Author: Steve Allen |
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The GMC Savana Cargo is a versatile van designed to make work easier and more accommodating. It is available in regular (135-inch / 3,429-mm) and extended (155-inch / 3,937-mm) wheelbase lengths, in heavy-duty 2500 Series and 3500 Series models.

The 2500 Series models are rated at 8,600 pounds (3,901 kg) GVWR and the 3500 Series is rated at 9,600 pounds (4,354 kg) GVWR. Both have a standard 4.8L gas V-8 and optional 6.0L gas. Also available is 9,900-pound GVWR (4,490 kg) with the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel.

2016 GMC Savana Cargo Van © General Motors

2016 GMC Savana Cargo Van © General Motors

New for 2016 is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected all the time. The hotspot allows passengers to connect up to seven personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets to high-speed wireless Internet whenever the vehicle is on.

Also new is an available navigation radio with the GMC IntelliLink infotainment system. Additional equipment and configurations offer many competitive advantages, with standard and available features including:

  • Standard 4.8L and available 6.0L gas engines
  • Available dedicated compressed natural gas package
  • Available 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with B20 biodiesel capability
  • Six standard air bags
  • Fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions
  • Available locking rear differential
  • Trailer rating of up to 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg)
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all models
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is available
  • Available 220-amp generator.

The unique Savana Crew Cargo Van offers a three-passenger rear bench, with additional equipment including full-length black rubberized-vinyl floor covering, fixed full-body window package glass, swing-out passenger-side door, full driver and passenger head-and side-curtain air bags and a Medium Pewter interior color. On extended wheelbase models, it also includes rear air conditioning.

Savana design and exterior features:

  • Chrome appearance package is available and includes chrome front and rear bumpers and chrome grille with dual composite headlamps. Black-painted bumpers are standard
  • Swing-out 60/40-split passenger-side doors are standard
  • Sliding passenger-side door is available
  • Heated power-adjustable outside folding mirrors are available on all models in both single and dual-pane mirrors
  • Sixteen-inch steel wheels are standard
  • Ambulance prep package and hotel shuttle package are available
  • Exterior colors: Onyx Black, Quicksilver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, Deep Blue Metallic, Emerald Green Metallic, Summit White, Cardinal Red, Wheatland Yellow and Bronze Alloy Metallic.

Savana interior standard and available features:

  • Power locks and windows are standard
  • Air conditioning (single-zone) is standard
  • Rear air conditioning is available
  • A standard digital radio including AM/FM/MP3 capability
  • A range of optional audio systems including USB port, CD and navigation is available on all models. An audio system provision package is available
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is available
  • Driver information center is standard on all models. A compass and outside temperature features are available
  • A rear auxiliary heater is available
  • An enhanced interior lighting package with three light-emitting diode roof-mounted lights in the cargo area is standard
  • Six standard D-rings for securing cargo
  • Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard and located on the dashboard
  • 110-volt outlet located on dash is standard
  • Remote keyless entry is available
  • Remote vehicle starter system is available
  • Six-way power-adjustable driver and passenger seats are available
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheel audio controls are available
  • Custom vinyl or cloth upholstery is offered in Neutral or Medium Pewter colors
  • Savana powertrains: 6.6L Duramax diesel
  • The available Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 delivers best-in-class torque and horsepower. Known by its “LGH” engine code, it is rated at 260 horsepower (194 kW) and 525 lb-ft of torque (711 Nm).

The LGH Duramax was designed with a robust EGR cooling system, along with revised turbocharger tuning that helps enhance EGR performance. It also has a large-capacity selective catalytic reduction system. In fact, the engine features the latest in emission control technology, making it the cleanest Duramax engine ever produced. NOx emissions are controlled via a Selective Catalyst Reduction aftertreatment system that uses urea-based Diesel (Emission) Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The DEF is housed in a 5.83-gallon (20 L) tank and needs to be replenished about every 5,000 miles (8,000 km). Electrically heated lines feed the DEF to the emission system to ensure adequate delivery in cold weather.

2016 GMC Savana Cargo Van © General Motors

2016 GMC Savana Cargo Van © General Motors

The Duramax also includes GM’s second-generation diesel particulate filter system. Unlike most competitors’ systems, the Duramax regenerates its diesel particulate filter using a downstream injection of diesel fuel directly into the exhaust stream and can travel up to 700 miles (1,125 km) between regenerations – a 300-mile (482 km) increase over the previous Duramax engine. The use of downstream injection also helps improve engine life by eliminating concerns regarding the possibility of diesel fuel contaminating engine oil, which can happen when fuel used for regeneration is introduced directly into the cylinder.

The Duramax also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, with microprocessor-controlled glow plugs capable of gas engine-like start performance in less than three seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F (-29 C), without a block heater. The engine has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul; and it is backed with a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

A fuel-operated heater also is available for vans equipped with the Duramax 6.6L to provide heat quickly to the vehicle interior in cold weather. The seamlessly integrated system is designed into the Express chassis, saving customers the time and labor of upfitting an aftermarket system. The electronically controlled, fuel-operated heater operates automatically, turning on and off within parameters that include outside air temperature, fuel level, coolant temperature and whether the engine is running. It features a self-contained, pressurized auxiliary coolant heater (with a surge tank) that uses diesel fuel to generate up to 17,200 Btu/h (5 kW) of heating energy.

The Duramax engine is backed by GM’s Hydra-Matic 6L90 heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.

Savana powertrains – gas engines

2016 GMC Savana Cargo Van © General Motors

2016 GMC Savana Cargo Van © General Motors

GMC Savana offers a choice of two gas engines: a standard 4.8L V-8 rated at 285 horsepower (213 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm) and an available 6.0L V-8 rated at 342 horsepower (255 kW) and 373 lb-ft of torque (506 Nm). Each is part of GM’s legendary small-block engine family and designed for quiet operation, including:

  • Special friction-reducing polymer coating on piston skirts
  • Full-floating piston pins
  • Damping patch on the oil pan (externally mounted)
  • Timing chain tensioner
  • Quiet alternator.

Backing the engines’ quietness is the assurance of long-lasting performance. The engine family was validated under extreme conditions, with the 6.0L engine dynamometer-tested to the equivalent of 200,000 miles – 50,000 miles more than other engines in the family. The engines also feature many long-life engine components that can reduce maintenance intervals and costs. The iridium-tip spark plugs, engine coolant, accessory drive belt and sealing gaskets are some of these items.

Some of the stringent durability testing included cycling engines between the peak torque and peak horsepower rpm points – the equivalent of towing a heavy trailer up a steep grade – for 600 straight hours.

The engines are mated to the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic and a fast-idle option makes it easier to run accessories at a work site.

The 6.0L is also offered in a special version with hardened valve seats for the available dedicated compressed natural gas models – the industry’s only CNG vehicles that are fully integrated at the factory, crash tested and backed by GM’s 60,000 mile/five-year transferable powertrain limited warranty.
(Certain commercial and government fleet customers receive the 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.)

Two systems are offered:

  • A three-tank system (RPO code UFM) provides a range of up to 200 miles and allows the complete use of the cargo area
  • A four-tank system (RPO code UFP) provides a range of up to 300 miles, with the additional tank in the driver’s side of the cargo area, just inboard of the wheel well.

Savana chassis and suspension

The Savana is built on a strong, ladder-type full frame architecture. The frame features fully boxed sections for greater strength and rigidity, while extended and tapered front frame rails are used for improved crashworthiness. Also, additional tubular frame cross members are used to increase torsional stiffness.

All models feature an independent short-long arm (SLA) front suspension, with a 35mm front stabilizer bar. Two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs are used in the rear suspension and help locate a semi-floating axle.

Additional chassis and suspension features include:

  • Hydroboost four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and dynamic rear proportioning
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all models
  • A locking rear differential is available
  • 31-gallon (117.3 L) fuel tank is standard on all models (except for dedicated compressed natural gas package)
  • 8,600-pound GVWR on 2500 models
  • 9,600-pound / 9,900-pound GVWR on 3500 models.
  • Savana safety and crash-avoidance features
  • Savana is equipped with a host of safety features, including six standard air bags: frontal, head and side curtain, and thoracic air bags, which provide a higher level of protection in the event of a side impact or a vehicle rollover.

Additional standard safety features include:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • OnStar with Turn-by-Turn navigation
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Flat and convex exterior mirrors (for a wider field of vision)
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system with Hydroboost
  • Daytime running lamps.

Price

Recommended retail price (MSRP) starts from $30,595

Overview

Models:


GMC Savana 2500 Series & 3500 Series cargo van; 135-inch wheelbase and 155-inch wheelbase


Body style / driveline:


RH sliding or swing-out 60/40 doors; front-engine, rear-wheel drive


Construction:


full frame


EPA vehicle class:


full-size van


Manufacturing location:


Wentzville, Mo.


Key competitors:


Ford Transit; Ram ProMaster/Mercedes Sprinter; Nissan NV 2500/3500


Engines

 


4.8L V-8 (L20)


6.0L V-8 (L96 / LC8)


Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel (LGH)


Type:


4.8L V-8


6.0L V-8


6.6L V-8


Displacement (cu in / cc):


293 / 4807


366 / 5967


403 / 6599


Bore & stroke (in / mm):


3.78 x 3.27 / 96 x 83


4 x 3.62 / 101.6 x 92


4.06 x 3.90 / 103 x 99


Block material:


cast iron


cast iron


cast iron


Cylinder head material:


cast aluminum


cast aluminum


cast aluminum


Valvetrain:


OHV, two valves per cylinder


OHV, two valves per cylinder


OHV, four valves per cylinder


Ignition system:


coil near plug, platinum-tip spark plugs, low resistance spark plug wires


coil near plug, platinum-tip spark plugs, low resistance spark plug wires


fast-heating glow plugs


Fuel delivery:


sequential fuel injection


sequential fuel injection


direct injection diesel with high-pressure common rail


Compression ratio:


8.8:1


9.4:1


16.0:1


Horsepower

(hp / kW @ rpm):


285 / 213 @ 5400


329 / 245 @ 5400 – gas

282/ 210 @ 4800 - CNG


260 / 194 @ 2800


Torque

(lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):


295 / 400 @ 4600


373 / 506 @ 4400– gas

320 / 434 @ 4400 -CNG


525 / 712 @ 1600


Recommended fuel:


regular unleaded


regular unleaded


diesel B20 capable


Maximum engine speed (rpm):


5600


5600


3450


Emissions controls:


 


three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system


three-way catalytic converter, exhaust gas recirculation, PCV, evaporative collection system


Diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), exhaust gas recirculation; diesel particulate filter system (DPF), selective catalyst reduction (SCR)


Transmission

 


Hydra-Matic 6L90


Type:


six-speed heavy-duty electronic automatic with overdrive and torque converter


Gear ratios (:1)


 


First:


4.03


Second:


2.36


Third:


1.53


Fourth:


1.15


Fifth:


0.85


Sixth:


0.67


Reverse:


3.06


Final drive ratio (:1):


3.42 std., 3.73 opt. (6.0L); 3.54 (6.6L)


Chassis and Suspension

 


G2500


G3500


Front:


independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 35mm stabilizer bar


independent short/long arm (SLA) coil springs, 35mm stabilizer bar


Rear:


two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semi-floating rear axle


two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs and semi-floating rear axle


Steering type:


integral power


integral power


Steering ratio:


17.2:1


17.2:1


Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:


3


3


Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):


49.2 / 15 (135-in. WB)

54.5 / 16.6 (155-in. WB)


49.2 / 15 (135-in. WB)

54.5 / 16.6 (155-in. WB)


Brakes

Type:


G2500


G3500


 


Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning


Hydroboost four-wheel disc, four-wheel ABS with Dynamic Rear Proportioning


Rotor diameter x thick

(in / mm)


 


 


  Front:


12.8 x 1.5 / 325 x 38


12.8 x 1.5 / 325 x 38


  Rear:


13 x 1.14 / 330 x 29


13.5 x 1.6 / 345 x 40


Total swept area

(sq in / sq cm):


245 / 1584 (front)

237 / 1526 (rear)


245 / 1584 (front)

TBD (rear)


Tires and Wheels

 


G2500


G3500


Wheel size & type:


16-inch steel


16-inch steel


Tires:


LT245/75R16E all-season steel-belted radials


LT245/75R16E all-season steel-belted radials


Dimensions

Exterior

 


G2500


G3500


Wheelbase (in / mm):


135 / 3434 (135-in.)

155 / 3940 (155-in.)


135 / 3434 (135-in.)

155 / 3940 (155-in.)


Overall length (in / mm):


224 / 5696 (135-in.)

244 / 6188 (155-in.)


224 / 5696 (135-in.)

244 / 6188 (155-in.)


Overall width (in / mm):


79.2 / 2012 (135-in.)

79.2 / 2012 (155-in.)


79.2 / 2012 (135-in.)

79.2 / 2012 (155-in.)


Overall height (in /mm)


84.6 / 2148 (135-in.)

84.3 / 2142 (155-in.)


84.5 /2146 (135-in)

84.1 / 2136 (155-in)


Track (in / mm)


 


 


  Front:


68.1 / 1730 (135-in.)

68.1 / 1730 (155-in.)


68.1 / 1730 (135-in.)

68.1 / 1730 (155-in.)


  Rear:


67.7 / 1719 (135-in.)

67.7 / 1719 (155-in.)


67.7 / 1719 (135-in.)

67.7 / 1719 (155-in.)


Min. ground clearance

(in / mm):


 


 


  Front:


11 / 279 (135-in.)

11 / 279 (155-in.)


8.8 / 223 (135-in.)

8.8 / 223 (155-in.)


  Rear:


7.1 / 180 (135-in.)

7.1 / 180 (155-in.)


7.7 / 196 (135-in.)

7.7 / 196 (155-in.)


Ground to top of rear load floor (in / mm):


27.8 / 707 (135-in.)

27.8 / 707 (155-in.)


27.8 / 707 (135-in.)

27.8 / 707 (155-in.)


Step-in height (in / mm) - to step assist foot well


 


 


  Front door:


20.3 / 516 (135-in.)

20.3 / 516 (155-in.)


20.3 / 516 (135-in.)

20.3 / 516 (155-in.)


  Side door:


20.8 / 528 (135-in.)

20.8 / 528 (155-in.)


20.8 / 528 (135-in.)

20.8 / 528 (155-in.)


Interior

 


G2500 Regular Length


G3500 Extended Length


Seating capacity

(std / opt):


2 / 1


2  / 1


Seating capacity – Cargo Crew Van:


5


5


Headroom (in / mm):


39.8 / 1013


39.8 / 1013


Legroom (in / mm):


41.3 / 1050


41.3 / 1050


Shoulder room (in / mm):


68.8 / 1749


68.8 / 1749


Hip room (in / mm):


65.5 / 1663


65.5 / 1663


Cargo volume (cu ft / liters):


239.7 / 6787


284.4 / 8054.3


Width between wheelhousings (in / mm):


52.7 / 1338


52.7 / 1338


Load floor length behind seats (in / mm):


124.6 / 3165 (135-in.)

146.2 / 3713 (155-in.)


124.6 / 3165 (135-in.)

146.2 / 3713 (155-in.)


Cargo area height (in / mm):


52.9 / 1344 (135-in.)

53.4 / 1356 (155-in.)


52.9 / 1344 (135-in.)

53.4 / 1356 (155-in.)


 


 


 


Weight

 


G2500


G3500


Curb weight (lb / kg):


5331 / 2418 (135-in.)

5565 / 2524 (155-in.)


5458 / 2476 (135-in.)

5679 / 2576 (155-in.)


Max. GVWR (lb / kg):


8600 / 3901 (135-in.)

8600 / 3901 (155-in.)


9600 / 4354 (135-in.)

9600 / 4354 (155-in.)


Max. payload (lb / kg):


3247 / 1473 (135-in.)

3013 / 1367 (155-in.)


4120 / 1869 (135-in.)

3899 / 1769 (155-in.)


Max. trailer towing

(lb / kg):


10000 / 4538 (135-in.)

10000 / 4538 (155-in.)


10000 / 4538 (135-in.)

10000 / 4538 (155-in.)


Maximum tongue weight:


Trailer tongue weight should be 10-15 percent of the total loaded trailer weight, up to 1,000 pounds (450 kg). Weight-carrying hitch limit on a 4,000-lb (1,814 kg) trailer is 400 pound (181 kg) tongue weight. Weight-distributing hitch and sway control required for greater than 4,000-pound (1,814 kg) trailer weight


Capacities

 


4.8L V-8


6.0L V-8


Duramax 6.6L


Engine oil (qt / L):


6 / 5.6


6 / 5.6


10.4 / 9. 8


Cooling system (qt / L):


13.4 / 12.7


14.4 / 13.6


19.9 / 18.9*


Fuel tank (gal / L):


31 / 117


31 / 117


31 / 117


3.9 Out of 5
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