The ongoing Sierra has been revealed back in 2012, and despite being one of the older models in its class, it still manages to impress. However, the truck is not really a match for its newest rivals, so things will have to change soon. A new model of the vehicle has already been spied not that long ago. It seems a complete revision might be released with the upcoming 2018 GMC Sierra. The new truck is likely going to be based on a revised platform which will be developed from the current one. Expect it to get a stiffer chassis and possibly a lighter construction as well.
This could be achieved with the help of a high strength steel construction. The body is also expected to change, and so far it seems aluminum might be a choice for it. Even though GM heavily criticized their main rival, it would appear that the Sierra, as well as the Silverado, will get aluminum body panels. The cab might still be made out of steel to retain the rigidity, but even so, the trucks could lose as much as 400 pounds which would be a huge improvement.
2018 GMC Sierra Release Date and Price
Just like before, the Sierra is going to be available in a few different cab configurations. These will likely include the dual-cab, crew-cab and single-cab that are also available on the ongoing model. Rear and four wheel drive are also going to be an option across the range. All versions of the 2018 GMC Sierra are expected to receive a larger payload rating and a higher towing capacity. These won’t be real thanks to its engines but mostly thanks to its tougher chassis. The price is still unknown at this point but considering that the better equipped Chevy Silverado starts at just under $30,000. We expect GMC to offer the Sierra at a very similar price. GMC is expected to release the new Sierra by the end of the year while the production version of the car will be out in late 2018.
The current model of the Sierra looks like a slightly larger Canyon which is excellent for Canyon’s customers but not ideal for those buying the Sierra. Rumors suggest the new model will depart from the look of its predecessor. From the spy shots we have seen so far it seems the truck will get rounder wheel arches, beefier fenders, and an entirely new design in the front with split headlights. The grille will be as big as ever before but thanks to the new lines it should look more upmarket. The Denali wills till get a unique grille, bumpers and more standard features than the regular Sierra.
Inside the Cabin
Here the 2018 GMC Sierra is likely going to inherit some features from GM’s new crossovers and sedans. This likely means the truck is going to receive a less cluttered dashboard as well as a much better infotainment system sporting a much larger touch-screen. A fully digital instrument cluster is also a real possibility. They might also add more storage spaces inside the cabin, and on top of that, the materials should be improved by quite a bit. The biggest difference will be the safety features. It seems the new model might include things like a standard frontal collision avoidance system and even an adaptive cruise control system.
2018 GMC Sierra Engine and Specs
So far the Sierra has been powered by the same engines as the Silverado. This trend will likely continue with the 2018 GMC Sierra. The base model will likely retain the same 4.3 liters naturally aspirated V6 as before. However, the engine might receive both port and direct injection to boost its performance. We can expect closer to 300 horsepower and over 330 lb-ft of torque from it. The 5.3 liter V8 might get discontinued though. Rumors suggest the truck may receive one of GM’s new twin-turbo V6 gas engines. These are known to make anything from 350 to 450 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft of torque which would make them the perfect replacements for the aging V8.
The Denali, on the other hand, will likely stick with the 6.2 liters 420 horsepower V8 for a while. The base model is likely going to stick with a six speed automatic, at least in the cheapest form. All the other versions of the Sierra will make use of GM’s new ten speed automatic. A hybrid will be introduced at a later date while diesel is highly unlikely despite the fact all of its rivals will get one.