Pickups are not just a piece of absolute Americana, they are tools for many and a burden for those that have friends who move a lot. They are as American as Baseball, Jazz, (our) Civil War, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet. And General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) showed us both a new Chevy and a new GMC today.
General Motors new pickups
The two pickups in question are the completely redone Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra.
The Silverado HD looks like the difference between Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in (500) Days of Summer, that is to say both muscular and capable. The same can be said for the Sierra HD as well. Not surprisingly, or at least intelligently, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) unveiled the two at the State Fair of Texas—pickup country.
It was here that General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) officials showed consumers the biggest trucks that money can buy for the heaviest payloads and towing needs.
Tom Peters on the new pickups
“The passion we have for trucks is reflected in every line and powerfully sculpted machined surface of the HD Chevrolet,” says design director Tom Peters in a statement. “From the dramatic sculpture of the one-piece structural bumper, to its muscular hood and side profile, the design reflects a function-driven solution.”
The Silverado HD will come with a 360-horsepower 6-liter Vortec gas V-8 standard and will offer a model that also runs on natural gas. It’s diesel option is a monster. While I don’t necessarily know what a 397-horsepower 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel with 765 pound-feet of torque paired with an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission means in practical terms, I’m comfortable stating that it could tow a car ferry.
Sierra HDs to hit showrooms next year
GMC, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)’s truck division, says new Sierra HDs will come to showrooms early next year as the 2500HD and 3500HD models, and the Sierra Denali HD. The Denali is essentially built for ridiculously rich ranchers with an interior reminiscent of the lobby in a hunting lodge.
GMC says the heavy duties will have the best towing capacity in the segment 19,600 pounds and the highest payload at 7,3,74 pounds. The maximum fifth-wheel trailer rating is 23,200 pounds.
Both trucks feature an all-new double cab body with longer, front-hinged rear doors with pull handles that allow those who failed to call “shotgun” entry into the back seat through the front doors.