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Chevrolet announces 2019 Suburban RST Performance

by Ronan Glon

We never thought we\'d use the words \"Performance\" and \"Suburban\" in the same sentence.

We never thought we'd use the words "performance" and "Suburban" in the same sentence, unless we're talking about a Suburban towing a high-performance car to a race track. And yet, here we are. Chevrolet has announced the 2019 Suburban RST Performance package.

Already offered on the smaller Tahoe, the optional package adds a 6.2-liter V8 engine tuned to make 420 horsepower. and 460 pound-feet of torque. It shifts through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet hasn't released performance specifications but it notes the RST boasts an 8,100-pound towing capacity when properly equipped.

It's not all about power. RST buyers also get Magnetic Ride Control, which is Chevrolet-speak for an active suspension that reduces body roll under hard cornering while giving the SUV a more comfortable ride in normal driving conditions. The package also adds a body-colored grille surround, body-colored door handles, plus black paint on the grille, the mirror caps, the roof rails, the trim around the windows, and the badges. Finally, RST models ride on 22-inch alloy wheels wrapped by Bridgestone tires.

The option package opens the door to additional extra-cost options from well-known aftermarket companies. Borla designed a dual-side exit exhaust system, while Brembo brought an upgraded brake system with six-piston front calipers to the table.

The RST Performance Package will be available on the 2019 Suburban. Pricing information hasn't been released yet.