NEW DURAMAX 6.6L DIESEL INTRODUCED ON 2017 SIERRA HD
• Next-generation redesign is stronger, offering more power and greater refinementDALLAS
— GMC today announced the redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel offered on the 2017 Sierra HD. This next-generation redesign offers more horsepower and torque than ever — an SAE-certified 445 horsepower (332 kW) and net 910 lb.-ft. (1,234 Nm) — to enable easier, more confident hauling and trailering.
Along with a 19 percent increase in max torque over the current Duramax 6.6L, the redesigned turbo-diesel's performance is quieter and smoother, for greater refinement. In fact, engine noise at idle is reduced 38 percent.
'With nearly 2 million sold over the past 15 years, customers have forged a bond with the Duramax diesel based on trust and capability,' said Dan Nicholson, vice president, Global Propulsion Systems. 'The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels.'
The new Duramax 6.6L shares essentially only the bore and stroke dimensions of the current engine and incorporates a new, GM-developed control system. The Duramax's signature low-rpm torque production hasn't changed and still offers 90 percent of peak torque at a low 1,550 rpm and sustains it through 2,850 rpm.
'Nearly everything about the Duramax is new, designed to produce more torque at lower rpm and more confidence when trailering or hauling,' said Gary Arvan, chief engineer. 'You'll also notice the refinement improvements the moment you start the engine, and appreciate them as you cruise quietly down the highway — with or without a trailer.'
Additional highlights include:
◾New, stronger cylinder block and cylinder heads
◾New, stronger rotating and reciprocating assembly
◾Increased oil- and coolant-flow capacity
◾New EGR system with single cooler and integrated bypass
◾New electrically actuated/electronically controlled turbocharging system
◾All-new advanced solenoid fuel system
◾All-new electronic controls
◾New full-length damped steel oil pan that contributes to quietness
◾New rocker cover/fuel system acoustical treatments
◾B20 bio-diesel compatibility
◾SAE-certified 445 net horsepower (332 kW) at 2,800 rpm
◾SAE-certified 910 net lb.-ft. of torque (1,234 Nm) at 1,600 rpm
A new, patent-pending vehicle air intake system — distinguished on the Sierra HD by a bold hood scoop — drives cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures during difficult conditions such as trailering on steep grades. Cooler air helps the engine run better under load, especially in conditions where engine and transmission temperatures can rise quickly. That allows the Duramax to maintain more power and vehicle speed when trailering in the toughest conditions.
The intake design is another example of the advanced integration included in the 2017 Sierra HD that makes it over-the-road capable.A strong foundation
As with previous versions, the new Duramax block features a strong cast-iron foundation known for its durability, with induction-hardened cylinder walls and five nodular iron main bearings. It retains the same 4.05-inch (103mm) and 3.89-inch (99mm) bore and stroke dimensions as the current engine, retaining the Duramax's familiar 6.6L (403 cu.-in./6,599 cc) displacement.
A deep-skirt design and four-bolt, cross-bolted main caps help ensure the block's strength and enable more accurate location of the rotating assembly. A die-cast aluminum lower crankcase also strengthens the engine block and serves as the lower engine cover, while reducing its overall weight.
The new engine block incorporates larger-diameter crankshaft connecting rod journals than the current engine, enabling the placement of a stronger crankshaft and increased bearing area to handle higher cylinder loads.
An enhanced oiling circuit, with higher flow capacity and a dedicated feed for the turbocharger, provides increased pressure at the turbo and faster oil delivery. Larger piston-cooling oil jets at the bottom of the cylinder bores spray up to twice the amount of engine oil into oil galleries under the crown of the pistons, contributing to lower engine temperature and greater durability.
A new, two-piece oil pan contributes to the new Duramax's quieter operation. It consists of a laminated steel oil pan with an upper aluminum section. The aluminum section provides strength-enhancing rigidity for the engine, but a pan made entirely of aluminum would radiate more noise, so the laminated steel lower section is added to dampen noise and vibration.
There's also an integrated oil cooler with 50 percent greater capacity than the current engine's, ensuring more consistent temperatures at higher engine loads.Segment firsts
◾Re-melt piston bowl rim
◾Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator
◾Closed loop glow plug temperature controlStronger pistons with remelt
A tough, forged micro-alloy steel crankshaft anchors the new Duramax's stronger rotating assembly. Cut-then-rolled journal fillets contribute to its durability by strengthening the junction where the journals — the round sections on which the bearings slide — meet the webs that separate the main and rod journals.
The connecting rods are stronger, too, and incorporate a new 45-degree split-angle design to allow the larger-diameter rod bearings to pass through the cylinder bores during engine assembly. They're forged and sintered with a durable powdered metal alloy, with a fractured-cap design enabling more precise cap-to-rod fitment.
A new, stronger cast aluminum piston design tops off the rotating assembly. It features a taller crown area and a remelted combustion bowl rim for greater strength. Remelting is an additional manufacturing process for aluminum pistons in which the bowl rim area is reheated after casting and pre-machining, creating a much finer and more consistent metal grain structure that greatly enhances thermal fatigue properties.
Additionally, the Duramax's pistons don't use pin bushings, reducing reciprocating weight to help the engine rev quicker and respond faster to throttle changesLightweight cylinder heads, solenoid injectors
The redesigned engine retains the Duramax's signature first-in-class aluminum cylinder head design, with six head bolts per cylinder and four valves per cylinder. The aluminum construction helps reduce the engine's overall weight, while the six-bolt design provides exceptional head-clamping strength — a must in a high-compression, turbocharged application.
A new aluminum head casting uses a new double-layer water core design that separates and arranges water cores in layers to create a stiffer head structure with more precise coolant flow control. The heads' airflow passages are also heavily revised to enhance airflow, contributing to the engine's increased horsepower and torque.
The Duramax employs a common-rail direct injection fuel system with new high-capability solenoid-type injectors. High fuel pressure of 29,000 psi (2,000 bar) promotes excellent fuel atomization for a cleaner burn that promotes reduced particulate emissions. The new injectors also support up to seven fuel delivery events per combustion event, contributing to lower noise, greater efficiency, and lower emissions. Technology advancements enable less-complex solenoid injectors to deliver comparable performance to piezo-type injectors.Electronically controlled, variable-geometry turbocharging system
A new electronically controlled, variable-vane turbocharger advances the Duramax's legacy of variable-geometry boosting. Compared to the current engine, the system produces higher maximum boost pressure — 28 psi (195 kPa) — to help the engine make more power, and revisions to enhance the capability of the exhaust-brake system.
Along with a new camshaft profile and improved cylinder head design, the Duramax's new variable-vane turbocharger enables the engine to deliver more power with lower exhaust emissions. It uses a more advanced variable vane mechanism, allowing a 104-degree F (40 C) increase in exhaust temperature capability. The self-contained mechanism decouples movement from the turbine housing, allowing operation at higher temperature. That enables the engine to achieve higher power at lower cylinder pressure. Additionally, it has lower internal leakage, allowing more exhaust energy to be captured during exhaust braking.
The integrated exhaust brake system makes trailering less stressful by creating additional backpressure in the exhaust, resulting in negative torque during deceleration and downhill driving, enhancing driver control and prolonging brake pad life.
Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator
A new V employed with the Duramax 6.6L is the first of its type in the segment and is designed to ensure oil control in sustained full-load operation. The totally sealed system collects the fine mist of oil entrained in the blow-by gas and uses a small portion of the boosted air generated by the turbocharger to pump the collected oil back to the engine oil sump for re-use by the engine. Less-sophisticated systems are not able to return this oil during full-load operation, which can result in oil carryover into the cylinders during combustion.Cold Start System
The new Duramax also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, with microprocessor-controlled glow plugs capable of gas-engine-like starting performance in fewer than 3 seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F (-29 C), without a block heater. The system is enhanced with ceramic glow plugs and automatic temperature compensation – a first-in-class feature providing improved robustness and capability. The automatic temperature compensation assesses and adjusts the current to each glow plug for every use, providing optimal temperature for cold start performance and durability.Electronic throttle valve and cooled EGR
Únlike a gasoline engine, a diesel engine doesn't necessarily require a throttle control system. The Duramax 6.6L employs an electronic throttle valve to regulate intake manifold pressure in order to increase exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) rates. It also contributes to smoother engine shutdown.
Additionally, a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system enhances performance and helps reduce emissions by diverting some of the engine-out exhaust gas and mixing it back into the fresh intake air stream, which is fed through the cylinder head for combustion. This lowers combustion temperatures, improving emissions performance by reducing NOx formation.
The exhaust is cooled in a unique heat exchanger before it's fed into the intake stream through a patented EGR mixing device, further improving emissions and performance capability. An integrated bypass allows non-cooled exhaust gas to be fed back into the system to help the engine more quickly achieve optimal operating temperature when cold.B20 Biodiesel Capability
Engine : 4.3 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 285 hp
Torque: 305 ft-lbs
Engine : 5.3 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 355 hp
Torque: 383 ft-lbs
Engine : 6.2 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 420 hp
Torque: 460 ft-lbs
6-speed Automatic8-speed Automatic
The new Duramax 6.6L is capable of running on B20 biodiesel, a fuel composed of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel. B20 helps lower carbon dioxide emissions and lessens dependence on petroleum. It is a domestically produced, renewable fuel made primarily of plant matter — mostly soybean oil.
The new Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine is produced with locally and globally sourced parts at the DMAX Ltd. (GM's joint venture with Isuzu) manufacturing facility in Moraine, Ohio.
Allison 1000 Automatic Transmission
The proven Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission is matched with the new Duramax 6.6L. A number of refinements have been made to accommodate the engine's higher torque capacity, including a new torque converter.
The Allison 1000's technologically advanced control features, such as driver shift control with manual shift feature and a patented elevated idle mode cab warm-up feature, haven't changed. Also, the Tow/Haul mode reduces shift cycling for better control and improved cooling when towing or hauling heavy loads.
There's also a smart diesel exhaust brake feature that enhances control when descending steep grades.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SÚV and Acadia crossover. GMC's highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.Source - GMC
Sierra 1500's 12,500-lb. max trailering rating tops the segment for crew cab models.NEW FOR 2017
◾Segment-best 12,500-lb. max trailering rating for crew cabs.
◾Standard Teen Driver feature. It encourages safe driving habits with teenagers, enabling parents to view the vehicle's maximum speed, distance driven and the number of times active safety features were engaged during a drive
◾Active aero shutters are standard on all models
◾Available tri-mode power steps
◾Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking added to the available Enhanced Driver Alert Package
◾Capless fuel fill
◾Exterior colors: Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic
◾Sierra 1500 range includes regular cab, double cab and crew cab body styles, all offered with 4WD
◾Trim levels include the base model, SLE, SLT and Denali – with regular cab offered only in standard and SLE trims; and Denali offered exclusively as a crew cab. See the separate page for complete Sierra Denali details
◾Regular cab models are offered with a 6'6' box or an 8' box. Double cab models are available exclusively with the 6'6' box, while crew cabs are available with a 5'8' box or the 6'6' box.
◾Elevation Edition package is available on base and SLE trims, with content that includes 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, body-color grille surround and bumpers and more
◾All Terrain package is available on 4WD SLT models and includes 18-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels, unique exterior cues, Z71 Off Road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks, underbody shield and more
◾Available NHT max trailering package features a 9.76-inch rear axle, heavy-duty rear springs, unique shock tuning, enhanced cooling and an integrated trailer brake controller to optimize capability and comfort when trailering
◾Available automatic locking rear differential reacts almost immediately in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
◾Duralife™ brake rotors protect against corrosion, offering up to double the service life vs. conventional rotors
◾Available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate makes it easier to access the box. An internal torsion bar reduces the effort to raise and lower it, while a rotary damper allows for a controlled and more gradual lowering motion when opening it
◾Available 8-inch-diagonal color touch screen with enhanced GMC IntelliLink, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection capability; available navigation
◾4G Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3GB data trial)
◾Six standard air bags, including frontal air bags, head-curtain side air bags for outboard passengers in all rows and seat-mounted side air bags for the driver and front outboard passenger
◾Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill-start assist
◾Rear-vision camera is available on base and standard on SLT and SLE
◾Enhanced Driver Alert Package is available on SLE and SLT. Content includes Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Lane Keep Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist and Low Speed Forward Automatic BrakingSource - GMC