The 2012 New York Auto Show is where the 2012 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra Heritage Editions would make their debut. It was on this same event 100 years ago that the GMC name had been seen first on a truck. These special models will get the commemorative exterior badges on their doors, featuring the original GMC logo design that was used on the 1912 range of models such as the gas- and electric-powered trucks meant for the most demanding early drivers.
The words “Heritage Edition” surround these words. The 2012 Heritage Editions will be available on Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, Yukon and Yukon XL models in SLT trim. It will be offered in three colors: a new, exclusive Heritage Blue ($195), White Diamond ($995) or Onyx Black (no added cost).
The interior colors for the Yukon are Ebony and Light Tan. The Heritage Edition package on the Sierra is priced at $2,645 on top of the SRP. For the Yukon and Yukon XL package, you only need to add $1,970. It costs $1,820 for the Yukon XL ¾-ton model.
The costs for the premium paint colors listed are in addition to the package prices. Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of GMC Marketing, said that the GMC brand may look forward all the time but it is now taking the time to celebrate 100 years of the GMC name.
Sierra and Yukon were picked to represent its heritage since they are two of the longest-running and most-respected nameplates. GMW was created in 1912 when the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company merged with Reliance and Randolph to become the brand that’s now famous for its trucks, crossovers and SUVs. GMC is the No. 2 General Motors brand of the four in terms of size. If it was considered a stand-alone manufacturer, it would be the No. 10 biggest automaker in the U.S. when it comes to total vehicle sales in 2011.
GMC Sierra’s all-new cabin is defined by premium materials, purposeful technology, and attention to detail. Its interior is focused on productive and usable space and is lined with soft-touch materials as well as with aluminum trim.
According to Helen Emsley, interior design director for GMC Sierra, truck owners want a cabin that’s well-crafted yet one that still has that truck vibe to it. Truck owners, he adds, want a purposeful interior and not one that is flowing like that of a car or a crossover.
Moreover, the Sierra features an upright instrument panel that is designed for accessibility and visibility. It has large, legible and easy-to-reach knobs and buttons. All of its knobs use rubber-over-mold technology in its coating, making them easy to grip.
A new instrument cluster found on all Sierra models showcases six gauges with a centrally located 4.2” color Driver Information Center. This Driver Information Center features vehicle status information, trip computer, radio, navigation, and other information.
Meanwhile, in addition to the traditional glove box, there’s another high-mounted box with a flat floor above. Also, each of the Sierra's doors has a place where you can hold beverage containers as well as other personal items. There are also additional cup holders, connectivity options, and discreet compartments that are large enough for laptop computers along the center console and the center stack. Additionally, the Sierra has one 110-volt outlet, as well as up to 5 USB ports, an SD card slot, and four 12-volt outlets.
Moreover, the Sierra sets a whole new standard for what one ordinarily expects from a pickup truck’s interior. This combination of safety, comfort, technology, and space is the first and only one of its kind in the pickup truck segment.