The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 will be the next truck released by GMC with an aim to ensure that the truck remains among the best-selling in the United States. The 3500 Sierra will be the most powerful and heavy duty of the three options that GMC offers. Others are the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500. being a diesel-powered truck, GM has ensured that all the necessary measures are taken to ensure that the car qualifies to be driven on the US soil. This, however, is not the only effort GM has made. Here is a look at what the 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 will be like.
2018 GMC Sierra 3500 – Exterior and Interior Redesign
It is expected that this car will still be built on the same body as the current model with a few tweaks here and there. The front is likely to receive the most massive change with a large radiator grille and red GMC letters at the front. To enhance the muscularity of the truck it will have large wheels with wide arches above them. The lighting is also expected to be changed but the details are yet to be confirmed. The colours are also expected to be changed with the less popular ones removed.
The GMC Sierra 3500 2018 will be able to pull 7153 pounds and tow 23,300 pounds. To make it easy to monitor the cargo, there is an optional trailer camera unit which will cost you about $999.
As for the interior, the changes to expect include a higher central tunnel, the gear centre goes to the centre and a small joystick is added. The upholstery inside the car is expected to be high end making it luxurious and comfortable. The high-end Denali trim will, in particular, get luxurious inclusions and advanced safety features. Infotainment will be ensured by a touch-screen controlled infomercial.
2018 GMC Sierra 3500 – Engine and Performance
The engine that will be fitted in the standard trim of the 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 will be a 6.0-litre V8 that is capable of producing 360 hp. The Denali trim, however, will have a turbo-diesel engine that is quite powerful. At 1600 revolutions per minute, the Sierra will be able to produce 910 lb-ft of torque.
The L5P trim will get a Duramax 6.6-litre V8 engine. This is capable of producing 445 hp. This is better than the previous LML model which was capable of producing 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque.
As for the looks of the engine, they are mostly new except for the basic valvetrain and cast iron block. Among the new will be the aluminium cylindrical tube heads, pistons, variable-vane turbocharger, exhaust body and a brand new oil pan among others.
GM declared that the tailpipe emissions would reduce by 35% compared to the Duramax in the previous models.
2018 GMC Sierra 3500 – Price and Release Date
Thanks to technological advances, it can be expected that the prices for these cars will increase. Though the prices are yet to be announced, it can be expected that the standard will start from around $34000. The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 Denali is expected to be sold from $55,000. These estimates are based on the prices of the current models. As for the release dates, they are yet to be announced. Rumours have it that these cars will be available in dealerships in early 2018 though.