General Motors full-sized pickups will receive some updates for the 2015 model year, and a chief engineer said that even more changes will follow for the trucks and full-size SUVs in future years.
GM’s Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for pickups, said appearance enhancements and technology changes will be coming. The trucks likely will add some improvements to boost fuel economy — possibly transmissions with additional gears.
“You’ll see these kinds of technologies over the next few years, a whole array of neat, new technologies, some focused on fuel economy, some focused on capability,” Luke told reporters at an event.
Luke said GM is considering start-stop technology — which shuts off the engine at stoplights to save fuel — on pickups.
Details on changes for the 2015 model-year trucks are expected to be released within a few months; the trucks are slated to go on sale later this year. Analysts predict GM will have all-new pickups again in late 2018, and GM executives have said they plan to update the trucks regularly through their life cycle.
“You’ll see some neat updates on the trucks and SUVs, you’ll see them coming, I’d say in short order,” Luke said. “Then the year after that, the year after that, the year after that, you’ll see some neat things coming in a whole host of areas.”
Luke said GM has taken feedback from its customers on the pickups and also from consumers who have chosen not to buy one.
The Detroit automaker launched the current generation Silverados and Sierras about a year ago. Sales haven’t been as strong as some analysts predicted. Brian Johnson of Barclays Capital Inc. in a late February 2014 research note called GM’s 2014 full-size pickup launch “arguably the least successful large pickup launch over the last 15 years in terms of share and pricing.”