2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X

GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X

GMC’s All Terrain package provides off-road capability. GMC’s 2500HD All Terrain X package provides even more of it, and does it with attitude. The latest model to receive the X treatment is the Sierra 2500HD. Before it, GMC put the extreme off-road spin on the Canyon and Sierra 1500. But, given the size and power of the 2500HD, it might outperform both of them.

Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X

After all, even GMC describes the All Terrain X as the “most off-road-capable model in the Sierra HD lineup.” On paper, the X backs up that promise pretty effectively. GMC offers a choice between a 6.0L Gas V8 Or 6.6L V8 Duramax Turbo Diesel. The Duramax commands a segment-leading 445 hp and 910 lb.-ft. Of torque. To handle that kind of output, the X will come with a Z71 off-road suspension package. Additionally, the underbody shield will provide confidence for taking on any terrain.

Bells and Whistles

The equipment that comes standard on the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X includes:

18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels
Massive LT275/65R18 Goodyear Duratrac MT-Rated Tires
Body-colour grille with All Terrain insert
4-inch black sport steps
A ridiculously long model name

In keeping with its performance-first nature, the Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X will be available only in Black Onyx and Summit White. And, in keeping with the All Terrain X tradition, supplies will be very limited. But don’t worry, for those of us who don’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road, the X’s special features might be overkill, anyway. With the regular Sierra 2500HD, you can still get the monster 6.6L Duramax. Plus, if you bring your truck to Capital Customs, we can customize it for a fraction of the price.

Meet the 2018 GMC Terrain

2018 GMC Terrain

According to vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing, Duncan Aldred, “GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain.” 700,000 of the first-generation Terrain have been sold in North America since 2009. Now, GMC is redesigning the widely popular Terrain for 2018. The hard angles that defined earlier models have been abandoned. GMC has smoothed out the interior into elegant lines. But the visual shakeup is hardly the most interesting change.

2018 GMC Terrain Electronic Percision Shift
GMC’s New EPS

Shifting from Levers

GMC’s biggest announcement was the removal of the shift lever. Electronic Precision Shift, a row of buttons and switches, will replace standard shifter. Neutral and Park are buttons, while Drive and Reverse must be pulled like switches. The difference will (hopefully) keep drivers from selecting the wrong mode. While it might seem strange to get rid of shift levers, the move frees up space in the center console. Room for storage has always been important to SUV buyers. But in a crowded market space, it’s hard to distinguish your brand. GMC hopes EPS is the kind of solution that will help them stand out.

2018 GMC Terrain Conquerors

GMC has revamped the Terrain’s powertrain selection as well. Buyers can choose from:
1.5L Turbo DOHC DI
2.0L Turbo DOHC DI
1.6L Turbo Diesel

The 1.5L and 2.0L engines are complemented by new nine-speed automatic transmissions. The Ford and Chevrolet designed gearbox has never appeared in a GMC vehicle before.

Safety Technology

The 2018 Terrain will also be packed with a suite of available features represents the latest in safety technology:

Surround vision
Forward Collision Alert
Lane Change Alert
Lane Keep Assist
Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
And More

If you can’t wait until the release of the 2018 model, or if you’re really into shift levers, you can still find out why the GMC Terrain is one of North America’s favourite SUVs. Check out our inventory of brand-new Terrains.

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid will be available for sale in the Spring of 2017

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Electric vehicles have already started taking over our roads. Well, they’re taking over the ones populated with charging stations, anyway. But the mainstream EVs and hybrids being produced now have, naturally, prioritized function over form. With lightweight construction being necessary for driving range, manufacturers haven’t been focusing on comfort and style. Hopefully that can change with the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In.

The CT6 Plug-In is a hybrid coming this spring. The CT6 will boast a remarkable 3.6Le/100km. It also reports a driving range of 643 kilometres. With those specs, drivers won’t need to fill up or plug in very often. Cadillac, however, has always made its name for power and style, not quiet economy. Will mainstream fans of Cadillac be disappointed?

In Short, No

In the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, a two-motor EVT system will be paired with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. This will give the car an impressive 335 hp. Per Cadillac’s press release, the CT6 will “propel the vehicle from a zero to 96km/h (60 mph) in an estimated 5.2 seconds.” As for luxury, the Plug-In will have all the features from Cadillac’s Premium Luxury trim. Surely, combining efficiency, power, and style can’t be cheap.

What Does It Cost?

It’s important to remember, Cadillac is pursuing luxury and power while integrating the latest in EV tech. And that comes at a cost. Still, the MSRP of $85,995 will put the Plug-In CT6 beyond the reach of most consumers. But the same can be said for most hybrids and pure EVs today. The Tesla Model S starts at a staggering $90,400. Quite simply, the fuel savings drivers will reap won’t mitigate the purchase price for a long time. Still, electric vehicles are becoming less expensive every day.

For now, Cadillac fans might be better off driving the standard CT6. Its 2.0L Turbo engine features direct-injection, dual overhead cams, and variable-valve timing to deliver thrilling performance. You’d have trouble finding a more enjoyable way to wait for EVs to become more affordable. And, with autonomous technology threatening to get rid of drivers completely, you should enjoy a little power while you still can.

The 5 Best Midsize Trucks

GMC Canyon: The Best Midsize Truck
Looking for a midsize pickup? Here are several options that continue to gain traction in the market place.

Who Built the Best Midsize Truck?

The only premium midsize truck, has also been named the Best Midsize Truck of 2016 overall by Cars.com. To determine their winner, Cars editors ran five pickups through their paces to test an array of attributes. The vehicles they tested were the 2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Nissan Frontier. As you can see in the chart below, despite not winning the most categories, the Canyon won the most points overall. 

2016 ModelsCategory WinsOverall Points
1. GMC Canyon42,509
2. Honda Ridgeline92,490
3. Chevrolet Colorado22,462
4. Toyota Tacoma32,390
5. Nissan Frontier42,307

Cars editors named the Canyon the lightest of the trucks tested. At the same time, it had the largest maximum payload and tow rating. Despite the power and the light frame, the Canyon remains comfortable and quiet. “The GMC’s low road and wind noise rivals the Honda and is more impressive considering the Canyon is a traditional body-on-frame truck,” said Joe Bruzek, senior road test editor.

Consistently Good

Despite not winning the most categories, the Canyon earned the most overall points. Consequently, Cars named it the Best Midsize Truck. That’s because it performed generally well in every tested category. The Ridgeline, on the other hand, won an impressive number of categories, but it lost a few categories badly. Some drivers might prefer specific strengths and weaknesses. But, when you think about it, most drivers of midsize trucks need good balance. Fuel economy and maneuverability are paramount, but so is towing power. That’s not a natural combination of traits, so midsize pickups must be flexible. Therefore, most drivers will gravitate toward one that performs well in every situation.

Bottom Line

The GMC Canyon has a standard 4-cylinder gasoline engine that can be upgraded to Duramax 2.8L turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine. It also comes with Tow/Haul Mode, Hill Start Assist, and StabiliTrak® with Traction Control. While the result would make the Canyon sound like any half-ton workhorse, that’s not really the case. GMC’s midsize combines power with impressive maneuverability and luxury details. Being the first smart-sized luxury pickup, means you get both power, comfort, and maneuverability: no compromise.

Buick Lacrosse: The Best New Large Premium Car

 

2017 Buick Lacrosse
2017 Buick Lacrosse – Luxury 4 door sedan with AWD, 5-passenger sitting & a 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.

The Best Large Premium Car

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada has named the Buick LaCrosse “Best New Large Premium Car.” The winner was determined by the average score of 70 top automotive journalists in Canada. They convene in Clarington annually for a four-day test driving event. To those who’ve driven the LaCrosse, the win shouldn’t be a great surprise.

Buick’s Canadian brand director, Mike Speranzini, responded by saying, “Thanks AJAC, we’ve got our happy socks on.” The playful response maybe undercuts the real excitement Buick is feeling for the recognition. That’s because the company is in the midst of overhauling its lineup. The objective is to engage a generation of drivers who see Buick as catering to a more “mature” audience… Old people. If they continue to make vehicle’s like the 2017 LaCrosse, that won’t be a problem for long. There are many reasons the LaCrosse received its award. But, for Speranzini, the LaCrosse’s recognition comes down to “premium styling, quietness and connectivity.”

Designing Luxury

2015 Buick Avenir Concept
The 2015 Buick Avenir Concept

It’s hard to argue with the first point. After all, the LaCrosse was influenced by Buick’s stunning Avenir concept car. You can see the family resemblance in the LaCrosse’s darkened waterfall grill, metallic side accents, and hood contours.

As for quietness, the LaCrosse once again stands out. QuietTuningTM and ultra-dissipative acoustic materials dampen the engine and the roar of the road. Active Noise Cancellation monitors the sound of the engine and emits negative ways to cancel it out.

It’s Fun to Drive, Too

A standard 3.6L V6 Engine with variable valve timing and direct injection gives the LaCrosse more than enough power underfoot. At the same time, the Stabilitrak® control system smooths the rough edges of the road. When engaged, the playfully stiff “Sport Mode” increases responsiveness and the feel of the throttle.

Obviously, Buick is a huge part of the massive selection of vehicles we offer here at Capital. We invite you to check out our Buick inventory by clicking below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help!

Buick Inventory
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Winter Maintenance Tips: Frozen Fluids

Winter maintenance tips: frozen fluids

Winter Maintenance

When it’s extremely cold outside, a cup of warm coffee can freeze in the air. I’ll admit that antifreeze is designed for slightly higher performance than a cup of Tim Hortons. But, at the same time, most vehicle fluids aren’t designed for Saskatchewan winters. Here are a few things you should know about fluids as you perform your winter maintenance:

Antifreeze

Its name can be a bit misleading because pure antifreeze only has a freezing point of about -8C°. The freezing point is only lowered by the addition of water. Most of the antifreeze you can purchase comes pre-mixed with water at a 50/50 ratio. That balance will be sufficient for most temperatures, except the extremes. During the coldest months, increasing the ratio of antifreeze to water (approximately 65/35) will lower the freezing point of your antifreeze dramatically while keeping the boiling point from dropping too low. Take note, however, that modern vehicles are calibrated to read their internal temperatures with a 50/50 blend.  

Winter-Blend Gasoline

You may not know it, but the gasoline you pump in June is different from the blend you pump in December. The difference hinges upon the Reid Vapor Pressure rating (RVP). The higher the RVP, the more easily the fuel evaporates. Summer blend gasoline has a lower RVP to prevent evaporation and decrease excessive pollution. Winter-blend fuel has a higher RVP so that enough gasoline can evaporate even in freezing temperatures. Fortunately, refineries take uncertainty out of the equation for consumers and supply winter-blend gasoline only during the appropriate months. So, this technically isn’t a winter maintenance tip, but it’s still good to know.

Oil Viscosity

For most drivers, remembering to have their oil changed regularly concludes their thoughts on the subject. They rarely consider the type of oil they’re using. Engine oils have a number of distinguishing features, but only viscosity is relevant to cold temperatures. Viscosity is the oil’s thickness, and different oils retain optimal viscosity at different temperatures. That’s why it’s important to pick the right oil for your climate. In the rating 5W-30, 5W is the winter rating (30 is the high-temperature rating), tested at 0°F. The lower the number before the W, the quicker oil will flow in your engine when it is cold.   

Bottom Line

Regular maintenance is essential to keeping your vehicle on the road and avoiding costly repairs down the road. No matter what time of year you need it, our service specialists are here not only to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape but to help you learn best practices when it comes to maintaining a healthy vehicle. Call us today at 1-866-789-3032 or better yet, come in and see us!

The Death of the Driver

Death of the Driver
The new OnStar Go will help drivers make safe and smart decisions while on the road!

Autonomous technology isn’t going away: this much you already know. Lane-keeping systems, blind spot monitoring, and parking assistance systems are becoming standard features on new vehicles. But what’s around the corner? Is autonomous technology signalling the death of the driver?

Current and Future Tech

GM, for example, has recently partnered with  IBM to combine OnStar with the Watson supercomputer (jeopardy, not chess). They’re calling the result OnStar Go, the first “cognitive mobility platform” in the automotive industry. Per GM, OnStar Go can help with things like “avoiding traffic when you’re low on fuel, then activating a fuel pump and paying from the dash; ordering a cup of coffee on the go; or getting news and in-vehicle entertainment tailored to your personality and location”. Personally, the idea of my car prescribing Michael Bublé for an angry Monday commute intrigues me. However, I can imagine some drivers want less distractions, less intrusion, and a purer driving experience. Will they be able to find it in 20 years?

Death of the Driver

Henrik Christensen, from UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, has made a startling prediction. He says that “kids born today will never get to drive a car.” By the time they’re old enough, autonomous cars will have overthrown their manual ancestors. Whether or not Christensen’s prediction will hold true even in places like Saskatchewan, I can’t say. Ice, snow, extreme cold, and scattered populations will challenge  autonomous vehicles.  At the very least, by that time, things like the Forward Collision Alert, available across the 2017 GMC lineup, will have become a baseline standard. The driver will have few, if any, responsibilities. When automakers deploy vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), cars will scan the streets in real time to avoid hazards and maintain safe driving distances. This, in turn, will allow roads and highways to become narrower, saving space in a congested world. Some drivers (Will Smith in I, Robot, for one) will always prioritize motoring passion over convenience. But it’s not hard to imagine “manual driving” being outlawed at some point considering autonomous cars will make fewer errors than us.

Drive While You Can

While I can’t answer that, I can say that we’re decades from complete autonomy on our roads. Until driverless vehicles can travel safely from Cupar to Regina in blowing snow, human drivers aren’t going anywhere. And, for now at least, technology is actually making life better for drivers who like to drive. Take a spin in a Cadillac CTS-V– with  Magnetic Ride Control, for example. You’ll won’t be excited for autonomous cars to take over after that kind of thrill. So, enjoy the road before the death of the driver.

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Nine is the New Six

GM 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
The newly engineered transmission brings greater efficiency & smoother performance.

General Motors is set to introduce a nine-speed automatic transmission, the days of the standard six-speed transmission may be numbered. In a partnership with rival Ford, GM is preparing to equip 2017 and 2018 front-drive Chevrolet vehicles with the new transmission. Why is this good news for consumers?

Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission

Per Motor Trend, the “nine-speed comes nicely packaged with all its gears in line with the crankshaft.” A “selectable one-way clutch” will replace two-clutch system of old. This keeps the gearbox small and light. For those of us who aren’t mechanics (me), the improvements translate to a two percent increase in fuel economy. You also get better acceleration and smaller engine vibrations. When can you expect the new transmission?

For buyers, the transmission is already available in the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu. The technology will first show up in in the 2017 Cruze compacts with diesel engines, and the 2018 Equinox. From there, we can expect the nine-speed to replace the six in a wide range of Ford and GM vehicles (10 by the end of 2017).

Bringing Up the Rear

Meanwhile, Ford has focused on a 10-speed automatic transmission for rear-wheel drive vehicles. Car and Driver notes that the tighter ratios between gears “keep the engine closer to peak power during full-throttle acceleration.” These features are important for rear-drive vehicles demanding high performance. That’s why the 10-speed has begun rolling out in the 2017 Ford F-150, Raptor, and the Chevrolet Camaro Z-L1.

Win-Win for Consumers

When rival automakers partner to make vehicles perform better while consuming less fuel, no one loses.