New arrivals from Chevy and Ford in truck segment, made another US based company to speed up development of new model. After 2017 season, where new Silverado should lure the most attention, in year after next, show could be stolen by 2018 GMC Sierra 2500. Modifications are not radical, but still far more than modest, and with new engine options this truck could be real surprise. The Sierra 2500 will be one of few trims of same segment, but probably more popular than smaller 1500 model, and cheaper than 3500 and Denali vehicles.
2018 GMC Sierra 2500 engine
Powerful V6 engine is being developed for 2018 GMC Sierra 2500. This should be 3.0-l displacement with turbocharger, and it is ready to burst near 300 horses. Torque level is around 330 lb-ft, and it could be increased if GMC engineers made more improvements. However, they are going to pay more attention to mileage. Because of that, it is still unknown what kind of transmission is going to be used. Favorite, at this moment, is 6-speed automatic gearbox, with quick and easy shifting. Other possibility is smoother, 8-speed transmission, which could add some more power, but fuel economy should suffer in that case. Estimated payload is around 14,500 lbs, which is close to current vehicle.
2018 GMC Sierra 2500 redesign
Styling of the upcoming truck won’t suffer too many changes. Changes are going to be minor, with refreshment purpose. However, some modern details could be added, especially in front grille and headlights area, adjustments that don’t cost too much, but are very visible. Main changes come in materials used for parts, where a lot more aluminum and carbon-fiber is going to be used. By that, 2018 GMC Sierra 2500 looses on weight, but increases fuel economy. Bed could be slightly increased, and new LED lightning is prepared on the back side.
Interior is improved with usage of quality materials, especially leather for seats and steering wheel. On the other side, infotainment will be also improved. However, this is work vehicle, so comfort will be on spotlight while designing all parts for new Sierra 2500.