We’ve seen hybrid cars, crossovers, and even future hybrid SUV concepts but what we haven’t seen in a while is a hybrid pickup. The GMC Sierra 1500 used to pack a full hybrid powertrain but it left the market after the 2013 model year. Not long ago, the automaker announced the return of the hybrid pickup but the system is a little different.
The GMC Sierra 1500 hybrid brings an increase in both fuel economy and power thanks to its electric motor. With the eAssist system, fuel economy jumps 2 mpg, bringing the Sierra to an EPA-estimated 18 city/24 hwy mpg.
Paired with the 5.3L V8 engine, the electric motor provides an increase of 13 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque. It also allows the truck to run on four cylinders for longer periods of time.
The eAssist system will only be available on 2016 Sierra 1500 SLT crew-cab two-wheel drive models that are equipped with the SLT Premium Plus Package.
In addition, GMC will only make 200 of the hybrid systems in 2016. All of those systems will be sold in California. If it proves popular enough, the eAssist system will expand across the country.
We here at Knight Automotive are pumped to see the hybrid system in action!