GM to Make More 6.2-liter V-8s for Pickups and SUVs

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In case you've had trouble finding that crew-cab Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 or a full-size GM SUV with the powerful and efficient 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed transmission, you're likely to have more options in the future.

GM has announced it will invest $148 million to repurpose machinery at its Spring Hill Manufacturing plant in Tennessee to create a third production site for the popular 6.2-liter small-block V-8. It says the move will retain 200 jobs at the plant.

The larger V-8 for full-size GM vehicles (some of which also are offered with the 5.3-liter V-8) currently is built at Tonawanda, N.Y., and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, but with fuel prices likely to stay low for a while and demand for half-ton pickups and full-size SUVs (such as the GMC Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade) high, GM decided to make the investment.

The Spring Hill plant currently produces four-cylinder engines, but GM has invested there in recent years in flexible equipment and machining capability. That will allow, GM said, the new engine line to be up and running much faster than the typical two or three years for a new line. GM said the 6.2-liter V-8 production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Short term (and short term thinking is about all GM does) its probably a good move while fuel is cheap. In the long term the big V8 will hurt CAFE score but its also easy to scale back production and only offer in 3/4 and larger trucks... like Fiat does with the 6.4 and Ford does with its 6.2. The Ford/GM jointly developed 10spd automatic tranny is just around the corner. Hopefully after a few years it will be solid enough to add another 1.5ish MPGs to a big V8.

Sorry to hear that GM, you are going down the same path as before, invest all your capital in trucks/suvs then when gas goes up file for bankruptcy, ahh but you'll b ok, Clinton will bail you out

@Nitro, A little food for thought. Since the GM motors (5.3 and 6.2) equal the actual fuel economy of the Ford motors (2.7 and 3.5), my question is what will Ford do to keep up when GM goes to an aluminum intensive body? It seems to me that AFM on large motors has the advantage over smaller boosted motors right now when moving the same weight. Just for the record, I am no fan of AFM or aluminum bodies. I have talked to a body man who works exclusively on semi tractors and was told AL corrosion is a big issue here in the northeast.

Mark, although good points, I don't see the issue with keeping up, or the issue with aluminum, body shops in the NE have not had issues that I have heard, and I work in the business of DOT,
I'm not sure what you mean by equal the amount of the FE of the turbo motors that Ford has, explain equal to the amount, so you own all 4 vehicles and this is your experience, or are you reading article to come up with that conclusion?

For Example, I have a person who works for me that owns a 2015 silverado with the 6.2l, going back and forth to work he has gotten around 14mpg in that engine, much below the sticker...point is, just because some article or person says I get this FE doesnt mean everyone will, the only real way to know that is to own one yourself.....My point with GM was they did this before, put all their eggs in one basket(trucks/suvs) which is like playing the high risk stock market, could pay high in the short term, but the risk is there to loose it all...

Other than running on premium fuel there isn't really a downside to the 6.2. It has way more power than the 5.3 and gets basically the same mpg.

Yeah, There is basically no downside to the 6.2L except it costs $2500 more for the engine, $7000 more for the trim pkg, runs on premium and gets worse gas mileage in regular driving.

@Nitro, A little food for thought. Since the GM motors (5.3 and 6.2) equal the actual fuel economy of the Ford motors (2.7 and 3.5), my question is what will Ford do to keep up when GM goes to an aluminum intensive body? It seems to me that AFM on large motors has the advantage over smaller boosted motors right now when moving the same weight. Just for the record, I am no fan of AFM or aluminum bodies. I have talked to a body man who works exclusively on semi tractors and was told AL corrosion is a big issue here in the northeast.

Posted by: mark49 | Feb 22, 2016 7:36:24 AM

Exactly! Who cares what the displacement of the engine is. It has been proven here on this Web site that GM's premium engine is more FE than Ford's premium offering. Why not build more. The way I look at it, if fuel prices go up the FORD owner still has to buy more fuel.

Exactly! Who cares what the displacement of the engine is! It has been proven here on this Web site that GM's premium engine running with 4 cylinders deactivated (4 cylinder) with an 8 speed is .2 less FE towing than Ford's premium offering running on 6 cylinders and a 6 speed without start stop turned.

Why not build more - because nobody wants to buy them high remving, less fuel efficient, slower and more expensive 6.2s.

The way I look at it, if fuel prices go up the GM owner still has to buy more fuel but the GM owner still has to buy a more expensive displacement and tranny and a more expensive trim pkg to the tune of $9500. while getting .2 less FE towing, and a Chevy Silverado that is slower 0-60 and slower in the quarter mile.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/texas-truck-showdown-2016-acceleration.html

Exactly! Who cares what the displacement of the engine is! It has been proven here on this Web site that GM's premium engine running with 4 cylinders deactivated (4 cylinder) with an 8 speed is .2 less FE towing than Ford's premium offering running on 6 cylinders and a 6 speed without start stop turned.

Why not build more - because nobody wants to buy them high remving, less fuel efficient, slower and more expensive 6.2s.

The way I look at it, if fuel prices go up the GM owner still has to buy more fuel but the GM owner still has to buy a more expensive displacement and tranny and a more expensive trim pkg to the tune of $9500. while getting .2 less FE towing, and a Chevy Silverado that is slower 0-60 and slower in the quarter mile.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/texas-truck-showdown-2016-acceleration.html

I'd imagine the cost increase to produce this over the 5.3 is about zero. I can't imagine why GM waited this long. Maybe they will offer it in the lower trim in a year or so.

@Scott N., Referring to the article link you posted, I think you are confusing the results of the 5.3 Chevy with the 6.2 GMC- which was quicker and more fuel efficient than the 3.5 Ford.
They apparently feel they need to build more because demand is greater than the supply.

@Nitro, I've never worked on an AL bodied vehicle, so I thought I would ask someone who did (since they probably all will be AL bodied eventually). I agree that personal driving style and travel conditions are the biggest factors in fuel economy. Coworkers are getting 15-16 with their 3.5 Ecoboosts (I don't know how they drive!).
As far as GM's eggs, I would guess that the Spark, Sonic, Cruze diesel, and 2.0 turbo Buick (Cadillac?) would be their attempt to diversify. But I know nothing of small cars or GM's business plan so I can't even form an opinion on the matter.

GM Nailed it with these trucks..

6.2 is an awesome engine, power and gas mileage, better than idiotic 6 cyl. twin turbo Fords that use a V-8 soundtrack lol, lol, lol....

I am not even a GM fan, but more 6.2 V-8's..Bring it on GM,bring it on...

Love V-8's... MOPAR HEMI's and GM 6.2's...The Mongoloids even have V-8's,who would have thought that ? Great V-8's as well.. 5.6 and 5.7 V-8's are awesome too !!!

Ford has to be the worst automaker, suffering from taking more monies than Chrysler and just about matching GM...

Obama ordered Ford to stop V-8's in order to get Tax monies(ordered GM to stop Hummer suv's they complied and also killing Pontiac and cutting dealerships)...Ford took the monies and was ordered to have smaller engine in trucks and cars, Ford Complied !! Ford is all European cars..and small/midsize suvs..Taurus is a Volvo ..

GM nailed it with these trucks !!!



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