Both Chevrolet and truck specialty marquee GMC have announced the introduction of the eAssist technology on the 2016 model year Silverado and Sierra.
Both models will be available at dealerships with the novelty come this spring, and will also be sporting a rear tonneau cover and an active shutter grille that will close at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour to improve aerodynamic capabilities and reduce fuel consumption. The more significant modifications happen under the hood where the Silverado and Sierra have gained the eAssist mild-hybrid system – the 5.3-liter V8 engine is aided by an electric motor and a small lithium-ion battery pack. The electric assistance adds another 13 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque for a combined total output of up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.
The models are thus more powerful than the standard iteration but in turn they’re also greener due to the engine start/stop system. The electric motor also allows the truck to use just four cylinders for longer periods of time in a bid to further maximize fuel gains. The modifications allow the trucks to gain 2 mpg city / 2 mpg highway for an estimated rating of 18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway. There’s a catch though – the production will be capped at 700 units – 500 Silverados and 200 Sierras – and the trucks will only be sold in sunny and eco-friendly California.