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2016 GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado Get New eAssist Hybrid Setup For 2 MPG Boost

2016 GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado Get New eAssist Hybrid Setup For 2 MPG Boost

General Motors is bringing hybrid power back to its pickup trucks, though for now the trucks are limited to buyers in California. In a select number of 2016 Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras fitted with a 5.3-liter V8 and eight-speed transmission, GM will offer eAssist mild-hybrid technology, resulting in a boost of 2 mpg across the board. That brings overall ratings up to 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. Only two-wheel drive Silverado 1500 crew cabs in 1LT trim and Sierra SLT premium plus trucks can be fitted with eAssist, which will be a $500 premium over standard trucks. The eAssist system is made up of three main components, starting with an on-board electric motor which boosts output by 13 horsepower and 44 pounds-feet of torque, slightly offset by the package’s extra 100 lbs of weight. The electric motor also helps the truck’s cylinder deactivation sys...

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