General Motors Fleet has announced that the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine will be offered in 2017 model year Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cargo and passenger vans. Start of production will begin in the first quarter of 2017 (calendar year). This option will give business owners and fleet managers the ability to benefit from increased fuel economy in a traditional body on frame van, according to GM.
In addition, the 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel will be offered with an 8-speed transmission and will be available on long and short wheel base models in 2500 and 3500, cargo and passenger vans. This is the first small diesel engine that is offered in a traditional, body on frame, full size van.
“Each business has different needs and our fleet and commercial vehicles embody that,” said Ed Peper, the U.S. vice president of General Motors Fleet. “Our portfolio of pickup trucks and vans illustrate our commitment to helping you get the job done right.”