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It looks bigger and bolder

A next-gen truck with innovative features and a new diesel powerplant

General Motors first launched the GMC Sierra back in 1998, following it up with the upscale Denali trim level a few years later. Now, the latest 2019 model year is bringing with it a generational changeover, debuting in a live event in Detroit and broadcast on the Internet. Previewed in the range-topping Denali and SLT trim levels, the latest Sierra gets a variety of cool new features and technologies, including improved utility for the light-duty half-ton with a MultiPro tailgate and carbon fiber bed, plus new styling to help it stand out a bit more from its mechanically identical cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado.

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2018 GMC 3500HD Denali by Rolling Big Power and Keaton Hoskins

2018 GMC 3500HD Denali by Rolling Big Power and Keaton Hoskins

Now this is what we call a handicap-accessible vehicle!

The GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali by Rolling Big Power and Keaton Hoskins is a one-off truck that showcases custom features designed for disabled people. Unveiled at the 2019 SEMA Show, this truck was created by Rolling Big Power, an industry leading manufacturer of aftermarket parts and Keaton “The Muscle” Hoskins from TV’s “Diesel Brothers.” It is based on the older, third-generation Sierra 3500HD Denali.

The truck was built for Jonathan Barber, who was involved in a coal-mining accident in 2017 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Fitted with a 14-inch lift suspension, this bespoke Denali truck also features a gullwing door, hydraulic chair lift, and twist-handle controls for throttle and brakes, all designed to make life easier for its disabled driver. It’s fancy on the outside and practical on the inside, but it’s also special enough to draw a lot of onlookers at the SEMA Show or other truck-specific events. In other words, it’s a handicap-accessible show rig that we don’t get to see too often.

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2019 GMC Sierra by Callaway

2019 GMC Sierra by Callaway

A powerful, yet overpriced package by the aftermarket manufacturer that has skyrocketed the price of the GMC Sierra 1500

There’s no denying that the auto industry is witnessing a paradigm shift. Sedans are dying, EVs are taking over, etc. While this shakedown has affected almost all the segments, trucks have been left unaffected. Their sales are growing every year, and this has given a strong niche for after-market companies to capitalize on. One of them is Callaway, a company that rebuilds these trucks in Connecticut and California. Callaway has been building vehicles for brands like Mazda, Aston Martin, and GM, to name a few. One of the company’s creations has been the GMC Sierra. Callaway has worked on the GMC Sierra 1500 to make it an interesting truck. Are the changes merely cosmetic?

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2019 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition

2019 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition

Who would have imagined that carbon fiber would be used in truck beds one day!

GMC has done wonders with the 2019 models of the Sierra. The time has come where it finally frees itself from the clutches of the Fords, and the Rams, and the Chevys, and creates its own identity. Sounds too dramatic, right? Well, that’s because the Sierra’s story has been nothing short of wonderous. A truck that played second fiddle to the Chevy Silverado has finally managed to put itself shoulder-to-shoulder with the competitors, and there seems to be no stopping it. After the revamped and the reloaded models, GMC has introduced a CarbonPro Edition for Sierra 1500 trims. Now, this is a big deal because carbon fiber is something that supercars and hypercars dress in. Will this be a unique selling proposition for Sierra moving forward?

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2020 GMC Sierra HD Denali

2020 GMC Sierra HD Denali

When practicality and utility is infused with luxury

GMC has always been the Robin to Chevy’s Batman. It has faithfully played the role of a wingman for quite some time, but now is its time to shine. The 2020 models of the GMC Sierra have been nothing short of a revelation. With revised, controversial exteriors, chrome walloped on the face, and new mills under the hood, the Sierra is set to take on the competition without being in the shadow of the Silverado. Can the well-equipped truck shine like a bright star this time around?

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2019 GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate V.S. 2019 Ram Multifunction Tailgate

2019 GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate V.S. 2019 Ram Multifunction Tailgate

Two truck innovations square off to decide which one has the better overall offering

It’s the dawn of a new age for pickup trucks these days as the RAM 1500 and the GMC Sierra square of in a battle of wits involving their respective…tailgates. Unlike in the past where pickups are usually compared by the amount of power they produce or the amount of weight they can carry or tow, we’re entering a new frontier where the term “trick tailgate” is about to become one of the most important elements of a pickup, if it isn’t there already. GMC was the first to showcase its six-function MultiPro tailgate in 2018 on the Sierra truck. It took some time, but RAM has responded with its own trick tailgate, known as the MultiFunction tailgate, at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. So, now that we’ve seen both tailgates and tinkered with them on separate occasions, which of these two is better? For that, we look at the Tale of the Trick Tailgates.

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The 2019 RAM 1500 Fires Back at GMC's Multipro Tailgate With Something Simple And Useful

The 2019 RAM 1500 Fires Back at GMC’s Multipro Tailgate With Something Simple And Useful

Is this the new flashpoint in the pickup truck wars?

The more utility you can add to a pickup, the better it becomes. That’s a given, but how do you improve on the formula? It seems as though GMC found a way with its Multipro Tailgate and 2019 Sierra, which offers multiple configurations for improved access to the box, extended holding capacity, and a second-tier loading height. Now Ram is getting in on the action with its own take on the configurable tailgate concept, offering up something it’s calling the Multifunction Tailgate on all seven trim levels of the 2019 Ram 1500. Granted, GMC was the first in this space, but we think Ram might have the better tailgate this time around.

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2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4

2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4

A potent pickup truck now with off-roading capabilities!

When we used to talk about pickup trucks a decade ago, the general notion was a barebone truck that only knows how to lift weights. It was also taken for granted that, since they are tough vehicles, even off-roading would be easy. But, like we all know, a pickup truck is not automatically qualified to explore untraveled or non-existent roads. Fast forward to 2019, and GMC has launched a truck called the GMC Sierra HD AT4 that is muscular, can travel off-road without showing its ’jungli-ness’, and has an interior that can put well-loaded sedans and SUVs to shame. We finally have a heavy duty version of the Sierra AT4, so let’s check it out, shall we?

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2020 GMC Sierra HD

2020 GMC Sierra HD

A step-up over the previous model in almost all the departments

GMC trucks are like the school students who don’t top the class, but they don’t fail either. They are never in the spotlight for good or bad reasons, with the exception of when the Sierra debuted with that new MultiPro tailgate. The GMC Sierra HD has been living in the shadow of its competition, the Silverado HD, and despite having a lot of things in common, it has never been able to trump the Chevy. However, it looks like the Sierra is trying to break those shackles with the 2020 model. The Sierra HD looks to have gotten rid of its flaws, and this time, it promises to be a well-packaged truck that can prove to be a serious threat to the competition.

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GMC Could Take GM on the Path of Electric Trucks and SUVs

GMC Could Take GM on the Path of Electric Trucks and SUVs

Looks like it will still play sidekick to the electric Chevy Silverado when it arrives

General Motors is prepping itself well for the rEVolution. Recently, it announced that Cadillac will be converted into an electric luxury brand, and now, it looks like GMC will be taking the same route. CNBC reports that GMC may be considering an all-electric line up of SUVs and pickup trucks. Do Tesla and Rivian have anything to worry about?

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 GMC Sierra HD

Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 GMC Sierra HD

GMC didn’t take long to respond to the 2019 Ram HD, and it did so with this gem – the 2020 GMC Sierra HD. GMC Bills this oversized beauty as the most capable truck to ever wear a GMC badge, and we’re impressed. It features a pro-grade trailering system that includes 15 different camera views (maybe you can trust your wife to back up the trailer?), and there’s a new smart feature that will allow you to remotely test the trailers electric and light system with ease. This monster is powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax that’s good for 445 horsepower and a gut-churning 910 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through a new Allison, 10-speed automatic transmission. Put all of that together into one package, and you have a truck that GMC claims can tow “well in excess” of 30,000 pounds. With all of this in mind, and the downright menacing look of the new HD kid on the block, we’ve decided to feature it as our wallpaper of the day. You can download our favorite or choose some from the gallery below.

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The 2019 Ram 2500 HD Just Got Some Serious Competition In the Form of the 2020 GMC Sierra HD

The 2019 Ram 2500 HD Just Got Some Serious Competition In the Form of the 2020 GMC Sierra HD

The battle of the mega-movers just got a whole lot hotter

GMC has revealed the new 2020 Sierra HD, following hot on the heels of the 2019 Ram 2500 HD that dropped at the Detroit Auto Show last week. Big torque, a big stance, and endless capability are the norms here, but how do these two shape up?

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The Best Full-Size Pickups Ranked from Last to First

The Best Full-Size Pickups Ranked from Last to First

You can’t go wrong with any of these models, but you can hit the jackpot if you pick the right one that suits your lifestyle

The best full-sized pickups in the market are often those that give you the best of a lot of worlds. It’s not enough for a pickup to look good or boast a luxurious interior. It’s not even enough to have the most powerful engine. A good pickup has all of those things to go with impressive handling and driving qualities, as well as towing and hauling capabilities. Like the image the segment presents as do-it-all vehicles, a good pickup has to, quite literally, do it all. That said, not every pickup can do it as well as some of its contemporaries. There are those that excel in a few things but don’t much up as well in other respects. Then there are those that not only excel at one thing; they excel at everything. On that end, we’ve made a list of the best full-sized pickups in the market today, ranked from last to first.

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10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

10 Best Vehicle and Technology Innovations of 2018

The future is now

The car industry never sleeps (except in August) and every year it provides us with numerous solutions to new problems, and with innovations that make us want new cars even more. This is a rundown of 10 awesome vehicle and technology innovations for 2018.

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GMC is Slashing up to $4,500 off the GMC Sierra HD in October 2018

GMC is Slashing up to $4,500 off the GMC Sierra HD in October 2018

The competition in the heavy duty pickup market is getting more and more heated

In the midst of heavy competition, GMC is offering a new cash incentive program to the tune of $4,500 on any new 2018 GMC Sierra HD. The nationwide incentive comes at a time when competition in the highly lucrative quarter-ton and one-ton heavy-duty pickup market is as high as it’s ever been. If dealing with its current rivals isn’t enough, the Sierra has also had to account for new entrants like the Nissan Titan XD that are making their presence known in the market. The $4,500 incentive applies to all 2018 GMC Sierra HD models, though those who are interested must abide by a number of conditions, including taking delivery of their pickup by October 31, 2018.

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2019 GMC Sierra Denali

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

The ultima luxury truck?

Just like its predecessor, the Sierra Denali sits at the top of the GMC Sierra lineup, itself a more upscale version of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The fourth-generation pickup truck broke cover in March 2018, a few months after Chevrolet debuted the new-generation Silverado it is based on.

At the forefront of the premium pickup market since 1999, the GMC Sierra Denali steps into a new generation with redesigned everything. Larger and bolder, the truck benefits from new state-of-the-art technology, and a new transmission. It also boasts many industry-first features, including a carbon-fiber box, a multi-function tailgate, and a rear-view camera. Power continues to come from the familiar 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8s, despite the fact that GMC just introduced a diesel V-6 option for the regular Sierra.

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5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

You’d want these trucks on your side when you need to do heavy lifting

We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight

Updated0 7-11-2018: This article was updated to reflect an improper torque rating given for the Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engine The torque rating has been revised from 900 pound-feet to 930 pound-feet, which is accurate for the 2019 model year.

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2019 GMC Sierra Elevation

2019 GMC Sierra Elevation

and it’s available with the 2.7-liter turbo-four

GMC has introduced the Sierra Elevation, a new trim level of the Sierra that will sit between the ALT and AT4 offering customers a rugged pickup with a shot of off-road chops to go with it. The Sierra Elevation will get a host of exclusive digs to complete its status, all of which are being included to infuse the pickup with a commanding look to go with natural truck capabilities and functionality that all Sierra pickups are known for.

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Comparison: Is the GMC Sierra AT4 a Solid Alternative to the Ford F-150 Raptor?

Comparison: Is the GMC Sierra AT4 a Solid Alternative to the Ford F-150 Raptor?

We compare GMC’s new truck to the most hardcore hauler out there

GMC just launched a new-generation GMC Sierra that redefines the luxury pickup truck segment through its imposing looks, premium interior, and segment-first carbon-fiber bed. But General Motors also used the new Sierra to introduce a new model line for GMC vehicles. It’s called the AT4 and adds extra features inside and out and a lift kit. With the Sierra more capable in off-road terrain in this setup, truck enthusiasts can’t help but wonder whether the AT4 is a good proposition for the mighty Ford F-150 Raptor. To answer this question, I’m going to have a closer look at both trucks in the comparison below.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 GMC Sierra AT4

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 GMC Sierra AT4

GMC just recent debuted the GMC Sierra AT4, which is essentially a luxurious, go-almost-anywhere pickup truck. It’s not exactly a competitor for vehicles like the Ford F-150 Raptor or the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, but it’s the most capable truck to ever wear a GMC badge to date. As such, it’s worthy of a weekend on your desktop, so go ahead and download that wallpaper, if you’re a truck guy. If not, you can check out our wallpaper selections for the Volkswagen Touareg, Honda Civic Type R, or the Porsche Macan GTS!

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GMC's AT4 Treatment will Extend to the GMC Canyon, Acadia, Yukon and Others, Replacing the All-Terrain Trim Level

GMC’s AT4 Treatment will Extend to the GMC Canyon, Acadia, Yukon and Others, Replacing the All-Terrain Trim Level

There’s a lot of premium qualities to the AT4 trim that GMC customers could find appealing

GMC is at the New York Auto Show to showcase its latest offering, the Sierra AT4. It’s understandable if you’re not familiar with the nameplate because it’s an entirely new off-road brand that the automaker is offering to appeal to potential customers who want sprinkles of premium goodness to go along with their off-road needs. The Sierra AT4 is the first GMC-branded truck to get the trim, but other GMC models like the Canyon, Yukon, and Acadia will get their own AT4 versions in the future.

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2019 GMC Sierra AT4

2019 GMC Sierra AT4

Two-inch lift and more standard equipment

The pickup truck war is hotter than it’s ever been in the U.S. right now. While Ford has an all-aluminum F-150, GM just launched a brand-new GMC Sierra with an industry-first carbon-fiber bed. Ram is also going strong with a fresh 1500 model. Attracting more and more customers into dealerships is not an easy task, and this is where special models and limited editions come in handy sometimes. With a brand new Sierra 1500 on its way to dealerships, GMC just unveiled a new model. It’s called the Sierra AT4 and combines enhanced off-road ability with extra standard features and more premium appointments.

Designed for the customer "who wants an elevated presence on the road and the capability to venture off life’s beaten path," the Sierra AT4 also marks the debut of a new trim that will be offered on every GMC model in the next two years. Whether specs will be similar, it remains to be seen, but all we know is that the Sierra AT4 rides higher than the standard pickup truck and comes with an extended list of standard features. But despite boasting more luxury and sitting higher above the ground, the AT4 isn’t GMC’s highly anticipated response to the Ford F-150 Raptor. But let’s find out more about this trim in the review below.

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The GMC Sierra AT4 is Here to Put the Hurt on the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon, and the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

The GMC Sierra AT4 is Here to Put the Hurt on the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon, and the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro

Is it the Raptor fighter General Motors needs?

The latest GMC Sierra is one mean-looking truck, and it puts the Ford F-150 to shame in many departments. For starters, it looks really cool thanks to that massive front grille, the tall headlamps, and the no-nonsense bumper. It also comes with a lot of premium features in Denali trim. Last but not least, it’s available with a carbon-fiber bed, the first such feature to be offered on a production truck. Say what you will, but it definitely beats the F-150’s aluminum construction. But GMC didn’t stop there and just took things up a notch with the Sierra AT4. Unveiled ahead of the 2018 New York Auto Show, the AT4 is a slightly more off-road capable, yet fancier version of the regular Sierra 1500.

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2019 GMC Sierra

2019 GMC Sierra

A next-gen truck with innovative features and a new diesel powerplant

General Motors first launched the GMC Sierra back in 1998, following it up with the upscale Denali trim level a few years later. Now, the latest 2019 model year is bringing with it a generational changeover, debuting in a live event in Detroit and broadcast on the Internet. Previewed in the range-topping Denali and SLT trim levels, the latest Sierra gets a variety of cool new features and technologies, including improved utility for the light-duty half-ton with a MultiPro tailgate and carbon fiber bed, plus new styling to help it stand out a bit more from its mechanically identical cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado.

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GMC Changed the Game with the 2019 Sierra's Bed and Tailgate!

GMC Changed the Game with the 2019 Sierra’s Bed and Tailgate!

Every now and then an automaker really steps it up and comes up with something that shakes the very foundation of the automotive market. And, that’s exactly what GMC has done with the tailgate and bed of the new, 2019 GMC Sierra. Not only does it come with a new tailgate that is unlike anything we’ve ever seen but it also features a new bed design that sheds weight while increasing durability and cargo room. It’s truly innovative and has set a new standard in the full-size truck segment. There’s so much more to say about it, though, so let me explain to you why the new Sierra is about to have both Ford and Ram in damage control mode as they scramble to catch up with the new king of the industry.

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GMC Debuts The 2019 Sierra, Goes Upscale And High-Tech

GMC Debuts The 2019 Sierra, Goes Upscale And High-Tech

The next-gen workhorse takes a big step forward

We just got the rundown on the new GMC Sierra, courtesy of a live-streamed debut event showing off the core SLT trim level and premium Denali trim level. Upgrades include new gear for towing, hauling, safety, and convenience, plus there’s a new diesel engine option as well. Read on for all the details.

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Watch GMC Unveil the Long-Awaited 2019 Sierra Live Right Here!

Watch GMC Unveil the Long-Awaited 2019 Sierra Live Right Here!

Now that we’ve seen it’s slightly lesser brother, the 2019 Chevy Silverado, it’s about time GMC pulls the covers of the Sierra. Set to be more luxurious, with a fairly different look outside, it’s certainly not something you want to miss. You never know, it just might be your next truck!

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GMC Teases the 2019 GMC Sierra Taillights and Side Profile

GMC Teases the 2019 GMC Sierra Taillights and Side Profile

A closer look just one day ahead of its debut

GMC has given one last tease before officially debuting its all-new 2019 Sierra 1500 pickup on March 1. The darkened images show the headlight and taillight profiles, with not much else to see. GMC was smart enough to thwart efforts in Photoshop to lighten the images; there’s just no data in the shadows.

Nevertheless, we can see the taillights have a modern appearance, yet one familiar to GMC. The C-shaped LED lights appear to be housed in clear lenses, similar to the taillights found on the current Sierra, Canyon, and Yukon models.

Aside from the taillights, we know the GMC Sierra will share the same underpinning, drivetrain components, and interior design as its corporate twin, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The truck will have a stronger frame, updated suspension parts, and use GM’s new high-tech Dynamic Fuel Management technology. DFM allows both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s to individually control cylinder firing operations depending on engine loads. During light loads like coasting down a hill, the engine is capable of running on a single cylinder. When power is needed, the DFM system provides fuel and spark to all eight cylinders. GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission will be present, too.

GMC will likely debut the Sierra’s entire lineup, from the bare-bones WT to the range-topping Denali trim. The Denali has been a veritable gold mine for GMC over the last 10 years, so we fully expect much hubbub to be made over the trim line.

After its March 1 debut, the 2019 Sierra will go on sale toward the end of summer in 2018. Expect pricing to increase slightly over the current model.

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GMC Teases the 2019 GMC Sierra; Debut Imminent!

GMC Teases the 2019 GMC Sierra; Debut Imminent!

GMC set to differentiate itself from Chevy sibling

General Motors is on the cusp of debuting its all-new 2019 GMC Sierra half-ton pickup. The automaker tweeted a darkened teaser photo on Monday, February 26 – just days ahead of the March 1 debut.

The image shows the emboldened red GMC logo flanked by C-shaped LED daytime running lights that encapsulate the truck’s LED headlights. Beyond that, it’s impossible to tell what GMC has up its sleeve – that is, until its twin brother is taken into consideration, the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Still, the new generation of GM trucks will look much less identical than in years past. Spy shots have shown the fenders and taillights are unique to each truck, though the dashboards and interior layout won’t have such separation. Aside from trim pieces, badges, and GMC’s IntelliLink rather than Chevy’s MyLink infotainment systems, the two trucks will have nearly identical cabins. GMC will likely have the swankier range-topping version, though, thanks to the ever-popular Denali trim.

Powertrain options will be the same, including heavily updated versions of the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s, along with GM’s new 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel. The 10-speed automatic is expected to be standard across the board. GM is apparently dropping the 4.3-liter V-6.

While pricing is still a highly guarded secret among GMC’s bean counters, tradition says the Sierra will be slightly more expensive than the Silverado. GMC has always been marketed as a slightly more upscale version of the Chevy.

GMC will be broadcasting the debut live at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018. We’ve got the link below so you can watch the event unfold live.

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2019 GMC Sierra Expected to Debut March 1 in Detroit

2019 GMC Sierra Expected to Debut March 1 in Detroit

GMC is skipping the Chicago Auto Show for an independent debut

General Motors is apparently skipping the 2018 Chicago Auto Show in favor of an independent debut for its all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. The Chicago Auto Show is happening Thursday, February 8 and Friday, February 9, but the Sierra debut is rumored for March 1.

If true, the event will take place almost two months after Chevrolet debuted its 2019 Silverado 1500. Of course, both the Silverado and Sierra have historically shared a vast number of parts with styling being the major differentiator. That might change, however, as GMC aims to further separate itself from Chevy. Both trucks compete for basically the same customer, though the GMC’s target audience is slightly more upscale.

The 2019 Sierra’s March debut will include its full lineup of trim levels, including the swanky Denali trim. Also expected are the shared powertrains with the Chevy Silverado. These include updated 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s, along with the highly anticipated 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel. The 10-speed automatic transmission GM co-developed with Ford is expected in all but the base trim levels. GM has not announced whether the 4.3-liter V-6 will continue.

The GM twins have their work cut out as Ram also brings an all-new truck to market for 2019 and the Ford F-150 underwent a mid-cycle refresh for 2018. Together, the twins sold roughly 804,000 trucks in 2017, closely rivaling the Ford F-Series’ 2017 sales of 820,799 trucks, but blowing away Ram’s sales of only 489,418 trucks. Ram is expected to see a massive increase in sales thanks to its new 2019 truck, but so are Chevy and GMC. For the first time in 40 years, Ford might be dethroned as the pickup truck sales leader.

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2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain Concept

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain Concept

When 4WD and snow tires just aren’t enough

About the best means of transportation on snow-covered mountain trails is a Snowcat – those machines that cross between a tank and snowmobile. The only problem is luxury or that vast lack thereof. Well, GMC now has an answer for this frigid conundrum. Meet the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain Concept.

This one-off monster is basically a Sierra 2500 with a ton of upgrades, but its foundation is familiar. The truck runs the new-for-2017 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8 with a stump-pulling 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. The Alison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case are responsible for shifting gears while five people can ride in the leather-lined crew cab. Naturally, GMC started the concept build with a Sierra Denali, meaning nearly every available feature and amenity comes standard. Oh, and of course heated seats and a heated steering wheel are included.

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The Emissions Drama Continues; GM Accused Of Installing Defeat Devices

The Emissions Drama Continues; GM Accused Of Installing Defeat Devices

All aboard the lawsuit train!

Earlier today, we reported how Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was accused of installing defeat devices in roughly 100,000 diesel vehicles to help circumvent emissions standards, a scheme similar to what Volkswagen did in the infamous dieselgate scandal. Now, it’s looking like General Motors is next in line to feel the heat, as a new lawsuit alleges the automaker cheated on more than 700,000 diesel Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. This latest allegation makes GM the sixth automaker accused of using cheater software since the dieselgate scandal broke in 2015. Affected vehicles include Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras between the 2011 and 2016 model years. The lawsuit is currently seeking class-action status, and was filed in U.S. District Count in Detroit in part by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, the same firm involved in the VW dieselgate suit.

The lawsuit against GM alleges the damage created by the cheating GM vehicles could even exceed those of the cheating VW’s, with two to five times the legal limit of harmful emissions produced. GM was quick to respond with a statement, saying “These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations.”

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2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X

GMC’s Heavy Duty gets off-road chops

The GMC Sierra HD is getting some much-needed powertrain updates for the 2017 model year, but that’s not the only change happening. GMC’s All Terrain X package is now being added as an optional package for the 2500-series pickup. The Sierra HD All Terrain X joins the Sierra 1500 and Canyon All Terrain X to round out GMC’s line of off-road themed trucks.

“The new Sierra HD All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular trend in very capable off-road trucks, executed with a range-topping level of refinement — a combination of attributes GMC has cultivated for years,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “And with the new, available Duramax 6.6-liter, this truck more than matches its bold good looks with true professional-grade capability.”

The All Terrain X basically takes the Z71 off-road package and throws on some cosmetic and parts changes designed to appeal to modern truck buyers who treat their trucks more like a blank canvas than as a work tool. The package does bring several functional updates to the Z71 package, meaning this isn’t just a mere appearance package.

Customers can order the All Terrain X package on the 2017 Sierra 2500 HD with either the 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 or the newly updated 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel. It is only offered in 4WD and in the crew cab configuration. Color choices are limited to Black Onyx and Summit White.

There’s plenty more details found on the 2017 Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X, so keep reading for more.

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The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X Mixes Off-Road Prowress with 910 Pound-Feet of Torque

The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X Mixes Off-Road Prowress with 910 Pound-Feet of Torque

GMC is dominating the off-road truck market with the new 2500 HD All Terrain X

With gasoline prices fairly reasonable, it’s no surprise that we Americans began to flock back to larger SUVs and Crossovers. Joining models like the F-150 Raptor, Ram Power Wagon, and the Canyon and Sierra All-Terrain X cousins, is the new GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X, and boy is it a doozy. As the third model in GM’s All Terrain X series, the 2500 HD All Terrain X can be had with either a 6.0-liter Gasoline mill or a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel. That Duramax, by the way, pumps out a whopping 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of rock climbing, off-road awesomeness.

Duncan Aldred, the Vice President of GMC Sales and Marketing, said,” The new Sierra HD All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular trend in very capable off-road trucks, executed with a range-topping level of refinement — a combination of attributes GMC has cultivated for years. And with the new, available Duramax 6.6L, this truck more than matches its bold good looks with true professional-grade capability.”

Outside of the insane and segment-topping output afforded by the 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X, it also comes with an awesome, customized appearance to give it that sinister off-road look that every truck guy loves these days. Staying true to the off-road market, the newest All Terrain X rides on, black-painted, 18-inch wheels wrapped in 275/65-series Duratrac MT-rated tires that have an aggressive tread layout. It also gets black exterior mirrors, body colored door handles and radiator grille surround, four-inch sport side steps, and a black sport bar in the rear. To complete its off-road look, the bed comes standard with a spray-on bed liner, and there’s a Z71 off-road suspension package to go with an underbody shield and an Eaton automatic locking rear differential.

Needless to say, this beast is ready to go off-road, or tear your ex-wife’s house down – you know, whichever you prefer.

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GM Announces Recall on 2007-2011 Full-size Trucks & SUVs

GM Announces Recall on 2007-2011 Full-size Trucks & SUVs

Chevy, GMC, and Cadillac affected; GM says vehicles “safe to drive today.”

General Motors has announced more vehicles associated with the Takata airbag scandal, this time involving full-size trucks and SUVs from the 2007 to 2011 model years. GM says the affected vehicles are “safe to drive today,” but should be repaired as soon as owners are notified replacement parts are available.

The recall includes the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Avalanche, Tahoe and Suburban from the 2007 through 2011 model year. Their GMC counterparts are included as well, making the 2007 through 2011 Sierra 1500, Yukon, and Yukon XL under recall. The same is true for the 2007 through 2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT, and Escalade ESV.

Likewise, Chevy and GMC HD trucks are under recall. Specifically, the Silverado 2500 and 3500, along with the Sierra 2500 and 3500 truck from 2007 and 2008 are included.

The issue stems from the passenger-side front airbag’s propellant, the chemical agent that inflates the airbag upon a collision. Over time, heat and humidity can degrade the propellant inside the airbag inflator, causing the inflator to rupture if the airbag deploys. These affected airbags reportedly came with propellant but no drying agent designed to stabilize the explosive agent.

GM says it has no reports of inflators rupturing in these vehicles as of May 2016, covering an estimated 44,000 airbag deployments.

As with any safety recall, the repairs will be done for free by local dealerships. Owners of these vehicles can expect to be contacted by GM, but can proactively search for any active recall notifications on their vehicles’ VIN on GM’s website, www.gmtakataairbag.com.

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2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD

2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD

GMC releases teaser photos… and not much else

GMC released today three photos of the updated 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD. The new photos show an updated hood design with a functional scoop, bolder lettering for the Duramax turbodiesel engine option, and not much else. Yep, the changes – at lease those on the outside – are very minimal.

Also minimalistic is GMC’s description of the changes, with the entirety of the press release saying, “GMC today released the first photos of the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD featuring a functional hood scoop design hinting at what is beneath its bold new appearance.” That’s it.

This sort of teaser isn’t new for GMC. The automaker pulled a similar stunt with the Sierra’s 2016 model year refresh. In that case, we simply got a single photo with nearly no description.

Nevertheless, the photo is official, so we know exactly what 2017 holds for the Sierra 2500HD. We also expect the same functional hood scoop on the 3500HD, or at least those fitted with the optional 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel. News on the Sierra 1500s has not been divulged, meaning it could be a carry-over year with no changes, or GMC could introduce a slight refresh. We’re betting on the carry-over scenario, as the current design is only a year old.

Let’s have a closer look at the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD and the changes coming its way.

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GM Rumored to Bring Truck Production Back To U.S.

GM Rumored to Bring Truck Production Back To U.S.

Flint, Mich. plant to increase output while Salio, Mexico plant slows

General Motors is rumored to be reallocating a majority of its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck manufacturing from its Salio, Mexico plant to the Flint, Michigan assembly plant, where a large percentage of Silverados and Sierras are built.

The rumor comes from United Auto Workers Union members who say they received a letter from GM advising them of the likelihood of increased hiring of both full-time and temporary assembly line workers at the Flint plant, along with the ability for current workers to log significant overtime hours. The Detroit Bureau, which broke the story, reports union workers quoting the letter as saying, “The increase in light-duty pickup volume for Flint Assembly is (for vehicles) currently being built in Silao.” Workers say the letter continued in saying union members can work as many Saturdays as they want, earning an extra $12,000 to $15,000 next year.

Though GM and the UAW have not made official announcements regarding the move, the news does line up with GM’s sizeable, $877 million investment at the Flint plant, which was announced in August of 2015 with an estimated completion date of 2018. As we reported, the investment will bring a new body shop facility that stamps body parts like doors, hoods, fenders, and bed panels. Upgrades to the paint facility, added shipping docks, and upgraded assembly line equipment are also included in the investment.

The realignment in production is likely scheduled to commence with the introduction of the next-generation Silverado and Sierra pickups, due out for the 2018 model year. Production would need to begin in early to mid 2017 for the updated pickups.

There is no word on GM’s plans for its Silao, Mexico plant, or if this will affect Silverado and Sierra production in GM’s other assembly plants, located in Indiana and Canada.

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2016 GMC Sierra Gets Trailering Enhancements

2016 GMC Sierra Gets Trailering Enhancements

GMC adds cameras and bed-mounted hitch options

GMC is adding two new towing enhancements to its 1500 and HD Sierra lineup. The upgrades include a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and a trailering camera system that affords unprecedented views from around the pickup and trailer when reversing.

Both these factory- and dealer-added upgrades help Sierra owners make the most of their trucks without having to turn to the aftermarket. Up first, the camera system is available across the Sierra lineup, and is compatible on all 2014-2016 model years that came equipped with the DPN- or DQS-coded trailer mirrors. A camera is mounted to the mirror housing on each side of the truck, while a third camera is remotely mounted to the upper and rearward most point of the trailer, giving the driver a view of what’s behind.

All three video fees are displayed on the IntelliLink infotainment screen. Later in the summer, GMC will debut a fourth camera that mounts in the center high-mount stop light for viewing cargo or aligning a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer to its bed-mounted hitch.

On the hitching side, 2500- and 3500-series Sierras will be able to accept the new gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package, a factory-installed option costing $350. This adds a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accepts a gooseneck hitch ball or the mounting brackets for a fifth-wheel hitch assembly. The package also includes block-out caps for the openings when the hitch is not in use, as well as a bed-mounted seven-pin wiring connector.

For those who want to finish off the trailer accessory package, GMC is offering the gooseneck “completion kit” at dealerships, which includes a 2-5/16-inch hitch ball and two safety chain attachments. The price is $315. Fifth-wheel towers can opt to buy their hitch assemblies at the dealership as well, with the 20,000-pound rated hitch costing $939 and the 25,000-pound rated hitch costing $999.

The addition of the camera system and gooseneck/fifth-wheel prep package allows the GMC Sierra pickups to better compete with its high-tech competition found in Ford and Nissan.

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One Million Silverado & Sierras Recalled for Seatbelt Issue

One Million Silverado & Sierras Recalled for Seatbelt Issue

Chevy and GMC to fix seatbelt’s wire cable connection

General Motors has issued a voluntary recall for 895,232 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model year. The safety recall centers on the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the driver’s seat. Over time, the cable can fatigue and separate from the driver repeatedly bending the cable when entering the seat.

GM says there have been no reports of crashes, injuries, or fatalities to the issue, which came to light through warranty data.

Chevrolet and GMC dealers will enlarge the side shield opening around the cable and install a pusher bracket on the seatbelt tensioner. Worn tensioner assemblies will be replaced. Like any recall, the work will be done without cost to the customer.

The recall also covers roughly 3,000 new 2014 and 2015 trucks still on dealer lots. These trucks have a stop-sale order until the recall work has been completed. Still more trucks are included – those sold in other countries like Canada and Mexico, along with places in Latin American and the Middle East. All told, the recall includes 1,037,982 pickup trucks.

There’s no word on whether the Silverado HD and Sierra HD pickups suffer from the same seatbelt issue, or if GM will issue a similar recall for 2500- and 3500-series pickups.

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GM Debuts eAssist System for Silverado and Sierra 1500 Pickups

GM Debuts eAssist System for Silverado and Sierra 1500 Pickups

Mild-hybrid system adds power & efficiency with minimal drawbacks

General Motors is launching a new trail hybrid powertrain program for approximately 700 pickup trucks to be sold in California for the 2016 model year. Roughly 500 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab trucks trimmed in the mid-grade 1LT trim, along with roughly 200 GMC Sierra Crew Cab trucks with the SLT Premium Plus package, will receive the hybrid eAssist powertrain. GM will monitor customer feedback in preparation for a larger rollout for the 2017 model year.

The hybrid system is only available with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission with the 2WD driveline configuration.

The hybrid system utilizes the same lithium-ion battery cells as the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and software derived from the Chevy Volt. Power is sent to a compact induction motor located on the engine’s accessory drive. It provides up to 13 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque during high-load situations, while also allowing the 5.3-liter V-8 to operate in four-cylinder mode more often, furthering its efficiency. When not under power, the electric motor acts as a generator, providing 15 kW of regenerative power back to the battery pack. Furthermore, both trucks now feature a Start/Stop system for the V-8.

That battery pack is a 24-cell, 0.45 kWh unit and is located in the center console or under the front bench seat, depending on which seating configuration is chosen, while the power inverter module is located in the engine bay for liquid cooling. The total system only adds 100 pounds to the trucks, resulting in little sacrifice in capabilities. Maximum towing is listed at 9,400 pounds.

All told, the hybrid system increases both the Silverado’s and Sierra’s fuel economy by two miles per gallon in city, making their EPA numbers climb to 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. The eAssist system is only costing customers an additional $500 atop the truck’s price. If GM receives good reports from its customers, it may expand availability of the eAssist system in its 1500-series trucks for future model years.

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2016 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain X

GMC has pulled the covers off its latest special edition package for the Sierra 1500 pickup at the 2016 Houston Auto Show in Texas. Called the All Terrain X, the Sierra is built to further the capabilities of the current Sierra All Terrain thanks to additional equipment and looks that separate it from its brethren in the showroom.

This is certainly not the first special edition package we’ve seen on a General Motors truck, however, the first package in recent memory that adds horsepower. Yes, GM has listened to the pleas of consumers and journalist by adding a performance exhaust system. It bumps the 5.3-liter V-8’s horsepower from 355 to 365 – a 10 horsepower gain paired with a more aggressive exhaust rumble. It’s a welcomed addition, to say the least.

Horsepower isn’t the only attractive add-on here; a slew of off-road equipment including mud tires on trim-unique wheels, a roll bar with LED light bars, side step bars for easy access to the cab, and most importantly, the Z71 suspension package.

The GMC Sierra All Terrain X will go on sale in the Spring of 2016. GMC has yet to disclose its selling price.

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2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

What’s in a name?

According to GMC, the range-topping Denali line wasn’t exclusive or haughty enough, so the automaker debuted something more… ultimate. Yep, the GMC Sierra 1500 can now be had in something called the Denali Ultimate.

You might be asking yourself what else does GMC have in its parts bin that could possibly make the Sierra Denali more upscale. Ponder away, but nothing else exists in the lineup. So what’s the deal?

The new-for-2016 Denali Ultimate package basically makes everything otherwise optional on the truck, standard equipment. Those 22-inch wheels – standard. 4WD – standard. Power-folding moonroof – standard. Driver Alert Package – standard. You get the idea. In fact, the only thing left as an option is the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8.

The Denali Ultimate edition does add some new features not found before, including wireless phone charging and what GMC calls its Tri-Mode Power Steps. Push a button and the running boards slide rearwards, providing a step into the bed. Overly complicated? Sure, but it’s power operated and will attract hordes of onlookers.

Maybe.

Otherwise, the Sierra Denali Ultimate is basically a Sierra Denali. The truck does have the visual updates for the 2016 model year, which boils down to a new front fascia and taillights. Those are certainly welcomed additions to the truck, but the remainder of the bodywork carries over.

Nevertheless, the GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is expected to rake in big sales and profits for GMC. The automaker says growth in this segment has exploded. GMC has seen its market share jump from zero percent in 2013 to an impressive 15.5-percent hold on the premium full-size truck segment.

GMC says the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate will arrive in dealers during the first quarter of 2016.

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2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

What’s in a name?

According to GMC, the range-topping Denali line wasn’t exclusive or haughty enough, so the automaker debuted something more… ultimate. Yep, the GMC Sierra 1500 can now be had in something called the Denali Ultimate.

You might be asking yourself what else does GMC have in its parts bin that could possibly make the Sierra Denali more upscale. Ponder away, but nothing else exists in the lineup. So what’s the deal?

The new-for-2016 Denali Ultimate package basically makes everything otherwise optional on the truck, standard equipment. Those 22-inch wheels – standard. 4WD – standard. Power-folding moonroof – standard. Driver Alert Package – standard. You get the idea. In fact, the only thing left as an option is the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8.

The Denali Ultimate edition does add some new features not found before, including wireless phone charging and what GMC calls its Tri-Mode Power Steps. Push a button and the running boards slide rearwards, providing a step into the bed. Overly complicated? Sure, but it’s power operated and will attract hordes of onlookers.

Maybe.

Otherwise, the Sierra Denali Ultimate is basically a Sierra Denali. The truck does have the visual updates for the 2016 model year, which boils down to a new front fascia and taillights. Those are certainly welcomed additions to the truck, but the remainder of the bodywork carries over.

Nevertheless, the GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is expected to rake in big sales and profits for GMC. The automaker says growth in this segment has exploded. GMC has seen its market share jump from zero percent in 2013 to an impressive 15.5-percent hold on the premium full-size truck segment.

GMC says the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate will arrive in dealers during the first quarter of 2016.

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2016 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

2016 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

Only nine months after GMC debuted its 2015 Sierra 1500 Elevation Edition, the 2016 version is here to replace it. However, most of the content and cosmetics stay the same. What changes are the new front face and rear end – both of which are revised for 2016 across the Sierra lineup.

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2016 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

2016 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

Only nine months after GMC debuted its 2015 Sierra 1500 Elevation Edition, the 2016 version is here to replace it. However, most of the content and cosmetics stay the same. What changes are the new front face and rear end – both of which are revised for 2016 across the Sierra lineup.

This mid-cycle refresh for the Sierra – along with its Chevrolet Silverado cousin – is meant to bring new life to the trucks, both of which debuted for the 2014 model year. Now two short years later, the trucks have a new mug and some minor updates to the infotainment system. And that’s about it.

If you clicked the link above to read my review of the 2015 Sierra Elevation Edition, you’d be hard-pressed to finish the review with a smile. To be blunt, I ripped GMC a new one over it calling the Elevation Edition a “sport” truck. See, in my mind, sport trucks should have stupid amounts of horsepower with a tightened suspension and fat, sticky tires. The GMC Syclone and Ford F-150 Lighting are perfect examples. What does the GMC Sierra Elevation come standard with? A V-6 with 285 horsepower. Yawn

While I can’t say my mind has changed, General Motors has debuted several similar “special editions” to its truck lineups, both with the GMC and Chevrolet brands. None of them have powertrain modifications. A few come with more purposeful off-road tires, but otherwise, the modifications are all cosmetic. With that being set as the norm, my expectations for GM’s special editions have (sadly) changed.

Nevertheless, these appearance packages attract customers to showrooms. GM will tell you these dolled-up trucks sell more quickly than standard, run-of-the-mill pickups. I don’t doubt that one bit. Still, It’s hard not to pine for a 580-horsepower, supercharged, 6.2-liter LSA-powered Sierra with the guts to take on a Ford Mustang GT.

Anyway, let’s jump into the details of the 2016 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition.

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali - Driven

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali - Driven

GMC’s popular Denali trim level has been the brand’s opulence trim since the introduction of the 1999 Yukon . Extra features, added luxury, and a distinct grille design have made the range-topping trim level a popular choice among affluent buyers who want something extra.

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali - Driven

2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali - Driven

GMC’s popular Denali trim level has been the brand’s opulence trim since the introduction of the 1999 Yukon. Extra features, added luxury, and a distinct grille design have made the range-topping trim level a popular choice among affluent buyers who want something extra. Think of the Denali trim as the halfway point between the average pickup and a Cadillac Escalade.

Added to a 2015 Sierra 1500, the Denali package brings a special flair to the truck that’s happily free of cowboy influences and saddle-colored leather brought on by the popularity of the 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch. In fact, the Sierra Denali was distinctly non-cowboy before it was cool. Now both Ford and Ram offer range-topping trim levels that gives city folks an opportunity to have all the bells and whistles without the Texas theme.

When the Sierra Denali first arrived, I was excited to compare it to its corporate cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado High Country, which I had tested the previous year. Both trucks came equipped with nearly the same options, including the mighty 6.2-liter V-8 and 4WD. The only mechanical difference between the trucks is the GMC’s eight-speed automatic transmission, new for this model year.

The GMC also sports a much larger TFT display in its gauge cluster, and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot – both of which came in handy.

Besides a $6,000 difference in price and one model year’s difference, the two trucks proved to be very similar. However, the GMC felt more special – more high-class and high-brow – simply thanks to its more urban approach. There’s still plenty to dive into, so continue reading for the full driven review.

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GMC Previews The 2016 Sierra

GMC Previews The 2016 Sierra

Well that didn’t take long. Only days after Chevrolet teased us with a single photo of the 2016 Silverado, GMC follows suite with its refreshed 2016 Sierra. Only GMC went a step further – or really nine steps further – with a bank of 10 photos of the updated full-size truck.

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GMC Previews The 2016 Sierra

GMC Previews The 2016 Sierra

Well that didn’t take long. Only days after Chevrolet teased us with a single photo of the 2016 Silverado, GMC follows suite with its refreshed 2016 Sierra. Only GMC went a step further – or really nine steps further – with a bank of 10 photos of the updated full-size truck.

The new Sierra’s refresh takes after the 2016 GMC Yukon line of SUVs, using a similar C-shaped LED headlight assembly and matching C-shaped rear taillights. The Sierra’s new grille is much larger, as it extends further down into the revised bumper. Up top, the grill now has a center-mounted opening between itself and the hood’s power dome bulges.

Each trim level receives a different grille treatment. The SLT has a more traditional slotted grille, still embossed in chrome, but with a less flashy appearance. The range-topping Denali, on the other hand, get’s the classic cheese grader grille fully drenched in chrome. The All Terrain trim receives a more subdued appearance with its grille coated in a smoky gray color.

The new bumper on all non-work-truck trim levels now contains LED fog lights and chrome-colored plastic surrounding the tow hooks. Like the Silverado, there doesn’t appear to be any difference in the cab or bed’s bodywork.

Like the Silverado, the GMC gets an updated version of its infotainment software that now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. The integration of both aftermarket systems allows compatible smartphone users to connect their device to the GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system and display a condensed version of their phones’ display.

Though GMC didn’t make mention of powertrain updates, expect GM’s new eight-speed automatic to appear in more trim levels. Expect more news in the coming months as both Chevy and GMC prepare for the 2016 model year. Both trucks will arrive at dealers in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Takata Airbag Recall Now Includes GM HD Trucks

Takata Airbag Recall Now Includes GM HD Trucks

The Takata airbag recall debacle has expanded once again, this time covering vehicles not previously on the list. Both the Chevrolet and GMC 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks were added May 28, 2015 due to possibly defective passenger side airbags.

The effected trucks include the 2007 and 2008 model year. For the Chevrolet, the Silverados were built from November 28, 2006 through August 29, 2008. For the GMC Sierra, effected trucks were built from November 27, 2006 through August 29, 2008. A total of 330,198 trucks are under recall.

Though the heavy-duty trucks share the same interior as their half-ton counterparts, a recall as not yet been announced for Silverado and Sierra 1500 models. The same can be said for GM’s full size SUVs that include the Tahoe, Suburban, their GMC equivalents, and the Cadillac Escalade. Information regarding a recall concerning the driver’s side airbag has also not been announced.

The Silverado and Sierra HDs are only the third GM vehicle to be involved in the Takata airbag recall. Previously only the 2003 and 2004 Pontiac Vibe (a rebadged Toyota Matrix), along with the 2005 Saab 9-2X (a rebadged Subaru Impreza) were involved. The trucks are the first true GM-engineered vehicles to be effected. This potentially opens Pandora’s box for GM, as many of its vehicles share componentry, especially those trucks and SUV mentioned above.

As for now, GM remains relatively unscathed by the massive Takata recalls, which currently cover more than 34 million vehicles inside the U.S.

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GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

General Motors has just announced it will be investing some $1.2 billion into its Fort Wayne, Indiana assembly plant over the next several years. The plant, which builds both light- and heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras in both single and double cab configurations, will be getting upgrades in five major areas to facilitate the plant’s manufacturing.

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GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

General Motors has just announced it will be investing some $1.2 billion into its Fort Wayne, Indiana assembly plant over the next several years. The plant, which builds both light- and heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras in both single and double cab configurations, will be getting upgrades in five major areas to facilitate the plant’s manufacturing.

Three of the five upgrade areas center on paint, including prep, application, and curing. First on the list is a new pre-treatment facility that will coat each truck body in a thin-film pretreatment paint. This will ensure rust won’t be an issue. Next, body colors will be applied using an E-coat system that is customized to each truck style. This will result in a more even paint coverage and curability. Lastly, the paint will be cured in GM’s newest radiant tube ovens that use less energy during the process.

Outside of paint, the assembly plant will receive new equipment that better facilitates the marriage between the body and the chassis of the various body configurations that are available. The plant manufactures all three weight classes – 1500, 2500, and 3500 – along with both single and double cab configurations with the various pickup box lengths, so there are plenty of combinations to account for.

Workers will also get a helping hand with the conveyance systems for the instrument panels. GM says improved ergonomics and therefore better product quality are the primary reasons for the upgrade.

The current vehicle production will not be interrupted during the construction and update phase, which is scheduled to begin in June.

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2015 GMC Sierra Joins the Dubai Police Force

2015 GMC Sierra Joins the Dubai Police Force

The Dubai Police Department is well known for its affinity for high-performance, über luxurious, and extravagantly expensive lineup of police cars. The list includes Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mercedes-AMGs, and even a Bugatti. But now, the department has a new ride: this modified 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck.

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2015 GMC Sierra Joins the Dubai Police Force

2015 GMC Sierra Joins the Dubai Police Force

The Dubai Police Department is well known for its affinity for high-performance, über luxurious, and extravagantly expensive lineup of police cars. The list includes Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Mercedes-AMGs, and even a Bugatti. But now, the department has a new ride: this modified 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck.

The details surrounding this truck are still scares, but it’s easy to see the cops didn’t leave this GMC stock. The truck now sports a massive pre-runner bumper complete with an LED light bar, upgraded suspension bits with what looks like four inches of lift, and a sweet aftermarket wheel and tire package. And doesn’t even include whatever police gear might be found inside the cab.

Outside the truck, the GMC is wrapped in the familiar white and green Dubai police livery with a light bar up top. I’d suspect the truck also has wig-wag lights embedded in the headlights and taillights for good measure. The truck is finished off with a macho set of pocketed fender flairs to protect that wrap job from getting sandblasted.

Though the GMC Sierra single cab is offered with both the 4.3-liter V-6 and the optional 5.3-liter V-8, I’d expect the Dubai police to have opted for the 355-horsepower V-8. The EcoTec3 engine is good for 383 pound-feet of torque, which should come in handy when trudging through deep sand.

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USA Wins SEMA Middle East's 1st Annual Engine Build-Off

USA Wins SEMA Middle East’s 1st Annual Engine Build-Off

Redline Motorsports, a Florida based performance shop, just took home the top honors in SEMA’s first international engine building competition. The build-off pitted the Redline team against one of the best-known performance shops in the U.A.E.

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USA Wins SEMA Middle East's 1st Annual Engine Build-Off

USA Wins SEMA Middle East’s 1st Annual Engine Build-Off

Redline Motorsports, a Florida based performance shop, just took home the top honors in SEMA’s first international engine building competition. The build-off pitted the Redline team against one of the best-known performance shops in the U.A.E.

Both competitors were selected to compete due to their extensive experience with tuning General Motors’ LS engines – the modern small-block V-8 that powers everything from trucks and vans to Corvettes and Cadillacs.

So the competition went down like this: whoever could build and tune the engine with the highest average horsepower over 10 dyno pulls won. Simple enough. Both teams received identical sets of parts, including new LS3 blocks bored out to 416 cubic inches, performance rotating assemblies, and ported LS3 heads; keeping the playing field level. Separating the teams were their choice of three available camshafts and how they tuned their ECUs.

The competitors were also handed the keys to nearly identical 2012 and 2013 GMC Sierra trucks. The single cab, short bed, 4WD Sierras were both fitted with the stock 6L80E transmission and 3.73 gears. With all the parts in place, the competition rolled into day one. Keep reading below

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2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition

GMC announced its reentry back into the sport truck game. However, its submission to the competition is decidedly drab. Now before you run for the pitchforks, let me explain. GMC has some history in the sport truck market, namely the 1991 Syclone and 1992 through 1993 Typhoon. Both the Sonoma-based Syclone and Jimmy-based Typhoon used a turbocharged and highly modified version of the 4.3-liter V-6, sported lowered suspensions, bigger brakes, and an all-wheel-drive setup. The Syclone was capable of hitting 60 in a blistering 4.3 seconds on its way to a quarter-mile run of 13.6 seconds. Impressive times still today.

So what’s the Sierra Elevation Edition got beneath its murdered-out bodywork? The 580-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V-8 borrowed from the Camaro ZL1? Perhaps the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter LT1 from the Corvette Stingray? No and nope.

This "sport truck" sports a bone-stock, 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter, EcoTec3 V-6 found in the base Sierra. Of course, for some extra scratch, customers can upgrade to the 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter, EcoTec3 V-8. The story continues throughout the rest of the truck. Stock brakes, stock tires, and stock suspension.

GMC has included plenty of upgrades in the Elevation Edition, though they consist of purely cosmetic changes. Body-colored grille, bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, side moldings, and wheels replace the chrome bits normally found on the Sierra. Does it look good? Yes. Does its bite match its bark? Sadly, no.

While I hate to dog on GMC for its newest offering, it seems a bit half-hearted. The General Motors’ parts bin is a seemingly limitless supply of go-fast goodies just ready to be bolted on. In fact, Chevy already teases up with the Cheyenne concept at the 2013 SEMA show. If GM wanted to set the bar far above the upcoming Ford F-150 and already-award-winning Ram 1500, it could easily do it. Why the trigger isn’t getting pulled, perhaps we’ll never know.

UPDATE 01/21/2015: GMC announced prices for the special edition Sierra Elevation which goes on sale this month. Prices will range from $34,865 for a 2WD model equipped with the standard 4.3L V-6 and up to $39,890 for the 4WD version equipped with the 5.3L V-8 engine.

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2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition

2015 GMC Sierra Carbon Edition

It’s not exactly as extravagant as the Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition, but GMC’s own interpretation of a Carbon Edition for the Sierra still has some appeal. Meet the Sierra Carbon Edition, a stylish interpretation of the popular and recently overhauled Sierra 1500 pickup. It comes in three different versions, allowing customers to choose the trim that’s best suited for their needs and whims.

The most dressed of the three is the Sierra Carbon 22 Edition that GMC offers on the double- and crew cab versions of the Sierra SLE. This version comes with a pair of carbon-fiber appearance graphics on the hood and the tailgate. It’s not the real material, but I still give GMC props for at least trying. This version also has a plethora of additional features, all of which you can find after the jump.

Meanwhile, the Carbon 20 Edition, which buyers can get with the Sierra SLE double cab, also has the same carbon-fiber graphics as the Carbon 22 Edition. The most obvious difference here is that it features a set of 20-inch, aluminium-alloy wheels.

Then there’s the standard Carbon Edition that’s available on the base Sierra 1500 double cab. It’s not as comprehensively detailed as the Carbon 22 and 20 Editions, but it still has a lot of unique options, including remote keyless entry, a 110-volt power outlet and LED cargo box lighting.

All of GMC’s Sierra Carbon Edition models come standard with a 4.3-liter, EcoTec3, V-6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Customers do have the option of upgrading to a 5.3-liter, EcoTec3 V-8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The models are also available with either two- or four-wheel-drive systems.

The base model of the Sierra Carbon Edition retails for $33,075. If you want the upper-tier Carbon Edition models, the Carbon 20 Edition starts at $38,275 while the Carbon 22 Edition goes for $42,270. Orders for the double-cab versions of the Sierra Carbon Edition are already being accepted with crew-cab models set to follow suit in October.

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