need an Escalade to get beefy V8 power. It's the first time the 6.2-liter has been offered for the Suburban.

"When you want to hustle, the Suburban RST with the Performance Package offers high levels of acceleration, braking and road-holding grip", said Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks. It prompted requests for the automaker to do the same for the bigger truck, in fact, hence today's announcement. 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. The Suburban RST has simply been all show. Chevrolet hasn't released performance specifications but it notes the RST boasts an 8,100-pound towing capacity when properly equipped. Gone is most of the exterior chrome, replaced with body-color trim for the grille surround and door handles.

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The Suburban RST borrows almost all of the same styling elements found on the Tahoe before it; new 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone P285/45R 22 tires, black bowties and badging, and a blacked out-grille. An active suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers are complemented by 22-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone tires from the factory. Look for it on dealership lots starting this summer. No word on pricing at this stage.

The RST Performance Package will be available on the 2019 Suburban.

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The 2019 model will be supplied with all the RST performance-package now available in the smaller Tahoe, including a 420 hp 6.2-liter v-8, 10-speed automated transmission, Borla exhaust system and sport-tuned Magnetic Ride Control suspension system. Duralife™ rotors feature a hardened surface to reduce corrosion.

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