The 2018 GMC Canyon

The 2018 GMC Canyon parked illegally.

The 2018 GMC Canyon

For a few years, the GMC Canyon has been billed as the first premium midsize truck. And the 2018 GMC Canyon is poised to continue defending that legacy. The current generation of Canyon/Colorado began in 2006. That means we will soon see a complete redesign. It also means, with the Canyon nearing the end of its life, the changes for 2018 are minimal. But that’s not such a bad thing. GMC has included a few styling tweaks including new mirrors and two new colours: Marine Blue and Satin Steel. But let’s be honest, it looks better than the Colorado in any colour. However, drivers will be more interested in what’s under the hood.

Engines:

The base engine in the 2018 GMC Canyon is still the 2.5L 4-cylinder. It delivers 200 horsepower, 191 lb.-ft. of torque, and max trailering of 3,500 pounds. It’s capable and definitely fuel efficient for a pickup. But it’s the 2018 Canyon’s other two engines that will steal the show.

Next, is the 3.6L V6. It gets 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. GMC has also included Active Fuel Management to reduce the number of cylinders in use when performance demands are low. That means as you pull out of your driveway, or cruise at low speeds, you aren’t wasting fuel with full 6-cylinder operation.

Last, is a Duramax 2.8L I-4 Turbo Diesel. The engine cranks out 181 horsepower and a stunning 369 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine is available on SLE models and up.

Canyon

Notably for 2018, a 7” IntelliLink Screen is replacing the standard 4.2” model. That’s a welcome adjustment that defeats the need for eye strain. And you can use it for the Rear Vision Camera that’s standard across the lineup. Obviously, it makes parking, and reversing in general, much easier. That’s particularly welcome with the Canyon being such a big small truck. All 2018 Canyons also come with projector-type LED signature headlamps. LEDs are both brighter and longer-lasting than traditional bulbs.

Canyon SLE

The 2018 Canyon SE elevates the standard of comfort and style quite quickly. Upgrades to the aluminum interior trim and soft-touch instrument panel. The Steering wheel is leather-wrapped. And Remote Keyless Entry. The SLE’s infotainment screen is 8”. It works in accordance with the 4.2” Driver Information Center. Other standard equipment includes:

  • Fog lamps
  • EZ-lift tailgate
  • 17” Blade Silver Wheels
  • Auto-dimming mirror

Canyon SLT

It also comes standard with the 3.6L engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The shorter distance between gears results in smoother acceleration and improved fuel economy. The 2018 GMC Canyon SLT also comes with:

  • Standard Remote Start
  • Front heated seats
  • Chrome folding heated mirrors
  • 18” Polished Aluminum Wheels

Canyon Denali

GMC Denali is the peak of professional grade. As you probably expect, the Canyon Denali will feature custom stitching and badging as well as premium interior materials. You also heated/ventilated leather seats, heated steering wheel, and burnished aluminum trims. The Canyon Denali comes with the latest safety technology, too. Lane Departure Warning keeps you centered while driving and Forward Collision Alert helps avert some life-threatening collisions by using sensors at the front of your truck. Other Denali equipment includes:

  • Standard trailering package
  • 20” Ultra-Bright Aluminum Wheels
  • Spray-on bedliner
  • Bose Premium Surround Sound

The 2018 GMC Canyon will be arriving fall 2017. Visit here for more information

 

The 2018 GMC Acadia: Family Fun

The 2018 GMC Acadia

If you have a growing family, you may need three rows for your family, but you don’t have the heart to listen to the automatic slide door of a Honda Odyssey shut the book on your youth. Well, there are options for those who need more passenger (or cargo) space, but aren’t interested in minivans. The 2018 GMC Acadia midsize SUV is one of those options. And, frankly, it’s one the most attractive ones.

The 2018 GMC Acadia

What you’ll immediately notice is the style. The GMC Acadia does not look like it has three rows of seating. The exterior lines are sculpted and sharp, giving the impression of a much smaller vehicle. At the same time, the 2018 Acadia retains the rugged strength that has become GMC’s signature. The grille of the SLT model is the winner of the bunch with three sharply cut slats. Finally, any of the wheel options, beginning with the standard 17” painted aluminum wheels, portray the same degree of toughness and style.

Power

Usually, drivers of family-oriented vehicles usually aren’t interested in detailed engine specifications. They like to know that their vehicles can move quickly and quietly, while keeping up at highway speeds. And, under those criteria, the 2018 Acadia is won’t disappoint. The base engine is a 2.5L inline four with 193 horsepower. While that unit won’t set the world alight, it’s capable of pushing the Acadia along comfortably. Towing capacity is obviously limited, but you get great fuel economy (10.1 L/100km combined) considering the Acadia’s size. And,If you upgrade to the 3.6L V6, you get 4 times more towing capacity and 310 horsepower.

Interior

Comfort has been significantly improved over the previous year’s model. Passengers in any of the seats will have enough legroom and head clearance for substantial driving durations (but whoever ends up in the middle of the rear bench will probably still complain). As a welcome consequence of the enlarged center console, the driver gets a more stable rest for their arm (drive with two hands on the wheel or whatever).

The fit and finish, as drivers may have come to expect from GMC are exceptional. There is ample space for drivers and passengers and comfort is prevalent. However, the Denali trim is not as refined as in the brands other models. But we can expect this to improve as the Acadia enters the middle years of its model cycle.

Admittedly, the cargo space behind the third row of seating is minimal. So, if you need to move seven people and a mountain of gear, you might be out of luck. But that’s really the consequence of GMC making the Acadia trim and stylish. It doesn’t look like a minivan, so you can’t expect it to be as capacious as one. That being said, when you fold down the third row, you’ll have enough room for almost anything you need to haul. If you need gear for a weeklong camping expedition and four people, no problem.

Safety

As you probably expect from GMC, the 2018 Acadia has an impressive suite of safety technology. That’s especially reassuring when you’re driving a vehicle the size of the Acadia. No, it’s not as big as the Yukon, but when you’re driving with your family it’s nice to know that your vehicle has your back. Available safety technology includes:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane-Departure Warning
  • Lane-Keeping Assist

While the Acadia is neither the ultimate stylish crossover, or shameless people-mover, it strikes a pleasant balance between the two. GMC really hit the right notes with the exterior styling. And the

GMC Like a Pro

GMC Like A Pro

The age of professional grade is (mostly) dead. GMC has decided to rejuvenate its primary slogan. Like A Pro carries a more conversational tone and bridges the gap between the weekend warrior and those who need a work truck to for hard work. But the ostensible justification for keeping Chevy and GMC distinct was the existence of that gap. So, it will be interesting to see if the new image encroaches upon the market space of Chevrolet with whom GMC share platforms.

Per GMC, “‘Like A Pro’ celebrates GMC vehicles and customers — people who passionately live life to a higher standard. The Like A Pro campaign illustrates the core values of ‘We Are Professional Grade’ and shows the emotional connection customers have with their GMC trucks and SUV models.” Of course, the product is at the heart of any campaign. So, let’s take a look at the range of Like A Pro vehicles. In the interest of space, we’ll have to ignore GMC’s SUV lineup for now.

Sierra

GMC’s full-sized pickup has been a staple in Canada, going up against the Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500, and Ford F-150. But what does it mean to Sierra like a pro? Well, the Sierra is probably GMC’s flagship vehicle. That’s because of its power, dependability, and style. The 2017 model comes with a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine capable of delivering 285 horsepower. GMC have also taken an industry lead by offering Active Fuel Management as a standard feature. Active Fuel Management disables half of the engine’s available cylinders when the performance demands are low. Obviously, that saves you money at the pump. More remarkable features include:

  • Available 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 With Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Available OnStar 4G LTE WiFi
  • Standard Chrome CornerStep Bumper
  • Standard Hill Start Assist

Canyon

The GMC Sierra’s younger brother is billed as the world’s first smart-sized luxury pickup. While that might sound like a confusing amalgamation of properties, for many drivers, the Canyon ticks all the boxes. The two gasoline engines are a 2.5L 4-cylinder and a 3.6L V6. They get 200 and 308 horsepower, respectively. But, for those who want extra performance, GMC also offers the legendary Duramax V8. The 2.8L Diesel engine delivers 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Whichever engine you choose, you get a winning combination of power and flexibility. Other standout features include:

  • Standard Rear Vision Camera
  • Standard CornerStep Bumper
  • Available OnStar 4G LTE WiFi
  • Available 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel

To check out GMC’s formerly professional-grade inventory hit the link below. And, as a bonus, here’s some rich guy buying his son a matching Power Wheels Sierra. I never had a Power Wheels as a child, so I guess my father is an amateur.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying GMC Used Trucks in Regina

It's the used trucks buying guide.

Used Trucks in Regina

The streets of Regina (increasingly those in international markets) firmly belong to trucks. Why? First, Saskatchewan drivers work hard. Whether it’s construction, farming, or something else, you need a vehicle that can keep up with you. Second, drivers in Saskatchewan need to conquer some tough road conditions. Black ice, potholes, and a couple feet of snow are just a few of the things you might run into on a given day. So, for safety and comfort on the road, you need something versatile and rugged. Finally, given the volatile price of gasoline, and the increasing emissions standards, you need fuel-efficient used trucks, too. Is it even possible to get everything? In short, yes – and even on sale.

Trucks Work Hard

Obviously, performance comes first for most buyers of used trucks. Knowing that, automakers are continuously building trucks that are lighter, stronger, and more fuel-efficient, year after year. Even with adequate horsepower and torque, hauling or towing can be dangerous jobs. So, to avoid hazards, you need to be confident your truck can maintain its grip and balance. That’s why 4X4 is basically a necessity for most pickup drivers. In Canada, it’s even more important. Four-wheel drive is an effective tool against ice that coats our roads for nearly half of the year, preventing slippage when it matters. Also, it’s essential for any driver who likes to take their truck off-road.

Understanding the Cab

The smallest available cab is the regular cab. It comes with two or three seats in the front row. Regular cabs feature no second row of seating, making it good as a raw workhorse, and not much else. Above the regular cab, is the extended cab, or double cab. These have small rear-seat benches accessed usually through reverse-hinged doors. For drivers planning on carrying more than one passenger on a regular basis, the extended cab isn’t the most practical solution. Quite simply, passengers in the second row won’t find much comfort. The biggest format for most pickups is the crew cab. Crew cabs feature roomier second-row seating accessed through standard, front-hinged doors. Obviously, the extra cabin space makes a crew cab more practical as a daily driver. But, buyers should understand the extra space will cut into the length of the bed.

Premium Features

Buyers of used trucks have traditionally needed to sacrifice some level of comfort. But, with the rising popularity of luxury vehicles, and luxury trims, many truck drivers are opting for an elevated pickup experience. Heated, leather seats; large aluminum rims, and a full suite of infotainment technology are just a few of the things you’ll find in the average truck on today’s roads. Further, with the wealth of available safety technology in modern trucks, additional comfort can be found in peace-of-mind. Features like collision alert, and lane-keeping assistance are quietly revolutionizing the way we drive. And, one of the best advocates of that revolution is GMC.

GMC

GMC offers two primary consumer trucks: the full-size Sierra and the mid-size Canyon. The Sierra is powered by a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine. That engine delivers 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. Customization options are pretty broad Drivers who want a little more power can upgrade to the 5.3L or 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. Those engines bring 355 and 420 horsepower, respectively. The base model Sierra comes with a starting MSRP of $31,070. Of course, if you’re buying pre-owned, you can get it for much less. As the flagship of GMC’s “Like a Pro” mantra, the Sierra is built for performance above all else.

GMC Canyon

Meanwhile, the GMC Canyon, which touts itself as the only premium midsize pickup, offers a bit more flexibility. The Canyon is powered by a 200-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Drivers with also have the option of upgrading to a 3.6L V6 with Active Fuel Management. Active Fuel Management automatically switches the engine from six to three cylinder operation when performance demands are low. Consequently, your engine will consume a lot less fuel. Finally, there’s also a 2,8L Duramax Turbo Diesel for Diesel enthusiasts. But the Canyon’s appeal doesn’t really shine on the spec sheet.

Instead, most drivers will appreciate how the Canyon blends the practicality and power of a truck with convenient size. It’s as comfortable towing a boat as it is parallel parking downtown. And, with a standard rear vision camera, available forward collision alert, and lane-departure warning, the Canyon is fairly civilized. Not only can the Canyon fit into the city, but it can fit into a budget, too. With a starting MSRP of $22,930, the price matches the truck’s size. Of course, pre-owned buyers could pay even less to experience “the first smart-sized luxury pickup”. But, how can you make sure you’re buying a quality used truck?

Assessing Condition

Arguably, buyers of used trucks should be more cautious than buyers of other vehicles. Pickups are normally driven pretty hard. Towing a boat, driving off-road, or hauling construction materials will age a vehicle quicker than placid commuting. Those hard kms won’t be reflected on the odometer. So, how do you tell if a used truck is still in good condition? Well, here are a few inspection tips to get you started.

Exterior

When you check out the exterior used trucks, look for any scratches or ding on the body panels. Look for any overlapping or misaligned panels at the places where they meet. That would suggest the truck had been in an accident and had panels replaced. Of course, you should be able to learn about any major accidents from a service like CarProof that provides vehicle history reports. But inspecting the rest of a vehicle can be a bit more demanding.

Engine

However, you can inspect under the hood without being a mechanic. Look for signs of fluid or corrosion where they shouldn’t be. This indicates leaks which can lead to a host of other problems. Even if you can’t see fluid, you should inspect any visible hoses for damage. At the same time check the belts. They should be flexible and display no undue signs of wear. If they are brittle or cracked, they will need to be replaced before catastrophic engine failure arises.

Tires

Having a worn set of tires isn’t the worst expense a prospective vehicle owner could incur. However, you’ll want to make sure you factor the state of the rubber into any negotiation. Stick a toonie into the treads. If the tread extends into the gold ring in the center, then at least half of the tread life is remaining. Most importantly, you should consider the pattern of wear on the tires. If most of the visible wear is present only on a single side of the tires, it could indicate a more serious problem like a bad wheel alignment.

Obviously, the best way to assess the condition of used trucks is to let a professional inspect them. Most mechanics offer relatively inexpensive pre-purchase inspection. Compared to the amount of money your new truck could cost you, it’s a small investment. And it can help steer you away from vehicles that are in bad condition.

How do you shop for a pre-owned truck? Any tips we missed. Leave us a comment.

 

 

 

 

 

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is Denaliville

Denali is North America’s highest peak. Since 1999, Denali has also been the name of the GMC’s premium trim level. In other words, it is the pinnacle of professional grade. And now, Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is the home of Denaliville, bringing you closer to the peak.

Denali

The Denali trim is available on the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, and Sierra (and Sierra HD). In each vehicle, you get the best in performance, comfort, and technology. All Denali vehicles include an OnStar 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot. Each model also gets a custom, chrome Denali grille, flanked by LED signature lighting. Inside, you’ll find premium leather, French-stitched details, and aluminum accents. Your comfort will be compounded by the pristine silence of the Denali cabin.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

“Terrain helped define the premium compact SUV segment and the all-new 2018 model elevates it with a stronger roster of standard and available features,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “GMC’s proven SUV experience makes it a more compelling choice than ever, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”

Meet the 2018 GMC Terrain.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

The most obvious result of the upgrade is the aesthetic improvements. Overall, the Terrain is sleeker and smoother. The rectangular grille of the previous generation has been supplanted by a rounder, more refined front end. In the SLE and SLT trims, the grille features three sharp, horizontal slats. GMC has made the C pillars semi-transparent, giving the appearance of a floating roof. Also, the headlamps, with LED signatures, appear in a sharp curve.

Performance

GMC has made several turbocharged engines available, including a 1.6L diesel, and 1.5L and 2.0L gasoline variants. The base 1.5L will deliver 170 horsepower. The 2.0L, standard on the Terrain Denali, has 252 horsepower. Both of the gasoline engines will be paired with new nine-speed automatic transmissions for better acceleration and fuel economy. For entertainment, GMC has made OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay standard. But those aren’t the most exciting pieces of tech inside the Terrain.

Electronic Precision Shift

The 2018 GMC Terrain will also introduce Electronic Precision Shift (EPS). In contrast to its somewhat obtuse name, EPS is an elegant candidate to replace the shift lever. Some people are reluctant to part with their beloved shift levers. They may enjoy the firm response like that of a space shuttle’s throttle, or the fact that most shift knobs are terrible and sit next to your stereo’s volume knob.

Either way, EPS should be received as a nice compromise. Drive and Reverse settings are flipped like switches, while Park and Neutral are pressed like buttons. The EPS panel is just below the entertainment and climate controls. In a highly competitive vehicle segment, every advantage is important. And eliminating the shift lever frees up cargo space in between the front seats adding extra practicality to the Terrain.

Trims

The 2018 terrain will be available in several of GMC’s traditional trims.

  • SLE (Starting MSRP $30,195)
  • SLT  (Starting MSRP $37,695)
  • Denali AWD (Starting MSRP $41,695)

As you expect, when you upgrade to Denali, you get the best in comfort and style. The chrome web pattern replaces the base-model grille. GMC has covered body-coloured sideview mirrors with chrome. Seats are high quality leather with Denali stitching. The Terrain Denali also gets a standard suite of safety technology to help you master the road.

  • Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Safety Alert Seat

Obviously, the 2018 GMC Terrain is shaping up to be one of the most exciting crossovers of 2017. GMC has stated it will be available for purchase at the end of the summer.

The 2017 GMC Yukon

If you’ve been looking for quiet comfort, dependability, and power in a full-size SUV, you’ve been looking for the 2017 GMC Yukon.

Meet the 2017 GMC Yukon

Powerful

The Yukon full-size SUV comes with a standard EcoTec3 V8 engine. With that setup, you’ll receive 355 horsepower and and 6300 pounds of standard trailering. Whether conquering long distance road trips, or hauling a serious payload, the Yukon won’t begin to feel sluggish. Although all that power might suggest otherwise, GMC’s full-size SUV also gives you impressive fuel economy. In the city, you’ll get 14.7 L/100km and 10 L/100km on the highway. In part, that comes from the Active Fuel Management system which automatically switches from eight cylinders down to four when you don’t need the extra power.

Quiet

Also surprising, given the size of the engine, is the silence of the cabin. GMC have engineered a remarkably quiet cabin. Sure, you’ll be able to hear the engine as you accelerate, but not distractingly. A number of ingenious noise reduction features tune out rough roads and strong winds. They include:

  • Inlaid doors
  • Acoustic-laminated windshield
  • Triple-sealed doors
  • Valved exhaust system

To make the most of the peace and quiet, the Yukon’s interior is built for comfort. The seats are broad and comfortable, while storage space is maximized by a giant center console and foldaway seating. The authentic aluminum trim and contrast stitching create a cabin that is distinctly professional grade. However, for elevated comfort and style, you should consider the Denali trim.

2017 GMC Yukon Denali

Firstly, upgrading to Denali gets you a comprehensive suite of safety technology including Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. You also get a dynamic Head-Up Display on the windshield. When active, you can see critical driving information without taking your eyes off the road. For entertainment, the Yukon Denali adds Wireless Charging and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound to the base model’s WiFi hotspot and IntelliLink system. And, of course, the Denali trim brings the peak in comfort. Premium, perforated leather seating complements poplar wood inlays. The seats, as well the steering wheel, are heated.

Ultimately, you have to call the 2017 GMC Yukon versatile. Despite its size and power, the SUV is nimble (relatively), quiet, and comfortable. Explore the Yukon for yourself here.

New 2017 Canyon Diesel

For good reason, most Canadians are stigmatized against Diesel engines right now. After Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, Fiat Chrysler (manufacturers of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel) has now been accused of installing undisclosed devices that release diesel emissions exceeding what is permitted under the Clean Air Act. Despite the rule breakers, you shouldn’t swear off diesel engines altogether. Especially now that the GMC Canyon Diesel has arrived.

New 2017 Canyon Diesel

The 2017 GMC Canyon diesel offers a 2.8L Duramax. Its 10.8 L/100 km city and 7.9 L/100 km hwy are the best fuel economy numbers in its class. And, while its 181 horsepower might sound underpowered, it makes full use of each one. With a payload of 1508 pounds and conventional trailering of 7700 pounds, the Canyon has power belying its frame. That frame, by the way, also ensures GMC small pickup is maneuverable. Combined with the standard Rear Vision Camera, the Canyon is surprisingly easy to parallel park.

Auto Trader also mentions that the Canyon is especially quiet for a diesel: “There is a thick blanket of insulation under the hood, and GM has added damping materials to the valve covers and oil pan. […] You can tell that it’s a diesel at idle and while accelerating, but during steady in-town or highway driving the engine is nearly silent.” Additionally, GMC has used an inlaid door design with triple seals. Noise is a factor that mars the driving experience in many diesel vehicles. But, because the Canyon is billed as the first smart-sized luxury pickup, ensuring peace and quiet is vital. And the fact that GMC has managed to do it with a diesel engine is all the more impressive.

More than Diesel

To further the Canyon’s signature luxury, GMC have included a number of first-class features. Those features include projector-beam headlamps with signature LEDs, CornerStep rear bumper, and the available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Of course, there are countless other features that set the Canyon apart. You can check them out for yourself, but the most important thing is to know the Canyon is unmatched among urban trucks that pack functionality when you need it.

But Auto Trader puts it best. They conclude that the Canyon “is a bit of a surprise. It’s a smaller truck that can do almost everything the big ones can. It can haul, it can tow, it can go off-road, and it can take five people to get a double-double.” And, if we’re being honest, that last point is probably the most important for Canadian pickup drivers. You can check out more of the 2017 Canyon’s features by following the link below.

One Million Denalis Sold

GMC recently announced that they’ve sold one million Denalis. The number is made all the more impressive by the fact it took the company less than 20 years to do it.

One million Denalis have been sold since 1997.

One Million Denalis

The Denali trim is available on the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Sierra, and Sierra HD. Your comfort is guaranteed in leather-appointed, heated front seats with French-stitched details. Outside, LED lighting arrays guide the way, bolstered by chrome accents and aluminum wheels. Inside, 4G LTE, and automatic liftgates create a refined driving experience. The latest comprehensive safety suite completes the Denali experience. That includes Following Distance indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and more.

More than Professional Grade

At the North American International Auto Show in 1997, GMC showed off a new concept, the Yukon Denali. At the time, sturdy and practical performance vehicles dominated the SUV market. An SUV was an unattractive option, similar to the minivan. But GMC flipped that stereotype over. Among other upgrades, it introduced a new front clip and polished chrome wheels. Per Rich Latek, marketing director for GMC, Denali forced the company “to commit to excellence; commit to perfecting every last detail from start to finish – but the result; the longevity and success of the Denali line, more than speaks for itself.”

The positive reception from the NAIAS crowd prompted GMC to introduce the Yukon Denali to full production the following year. With its success, GMC continued to expand the lineup. The Sierra 1500 was the second to receive the Denali treatment, followed by the envoy, Sierra HD, and Terrain. With six vehicles now in the Denali stable, driver’s with a wide range of performance needs can get the same high standard of craftsmanship and design. Even as the GMC lineup adapts to the quickly evolving automotive landscape, it seems that Denali will remain a fixture.

The GMC Snow Tank

GMC Snow Tank in action.

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:

  • Fox Shocks
  • Winches
  • 360-Degree Lighting
  • 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:

  • Underbody Shield
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Black Sport Side Steps
  • All Terrain Grille Insert With Chrome Grille Surround

Check out the GMC Snow Tank in action below. And, visit our website to build your own Snow Tank.