Photographs of a prototype 2024 Chevy Suburban are giving us clues to a big refresh on the way for the brand’s biggest SUV.
2024 Chevy Suburban – Our spy photographer reports
Is the 2024 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe moving away from a Silverado-influenced face, in favor or a two-tiered lighting design theme similar to Chevrolet’s Traverse, Blazer and Trailblazer? The most recent prototypes suggest that possibility, in addition to some significant changes in store for the big SUVs’ dashboard and screens.
Prototype Hints At New Two-Tiered Lighting Theme For Chevy’s Big SUVs
The latest prototypes for Chevrolet’s 2024 Suburban and Tahoe have been caught with a new placeholder front-fascia lighting set-up that’s consistent with previous products in GM’s product portfolio that have adopted a two-tiered lighting design. On this Suburban prototype, a thin strip of lights can be seen at the top of the front-fascia,—suggesting a highly-placed LED signature—while large primary lighting elements are placed much lower, about the height of the middle of the Suburban’s grille. We have supplied some comparison shots of 2022 Chevy Traverse prototypes (which went to two-tiered lighting for its facelift) to see how this facelifted Suburban compares.
For reference, we also took a look back to December 2018 to see the placeholder lighting treatment used for the Suburban’s current lighting design, and we see a completely different approach to this latest prototype. On those original prototypes we see primary placeholder headlights placed at the top of the front-fascia, while the LED signature’s placeholder light strip is found lower down—right in the zone where the Suburban’s current, Silverado-influenced LED feature is found. Seeing how the early placeholders were used in what became our current Suburban, this new 2024 Suburban prototype suggests a big change is coming.
Significant Changes Suggested Inside
Though their interiors are heavily covered, it appears that some big changes are coming to the dashboard, and the screens destined for the facelifted Suburban and Tahoe. We can see the side of the center stack infotainment screen on a 2024 Tahoe/Suburban prototype, and while its suggestive of a larger display, the general placement and its floating design remains consistent with the current model.
Bigger changes appear to be coming in area of the instrument display, which looks to be influenced by the Cadillac Escalade. The current Suburban and Tahoe get a traditional, hooded instrument binnacle, which dominates the dashboard and rises to the height of the top of the steering wheel. Our spy shots suggest that the big instrument hood is gone, with a slimmer display now tucked behind the steering wheel.
The top of the display appears to be more low-profile than the chunky design on the current Tahoe and Suburban. It looks like there’s a flattened dash top, which should yield a more modern, airy feel for the driver and passenger. If this apparent change is accurate, and such a solid dashboard rethink is in the works, it stands to reason that similar attention will be given center stack’s infotainment screen.
The Suburban prototype photographed here is riding on the current 22” Sterling Silver premium wheels with chrome inserts—wheels that are unique to the top High Country trim. The door handles also appear to be from a higher-end trim. The overhauled screen game suggested by this likely Suburban High Country trim may point to a premium interior set-up, with more traditional screens and instruments available on lower-end trim levels. Only time and more prototypes will help answer this question.