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2014 GMC Sierra, What to Expect?

Friday, September 28th 2012. | Review

The 2014 GMC Sierra promises to have several substantial improvements compared to its current model. Of course at this point in time a lot of speculation and guesses constitute car experts’ opinion regarding these improvements. However, a lot of very educated guesses can be made at this point. Some lucky people have already been able to see both the 2014 Silverado and Sierra and say that GM has differentiated more substantially between the GMC and Chevy brands. Read on to see what else we think you can expect from the 2014 GMC Sierra.

First of all, the GMC Sierra will probably be lighter by as much as 500 pounds for improved fuel economy. However, the Sierra will still have its body-on-frame setup which enables the truck to have its great towing and hauling ability. The platform will likely be called GMT 1000 (the current platform being used is called the GMT 900) and will make use of materials such as high strength steel and aluminum in order to shed weight.

Speaking of aluminum, the 2014 Sierra will feature an all-aluminum small block V8 engine. Needless to say, using this will also help shed off some unwanted weight. However, there is a lot more to the aluminum V8 than this. This engine will have direct fuel injection and GM’s Active Fuel Management technology, also known as cylinder deactivation, for better fuel efficiency. The small block direct fuel injected V8 in the 2014 Sierra will most probably have more power as well. Moreover, you can also expect a new 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine to be offered with the 2014 GMC Sierra in order to compete with Ford’s EcoBoost F-150. The 3.0 liter V6 is going to be a lot more powerful than the current 3.6 liter V6.

The plans for a hybrid version have been shelved for now, likely because the gain over trucks with traditional engines isn’t substantial enough. Along with all these changes, there is also a new eight speed automatic transmission in the pipeline which will be coupled with the smaller models with less torque and not the bigger HD models. The new transmission can be expected to arrive later than the rest of the changes that have we have mentioned above.

As far as the interior is concerned, reports are ambiguous at best. However, you can expect GMC to improve the quality of the materials (especially the rather low quality plastics being used in the interior of the current models) with material of better quality. The interior will also have GMC’s IntelliLink system, a counterpart of Chevrolet’s MyLink system. Judging from the spy photo’s we showed your previously of the 2014 Silverado’s interior, we can bet there will be big changes to the GMC’s interior as well.


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