GMC Sierra AT4 gives Raptor and Ram a new off-road rival

  • GMC Sierra AT4 gives Raptor and Ram a new off-road rival

GMC Sierra AT4 gives Raptor and Ram a new off-road rival

Unveiled at the NY auto show, the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 is the debut model for the new sub-brand which Vice President of Global GMC Duncan Aldred says, "will be seen on every vehicle in our lineup in the next two years". Making its debut at the New York International Auto Show 2018 this week, the new model is only the first of GMC's vehicles to bear the AT4 brand. From its higher suspension setup to its available carbon-fiber cargo bed and the new MultiPro tailgate, the 2019 Sierra AT4 is a direct shot across the bow - or cargo beds, if you prefer - of staunch rivals like the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram and Toyota Tundra. Hill Descent Control and a traction selection system for handling a variety of terrains are also included.

Power comes from a standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine, but later in the year an optional 6.2-liter V-8 and turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine will become available. The grille itself is finished in black chrome in addition to the fog lamp bezels and fender trim. Interior details include dark-tinted and textured aluminum finishes on the steering wheel, center stack and sill plates, two-tone leather seating with embroidered AT4 badging on the headrests and all-weather floormats.

The 2019 Sierra AT4 is also offered with options such as a surround view camera, multi-colored head-up display and GMC's trick new MultiPro tailgate.

The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 will go on sale in the fall. A locking rear differential equally distributes power to both rear wheels. The off-road inclinometer shows the fore-and-aft tilt, front tire angle and left-and-right tilt. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles offers its Ram 1500-3500 pickup trucks in a variety of special editions, including the 2019 Ram 1500 Kentucky Derby Edition that will debut in NY. Eighteen-inch wheels with all-terrain tires are standard. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight carbon fiber composite lining that's corrosion and scratch resistant. Red accents are added to the emblems and front tow hooks.

When it comes to the space and storage vital to truck customers, the 2019 Sierra AT4 delivers innovative solutions.

Available GearOn accessory rails within the box allow for bike racks, kayak carriers and other accessories to be installed or adjusted quickly and easily. In standard form, an enhanced version of General Motors' tried-and-true 5.3-liter V8 connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission moves things along. The standard transmission is a 10-speed automatic.

GMC will sell a new line of off-road packages for its trucks and SUVs that aims to take advantage of recent enthusiasm for dirt-worthy utility vehicles as the overall consumer shift toward SUVs and trucks continues unabated.