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    GM Announces Some Details On Their New Trucks



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    April 1, 2013

    Just to get this out of the way, this is not an April Fools story.

    Today, General Motors announced certain details on their new pickups. The details concern figures on the 5.3L V8 and the base prices for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

    We'll start with the new EcoTec 5.3L V8 engine. The engine which will be a $895 option of the Silverado and Sierra produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque – increases of 40 horsepower and 48 pound-feet compared to the 5.3L V8 used in the 2013 model. This allows the Sierra and Silverado to have a max payload of 2,102 pounds and a max tow rating of 11,500 pounds* (when equipped with the Max Trailer Package).

    More impressive are the fuel economy numbers. GM says the 5.3L V8 has best-in-class fuel economy numbers with 2WD models returning 16 City/23 Highway/19 combined and 4WD models returning 16 City/22 Highway/18 Combined.

    GM says they will reveal specs on the 4.3L V6 and 6.2L V8 engines at a later date.

    As for pricing, Chevrolet and GMC announced the base prices for the regular, extended, and crew cab models.

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado

    • Regular Cab: $24,585
    • Double Cab: $28,610
    • Crew Cab: $32,710

    2014 GMC Sierra

    • Regular Cab: $25,085
    • Double Cab: $29,110
    • Crew Cab: $33,210

    (Note: Prices include a $995 destination charge)

    Source: GM

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Releases are on Pages 2 and 3


    2014 Silverado Delivers Power, Efficiency and Value

    • Best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup – EPA estimated 23 mpg highway
    • Better fuel economy than 2013 Ford EcoBoost V-6
    • Base prices carry over from current models

    DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced initial pricing, performance data, and EPA fuel efficiency estimates for the 2014 Silverado 1500, raising the bar in the fiercely competitive light-duty pickup segment.

    Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the new 2014 Silverado regular cab will start at $24,585, including a $995 destination freight charge, the same base price as the 2013 model. For that price, the 2014 Silverado regular cab, which starts production this summer, will include a number of major improvements:

    • A more powerful, more efficient EcoTec3 engine,
    • A six-speed automatic transmission,
    • A stronger, quieter cab with an all-new interior,
    • Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors
    • A new bed with standard box rail protectors and CornerStep bumper

    The base starting prices for the Silverado crew cab, the first model to launch later this spring, and for the new double cab Silverado, which replaces the extended cab, also will be the same as for the corresponding 2013 models.

    Buyers of all 2014 Silverados also will receive a standard scheduled maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Up to four maintenance visits are included in the price of the vehicle, each one of which includes a regularly scheduled oil change, oil filter replacement, tire rotation and multi-point vehicle inspection, based on the schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual.

    “The 2014 Silverado is new from hood to hitch,” said Alan Batey, vice president, U.S. sales and service. “When you combine the innovative features of the new Silverado with base pricing equivalent to 2013 models and standard scheduled maintenance, Silverado becomes a great choice for pickup customers, helping them save money when they buy – and when they drive.”

    Proven V-8 power with better efficiency than a turbo V-6

    The 2014 Silverado launches later this spring with crew cab models equipped with the all-new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8, which is expected to power three out of four Silverado 1500s.

    Chevrolet today announced EPA estimates of 23 mpg highway for 2wd models, and 22 mpg highway for 4x4 models. That is better than any V-8 competitor, and beats the EPA estimates for the 2013 Ford EcoBoost turbocharged V-6 for both 2wd and 4x4 models.

    Silverado’s 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 is SAE certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, with more than 300 lb-ft of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm for responsive performance under a broad range of real-world conditions.

    “Silverado’s available 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 gives customers the best of both worlds,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for Silverado. “Customers get the proven power and dependability of a V-8 truck engine, with better fuel economy than a leading competitor’s smaller turbocharged V-6.”

    “EcoTec3 builds on 58 years of V-8 experience and trillions of real-world miles,” said Luke. “The 2014 Silverado will give customers class-leading V-8 fuel efficiency and the peace of mind that comes with a proven V-8 design, a combination no competitor can match.”

    Best available towing rating of any light-duty pickup

    Demonstrating the capability of the 2014 Silverado and its 5.3-liter EcoTec3 engine, double cab 2WD models equipped with the available max towing package, available later this year, will have towing ratings of up to 11,500 pounds, more than any light duty pickup currently on the market.

    To further save customers money and reduce inconvenience, Silverado’s 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 is designed to operate on regular 87 octane gasoline even when towing or hauling.

    Silverado will also offer later this year a standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 that is expected to offer exceptional torque and towing capability for a standard V-6, and an all-new 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8, with even more power, torque, and towing capability than the 5.3-liter V-8. Final performance data and EPA estimates for these engines will be available in the coming months.

    Seamlessly switch to four-cylinder operation

    Silverado’s combination of capability and efficiency results in part from its EcoTec3 engines, which provide the proven power of a large-displacement truck engine when needed, then switch seamlessly to four-cylinder operation under lighter loads.

    “In creating the 2014 Silverado 1500, we looked at a wide variety of powertrain configurations, and concluded that large-displacement truck engines could best provide the payload and towing capability that truck customers require, with the long-term dependability they expect,” said Luke.

    “Silverado’s EcoTec3 technology eliminates the fuel economy penalty that often goes with rugged, high-torque truck engines. With our EcoTec3 engines, truck customers don’t have to do more with less – more work with smaller engines. They can keep the benefits of a larger displacement engine and still get better fuel efficiency.”

    All three EcoTec engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitive trucks. The engines also use a compact overhead valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce the mass of the engines for additional energy savings.

    Other features that give the 2014 Silverado impressive capability include frames made from high-strength steel; rugged six-speed automatic transmissions; larger, stronger rear axles for V-8 models; and an updated suspension with two-stage multi-leaf rear springs.

    Among the other updates for 2014 are a stronger, quieter cab; revised steering, suspension and brakes; and ingenious solutions for managing cargo in the bed.

    The broadest portfolio, the right tools for the job

    The 2014 Silverado 1500 crew cab will be joined later this year by a regular cab model and a new double cab model, which replaces the extended cab and features forward-hinged rear doors for easier access to the back seat. Also coming soon are new heavy duty pickups and an all-new midsize truck based on the successful global Colorado.

    "Chevrolet will have the broadest portfolio in the business," said Luke. "No one will be better positioned to offer each and every truck customer the right tools for the job."

    Additional Details and Data

    2014 Silverado base MSRP:

    • Regular cab: $24,585
    • Double cab: $28,610
    • Crew cab: $32,710

    Includes $995 destination freight charge. Excludes tax, title, license and optional equipment.

    Silverado 1500 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8

    • 355 hp (265 kW) @ 5600 rpm
    • 383 lb-ft of torque (518 Nm)@ 4100 rpm; more than 300 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm
    • Maximum available towing rating: 11,500 pounds*
    • Maximum available payload rating: 2,102 pounds
    • EPA estimated fuel efficiency:
    • 16 mpg city, 19 mpg combined, 23 mpg highway (2wd)
    • 16 mpg city, 18 mpg combined, 22 mpg highway (4x4)

    Horsepower and torque ratings are SAE certified using 87 octane regular gasoline.

    * With Max Trailer Package, available later this year


    2014 Sierra V-8 Fuel Economy Tops Ford EcoBoost V-6

    Pricing announced for new full-size truck with premium features, advanced tech

    DETROIT – The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup truck arrives at dealers later this spring with the best V-8 pickup fuel economy in the industry. Sierra’s new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 uses direct injection, cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing to achieve EPA estimates of 16 mpg city and 23 highway with two-wheel drive or 16/22 with four-wheel drive.

    In addition to highway estimates that are 2 mpg higher than a comparable 2013 Ford V8 pickup and 3 mpg higher than a Ram V8, Sierra’s new V-8 fuel economy estimates also measure higher than those of the 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V-6.

    The new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 combines its leading fuel efficiency with performance and capability. With an SAE certified 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque – increases of 40 hp and 48 lb-ft compared to the 2013 model – Sierra’s new 5.3L offers a class-leading towing capacity of up to 11,500 pounds.

    Most GMC owners – three out of four last year – will opt for the 5.3L V-8 engine, which is an $895 option.

    “In the core of the full-size truck market, the 2014 Sierra is second to none,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “Truck owners expect durability, capability and fuel efficiency, and this latest generation of our proven V-8 is designed to deliver on those expectations.”

    The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 is just one of three more efficient new engines for the Sierra. With a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 that arrives this summer and a long list of standard features, the 2014 Sierra will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25,085, including a destination charge of $995.

    Compared to the 2013 Sierra, the new model adds a standard 4.2-inch radio display, a locking tailgate, projector headlamps, a CornerStep rear bumper, cloth seats (versus vinyl in other trucks), DuraLife brake rotors and other all-new features. The truck’s all-new 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission is engineered to offer improved efficiency and capability, with additional details coming later.

    Sierra also will be available later this year with an all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 with even more power, torque and capability than the 5.3L. Additional specifications for the 6.2L will be released later.

    Every 2014 Sierra 1500 comes with Pro Grade Protection which, in addition to a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, includes two years or 24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of standard scheduled maintenance.

    Coverage is included in the price of the vehicle and includes up to four regularly scheduled oil changes, oil filter replacements, tire rotations and multi-point vehicle inspections, based on the schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual. Customers will be eligible whether they lease or purchase and the coverage is completely transferable between owners.

    Additional Details and Data

    2014 Sierra base MSRP:

    • Regular cab: $25,085
    • Double cab: $29,110
    • Crew cab: $33,210

    Includes destination freight charge. Excludes tax, title, license and optional equipment.

    Sierra 1500 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8

    • 355 hp (265 kW)@ 5600 rpm
    • 383 lb-ft of torque (518 N-m)@ 4100 rpm; more than 300 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm
    • Maximum available towing rating: 11,500 pounds*
    • Maximum available payload rating: 2,102 pounds
    • EPA estimated fuel efficiency:
    • 16 mpg city, 19 mpg combined, 23 mpg highway (2wd)
    • 16 mpg city, 18 mpg combined, 22 mpg highway (4x4)

    Horsepower and torque ratings are SAE certified using 87 octane regular gasoline.

    * With Max Trailer Package, available later this year

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    Over all this is pretty impressive in keeping prices contained but the v8 I am actually not impressed with. We had this fuel economy numbers back in the 90's so I really do not see any big deal here. No Auto Maker has really made any strides in improving the v8 fuel efficiency.

    Their 18/19 combined MPG being either 2wd/4wd is on par with what we were getting 15 years ago.

    If they really wanted to make a difference, take the Tahoe\Yukon\Escalade Hybrid system and make it the default standard on all their trucks/SUV's so they really get a 21/22 MPG average and then go from there.

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    You may have had these combined fuel economy numbers 15 years ago, but you also had a lot less power in engines capable of them and a lot less safety equipment in the vehicle to lug around. Even in 2002, the 5.3 was only putting out about 295 horsepower and 315 ft-lb of torque. Jumping from 315 ft-lb to 383 ft-lb is a really phenomenal jump in power.

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    The press release also confirms the Extended cab model designation is gone. The new 'mini-Crew cab' model with front hinged doors and a pillar is called the Double cab.

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    The press release also confirms the Extended cab model designation is gone. The new 'mini-Crew cab' model with front hinged doors and a pillar is called the Double cab.

    Oops, I'm not quite sure how I wrote extended cab when it should have been double cab. Its been fixed.

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    You may have had these combined fuel economy numbers 15 years ago, but you also had a lot less power in engines capable of them and a lot less safety equipment in the vehicle to lug around. Even in 2002, the 5.3 was only putting out about 295 horsepower and 315 ft-lb of torque. Jumping from 315 ft-lb to 383 ft-lb is a really phenomenal jump in power.

    I agree that the bump in HP and Torque are great for the fuel economy, but I think they could have had a bigger bang for their buck by standardizing the Hybrid power train across all trucks and SUV's. The hauling capacity and towing of the Hybrid is proven and this would have been great marketing Green creds for GM.

    The Hybrid powertrain being the default powertrain would have been far more impressive and truly would have set GM apart than this whole mess with the V6 engines.

    To me GM is just coping Ford since Ford did it first. GM could have been first to just make a 21/22mpg powertrain for all their trucks and SUV's. I suspect this number would have gone up for 2WD models since the 21/22mpg is for awd / 4x4 models.

    Still happy but could have been really exciting if they had broke with following the trends and really set a leadership roll.

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    The Automakers are going to have to really work hard to prove that the V6 engines can survive the abuse that V8's tend to get in the real world for hauling/towing.

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    I doubt most of the V6 Ecoboost buyers are taxing the engines too much. It's just an F-150 still, it's not going into the Super Duty's.

    However, this title won't be held by GM for long. Apparently the Hemi + 8-Speed Ram will be beating both Ford and Chevy.

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    I am really interested in if I am the only person that believes GM could make a major impact by making their Hybrid system the standard default power train for Trucks and SUV's. I really think based on the numbers Ford has put out, that GM should use this as the base powertrain rather than wasting money on a V6 that really is not going to have much of a change in MPG but have what I think will be a shorter life span.

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    The costs of the 2-mode are far too high and really adds nothing to towing ability. A re-tuned 3.6 twin turbo with the focus moved to torque would shut the Ford folks up pretty fast though.

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    But the gas mileage is not great for real world driving of the V6. I think the towing capability is just fine as an entry level power train.

    Cost would drop greatly once they started to reproduce the Hybrid power train in larger quantity and I think they could beef it up to allow it to handle the torque needed to pull large trailers.

    Just look at the Diesel Electric trains. Diesel Generators driving electric motors pulling millions of pounds of weight.

    I still think GM could have really hit a solid home run by taking the Hybrid as the default power train in their trucks and SUV's.

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    The press release also confirms the Extended cab model designation is gone. The new 'mini-Crew cab' model with front hinged doors and a pillar is called the Double cab.

    Oops, I'm not quite sure how I wrote extended cab when it should have been double cab. Its been fixed.

    Sorry, didn't intend this as a knock on your article. I'm not thrilled with the new cab configuration, but I'm at least happy that GM changed the name.

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    Haha, hybrid fullsize trucks are a complete waste of money and time because they give no benefit.

    A diesel engine in the half tons is what is needed for max, usable economy and dead solid reliability, with great pulling torque.

    Still, they've done a great job with the new 5.3. We've got to remember that EPA fuel mileage tests were revised downward a few years ago.

    GM trucks have long been real-world economy champions. They won't let that title go, regardless of EPA mileage ratings. It's the real world that counts.

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    the power gains aren't to be scoffed at. and wouldn't this be a great replacement for the 6.0L mated to the hybrids?
    still want to see the 'extreme' engines... yes, v6 and 6.2L... .. even though straight hp / L makes the 6.2 = 415, which seems kinda low.. and the v6 is 288hp...

    ~450lbft for the 6.2

    ~310lbft for the 4.3... not bad....for a CIB!!! ooohh diss... not really.

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    I'm not terribly overwhelmed by the new EcoTec 5.3 and I don't expect to be that impressed by the new 4.3 and the 6.2 either. Today's full-sized truck market moves too fast for a company to introduce a truck that just slightly eeks out its competition. While GM may be the last of the Big Three to have recently rolled out a completely redesigned pickup, they're also the first considering that the next-generation F-150 and Ram are just over the horizon. Either way, it doesn't look good on the new Sierra and Silverado, I'm afraid there's a very real prospect of both the Ram and Ford leaving the 2014 Sierra and Silverado behind once they debut. These trucks would have been excellent back in 2008 or 2009; they're what the GMT-900s should have been. But in 2013? Not so much, I'm afraid. GM may have go for broke with the mid-cycle enhancement for these two.

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    Haha, hybrid fullsize trucks are a complete waste of money and time because they give no benefit.

    A diesel engine in the half tons is what is needed for max, usable economy and dead solid reliability, with great pulling torque.

    Still, they've done a great job with the new 5.3. We've got to remember that EPA fuel mileage tests were revised downward a few years ago.

    GM trucks have long been real-world economy champions. They won't let that title go, regardless of EPA mileage ratings. It's the real world that counts.

    No Benefit? Really, you must be sleeping Ocnblu, while I know you do not care for anything hybrid, GM has a great powertrain that in realworld AWD mode has been returning 21/22 mpg on a Heavy SUV.

    This is way better than what I am reading of people who drive the turbo V6 engined trucks.

    I think Loki has a great Idea of replacing the 6.0 in the Hybrid with this 5.3.

    The trucks/suv's with a base Hybrid power-train would have been a big game changer and marketing move that would have really gotten notice.

    So many of us have talked about how GM needs to take bigger risks and really make game changer moves that can allow them to grow market share and lead the auto industry rather than just be another also ran.

    These trucks need to be just that, if not a hybrid power train, then a V6 Duramax Diesel would have been the right move.

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    The press release also confirms the Extended cab model designation is gone. The new 'mini-Crew cab' model with front hinged doors and a pillar is called the Double cab.

    And it's an awful mistake.

    I find the lack of a half-ton diesel to be inexplicable - there is no more logical place for such a drivetrain.

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    • By William Maley
      The current Chevrolet Traverse has been with us for nine years and it was time for a replacement. This morning at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced the 2018 Traverse.
      The new Traverse's shape carries the spirit of the last-generation GMC Acadia. The shape is boxier with both the front and rear being squared-off. Chevrolet's new dual grille design and narrow headlights are present. In terms of size, the Traverse has grown with overall length measuring 204.3 inches long, riding on a 120.9-inch wheelbase. This makes it slightly bigger than a Chevrolet Tahoe (203.9 inches long, 116-inch overall wheelbase). Despite the increase in size, Chevrolet was able to slice off 351 pounds from the new Traverse (note: comparing front-wheel drive models).
      Inside, Chevrolet promises best in class head and legroom for those sitting in the second and third-row seats. This does come at a price as cargo space does decrease. Behind the third-row, the Traverse will offer 23 cubic feet, which beats the likes the Ford Explorer (21 cubic feet). Fold both rows and space increases to 99 cubic feet. Other interior details include either seven or eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility; OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi, and USB ports for all three-rows.
      Most Traverse models will come with the existing 3.6L V6 producing 305 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This has us scratching our heads since this engine was one our biggest issues with the current Chevrolet Traverse (and Buick Enclave). The new Traverse RS will use a new 2.0L turbo-four making 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Again, this is slightly odd as the RS is being positioned as the sporty-looking model with blacked-out elements. Both engines will come paired with a nine-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. The V6 will only have the option of all-wheel drive. Speaking of all-wheel drive, the top-line High Country will come with the twin-clutch all-wheel drive system found in the Cadillac XT5. This system can decouple the rear-axle to help with fuel economy.
      The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse arrives at dealers this fall.
      Source: Chevrolet
      Press Release is on Page 2
      The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will arrive at dealers this fall.
      Chevrolet Introduces the 2018 Traverse
      Bold, refined new look with expected segment-best cargo space, third-row legroom DETROIT — Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2018 Traverse. Wrapped in bold and refined styling, the completely redesigned Traverse offers technologies to help keep passengers of all ages and lifestyles comfortable and connected.
      Traverse will deliver what is expected to be best-in-class third-row legroom, maximum cargo room and passenger volume with an enhanced roster of available active safety features. 
      “The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to help keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”
      When it goes on sale this fall, the 2018 Traverse will be the fourth updated crossover or SUV from Chevrolet within a year, joining the Trax, Bolt EV and 2018 Equinox, further strengthening the brand’s crossover and SUV lineup.
      “Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Batey. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”
      Bold and refined 
      The 2018 Traverse has a new look inspired by Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, with purposeful proportions complemented by premium cues such as chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps.
      Chevrolet is adding two new trim levels for the 2018 Traverse — the sporty RS and luxurious High Country — to offer customers more choices for a personalized appearance.
      The new RS package includes unique, blacked-out exterior cues with a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels and more.
      The High Country trim features premium content and technology, including a unique interior trim featuring Loft Brown leather appointments with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, standard twin-clutch AWD and power-fold third row seats.
      “The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.”
      With available seating for up to eight and a longer wheelbase than the current model, the Traverse has few peers when it comes to capacity and roominess. In fact, the new Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class passenger volume as well as max cargo room at 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 liters), while greater storage options and larger bins throughout the ergonomically optimized cabin are designed to enhance convenience and versatility.
      Loading the Traverse is a breeze with a new Chevrolet bowtie logo lamp feature illuminating the ground to show where drivers need to place a foot to activate the available hands-free power liftgate.
      A new split-folding second-row seat improves on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide® feature. The curbside seat is capable of tipping up and sliding forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide open and easy access to the third row.  Third-row legroom is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm).
      Connected and protected
      The 2018 Traverse offers purposeful technology designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
      Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies include available 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply.  Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.)
      Passengers will have access to USB charging ports in all three seating rows, available wireless charging and steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls. Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature is standard on all trim levels.
      When it comes to helping to protect passengers, a comprehensive suite of available safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features offers ease of use and added peace of mind, with new available features including:
      Surround Vision D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Front Pedestrian Braking Forward Collision Alert Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking. Teen Driver is standard, allowing parents to set certain controls and review performance in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle. 
      Performance and efficiency
      A new 3.6L V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission form the standard propulsion system, expected to offer nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the current model and a GM-estimated 25 mpg highway (FWD). The combination also supports an estimated 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) trailering capacity when properly equipped.
      Sporting the new RS trim, the Traverse will exclusively feature a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides a unique driving experience, with more maximum torque than the V-6. It is also paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission.
      Both engines feature new intelligent stop/start technology that determines the best times for fuel-saving engine-stop events, based on a variety of driving factors.
      New Traction Mode Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On available AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, which helps save fuel and enhances refinement.
      High Country’s exclusive Advanced AWD system employs twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. It is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry conditions.
    • By William Maley
      The GMC Terrain has become one of the most important models for the brand. It is the second-best selling model - one of out six models sold is a Terrain. How do you a second act while trying to retain it as one of the best-selling models? Tonight at an event before the Detroit Auto Show, GMC gave the answer.
      GMC used the template of the Acadia crossover when designing the Terrain. But GMC also added some unique touches as well. The most apparent is the floating roofline that has been used on the Nissan Murano. There is also a large hexagonal grille and c-shaped head and taillights. Like the Chevrolet Equinox revealed last year, the Terrain has gone down in size. It is 3.2-inches shorter and rides on a wheelbase that has been cut by 5.2-inches. On the plus side, GMC was able to drop a few hundred pounds from the new model.
      The interior follows the Acadia's design with the same dash layout. It appears the Terrain will be getting a new version of GMC's Intellilink infotainment system along with a push-button transmission selector. The downsizing does mean a decrease in cargo space. With the rear seats up, the Terrain offers 29.6 cubic feet of space (down 2 cubic feet from the current model) Fold the rear seats and space measures out to 63.3 cubic feet (down 0.4 cubic feet).
      The big news are the engines. There will be three turbocharged engines on offer,
      1.5L four-cylinder: 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque 2.0L four-cylinder: 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque 1.6L four-cylinder diesel: 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque Both gas engines will come with a nine-speed automatic, while the diesel retains a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive will be optional.
      The 2018 GMC Terrain will hit dealers this summer.
      Source: GMC
      Press Release is on Page 2


      GMC Introduces Modern, Bold Design on 2018 Terrain
      Confident appearance, accommodating interior and turbo engines elevate new premium compact SUV DETROIT — GMC today introduced the all-new 2018 Terrain and unveiled the next chapter of GMC design via a boldly styled and intelligently engineered successor to the brand’s popular compact SUV. The Terrain offers greater refinement and versatility to adapt to customers’ unique needs, and it’s packed with more available advanced safety technologies than ever before.
      GMC offers customers the widest range of choices yet, with three all-new available turbocharged propulsion systems, including a new turbo-diesel. Two new efficiency-enhancing nine-speed automatic transmissions are matched with the gas engines — a first application for the GMC lineup.
      Continuing the momentum of owning 25 percent of GMC’s overall retail sales, Denali returns to the Terrain with greater exclusivity than ever, offering a distinctive range-topping design and uniquely refined features.
      “GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Terrain builds on that success, leveraging GMC’s proven premium SUV experience to shake up the largest vehicle segment, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.” 
      The 2018 Terrain goes on sale this summer in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali models, maintaining the momentum created by the first-generation model, of which more than 700,000 have been sold in North America since it went on sale in 2009.  
      Bold, modern design
      The new Terrain’s bold exterior signals the next chapter of GMC’s design language, evolving the brand’s signature cues with stronger, sharper and more sculpted elements such as the grille and lighting features. Its shape was refined in the wind tunnel to help ensure the distinctive profile cuts through the air with optimal efficiency and quietness.
      “It is a striking design with functional beauty,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global GMC Design. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”
      Elevating GMC’s new design, the all-new Terrain Denali will feature its signature chrome grille along with Denali-specific accents including body-color fascias and lower trim, plus chrome roof rails, door handles, side mirror caps and body-side molding. Additionally, LED headlamps and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on Denali.
      All other models feature signature LED daytime running lamps and tail lamps. Bi-functional HID headlamps are standard on SL, SLE and SLT. Additionally, 17-inch wheels are standard on SL and SLE, with 18-inch wheels available on SL and SLE, and standard on SLT.
      Turbocharged propulsion choices
      A range of three all-new turbocharged engines, including an all-new 1.6L turbo-diesel, provides more choices when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability in the all-new 2018 GMC Terrain. New 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged gas engines are matched with two unique new nine-speed automatic transmissions, with the 2.0L turbo engine offering stronger acceleration and a higher degree of performance than its 1.5L counterpart.
      GMC’s new Electronic Precision Shift enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers.
      The Terrain comes standard with GMC’s driver-controllable Traction Select system, which has choices for different driving conditions. Elements such as the throttle responses are optimized for the selected driving mode. AWD models include a FWD mode that disconnects the AWD system to minimize drag and optimize fuel economy, while the AWD mode offers all the benefits of an active AWD system.
      Refined, versatile and purposeful interior
      Like the exterior, the new Terrain’s interior makes a statement and serves as a fundamental component of the vehicle’s heightened emphasis on refinement and functionality. Elements such as authentic aluminum trim, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and doors and standard active noise cancellation are premium features seamlessly integrated into the interior design for a luxurious customer experience.
      The Terrain Denali heightens the GMC experience throughout the new interior with a unique trim tint color and Denali-specific logos and piping on the front seats. Denali customers will benefit from additional standard features including a heated steering wheel, navigation, Bose premium 7-speaker sound system and a hands-free programmable power liftgate.
      An expanded center console with pass-through storage underneath and side-by-side cupholders adds to the Terrain’s functionality. A new fold-flat front passenger seat and flat-folding rear seat help Terrain offer greater versatility for stowing longer items and make it easier to load cargo. There are also new under-floor compartments in the cargo area for more secure storage.
      GMC keeps passengers connected with 7- and available 8-inch-diagonal infotainment systems, featuring compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and a standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (data plan purchase required after limited trial period) that can accommodate up to seven mobile devices. Owners can also manage their vehicles remotely with the industry-leading myGMC mobile app via their compatible smartphones. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, and require a compatible smartphone.
      Every new Terrain comes standard with five years of the OnStar Basic Plan[1] at no additional cost. Among other benefits, this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help GMC owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance, reduce wear and tear, monitor fuel efficiency and become better drivers — all factors that add to the overall ownership experience.
      Expanded range of safety features
      An expanded range of available active safety technologies is designed to enhance driver awareness and even help make it easier to park and maneuver in low-speed situations. The features include radar- and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to potentially avoid them, including:
      New Surround Vision New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert  Rear Cross Traffic Alert New Safety Alert Seat The new Terrain also features GMC’s new Rear Seat Reminder[2] and Teen Driver[3]. Rear Seat Reminder alerts drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicles under certain circumstances, while Teen Driver allows parents to set controls and review an in-vehicle report card in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when adults are not in the vehicle.

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