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Chevrolet Suburban concept tailgating package features salvaged wood table


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LAS VEGAS – A custom tailgating package built into the Chevrolet Suburban Premium Outdoors concept features a handcrafted table and benches made of recycled wood salvaged from purposefully deconstructed Detroit homes.

The table and benches were designed and built by Workshop, a furniture company whose products are made almost entirely of salvaged wood and materials. It includes material from three deconstructed homes – and each section is stamped with the donor home’s address.

“Using salvaged materials like this is more than simply recycling and keeping valuable materials out of a landfill – it’s about preserving something tangible from Detroit’s history,” said James Willer of Workshop. “That house may no longer exist, but a piece of its legacy lives on.”

Workshop started a year ago as a pop-up shop during the holiday season and is now in a permanent location in Detroit’s Fischer building – in the heart of the city’s resurgent Midtown district.

Suburban is a piece of Detroit’s history, too. It is the industry’s original SUV and celebrated its 80th anniversary with the 2015 model year. It is the longest-running, continually produced nameplate in the automotive industry and the redesigned 2015 model represents its 12th generation.

The Suburban Premium Outdoors is one of a trio of outdoors-themed concept trucks and full-size SUVs introduced by Chevy at the SEMA Show – the world’s largest automotive personalization trade show. In addition to the salvaged-wood table and benches, the concept tailgating package also includes a big-screen, smart HDTV mounting in the cargo area.

The concept Suburban also features a custom Pepperdust exterior color with Warm Tarnished accents, as well as additional concept styling parts and Chevrolet Accessories 22-inch wheels with body-color accents. Inside, it’s leather-trimmed, Saddle and Cocoa-colored cabin gives the Suburban’s interior a unique ambience that’s complemented with Mustard piping, Warm Tarnished trim accents and a suede-trimmed headliner.

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Suburban Premium Outdoors concept

The Suburban Premium Outdoors concept takes a more luxurious approach to capability and injects a dose of high performance into the mix. Its 6.2L V-8 engine, rated at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, gives the Premium Outdoors concept an 18-percent increase horsepower and a 20-percent boost in torque.

Chevrolet Suburban Premium Outdoor concept tailgating package features salvaged wood table made by Detroit Local, James Willer

Chevrolet Suburban Premium Outdoor concept tailgating package features salvaged wood table made by Detroit Local, James Willer (Photo by Rob Widdis for Chevrolet)