Do you want heavy-duty work truck wrapped in black sheetmetalÂ fit for a henchman? You’re in luck, my productive andÂ sinisterÂ friend.
GMC has expanded its All Terrain X series to include the Sierra 2500HD. It joins theÂ midsizeÂ Canyon and full-size Sierra 1500 in offering the X trim, but it’s squarely aimed at its offroad-ready, crosstown rival â€” the Ram Power Wagon.
IntroducedÂ in Austin, Texas, on Monday, the most noteworthy changes on the Sierra HD include Z71 off-road suspension,Â underbody shielding, a sports bar (no, not that kind of sports bar), Duratrac MTÂ tires, and a locking rear differential. Other big changes revolve predominantly around appearance, which could be considered “tasteful” when compared to the Power Wagon. While aÂ lot of shiny bits are now painted black, you won’t find oversizedÂ “All Terrain X”Â decals anywhere on this GMC.
That’s probably because it still considers itself a slightly more serious work truck.Â Its 6.0-liter V8 makes 360 horsepower and 380 pounds-feet of torque as standard. Should you choose to opt for the new 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8, to the tune of an additional $8,500, 445 hp and 910 lb-ft ofÂ torque are at the ready. That’s almost the same pulling powerÂ as a Super Duty hauling an entire stable of horses, not a fun-oriented ORV.
The pickup features a list of niceties that don’t come to mind when thinking about mud bogging or hill climbs â€” like GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with 8-inch color touchscreen, remote starting system, remote-locking tailgate, rear visibility camera, leather seats, and heated front seats and steering wheel.
While the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro and forthcoming Ford F-150 Raptor are great choices for off-road enthusiasts, someone who needs a heavy-duty work truck isnâ€™t going to give either serious consideration. But for the Power Wagon buyer,Â GMC is finally offering a badass alternative.
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