GMC Crossovers and SUVs Help Families Manage Extracurricular Chaos

Cargo space, connectivity and safety technology help ease back-to-school transition

DETROIT – 09.17.2015 – For many families, the mayhem begins when the school day ends. That’s when kids must be driven to sports practices, dance lessons, scout meetings and more. GMC can’t break up fights in the back seat, but its roomy and connected crossovers and SUVs can take the edge off extracurricular chaos for harried parents and caregivers.

Nearly six in 10 children between 6 and 17 years old participate in at least one after-school extracurricular activity, according to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau report.

“Everything starts all at once after Labor Day,” says Whitney Quijada, a mother from Arizona and owner of a GMC Acadia. “I am a teacher and I have two kids and they’re both involved in three activities – dance, gymnastics and tee-ball practice during the week and tee-ball games on Saturdays. We’re always on the go. We have the captain’s chairs in the second row. Even if we are carpooling to dance or tee-ball practice, it’s so convenient to get the kids in the back and buckled up.”

For those whose spare time is spent transporting children, the GMC lineup offers something for every family – except a minivan. Fair warning: If word gets out, you could be drafted into ferrying the neighbor kids, too.

Room for kids and their stuff

Terrain and Terrain Denali seat up to five with versatility and style. The standard, exclusive MultiFlex sliding rear seat allows families to expand cargo room when needed. The interior offers up to 31.6 cubic feet (894 liters) of cargo space behind the rear seat, enough for four, 40-inch hockey bags.

Acadia and Acadia Denali accommodate seven to eight passengers. The SmartSlide seating system provides easy access to the third row, which can lead to less whining about exile to the third row seats. Storage capacity behind the second row of seats is 70.1 cubic feet – enough for three 36-quart coolers when it’s your turn to bring drinks to soccer practice.

Yukon, Yukon XL and Yukon Denali make up the industry’s most popular family of full-size SUVs. Yukon seats up to eight – a driver, a starting basketball team and two reserves – and offers significant third-row legroom and cargo room behind the third-row seat. An available power-fold feature flattens the second- and third-row seats because… you have enough to do.

Smart and connected

Because there’s no such thing as being off duty when you’re a parent, GMC’s IntelliLink is offered on SLE, SLT and Denali models. With OnStar, it provides access to 4G LTE technology and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that transforms the vehicle into a mobile hub for remote office check-ins. Up to seven smart devices can be simultaneously paired with the system so kids really can use the Internet to finish their homework after school or on tournament road trips.

Text Messaging Alerts, Siri Eyes Free and wireless charging keep drivers connected to the game and, more importantly, the road.

Safe and secure

When the football game ends, GMC’s crash-avoidance features help drivers safety exit crowded parking lots and tackle the ride home. Standard and available features like Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are mother’s little helpers. A conversation mirror – located above the overhead console’s sunglass holder in GMC Yukon and Yukon XL – allows parents to keep an eye on their smallest passengers with a wide view of the SUV’s interior, preventing them from having to readjust their rear-view mirrors in traffic.

2016 Sierra 1500 Offers New Look, Advanced Engineering

New, premium styling cues, technologies complement crafted interior

DETROIT – 08.20.2015 – With exterior design the top draw for customers to the Sierra 1500, GMC’s best-selling truck rolls into 2016 with a fresh appearance that takes its signature premium styling to a higher level – and offers new, advanced engineering features designed to complement its crafted interior.

Greater visual distinction among Sierra models and some special equipment packages, such as the Elevation and All Terrain, are new for 2016, which also brings significant lighting technology upgrades. Highlights include:

  • New headlamps with GMC signature LED lighting on all models
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) projector-beam headlamps with LED signature standard on base model, SLE and SLT
  • Thin-profile LED foglamps standard on SLT, All Terrain and Sierra Denali
  • High-performance LED headlamps with LED signature standard on Sierra Denali and available on SLT
  • New grille design with specific appearance for base model, Elevation, SLE, SLT, All Terrain and Sierra Denali
  • LED taillamps standard on SLT, All Terrain and Sierra Denali.

Advanced engineering in the 2016 Sierra is manifested in next-generation technologies such as Lane Keep Assist, which helps keep the truck in its lane with subtle steering enhancements, and IntelliBeam headlamp control, which automatically adjusts the high beams for oncoming traffic. Both are added to the Driver Alert Package available on SLT and Sierra Denali models.

Additionally, new power-articulating assist steps are available on Sierra Denali, which makes entry and egress easier.

The 2016 Sierra’s new technologies also include phone integration via GMC IntelliLink, which enhances connectivity and promotes safer driving. It allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation, hands-free messaging and more through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Android Auto is standard on a new radio with a seven-inch-diagonal screen at the start of production and is coming to available eight-inch radios later in the model year.

Additional new and revised features for 2016 include:

  • Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission now available with the 5.3L V-8 engine on SLT and Sierra Denali
  • Wireless phone charging is included on all models with front bucket seats
  • Available remote locking tailgate
  • New, available 20-inch chrome-clade aluminum wheel design
  • Exterior colors: Crimson Red Tintcoat, Cardinal Red, Mahogany Metallic and White Frost Tintcoat.

What hasn’t changed with the Sierra is its high level of capability. The available NHT max trailering package, for example, features a 9.76-inch rear axle, heavy-duty rear springs, unique shock tuning, enhanced cooling and an integrated trailer brake controller. It enables a maximum payload rating of 2,260 pounds (1,025 kg) and a maximum trailering rating of 12,000 pounds (5,443 kg).

Sierra 1500 lineup
The 2016 Sierra 1500 range includes regular cab and two four-door cabs – the double cab and crew cab – body styles, all offered with 4WD. Models and trim levels include the base model, SLE, SLT and Denali – with regular cab offered only in standard and SLE trims and Denali offered exclusively as a crew cab. Elevation Edition and All Terrain packages are available.

Sierra Denali is the only full-size truck to offer Magnetic Ride Control real-time damping; and with the available 6.2L V-8, eight-speed automatic transmission and new connectivity features, it retains its position as the most refined, technically advanced truck on the market.

Regular cab models are offered with a 6’6” box or an eight-foot box. Double cab models are available exclusively with the 6’6” box, while crew cabs are available with a 5’8” box or the 6’6” box. A range of powerful and efficient EcoTec3 engines supports the lineup, including a 4.3L V-6 rated at 285 hp (212 kW), a 5.3L V-8 rated at 355 hp (250 kW) and the 6.2L V-8 rated at 420 hp (313 kW) – the most powerful engine offered in a light-duty pickup truck. The 6.2L is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission that is also available on some 5.3L-equipped models.

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2016 Sierra HD Lineup Offers New, Advanced Technologies

Active Steering Assist complements capability; new gooseneck package offered

DETROIT – No other heavy-duty truck matches the GMC Sierra HD lineup when it comes to offering capability with comfort, quietness and crafted interiors. It builds on a 112-year legacy of professional grade heavy-duty trucks with technologies and features that make leveraging its capabilities easier and more enjoyable.

New for 2016, Active Steering Assist power steering on some double cab and crew cab models helps make hauling and trailering easier and more confident, with electronic controls that enhance road holding and stability on the highway regardless of whether the truck is loaded. It also offers greater responsiveness and an improved steering feel – not available on base models or regular cab.

A new Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package is offered and makes Sierra HD models ready right from the factory to tow larger trailers. It’s available in the first quarter of 2016 for Duramax-equipped models and features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth-wheel hitch-mounting brackets, and includes a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. A new Gooseneck Completion Kit will also be available from GMC dealers, featuring a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs.

Additional new and updated features for 2016 include:

  • GMC IntelliLink with a seven-inch-diagonal capacitive touchscreen features a new HD radio and performance improvements including a faster processer for better performance, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • GMC IntelliLink with an eight-inch-diagonal touchscreen features performance improvements including a faster processer for better performance and Apple CarPlay capability (Android Auto capability coming later in the model year)
  • High-intensity Discharge (HID) projector-beam headlamps with GMC signature LED lighting now standard on all models
  • Available wireless phone charging
  • Available remote locking tailgate
  • Exterior colors: Crimson Red Tintcoat (double cab only), Cardinal Red, Deep Garnet Metallic (crew cab only) and Mahogany Metallic (not available on All Terrain or Denali).

Also, the 2016 Sierra HDs’ trailering ratings are aligned with SAE J2807 standards, with maximum capacities including:

  • Maximum 2500HD conventional trailering rating of 14,500 pounds (6,577 kg)
  • Maximum 2500HD fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 15,000 pounds (6,804 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 17,500 pounds (7,938 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 20,000 pounds (9,072 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 23,200 pounds (10,523 kg).

The 2016 Sierra HD lineup includes regular, double cab and crew cab models. The 2500HD and 3500HD regular cab models are matched an eight-foot box, while 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or eight-foot boxes. Sierra 3500HD double cab is offered exclusively with the eight-foot box, while 3500HD crew cabs are available with the 6’6” and eight-foot boxes. Dual-rear-wheel configurations are also available on 3500HD.

Trim levels include a Sierra base model (1SA trim), as well as SLE, SLT and Denali,  which accounts for approximately half of Sierra HD crew cab retail sales It matches capability with an exclusive package of design cues and upscale interior amenities.

The All Terrain HD premium off-road package is offered on SLT crew cab 4WD models, featuring the Z71 suspension, 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires (20-inch wheels are available), unique exterior cues, and interior features that include an inclinometer in the gauge cluster.

Gas and Duramax diesel powertrains are offered across the lineup, including a bi-fuel option that allows the gas engine to run on compressed natural gas. The Duramax has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul.

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