What's Hot and What's Not in the 2020 GMC lineup | What to buy and what to stay away from – The 2020 GMC Sierra HD brings the American truck brands latest styling and technology to the heavy-duty segment. Looking much considering its Sierra 1500 kin, the latest Sierra HD sustain from a more cohesive design relative to that of its smaller sibling. Details such as grillework that extends into the scalloped headlights, more defined wheel capably arches, and a blistered hood come up with the money for GMCs 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks a rugged handsomeness.
Yet, the Sierra HDs additional bodywork does more than just complement the model’s styling, and the gargantuan GMC encouragement from an improved bed that sports an inch belittle lift-over height, newly built-in side-steps ahead of the rear wheels, and an optional tailgate step to ease get into into the cargo box. Dubbed MultiPro, the trick two-piece tailgate is straightforward throughout the 2020 Sierra HD line.
Accompanying the likes of the well-equipped Sierra HD SLT and luxury-lined Sierra HD Denali trims is a additional off-road-oriented AT4 model. past a model-specific postponement setup that includes Rancho admiration absorbers, skid plates to protect valuable mechanical pieces, a locking rear differential, a dedicated off-road driving mode, and a set of 18-inch Michelin all-terrain tires, the Sierra HD AT4 aims to endure upon the likes of the heavy-duty Ram capability Wagon and medium-duty Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X.
GM’s trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles division is riding a wave of strong sales which are only expected to increase further in the coming years. After locking the best sales record in the U.S. since 2004, in 2017, their fully redesigned half-ton and heavy-duty trucks are expected to help them achieve the above stated goal going forward. The half-ton Sierra 1500 already debuted for MY 2019, and HD Sierras are inbound for MY 2020. What’s more, GMC is also expected to field a mostly redesigned crossover/SUV lineup by the time 2020 is upon us. Before we move on to the 2020 GMC lineup and our expectations for it, let’s take a closer look at the division’s above mentioned sales figures.
The exact number of GMC vehicles marketed in the U.S. during 2017 comes to 560,687 units. A large chunk of that figure goes on the Sierra pickup trucks whose numerous configurations had found 217,943 new homes across the country. Meanwhile, the 2018 figure for the first nine months stands at 395,924 vehicles. That’s actually a downturn of 2.4 percent compared to the same period in 2017 when the U.S. sales amounted to 405,634 units. However, the traditionally best-selling fourth quarter is well underway and is expected to iron out the unexpected losses.
Aside from healthy U.S. figures, GMC also boasts significant Canadian sales. In 2017, they amounted to 99,508 units which is also a recent record. Like it is the case in the U.S., however, the Canadian sales have also dropped for 2018. Reaching last year’s figure will be almost impossible here, however, as Canadian GMC sales currently stand at 89,464 units concluding with November, and December has never been the busiest month in the Great White North where the GM division usually pushes around 6,000 units. Despite some unexpected slight setbacks in 2018, GMC is still on the right path. Without further ado, here’s what you should consider buying and what might better be skipped if you’re in the market for a GMC vehicle in 2020.
What’s Hot in the New 2020 GMC Lineup
03. 2020 Sierra HD 2500 and 3500
With the next-gen Chevrolet Silverado HD already revealed, the ball is now in the Sierra’s court. The 2020 GMC Sierra heavy-duty lineup will follow closely, but the exact timeline still hasn’t been revealed. The workhorse trucks will most likely be less controversially designed than the highly polarizing Silverado HD. More likely to resemble their smaller half-ton Sierra 1500 siblings, the GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 are still expected to don the bulky, muscular hood like their bow tie stablemates. However, they won’t come with wiggly side mirrors and that rather ugly grille treatment. Although mechanically identical, the GMC trucks do tend to offer something their Chevrolet siblings don’t have. This time, it’s the MultiPro six-way tailgate. Furthermore, the all-new Sierra HD trucks will be built on a new T1 platform and shed a lot of weight despite growing in size overall. This is to be achieved by a more widespread use of aluminum. Expect the prices to remain in the same region as before which stretches from some $38,000 to well north of $70,000 if the range-topping Denali is your trim of preference.
The GMC Sierra HD powertrain lineup should reciprocate that of the Chevy Silverado HD trucks. In other words, the Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 should be offered with a duo of engines – one petrol and one oil burning. With the old 6.0L V8 finally retired, the new 6.6L V8 can now take its place. The new gasoline engine should be able to provide as much as 400 ponies and 450 lb-ft of torque while being paired with either a new 8-speed or a new 9-speed Allison transmission. The former should be standard with the Sierra HD 2500, while the latter will be paired exclusively with the Sierra HD 3500 models. The sturdy 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 will carry over from the previous generation, this time making even more than 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of rotational force. This optional powerplant will be paired with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. The new Sierra heavy-duty lineup of pickup trucks is also expected to boast a much-upgraded payload and towing capacities as their opponents currently beat them by a considerable margin. More info will likely be revealed during the early 2019 auto show season.
02. 2020 Yukon and Yukon XL
Much like their mechanical twins the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, too, are in for a substantial overhaul during 2020. This comes as no surprise since the full-size Silverado and Sierra 1500s, upon which they’re based, have already undergone the same process. Although both full-size body-on-frame SUVs are expected to retain their boxy shape, which generally doesn’t allow for too many aesthetic changes, they’re still in for a substantial upgrade or two underneath. It’s already become apparent that the next-generation of GM
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