- Standard power windows and door locks
- Exterior colors: Quick Silver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic and Bronze Alloy Metallic
A versatile vehicle with great hauling capabilities, the GMC Savana can carry up to 15 people and their cargo with ease. It also provides the ideal foundation for those looking to upfit conversion vans through an aftermarket manufacturer.
The 2014 model year again offers Savana in regular (135-inch / 3,429-mm) and extended (155-inch / 3,937-mm) wheelbase lengths, and can accommodate eight, 12 or 15 people. The 1500 Series vans include light-duty models rated at 7,300 pounds (3,311 kg) GVWR. The 2500 Series includes heavy-duty models rated at 8,600 pounds (3,901 kg) GVWR. The heavy-duty 3500 Series includes full-bodied cargo/passenger vans rated at 9,600 pounds (4,354 kg) GVWR with the 6.0L gas V-8 and 9,900 pounds (4,490 kg) with the Duramax 6.6L diesel.
Passenger models are offered in LS and LT trim levels. A wide range of models and configurations – including numerous powertrain options – offers many competitive advantages.
New for 2014, Savana power windows and door locks are now included as standard equipment. Three new exterior colors also are added to the vehicle’s palette: Quick Silver Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic and Bronze Alloy Metallic.
Additional features include:
A unique Savana 3500 passenger van model with the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel complements the model’s people-hauling capability with exceptional towing capacity. With the diesel engine, long-wheelbase models boast a GVWR of 9,900 pounds (4,490 kg), a GCWR of 17,000 pounds (7,711 kg) and towing rating of 9,700 pounds (4,400 kg).
Savana exterior highlights
Savana interior features
Savana powertrains – 6.6L Duramax diesel
The powerful Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 is offered in some Savana models, delivering 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 (712 Nm).
Designed to meet more stringent government emissions requirements, the LGH Duramax employs 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.
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 about the possibility of diesel fuel contaminating engine oil, which can happen when fuel used for regeneration is introduced directly into the cylinder.
When it comes to cold-weather performance, the Duramax uses microprocessor-controlled glow plugs capable of a 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 (FOH) also is available for vans equipped with the Duramax 6.6L to quickly provide heat to the vehicle interior in cold weather. This seamlessly integrated system is designed into the Savana 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 engine use. 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.
Four engines power the Savana lineup. A 4.8L V-8 is standard on 2500 and 3500 models, cranking out 285 horsepower (212 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (398 Nm).
G1500 and H1500 passenger models and H1500 cargo and conversion models are powered by the 5.3L V-8. It delivers 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 334 lb.-ft. of torque (453 Nm), delivering segment-leading acceleration.
A FlexFuel E85 version of the 5.3L V-8 is also available. It delivers the same horsepower and torque as its gasoline counterpart, but runs on E85 ethanol fuel or a mixture of E85 and gasoline. E85 contains 85 percent ethanol, a renewable fuel that is produced domestically.
Drivers looking for more power will appreciate the 6.0L V-8 – the segment’s most powerful V-8 engine. It delivers 342 horsepower (255 kW) and 373 lb.-ft. of torque (506 Nm). A fast-idle option makes it easier to run accessories at a work site.
The 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L engines are part of GM’s Gen IV small-block V-8 engine family. Designed for quiet operation, these engines include:
All Savana engines provide a quiet ride and the assurance of long-lasting performance. Each one 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 such as iridium-tip spark plugs, engine coolant, accessory drive belt and sealing gaskets that may reduce maintenance intervals and costs.
Stringent durability testing of the engines included cycling them between peak torque and peak horsepower rpm points – the equivalent of towing a heavy trailer up a steep grade – for 600 straight hours.
Models equipped with 4.8L and 5.3L engines are matched with the Hydra-Matic 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission. The 6.0L V-8 is backed by the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic.
An all-wheel-drive system is available on models with the 5.3L engine.
Chassis and suspension
The Savana is built on a strong foundation, with a ladder-type full frame architecture featuring fully boxed sections for greater strength and rigidity, while extended and tapered front frame rails are used for improved crashworthiness. Additional tubular frame cross members are used to increase torsional stiffness.
All models feature an independent short-long arm (SLA) front suspension. A 33mm front stabilizer bar is featured on 1500-series models and a 35mm bar is used on 2500 and 3500 models. Two-stage, semi-elliptic multi-leaf springs are used in the rear suspension and help locate a semi-floating axle.
Other chassis and suspension features include:
Safety and crash-avoidance features
Savana is equipped with many safety features, including standard head curtain side air bags, which provide a higher level of protection in the event of a side impact or a vehicle rollover. Also, Enhanced Technology Glass (ETG), which provides superior occupant retention, is standard on 12- and 15-passenger models.
Additional safety features include: