General Motors is giving the U.S. a taste of a hybrid pickup truck. Along with the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado e-Assist, cousin brand GMC has also introduced the 2016 GMC Sierra e-Assist.
The 2016 GMC Sierra equipped with e-Assist offers identical benefits to the 2016 Silverado e-Assist, as it also uses Chevrolet Volt components to provide a 13-percent increase in city fuel economy.
GMC states the e-Assist option will only be available with the 2016 Sierra 1500 SLT crew cab 2WD model with the SLT Premium Plus package. Altogether, only 200 Sierra e-Assists will be produced.
“Innovative technology that enhances capability is at the core of everything we do at GMC and the new Sierra with eAssist takes it to a higher level,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “Its advantages are delivered in a compromise-free package that enables real-world fuel savings with premium content that provides a very high level of refinement, comfort and connectivity.”
The 2016 Sierra e-Assist improves fuel economy numbers by 2 mpg, to 18 mpg city, and 2 mpg highway, up to 24 mpg. Like the 2016 Silverado e-Assist, this is accomplished with electric power boost (the onboard electric motor), stop-start technology and regenerative braking.
However, GMC says a six-percent aerodynamic improvement to the Sierra e-Assist contributes to the increase in fuel economy. A standard soft tonneau cover and automatic grille shutters, which can close at speeds over 30 mph, further reduce drag and fuel consumption.
Combined with 2016 Chevy Silverado e-Assist production, only 700 e-Assist pickups will be produced this year.