Monday, June 28, 2010

The 2011 GMC Sierra HD

It’s no secret that the GMC brand has long been synonymous with power and durability. Unlike the trucks produced by other manufacturers, the GMC Sierra has produced an exemplary track record of serving as a not just a vehicle, but more importantly, as a tool for construction and towing. Given that, it should come as no surprise that the GMC Sierra is set to continue to dominate the competitive, heavy-duty segment of the pickup truck market.

Although the 2011 Sierra is, physically, nearly identical to previous year models, a closer look at its internal components show a considerable amount of progress behind its engineering. The Sierra 2500 HD features a completely new frame, marked by a number of improvements to its suspension. Furthermore, the truck also now features a new optional diesel engine with an advanced exhaust breaking system, in addition to various new electronics designed to aid in component management and driving.

Perhaps the pinnacle of refinements made to the 2011 Sierra, however, is perhaps the new Denali trim that’s been added for the upcoming model year. Available only as a crew cab with the 4wd option, the Sierra Denali features a plethora of new options including rear parking sensors, a Bose stereo, heated leather seats, and the trademark Denali chrome grill.

Powering the vehicle are motor options of a 6.0 liter V8 producing 360 horsepower and 380 lb/ft. of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. For those who need more towing capabilities, however, there also is the 6.6 liter turbocharged V8 with an output of 397 horsepower, and a ridiculous 765 lb/ft. or torque, more than enough to get what you need to where you need it.

These upgrades to what was already a more than solid platform should only help further secure the GMC Sierra’s place at the top of the HD truck pyramid.

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