The current Sierra had been released back in 2012, so it currently sits as one of the older medium-sized trucks on the market. With few small changes through the years, we are getting to 2017 GMC Sierra model that again might not be redesigned. Despite that and the fact that it is not as up-to-date as Ford’s F150, the Sierra and its close sibling, the Silverado, are two of the better trucks out there providing higher levels of quality and comfort inside the cabin with very capable and fuel efficient engines.
While many people thought that the 2017 version would be an entirely new model, it seems that this is not as true as we have hoped. There will be changes for sure, but not at the level, we expected to see. It is quite possible that this policy of GMC will affect the sale results since the new version would be certainly better.
Release Date And Price
Instead, the 2017 model will be a mid-life update of the truck which will have to keep the Sierra and the Silverado close to the top of their class for at least three or four years until the new generation will be released sometime in 2020 or later. The 2017 truck will likely be introduced at the end of this year, and it should be ready to go on sale by the mid of the next. Pricing wise, the base model will continue to start at roughly $29,000 while a fully equipped version will cost as much as $70,000.
Let’s start our preview of the 2017 GMC Sierra with the possible engines that will power this future model. Many of us thought that GM will keep its current lineup unchanged, but this doesn’t seem all that true despite the fact the petrol became so cheap. It is safe to assume that the new engines will be smaller, more efficient and at least just as powerful. The base model could receive GM’s new 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 which could provide up to 330 horsepower and over 280 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, the truck’s 5.3-liter V8 could get replaced by a newly developed 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with up to 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, more than before, all while using with up to 25% less fuel.
The top of the range Sierra, the Denali and Ultimate editions are likely going to get their 6.2-liter V8 replaced by an all-new 4.2 liter twin-turbocharged V8, which will also debut on the CT6. This engine could develop more than the 480 horsepower, easily more than what current V8 offers while having better fuel efficiency and a higher amount of torque available from lower down the rev range.
We certainly do hope that large naturally aspirated engine will be kept and that we will be again getting 6.2 liter V8. Some rumors also suggested that this model year of the Sierra will be the first to receive GM’s upcoming 10-speed automatic gearbox. With the upgrade to transmission, it would be possible to improve efficiency but also to keep engine always spinning in the optimal rev range.
Among the biggest changes in the lineup is the delivery of the HD model in the lineup. We need to say that HD version is currently mentioned in rumors and that there are no spy photos of the supposed truck. If GMC does decide to offer a tougher version with the 2017 model, we can predict that there will be a decent number of interested customers for this vehicle.
2017 GMC Sierra Review
Design wise, the Sierra’s current design scheme will likely not be altered as much as we’d want and in fact, we expect very minimal changes, especially now when it already received a small visual update. However, we are hoping to see a new Ultimate trim level which will add not only a new front grille but also fully LED-lit headlights in the front, new rims, and tires. Among other changes, chrome accents on the cabin and front end will be dropped, and the truck will likely feature black on black accents in order to offer a more imposing and tougher look.
Inside the cabin, on the other hand, the 2017 GMC Sierra will indeed feature the latest technologies GM has to offer. The feature list is impressive and this time around, this hard worker will also get some driving aid features such as an automatic cruise control system with a lane-assist system which will basically allow the new Sierra to drive itself. Also, this should be the first time that one truck receives an advanced collision warning and avoidance system which will break or even steer the vehicle if the driver doesn’t pay attention during an evasive maneuver.