2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Changes and Release

It’s no secret that General Motors is currently working on a mid-cycle update for the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup trucks. The current generation of the two mechanically identical models made its debut only two years ago. The company is set to give these trucks a number of subtle appearance upgrades. Several drivetrain enhancements for the 2017 model year we can expect too. On top of that, expect the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 to lose a number of features as well.

2017 Sierra 1500 Updates

Among the most notable visual upgrades, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 gets two new exterior colors (Dark Slate Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic), as well as capless fuel fill. When it comes to technological enhancements, the upcoming model is due to receive Low Speed Mitigation Braking as standard equipment, Teen Driver mode, Tri-Mode Power Steps and Android Auto. The list also includes optional all-season 18-inch black wall tires, with trailer brake controller now available with the SLT Crew Cab Premium Plus Package.

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As for the features that are getting axed, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 will no longer be offered with Light Steel Gray Metallic, Iridium Metallic and Mahogany Metallic exterior colors. It will also lose the optional P265/65 section 18-inch off-road blackwall tires, whereas the All TerrainPackage will no longer be available in SLE trim. Instead, this trim level will be offered with the Elevation Edition Package.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Specs

Probably the most important mechanical upgrade will come in the form of a new eight-speed automatic transmission paired with the 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 for the first time. This popular unit will generate 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.The base 4.3-liter V6 engine will once again make 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of twist. As for the most potent option available with the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500, the 6.2-liter V8 will churn out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. Some of the recent reports hint that we might also get to see the upcoming Sierra 1500 adopt the ten-speed automatic gearbox that is currently being developed in cooperation with Ford. However, these speculations have yet to be confirmed.

Release Date and Competition

Competing in one of the most hotly contested segments, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 will certainly benefit from the latest enhancements. The list of its rivals includes the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra. Both the updated Sierra and Silverado trucks are expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2016.

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