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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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2018 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition

2018 GMC Yukon Graphite Performance Edition

Aesthetic and performance upgrades await future owners of the special edition SUV

Hot on the heels of unveiling the new GMC Sierra Elevation, General Motors’ resident SUV and pickup brand is giving the same love to the full-size Yukon SUV. A pair of special edition models — they’re called the Graphite and Graphite Performance Editions, respectively — are set to be offered later this year, packing across-the-board cosmetic and performance upgrades meant to give the SUV a more imposing presence in its segment.

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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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Consumer Reports Rips the 2018 GMC Terrain to Shreds in its Latest Review

Consumer Reports Rips the 2018 GMC Terrain to Shreds in its Latest Review

We haven’t seen a beatdown this bad since Goldberg squashed Brock Lesnar in 2016

Consumer Reports does not like the new GMC Terrain. Actually, that might be an understatement of its own because the publication just laid the smackdown on the new Terrain, squashing the SUV in one of the most damning video reviews we’ve seen in a while. There was a lot said in the space of three minutes, and almost all of them were criticisms of the Terrain. It may only be an opinion of one man — in this case, Autos Editor Mike Quincy — but the beatdown isn’t going to make the Terrain look any better in the eyes of consumers.

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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 Acadia Black Edition

2019 GMC Acadia Black Edition

How does a special edition Acadia sound to all of you?

What’s in a Black Edition? In the case of the GMC Acadia, a lot. The decade-old, mid-sized SUV is getting the special edition treatment in time for the 2018 New York Auto Show. Together with the equally blacked out Terrain Black Edition, the limited-run Acadia gets its name from the prevalent use of black throughout its body, giving potential customers a personalized interpretation of an SUV that’s already teeming with its own personality.

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2019 GMC Terrain Black Edition

2019 GMC Terrain Black Edition

Dark trim touches for a custom look

The GMC Terrain has been around since 2009, first breaking cover at the New York International Auto Show. The second-gen model arrived earlier this year in Detroit, and now, there’s a special Black Edition heading to New York offering a select number of dark aesthetic upgrades.

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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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GMC Yukon Denali Gets More Premium Features with Ultimate Black Edition Pack

GMC Yukon Denali Gets More Premium Features with Ultimate Black Edition Pack

Available in any color as long as it’s black

Introduced in 2014, the fourth-generation GMC Yukon Denali received favorable reviews so far, being praised for its spacious cabin, luxury features, and cutting-edge technology. The new Denali model also took a big bite into Cadillac sales, which speaks volumes about how close modern GMC’s are to Caddys in terms of premium features. But you can never have too much exclusivity, so GMC just rolled out a new limited-edition version of the Yukon Denali. Dubbed Ultimate Black Edition, it can be had with a black exterior only and with a few add-ons that enhance its premium looks.

More specifically, Onyx Black is the only exterior color available. Yup, it’s the old Ford Model T routine with any color as long as it’s black. The custom 22-inch wheels are also finished in black but also have chrome inserts. More chrome can be seen on the mirror caps and the polished exhaust pipe. Needless to say, the chrome features are a nice contrast to the glossy black paint. Inside the cabin, the only extra features are the premium, carpeted floor mats.

The Ultima Black Edition also includes the Open Road Package as standard. The bundle adds a nine-month trial of Sirius XM and NavTraffic, power sunroof, and rear-seat entertainment. It also includes the Power-Retractable Assist Steps, the Enhanced Security Package including door and liftgate lock shields, glass breakage sensors, interior motion detectors, and self-powered horn and vertical movement sensors. Finally, the limited-edition comes with Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.

The 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivers the same 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque as in the regular model and mates to the 10-speed automatic that GMC introduced for the 2018 model year.

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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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2018 GMC Terrain – Driven

2018 GMC Terrain – Driven

Completely revised and ready for family life

Crossovers are all the rage these days, and that trend doesn’t look to be subsiding anytime soon. Automakers have to be on their A-game in this category – especially in the two-row mid-size category. It seems everybody and their grandma is trading their sedans for these high-riding wagons. As such, GMC has completely revamped its contender in the class, the Terrain. In fact, it’s all new for 2018, sharing no parts with the first generation model.

I recently spent a week living with this new second-generation family hauler. From shuttling the kiddo to and from school and bringing home the groceries to taking the wife on a hot date – the 2018 Terrain proved willing and able. My SLT tester slots above the SL and SLE trims, so it comes with plenty of standard features. It also slots under the swanky Denali trim, so it’s not completely loaded out. It seems the SLT trim makes a great middle ground, especially considering its $32,315 starting price. Naturally, GMC didn’t loan me an options-free model, so I had the opportunity to try the Terrain’s more upscale features. Here’s how it went.

Continue reading for more on the 2018 GMC Terrain.

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