Information about GMC and its leading models. GMC is a division of American automaker General Motors.
Max Grabowski established a company called the 'Rapid Motor Vehicle Company' in 1902, that designed some of the earliest commercial trucks. This company was purchased by General Motors a few years later and was soon transformed into the corporations leading truck division, GMC Truck. Recently GMC Truck has eliminated the word 'Truck' from their title, so is now simply known as GMC.
GMC has expanded substantially since its humble beginnings, developing autos for non-commercial use. Known as General Motor's 'working' division, GMC's wide range of trucks and sport utility vehicles are designed for work, but is more luxurious than its Chevrolet siblings. Denali models offered in the Envoy, Yukon, and Sierra add a bit more luxury and conveniences to differentiate it from other models.
Some of, but not all of, GMC's top models include:
The Envoy is a mid-size, luxury SUV with three body styles that emphasize versatility. The standard Envoy has four-doors with seating for up to five. The Envoy XL is a longer version of the standard model and seats seven. The Envoy XUV features an innovative retracting rear roof for increased loading capacity. There are eight trim levels each with rear or four-wheel drive. The standard engine is GMC's 4.2-liter, inline six-cylinder that delivers 275-horsepower. An optional 5.3-liter, 300-horsepower, V8 is also available. Adjustable, power leather seats come standard in most models. The interior is a step up from that of the Chevrolet Trailblazer and offers more refinement.
The Yukon is a higher-end version of Chevrolet's Tahoe and offers the same usefulness of its sibling. The XL is similar to Chevrolet's Suburban and offers even more versatility and seating for eight. The Denali trim level can be ordered on both variants and adds an even higher amount of luxury and exterior touches to separate itself from standard models. There are three different V8 engines starting with the 4.8-liter, the 5.3-liter, and 5.4-liter producing 285, 295, and 295-horsepower respectively. GMC's stability control system called StabiliTrak is available on all trim levels. Gas consumption is on the lower end of the scale with 15 mpg in the city and around 20 mpg on the highway.
The half-ton, full-size Sierra 1500 is GMC's premier pickup. The high-end Denali version is available with a 6.0-liter, 345-horsepower, V8 driving all four wheels via an innovative four-wheel steering system. There are eighteen other trim levels to choose from and the top-of-the-line version is the HD SLT crew cab with a standard 600-horsepower, 6.0-liter V8 engine capable of towing up to 9,000lbs. There is also an available hybrid version sporting a gasoline/electric V8 engine producing 295-horses but is 10% more efficient than its gasoline counterpart.
For increased capability, the Sierra 2500HD is available with a big-block 8100 V8 producing 330-horsepower or a Duramax diesel, 6600 V8, with 310-horsepower. Towing capacity is increased to 16, 200lbs. There are thirty-two trim levels to choose from starting with the base work truck extended cab all the way up to the SLT crew cab, long bed.
J.D. Power and Associates chose the Sierra 3500 as its highest ranked heavy duty full-size pickup. Engine choices are similar to the 2500 and there are 22 trim levels to choose from to match consumer's individual needs.
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