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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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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 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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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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2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X

2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X

X marks the spot where big tires & floor mats lie

The GMC Canyon is getting another new trim line for 2017 – the All Terrain X. This is package adds to the carry-over All Terrain trim level available on 2015 and 2016 Canyon pickups. This is on top of the new 2017 Canyon Denali GMC has previously announced. And as typical, there are no mechanical upgrades unique to the option package. Rather, the updates consist of slight cosmetic changes designed to spark customer interest.

So what’s different about the All Terrain X? It boils down to an aggressive set of all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners.

Yep, tires and floor mats. Still, the additions make the All Terrain X more capable off the beaten path and easier to clean up when the wheeling is done. Aside from the X portion, the All Terrain package includes several upgrades over the standard 4WD Canyon pickup. We’ll get into that below.

Lastly, the 2017 model year brings a significant powertrain upgrade for the Canyon. Like its corporate cousin, the 2017 Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon is getting the same heavily upgraded 3.6-liter V-6 and new eight-speed automatic transmission. Three horsepower and six pound-feet of torque accompany the addition of Active Fuel Management, a reworked variable valve timing system, and an upgraded direct fuel injection system. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel are unchanged.

The 2017 Canyon will go on sale in Q4 of 2016.

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The 1992 GMC Sonoma GT is Old-School Cool: Video

The 1992 GMC Sonoma GT is Old-School Cool: Video

...and the poor man’s Syclone

Fans of performance pickups will undoubtedly know the 1991 GMC Syclone – the tuborcharged, V-6 compact pickup with AWD that rivaled the C4 Corvette in acceleration. But the Syclone was a compromised truck whose payload and towing capabilities were socked in favor of performance stats. The remedy was this – the 1992 GMC Sonoma GT.

It wasn’t nearly as fast as the Syclone, mostly due to the missing turbocharger and AWD system, but the Sonoma GT still rocked a similar monochromatic color scheme with a lowered stance and wide aero bits down low. And because the Sonoma GT wasn’t built for the track, it retained the towing and payload ratings of the standard V-6 Sonoma. And on that topic, you’ll hear Motor Week say the Sonoma can tow 9,500 pounds. That’s most certainly a typo in the John’s script. A quick search suggests the V-6 Sonoma could pull roughly 6,000 pounds with the Z82 trailer package.

That aside, the Sonoma GT came powered by an up-rated 4.3-liter Vortec V-6 making 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It came backed by the 4L60 four-speed automatic transmission with a console shifter. A limited-slip rear differential kept power flowing to both rear tires. A 3.42:1 gearset was used. The sprint to 60 mph happened in 7.6 seconds, with the quarter mile happening in 16.0 seconds at 85 mph – very respectable times for a early 90s pickup.

Though not mentioned in this video review, GMC only produced the Sonoma GT for 1992 and only 806 were built – making this a rather rare sports truck. While automakers are chasing the current trend of off-road pickups, street machines like the Sonoma GT, Syclone, and Ford’s F-150 Lightning are already modern classics.

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2016 GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition

2016 GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition

More bling for the mid-range SLT trim

GMC is no stranger to building premium, full-size SUVs. The Denali trim found on the Yukon and Yukon XL accounts for a large percentage of Yukon sales, making it an immensely popular option for well-off families, premium limousine services, and high-end corporate shuttles. Well, GMC is introducing a new premium option package for the Yukon. It’s called the Premium Edition and it’s only available on the mid-range SLT trim level.

The special option package adds things like premium wheels, a new front grille design, and of course, more chrome. The package only dresses up the exterior, leaving the interior with the same standard equipment and options found on the SLT trim. That’s doesn’t mean anyone will mistake this Yukon for a bare-bones model by any means.

“The new Yukon SLT Premium Edition adds distinction and personalized style to the already well-appointed Yukon SLT model,” said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager, GMC Trucks & Full-size SUVs. “For discerning customers seeking uncompromising capability and unparalleled refinement in a full-size SUV, Yukon SLT Premium Edition delivers with the latest in technologies, amenities and a unique and premium style.”

The Yukon SLT Premium Edition comes standard with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission does the shifting, while power is routed to either the rear wheels, or all four wheels when 4WD is optioned. And as any proper SUV should, the Yukon can tow a maximum of 8,500 pounds, while the Yukon XL’s tow rating drops only by 200 pounds.

GMC says the Premium Edition trim will become available at dealerships this summer.

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2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition

2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition

GMC’s smallest crossover goes Johnny Cash

The GMC Terrain is getting the Nightfall treatment, debuting as a special edition package on the refreshed crossover. The 2016 model year brought new looks for the Terrain, and now, the five-passenger people hauler is getting the “murdered-out” look for 2017.

“Building on its best year ever, Terrain continues to attract new and style-conscious customers to GMC,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The new Terrain Nightfall Edition adds another great-looking and well-equipped choice for this popular SUV – one that will stand out in a crowd.”

The Terrain is the latest GMC to get the Nightfall appearance package, joining the Canyon Nightfall Edition. Both vehicles offers black wheels, black grilles, black front and rear fascias, and of course, black paint. The Terrain also joins the GMC Sierra All Terrain X as a “personalized” offering from the automaker. GMC hopes to attract buyers hungry for something less mainstream while still getting all the everyday usability found the crossover.

The 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition goes on sale in the fall of 2016. GMC has yet to disclose pricing, but expect GMC to charge a hefty premium. Opting for the Nightfall Edition on the 2016 Canyon results in a $4,815 price increase.

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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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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 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 Canyon Nightfall Edition

2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition

Special edition trucks are all the rage these days and General Motors is on the leading edge of the trend. The automaker’s latest case is the GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition. It combines the also-popular monochrome “murdered” look with some extra features that don’t normally come standard. Still at the foundation is the new-for-2015 Canyon midsize truck with two engine, transmission, and drive wheel options, along with numerous cab and bed configurations. Selecting the Nightfall Edition, however, means first choosing the mid-range SLE trim level with the crew cab. Obviously, the truck only comes in black.

So what’s included? Well, things like a unique black grille, dark painted 18-inch aluminum wheels, black side steps, and a polished exhaust tip. Other non-cosmetic changes include a spray-in bedliner, automatic climate control, the remote start system, rear view camera, and the eight-inch IntelliLink infotainment system.

The SLE trim package already adds some relevant features important to the modern truck buyer, including the G80 automatic locking rear differential on four-wheel-drive models, the auto-dimming rear view mirror, and SiriusXM radio.

Like its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon offers other options for further customization. One of the most interesting is the GearOn cargo management system for the bed. Multiple accessories like dividers and cargo racks for skis and kayaks can be attached to the GearOn bed rails.

Such niceties as these reinforce the fact trucks are purchased more as a lifestyle choice than a necessity. GMC’s Sales and Marketing vice president Duncan Aldred reiterates this. “The Canyon is a lifestyle enabler and its accessories lineup matches lifestyles of all types,” he says. “The accessories take their inspiration from how customers use their vehicle.”

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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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