Not so long ago, GMC revealed the latest generation of the Sierra pickup truck. Together with its Chevy Silverado sibling, the 2014 GMC Sierra came as a vastly improved vehicle in comparison with its predecessor. GM has obviously recognized the latest trends in the truck segment and tried to offer a more modern design and more efficient engines this time. Now, the 2016 GMC Sierra is understandably not very likely to surprise us with massive changes but it might offer a couple of interesting new twists. Some of the latest reports suggest that the Sierra 2500 alongside its Chevy counterpart is getting ready to adopt a new Duramax diesel engine.
As for the new sheet-metal of the half-ton Sierra, we don’t expect dramatic changes. The recent makeover made both the Sierra and Silverado models more up-to-date and ready to rival the likes of the Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan and Ram 1500. Although the Sierra shares much of its structural and mechanical features with the Silverado, it offers a more upscale appearance. The difference becomes even more obvious inside the redesigned Sierra. Especially if you opt for the 2016 GMC Sierra Denali version which offers plenty of soft leather and chrome accents, more than you can find in any of its key rivals. Now, the 2016 GMC Sierra is expected to receive enhancements such as new appearance packages and a subtle revision of its trim levels.
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However, you should expect more than just a couple of cosmetic changes from the 2016 GMC Sierra. According to the recent spy photos, GM is currently working on improving the fuel efficiency of its heavy-duty series. A couple of Sierra/Silverado prototypes have been spotted testing a new diesel engine. We expect the new Duramax turbo-diesel to churn out close to 450 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque. This beefed up diesel-burning engine will be GM’s response to the Ford’s upgraded 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel. Its output is estimated at 440 hp and 860 lb-ft of torque, which outdoes the current GM’s Duramax that gives 397 hp and 760 lb-ft. It’s also speculated that the upgraded Duramax will feature a more powerful turbo and some software revisions. The spied prototypes were fitted with larger air-intakes mounted on the hood, providing more air for the engine. The other visible change on the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 is a new circular mesh grille.
After the recent redesign that gave the Sierra half-ton pickup a more modern styling and huge technological advancements, GM will focus on improving its fuel economy in the near future. The 2016 GMC Sierra will definitely be a worthy contender in this fierce battle in the pickup truck niche.