latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car dfca6_cq5dam.web_.1280.1280-5-610x407 GMC Introduces More Sensible ‘Xtreme’ Off-Road Truck GMC

Do you want heavy-duty work truck wrapped in black sheetmetal fit for a henchman? You’re in luck, my productive and sinister friend.

GMC has expanded its All Terrain X series to include the Sierra 2500HD. It joins the midsize Canyon and full-size Sierra 1500 in offering the X trim, but it’s squarely aimed at its offroad-ready, crosstown rival — the Ram Power Wagon.

Introduced in Austin, Texas, on Monday, the most noteworthy changes on the Sierra HD include Z71 off-road suspension, underbody shielding, a sports bar (no, not that kind of sports bar), Duratrac MT 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 a lot of shiny bits are now painted black, you won’t find oversized “All Terrain X” decals anywhere on this GMC.

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That’s probably because it still considers itself a slightly more serious work truck. 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 of torque are at the ready. That’s almost the same pulling power 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 — 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 isn’t going to give either serious consideration. But for the Power Wagon buyer, GMC is finally offering a badass alternative.

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