2014 GMC Sierra 4.3L V6 to deliver segment-leading 305 lb-ft of torque

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Want torque? The next-generation 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 will offer the most in its hotly-contested light pickup truck class when it debuts later this year, at least in base trim.

A new 4.3-litre EcoTec3 V6 will boast 305 lb-ft of torque for a class-leading 3,266-kilogram (7,200-pound) tow rating in regular cab, short bed four-wheel drive guise. GM says it can tow 227 kilos (500 pounds) more than its main Ford F-150 rival, that model fitted with a 3.7-litre V6, and 318 kilograms (700 pounds) more than the Ram 1500 with its entry-level 3.6-litre V6.

The GM engine is rich on torque, which matters most amongst buyers of trucks and SUVs, but its competitors can claim more power than the 2014 Sierra 1500 4.3L's 285-horsepower maximum, with the 3.7-litre in the F-150 making 302-horsepower and the 3.6-litre in the Ram 1500 producing 305-horsepower.

Fuel economy is also important in this class, which is why GM will outfit the truck with an efficient six-speed automatic transmission standard, replacing the outdated four-speed unit current installed in base Sierras, but GM won't have specific claimed ratings until closer to the truck's launch.

And while the press release announcing the new 4.3-lire engine is from the GMC camp, the engine will likely be available in the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Silverado too.
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Topics: Pickup, GMC, 2014, Sierra, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, Full-size,

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