The GMC Savana and its twin the Chevrolet Express van are currently the last remaining old-school vans. Despite the recent set of updates, GM’s models still lag behind the competition when it comes to fuel efficiency and technology. However, the latest reports suggest that the vans are due to receive mechanical updates for the 2018 model year. Namely, a 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine will make the Express/Savana twins more efficient than before. The 2018 GMC Savana will also benefit from a brand new eight-speed transmission. Other than that, the upcoming model will get only minor updates. Rumor has it that the upgraded Savana van could hit the dealerships in the first half of 2017.
2018 GMC Savana Features
The 2018 GMC Savana will once again come in three-quarter-ton 2500 and 1-ton 3500 variants. Both trims will be available in a stretched-out Ext version. Design-wise, don’t expect its recognizable boxy shape to change in any way. On the other hand, it will provide an impressive interior space, especially in the case of the extended version. All trims will come standard with vinyl upholstery, 16-inch steel wheels, power windows and door locks, manual climate control, etc. However, there will be a slew of optional features to choose from. Some of them include cruise control, power-adjustable outside mirrors, cloth upholstery, and various window configurations. Moreover, the Savana van will be available with rear parking sensors, rear heating, as well as remote engine start. Expect also MyKey infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth-interfaced OnStar telematics.
The all-new 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel unit will replace the currently optional 6.0-liter V8 that makes 342 horsepower. Expect the new Duramax engine to deliver a similar output with much better fuel economy. As mentioned, the 2018 GMC Savana will get a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. The base engine will once again come as the 4.8-liter V8 generating 285 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Also available on the upcoming model will be a capable 6.6-liter turbo-diesel unit. It will transmit 260 hp and 525 lb-ft of twist to the wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.
It’s no secret that the GMC van is pretty outdated compared to the Ford Transit or Ram ProMaster. While the 2018 GMC Savana may come closer to the competition, it won’t be able to match it. Rumor has it that the next generation of this long-lived van could make its debut in 2020.