2018 GMC Sierra will keep V8 in top trims


The current generation of premium GMC pickups has received a small update of the exterior, while the high-grade new generation can be expected in the form of a 2018 GMC Sierra. The new pickup truck will have significantly upgraded the platform, which will also receive the next generation Silverado. The engines remain the same, but will also be upgraded. It is expected the emergence of more economical V6 turbo engines for the model 1500. The interior will undergo some serious changes.

2018 GMC Sierra release date

New will Sierra late 2017 or early 2018 year. So far more than the exact date remains unknown. It is possible that there will be a presentation of new items within any of the North American auto show.

Release date: 2018

2018 GMC Sierra price

The new pickup truck will become more technologically advanced, so we expect a slight increase in cost. At the moment, the basic version costs about $30,000. The model of 2018 can be slightly more expensive, by around $1,000.

2018 GMC Sierra redesign

New GMC Sierra will receive even more “chopped” design, a larger radiator grille. It is likely that the pickup will increase in size a bit, but this is not confirmed. Overall, the design of the truck will remain in the same style as the current model GMC – an abundance of chrome, large badge on the grille, consisting of red letters. The wide wheel arches and large wheels emphasize the “muscularity” of the truck.

The interior is expected a significant number of changes. First of all, massive front panel and center console a thing of the past. It will be more modern. The central tunnel will be slightly higher. Gear selector will be moved to center tunnel and may be made as a small joystick, however, it is just a rumors.

Top-trim Denali will remain in model line, featuring more exquisite upholstery and trimming, making the new 2018 GMC Sierra even more luxurious than before.

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2018 GMC Sierra specs

Traditionally, the Sierra is available in three versions – 1500, 2500 and 3500, differing in size and power units. The current generation is equipped with a naturally aspirated V8 and V6 engines, 285-HP aluminum block V6 will likely to stay as a standard modification. Instead of 5.3L V8, there might be a new turbocharged V6, which could be based on the same 4.3L block. However, brand new turbocharged V6 might appear, with less displacement, to compete with Ford’s EcoBoost. 6.2L V8 block might be kept for traditions. It already has cylinder deactivation function, in the next generation, Sierra engineers will try to decrease the fuel consumption even more.

All Sierras will have new 8-speed shiftable automatic debuted this year. Layout options stay the same: Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

2500 model might lose standard 6-liter V8. The basic engine will be a new more compact Duramax turbodiesel.

However, it might be difficult to completely get rid of gasoline V8, especially for sales. The gearbox remains the same 6-speed automatic.


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GMC Sierra is one of the most luxurious pickup trucks on the market. 2018 model year car will keep its title.

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