Later this year, General Motors will be releasing a limited number of hybrid pickups in California. Included in the list of new trucks are 500 Silverados and 200 Sierras.
Powered with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, GM stated that there is a 13 percent increase in the city fuel economy at 18 mpg city driving and 24 mpg on the freeway. A marginal but significant 2 mpg improvement. Both trucks have not yet been rated by the EPA at this time. There will be an adjustment of production for both trucks based on consumer feedback for the 2017 model year.
Still pending is the actual price of both trucks, but there will be an addition of $500 to the final value due to the eAssist mild hybrid system.
The price tag of the 2016 Silverado is $42,000 while the Sierra hybrid is at $50,000.
The Silverado has an eight-speed automatic transmission. It also features a tonneau cover with bed lights as stated by Doran. This All-Star equipment package is based on the two-wheel-rive Silverado 1500 crew cab in a 1LT trim.
For the Sierra SLT crew cab, the eAssist powertrain bundles a Bose premium audio system with a rearview camera in the Premium Plus package.
Power consumption can now be reduced with the eAssist system that features a lithium-ion battery pack. Even if this adds about 100 pounds of extra truck weight, this pack is neatly tucked away under the center console at the front bench seat. This is the same battery cell that the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid uses.
Consumers have now turned their attention to larger vehicles and GM’s hybrid trucks couldn’t have a more perfect timing than now, since gas prices are under the $2 per gallon margin. Some of the direct competitors to the Silverado and Sierra are the Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, Ram 1500 and the Toyota Tundra.
The choice whether the consumers would shell out the extra dollar to save on gas for the choice of these hybrid trucks will soon be determined. The fuel economy of GM’s hybrids, definitely outmatch the other V8 engines in the same class, according to Edmund.