It was just two years ago that GMC unveiled a brand new Sierra pickup, and the new truck has enjoyed both critical and consumer acclaim with sales on the rise month after month.
For 2016 the truck receives something of a facelift, emphasizing the already rugged and powerful look that the Sierra already boasted. The update includes a revised front and rear treatment, and significantly revised lighting with extensive use of LED technology. Along with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, the daytime running lights, rear lights and fog lights are now all LED for a modern look and improved visibility.
The interior, already a strong suit for the Sierra, also receives upgrades, particularly in the areas of technology and connectivity, including 4G WiFi Hotspot, GM’s OnStar remotelink App, Apple Carplay and Intellilink, which is mated to an 8” touch screen.
Available in the requisite range of cab/bed configurations, the truck is also available in a range of trim options, including the magnificent Denali version, which brings an unparalleled level of luxury to the segment, and Sierra All-Terrain which adds a host of off-road features for those who need it. Each model gets its own distinct grille design.
At any speed, this truck is smooth and whisper-quiet on the road. Great attention has been paid to sound insulation, noise cancellation software, exterior design and fit & finish to achieve this. Even the exhaust system includes a special valve to reduce engine noise.
All three available engines in the lineup employ cylinder deactivation, direct fuel injection, and continuously variable valve timing, which helps them gain output while aiding efficiency in largely undetectable but effective ways. The smallest engine, a 4.3-litre V6, is more than adequate for most users, though two V8s are also offered for those who tow frequently or require extra power.
Taken together, the changes in the 2016 GMC Sierra elevate this full size truck to a new level. Beautiful, powerful, efficient and quiet, GMC has yet again raised the bar on the execution of the full-size pickup truck.