GMC was never short of respect and adoration. Its name is taken along with other elite pickup truck manufacturers. In order to strengthen its position in this segment new 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 is almost ready. It will arrive with better towing capacity while using less fuel.
A makeover was long awaited, and now that there have been leaked images, it does appear as if it has undergone some serious redesigning. It’s high turbocharged engine, its aerodynamic features and superb on and off road capabilities make new Sierra a class apart.
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 – Engine specifications
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 will host an abundance of power under its hood. Safe to say that it has been the objective of its automakers to design the perfect V6 engine and this time they have managed to achieve it.
The new 2018 GMC Sierra will come with a couple of engine options.
- The 1st one is aforementioned V6 engine. It is a 4.3 liter V6 EcoTec3 LV3. This mill delivers 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque which is more torque than whit any other standard V6.
- The 2nd one being a 5.3 liter EcoTec3 V8 which gives out 383 lb-ft of torque and 355 HP of power output. This engine will be mated with a 6 speed auto transmission. Its EPA ratings should be around 24 mpg in freeways and 18 mpg in city.
- The 3rd engine option is a 6.2 liter EcoTec3 V8 having a capability to produce 460 lb-ft of torque and 420 HP of power. This will be mated to an 8 speed auto transmission. EPA ratings are not known as of now. However, there are speculations going about that the V8 engine might also come with a micro-hybrid technology which would help increase its fuel efficiency. Its total towing capacity will be around 12,000 pounds and its payload will be around 2,260 pounds.
Exterior and Interior Features
2018 GMC Sierra appears to be brave and smart from its peripheral. It is expected to be 6.5 ft. in height and 20 ft. in length. There will be ample chrome detailing and larger air vents in its frontal aspect. Possibility of some newly designed doors and mirrors are also doing rounds. Headlights will come as Bi-Halogen, and newly equipped LED lamps and fog lights will also be seen.
In its rear end, redesigned LED lamps and its cargo space will give out more space for carriage. It also comes with black coated 20-inch aluminum wheels along with well-adorned fenders.
When discussing about its in-cab specs, buyers will get a taste of what quality luxury is all about. Its frontal panel appears more compact as compared to its previous line-ups. Seats will come with Perforated Nuance Leather upholstery giving it a more trendy appearance.
Everything seems to be packed neatly in aluminum casing. Some speculations were that this new Sierra holding smaller gear shifter and a central tunnel placement. However, details are inconclusive and one has to wait and watch.
Technologically the in-cab is also very sound. It comprises of an 8 inch LCD touchscreen mated with GMC exclusive audio system. Other conveniences include 4G wireless hotspot, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Price and Release Date
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 launch has not been confirmed as of now, but there is belief that it could hit dealerships by the end of 2017 or starting of 2018. Base models will come at a price of $30,000 while the V8 model will be priced at $55,000. Market rivals include Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500.