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Is this the 2016 Chevy Suburban 2500 HD? [Spied]

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This may appear as a regular Chevy Suburban, but the wheels look peculiar. The wheel design is the same as on the 2015 Silverado 2500 HD with the small hub cabs to conceal the wheel bolts. Can this be the 2016 Chevy Suburban 2500 HD?
 

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Suburban 2500s have existed in the past, however at K2XX launch GM stated they were killing the 2500 model due to practically zero demand.
I hope they changed their minds. Around here 3/4 ton subs/yukons are very very common.The fact that mule is running around with that high stance and 8 bolt wheels has me very hopeful for the return of the 3/4 ton subs. The boys over at Duraburb inc are probably happy too.
 

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I would agree it does look a lot like a 3/4 Suburban mule, now as with the GMT900 the 3/4 burb was gas only, which I believe had a lot to do with the low sales volume. A large portion of the Ford Excursion sales were Diesel and now that its gone I could see a diesel Suburban HD doing quite well. That said the front clip does not appear taller then the 1/2 tons nor does the truck sit high enough on the frame to accommodate the Allision transmission. So I would speculate its a 3/4 ton gas mule, the only hope for a diesel is if they do revive the small V8 duramax program they had planned for the 1/2 ton pickups.
 

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Oh this is very interesting...if its got those wheels, its got to have the 2011+ redesigned hubs, brakes, etc (8x180mm bolt pattern where the GMT900 2500 Suburban still carried on with the 8X6.5 bolt pattern from the GMT-800). I wonder what axle is out back, and if its got the front diff from the HD as well.

Maybe the retail market for such a truck has dwindled, but I would hope GM does not want to lose the fleet/govt. side of the business demands for a truck like this.
 

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Oh this is very interesting...if its got those wheels, its got to have the 2011+ redesigned hubs, brakes, etc (8x180mm bolt pattern where the GMT900 2500 Suburban still carried on with the 8X6.5 bolt pattern from the GMT-800). I wonder what axle is out back, and if its got the front diff from the HD as well.
Good points, absolutely correct. My guess is that prototype is running the 10.5 rear axle, assuming it is gasoline powered.
 

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I wonder what chassis they are using? I think it has to be either carryover from the previous version (which was essentially still a GMT800 chassis) or perhaps a beefed up K2XX platform. I doubt GM would justify engineering an entirely new HD chassis for 3/4 ton service...they punted on the frame update for the GMT-900 suburban, never offered a diesel and ultimately abandoned the HD model. To see this one running around really surprises me.
 

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I wonder what chassis they are using? I think it has to be either carryover from the previous version (which was essentially still a GMT800 chassis) or perhaps a beefed up K2XX platform. I doubt GM would justify engineering an entirely new HD chassis for 3/4 ton service...they punted on the frame update for the GMT-900 suburban, never offered a diesel and ultimately abandoned the HD model. To see this one running around really surprises me.
If its carry over, its got to be modified (I would hope) for the front suspension/axles, etc because when they changed GMT-800 hd frame for GMT-900 hd frame, everything up front changed but the sway bar links.

Wait, lets stirr more the pot. Could the rear axle be either the 9.5" or 9.75" out of the half ton Suburban? Recall, the 2500 variants of Suburban at points in time used the semi float 9.5" 14 bolt rear end. Could we see such an axle return? Semi float, 9.5"/9.75" axle with 8 lug axle shafts?
 
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