GMC to Offer eAssist on 200 Sierra 1500s in California
General Motors announced that it will offer its new eAssist system on 200 copies of the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT crew cab 2WD with SLT Premium Plus package. The presence of the eAssist system will enable the Sierra to achieve up to 13% better city fuel economy, resulting in an EPA-estimated improvement of 2 mpg for both city and highway driving.
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These trucks will offer eAssist in conjunction with the Sierra’s 5.3-liter V8 and eight-speed transmission. The combination will result in an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined. It will generate 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, meaning that there will be no shortage of power.
“Innovative technology that enhances capability is at the core of everything we do at GMC and the new Sierra with eAssist takes it to a higher level,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “Its advantages are delivered in a compromise-free package that enables real-world fuel savings with premium content that provides a very high level of refinement, comfort and connectivity.”
The Sierra eAssist pickups will be offered in California beginning this spring, and depending on performance and reception, it could expand into more markets thereafter.
GM’s eAssist technology capitalizes the 5.3-liter V8’s direct injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation technology, adding a small lithium-ion battery pack to increase aerodynamics by 6% and add regenerative braking and Stop/Start capabilities.
GM also announced a similar rollout for 500 2016 Chevy Silverados.
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