Recently, Kia’s been running a commercial called “The Kia Chairlift.” The ad shows a Sportage driving some skiers up a relatively tame incline in place of a chairlift. Don’t get me wrong: that’s impressive. I’m reasonably sure my FWD would be alternately spinning itself into ruts and sliding into ravines. However, a Sportage can’t really be considered a terrain-conquering beast. And it certainly couldn’t make it to the top of the Flute Bowl.
What’s a Flute Bowl?
I’m glad you asked. The Flute Bowl is a remote area on Whistler Mountain not accessible by chairlift. To reach its peak, skiers need to walk nearly 45 minutes uphill. And nothing’s more fun than interrupting a day of skiing to haul your gear up a mountain like a 19th-century surveyor. Whistler Blackcomb was looking for a better solution, so they asked their partner GMC. GMC was already providing “a fleet of Professional Grade trucks and SUVs on the mountain,” but this task demanded something special.
All Mountain Sierra HD 2.0 (GMC Snow Tank)
The GMC All Mountain Sierra HD 2.0 (which I would have named the GMC Snow Tank) is nothing if not special. Based on the All-Terrain X, it has little trouble climbing even the steepest surfaces. A 6.6L Duramax Diesel with 910lb-ft of torque is just the beginning of its ridiculous spec sheet. The All-Mountain’s most obvious upgrades are the 18-inch 175 Series Mattracks that guarantee traction in the snow. To accommodate those triangular tank treads, GMC needed to install a 12-inch lift kit. But that’s not all. Other modifications include:
Whistler Blackcomb Custom Wrap
The GMC Snow Tank also hangs on to the standard (“standard” in the sense the same way that Rolls Royce mixes real diamonds in their paint) features of GMC’s All-Terrain series. Those features include:
Heated Steering Wheel
Black Sport Side Steps
All Terrain Grille Insert With Chrome Grille Surround
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Sierra 1500 has made major upgrades since its previous year. From technology to safety, the Sierra has got all fields covered. If you’ve been considering a Sierra, here are a few reasons why you should give the Sierra 1500 a look.
1. Powerful engines
The Sierra has three different engines to choose from.
4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 VVT DI
5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 VVT DI
6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 VVT DI
The 4.3L pushes out 285 horsepower, the 5.3L pushes out 355hp and the 6.2L pushes out 420hp.
2. Fuel Economy
The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 gets on average 18/24 mpg in the city and on the highway. That is considerably better than a lot of the trucks out on the road today!
3. Nearly Silent Ride
On the 2016 Sierra 1500, you’ll find multiple sound-suppressing features. Upgrades like:
triple door seals
Valved Exhaust System
Magnetic Ride Control suspension
Carpeted wheel wells
Hydraulic mounting system
4. Attractive Interior
There is plenty of space for the driver and passengers to stretch out. The 2016 GMC Sierra allows you to drive in comfort on long road trips or just your daily commute. The dash and console has big buttons and is easy to maneuver from feature to feature.
5. Responsive Infotainment System
The 2016 GMC Sierra comes with IntelliLink. This system provides navigation, music, and so much more. Features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto allow you to mirror your phone while keeping your eyes on the road. This infotainment system is super easy to maneuver and its navigation system works great!