NEW FOR 2010:

– Remote vehicle start added
– E85 flexible fuel capability added to 4.8-, 5.3- and 6.0-litre on passenger and cargo models
– 2500 and 3500 models use six-speed automatic transmission and revised rear axles

For 2010, the GMC Savana receives a remote vehicle starter, and three of its engines are now capable of running on E85 ethanol fuel. The 2500 and 3500 models get a six-speed transmission and revised rear axles, resulting in improved drivability and better highway fuel consumption.

Sold primarily as a commercial vehicle, the Savana is also available as a passenger van. Like its sibling Chevrolet Express, it uses a 5.3-litre V8 engine with four-speed automatic in the 1500 model, and a 6.0-litre V8 with six-speed automatic in the 2500 and 3500 models. Cargo and conversion vans also offer a 4.3-litre V6, 4.8-litre V8, and 6.6-litre Duramax V8 turbodiesel engine.

The regular-wheelbase 1500 model can be optioned with all-wheel drive. The 1500 passenger van has standard eight-passenger seating; 2500 and 3500 models are 12-passenger, while the extended-wheelbase 3500 can be optioned to 15-passenger.

Standard features on the SL passenger van models include 17-inch steel wheels (16-inch on 2500 and 3500 models), front air conditioning, single halogen seal-beam headlights, swing-out right-hand cargo doors, full-opening rear load doors, privacy glass, black plastic grille, flat and convex side mirrors, swing-out rear window, intermittent wipers, full-length black vinyl floor covering, auxiliary rear heater, front and rear dome lights, interior composite trim panels, vinyl high-back driver and passenger bucket seats, CD stereo, block heater, and curtain airbags for the first three rows. The 3500 long-wheelbase model adds front and rear air conditioning, while all 3500 models add tilt wheel and cruise control.

The SLE passenger van models add 17-inch chrome-styled wheels (1500 model only), chrome bumpers, chrome appearance grille, dual composite halogen headlights, front and rear air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, colour-keyed carpeting with rubber floor mats, reading lamps, underhood lamp, tilt wheel, instrument panel swing-out stowage compartment, power windows with driver’s express-down, and cloth driver and passenger seats.

Depending on the model, available options include electric rear window defogger, sliding side door, chrome appearance package, heated power mirrors, power front seats, six-CD stereo, trailer tow package, and keyless entry.

The Savana’s rear-wheel drive configuration and numerous seats make it handy for those who need to tow items and also carry more people than a conventional pickup truck.

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