Some GMC news coming out of the Houston Auto Show. It’s where the automaker unveiled the new special edition 2016 Sierra 1500 All Terrain X on Wednesday. It boils down to a new trim package that enhances off-road capability and gives it a monochromatic appearance.
The biggest draw will likely be the 5.3-liter V8 engine coupled with a performance exhaust. GMC says it bumps horsepower up from 355 to 365. Other performance upgrades come via special off-road 265/65R18SL Mud-Terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires on 18-by-8.5-inch black aluminum wheels.
It comes with the Z71 Off-Road suspension package with Rancho monotube shocks, high-capacity air cleaner, Hill Descent Control and underbody transfer case shield. It also comes with Rear Park Assist.
The monochromatic design includes a front grille, body-colored parts, tinted chrome accents and body side moldings. There are also black accents on the side steps, side mirrors and B-pillars. A bed-mounted sport bar supports an accessory off-roading LED lighting package.
Drivers can choose from Light Steel Gray Metallic, Stone Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Summit White and Onyx Black colors.
“Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It joins other models such as the new Sierra Elevation and premium Sierra Denali to offers more choices for finding the premium truck that matches customers’ style and capability needs.”
This pickup segment is a busy one and the Sierra All Terrain X has some very tough competition, namely the Ford F-150 Raptor, Jeep Wrangler, Ram Rebel and Power Wagon. Chevy’s also introduced a trail-oriented Colorado Z71 Trail Boss.
There’s no pricing yet for the new “X” trim, but the regular All Terrain package on the Sierra SLT trim starts at about $52,000. Look for it in dealerships this spring.
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