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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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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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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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Lexus GX460 VS. GMC Yukon Denali

Lexus GX460 VS. GMC Yukon Denali

Traditional body-on-frame SUVs are becoming something of a rare breed these days with unibody crossovers picking up the sales slack. Folks seem to be more worried about fuel economy than towing numbers or off-road abilities. Still, the market for the old-school, ladder-frame SUV exists and models are still moving off dealer lots.

Two of the more luxurious examples are the Lexus GX460 and the GMC Yukon Denali. Both of these beasts come packing some serious hardware, including V-8 engines, standard/available 4WD and trailer hitch, roof racks, tall ground clearance, and enough attitude to make a snotty high school girl seem angelic.

But how do these two compare when pitted against each other? Both go for the luxury segment, both are slathered in chrome, both offer three rows of seating, and both cost over $60,000. That’s what we’ll find out.

To preface this comparison, both the GMC and Lexus have spent a week in my driveway and were driven on the same roads, in the same conditions, and even photographed in the same place – all within a two-month window. So let’s get to it.

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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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General Motors Trademarks "Badlands" Moniker

General Motors Trademarks "Badlands" Moniker

General Motors has filed for a trademark on yet another truck name, this one just as promising as the Z71 Trail Boss name that came before it. This time, it’s “Badlands.”

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GM Reportedly Considering Hummer-Inspired SUV

GM Reportedly Considering Hummer-Inspired SUV

More rumors of GMC building a Wrangler-fighter have surfaced, this time from insiders talking to the Wall Street Journal. What’s more, GMC may take inspiration from the defunct Hummer brand in its design.

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Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

Crowning the Winner: The 2015 Truck of Texas

I’ve already given the introduction to how much Texans love their trucks and how every year the Texas Auto Writers Association gathers to crown the winner; the coveted “Truck of Texas” award. Now let’s get down to some results.

Besides the main award, there were 17 other categories that each of the 75 vehicles fell into. These consisted of titles like “Midsized Crossover Utility Vehicles” and “Luxury Pickup Trucks.” Awards were also given for best connectivity, best powertrain, and best technology.

Each vehicle was subjected to a battery of tests that measured its ability to perform its intended function, whether that be towing, going off road, surrounding its occupants in luxury, or proving a great all-round family hauler. The vehicles were all competing within their respective category for the win.

So which truck, SUV, or crossover took home the Truck of Texas award? Continue reading to find out.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

The 2015 Truck of Texas Competition Preview

Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.

As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.

Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.

The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.

Click past the jump for a full photo gallery

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TopSpeed Headline News

TopSpeed Headline News

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Ford throws away benefits. DetNews
Strong residuals for the new Range Rover V8. AutoExpress
GM and Ford increase profit with the help of trucks. (...)

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