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GMC Savana Passenger
Diesel Van

Two of the versions of GMC's popular Savana Passenger Van are available with the 6.6 liter V8 Duramax turbo diesel. The Duramax is GMC's powerful new clean diesel engine first made available in its 2011 model year. Only the larger 3500 and 3500 extended wheelbase versions of the Savana Passenger van are available with this engine.

GMC Savana Diesel
GMC Savana Passenger Diesel Van

The Duramax on the Savana Passenger provides 525 pounds of torque at 1600 RPM and 260 horsepower at 310 RPM. Unfortunately fuel mileage ratings are not available for this vehicle.

GMC claims that the Duramax is supposed to get 11-percent better fuel mileage than earlier GMC diesel van and truck engines. The Duramax reduces emissions by adding a special fluid to the exhaust.

Features of the Savana Passenger Van

The diesel Savana passenger vans are rear wheel drive vehicles that feature a 6-speed automatic transmission. GMC has gone to some trouble to make them safer and smoother riding. Four-wheel anti-lock breaks and Stabilitrak electronic stability are standard on all models.

Available options include All-Wheel Drive and a heavy duty locking rear differential to make for easier driving in all conditions. A heavy duty rear differential provides more traction for driving on dirt or pulling trailers. A heavy duty trailer package is also available. An engine block heater is available to make cold weather starting easier.

Swing out side doors with glass windows make it easy to load and unload the Savana. Remote keyless entry is also available on some models so the driver can open the doors at the push of a button.

The standard Savana Passenger seats 12 people but configurations for seating up to 14 people are available. The Savana Passenger van models that have the diesel option are the 2LS and the 2LT. Like the Chevy Passenger Express, the Savana Passenger is designed with the comfort and safety of the passengers in mind.

Interior features include: child seat anchors, an AM/FM audio system with seek and scan, air conditioning, dome lighting and a pass key Theft deterrent system. Options include a smoker's package, USB ports, XM satellite radio, rear air conditioning, rear auxiliary heater, outside temperature display, and GM's OnStar satellite navigation and vehicle support network.

Interior options designed to enhance passenger comfort include: full body windows with deep tinted glass to keep the sun out and daytime running lights. Exterior options include chrome grill and bumpers, a passenger side sliding door, outside rear view mirrors with turn signal indicators. The chrome grill and bumpers do come standard on some versions of the Savana Passenger Van.

Some of the features available on the comparable Chevy Passenger Express are not available with the Savana Passenger. Chevy's diesel passenger van does have a WiFi option that gives passengers internet access is not available on Savana.

Savana owners can order GM's full OnStar support package which provides diagnostics, navigation, automatic crash response, crisis assist, emergency services, hands free phone calls, door unlock, ignition block to prevent theft, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and stolen vehicle slowdown.

The diesel Savana Passenger van will provide good basic transportation for church, school and other groups.

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