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GM Introduces Next-Gen "Mild-Hybrid" Silverado, Sierra Trucks for California Market

GM Introduces Next-Gen "Mild-Hybrid" Silverado, Sierra Trucks for California Market

By Philly Murtha, February 26, 2016
This spring, General Motors (GM) is introducing an optional, next-generation “mild-hybrid” system for 700 of its 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 large pickup trucks to California customers. The new eAssist hybrid system, which is based on battery cell technology from the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and software from the plug-in electric Chevy Volt, will deliver as much as 13% better fuel economy in city driving, according to GM.

GM’s next-generation mild-hybrid electric propulsion system will be available on 500 of the automaker’s 1LT trim-level 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 2-wheel-drive pickups this year. The system also will be offered on 200 GMC Sierra SLT Premium large pickups. Depending on customer demand for the hybrid system, Chevrolet will adjust production accordingly for 2017.

The eAssist system combines a 24-cell, air-cooled, 0.45-kWh Lithium-ion battery pack with the Silverado’s EcoTech V-8 to provide an electric power boost of 13 extra horsepower and 44 lb.-ft. of torque during acceleration or passing, GM says. Start/stop technology and regenerative braking also increase the system’s efficiency. The combined system, which is partnered with an 8-speed automatic transmission, will produce a total of 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque.

The EPA fuel-economy rating for the 2016 Silverado eAssist is estimated at 18 mpg city—a 2-mpg improvement over the conventionally powered Silverado with a 5.3-liter V-8 and 8-speed automatic. EPA-estimated highway fuel economy for the Silverado eAssist is 24 mpg, while the combined rating is 20 mpg.

Pricing for the Silverado 1500 starts at less than $40,000 for the rear-drive crew-cab Silverado 1500 1LT. The new eAssist system adds an extra $500. The Sierra eAssist hybrid system will only be offered on the SLT Premium trim level, which retails without the system for $50,155. Pricing for the eAssist system on the Sierra has not been announced.
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