Over the years, GMC has offered more sophisticated versions of General Motors pickups and SUVs. At the same time, GMC’s Denali sub brand has turned their vehicles a little more upscale. And now, Chevy has gotten a sub brand that is more focused on the offroading segment.
GMC actually invited everyone a bit early to New York so that we could see the 2019 Sierra AT4, before its debut. This is the off roading variant of the pickup. At the same time, the automaker announced that all models in their lineup will carry the “AT4” badge for two years. They also made it clear that the AT4 line will be aimed at the off road segment.
When looking at the Sierra AT4, it does look like it has some offroad credibility. It even gets a two-inch lift kit with Rancho monotube shocks, and it sits on a set of either 18- or 20-inch wheels. The Sierra AT4 is available in four wheel drive and is standard with a two speed transfer case and a locking rear differential.
A multi-mode Traction Select System that alters transmission and throttle mapping will be available. The Sierra will also get a multi coloured heads up display that GMC refers to as a segment-first feature. Notably, this five by seven inch screen allows the driver to see vehicle tilt angles front and rear, and side to side. There is also a hill descent system.
Aside from that, there will also be the GMC CarbonPro carbon fiber pickup bed box. This features lightweight, scratch resistant, and corrosion resistant carbon fiber composite on the the floor panels and other inner panels. Of course, the package considers recreational vehicles like quad bikes and motorcycles. Front tires are now easier to replace with the three indents in the front panel. GMC says that this pickup is the most durable yet and is made with carbonfiber.
Furthermore, it features what they call a “Multipro” tailgate that adds flexibility to the load space. This makes loading, unloading and working with the truck bed a little easier.
Of course, we can’t miss what’s under the hood of this - the Sierra AT4 will be available in three engines. These are the 5.3 liter V8, the 6.2 liter V8, and the 3.0 liter inline six cylinder. We still do not know what the output of each one is just yet. But we expect them to be close to existing versions like the 355 horsepower and 383 pound feet of torque for the former, and 420 horsepower and 460 pound feet for the 6.2 liter one. Both engines will be mated to a 10 speed automatic transmission, and will feature engine start/stop.
We will likely see the first batch of 2019 Sierra AT4s to go on sale as soon as this fall. We should also see a review of this very soon.