Chevrolet and GMC have held back on the work van segment for some time. While Ford has approached the situation with its “One” mantra, offering the same product across multiple markets, leading to the introduction of the Ford Transit in the U.S., General Motors has been silent.
Curiously, as Truck Trend reports, the 2017 GMC Savana and 2017 Chevy Express will both be offered with the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine starting in the first quarter of 2017. The 2.8L will replace the 6.6-liter Duramax V8 engine currently offered.
The 2.8L Duramax diesel will also be mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, marking this powertrain introduction as the first major improvement to the vans in years.
Currently, the 6.6L Duramax provides 260 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque for hauling equipment around town. The 2.8L will cut those numbers back significantly, producing 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. It could pose a problem for those in need of the extra grunt to get around town. However, the weight savings from the engine and transmission combo could offset the lack of torque.