Unraveling the GMC Truck Line

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Chevy vs GMCIt is amazing to see the number of consumers who are aware of the GMC truck, yet fail to see its association with General Motors and the Chevrolet pickup. Allow me to point out two details that are painfully apparent to me. The first is that the “GMC” on these trucks is the very abbreviation for the “General Motors Corporation.” Then there is the fact that the GMC line of trucks is identical in appearance to the Chevrolet line of trucks in every way, except the front grille and the identification badging. The General Motors Corporation manufactures these trucks in the same factories, using identical parts, on the same assembly line as Chevrolet trucks. I am continuously amazed at GMC truck owners who have no clue of any of these things. I had an encounter with another one last week. He was baffled when informed that his GMC was exactly the same as a Chevy and said that he thought the truck was made by a Canadian automaker or maybe by “Jeep.” How do consumers become so misinformed?

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Pickup

2014 GMC Sierra Denali Crew Cab – Austin, TXThe GMC Sierra 1500 is a pickup truck equipped with a half-ton chassis. It is sold in a variety of bed and cab configurations which include two and four-wheel drive models. The cab options are regular cab (2-doors), Double Cab (4-doors), and Crew Cab (four full-size doors). Regular cab trucks can be purchased with either the 6.5-foot standard bed or the 8-foot long bed, the Double Cab comes with the 6.5-foot standard bed, and Crew Cab models are sold with either a 5.75-foot short bed or 6.5-foot standard bed.

Additionally, Regular Cab trucks are offered in Base or SLE trim levels. Double Cab and Crew Cab models come with Base, SLE, SLT, or four-wheel drive Z71 trim.

Sierra rrThe Base, or Work Truck, Sierra 1500 is sold with chrome bumpers and grille, air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and door locks, 17-inch steel wheels, tilt steering column, cloth upholstery, a rubber floor mat, split front seat, and a four-speaker audio system with a 4-inch LCD touchscreen.

SLE intSLE trim adds Bluetooth communication connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, stainless-steel finish wheels, keyless entry, a rearview camera, tinted glass, EZ open/close tailgate, LED cargo box lighting, power adjustable heated sideview mirrors, OnStar, an 8-inch LCD color touchscreen, and a premium Pandora audio system with CD player and voice control function.

SLT intHigh tone SLT level trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, remote ignition starting, a rear window defroster, tilting and telescoping steering column, power adjustable folding mirrors, an anti-theft system, a trailer tow package with receiver hitch, leather seating surfaces, power adjustable pedals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, power adjustable front seats, and a 110-volt power outlet.

Z71If your needs run towards a four-wheel drive pickup, the Z71 package offers some of the most opulent trappings to ever equip a “Cowboy Cadillac”, as well as off-road items like high capacity shock absorbers, hill-hold hill descent system, a high-performance air filter and housing, anti-skid panels, heavy-duty recovery hooks, and high-profile exterior graphics.

4.3The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 lists three engine choices. The 4.3-liter V-6 produces 285 horsepower and 305-pound-feet-of-torque and the 5.3-liter V-8 makes 355 horsepower and 383-pound-feet-of-torque. Late production trucks in SLT trim are eligible for a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that delivers 425 horsepower and 450-pound-feet-of-torque. All three engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Denali frThe 2014 GMC Sierra Denali is the luxury version of the half-ton GMC pickup. It comes standard with the 425-horspower 6.2-liter V-8 engine in a four-door Crew Cab body configuration. The EcoTec 6.2 liter V-8 is equipped with direct fuel injection, active fuel management, and variable valve timing making it one of the most powerful and efficient engines ever produced.

The GMC Sierra Denali features a specially designed exterior with a chrome grille, 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome door handles, mirrors, side moldings, body colored bumpers, power operated sliding rear-window, and projector headlights with LED support lamps.

The Denali is also equipped with cutting edge suspension components, including: A fully boxed frame of high-strength steel for improved ride and handling, shear body mounts that deliver a reduction in vibration and a more comfortable ride, a roll-formed pickup box bed that is stronger and more durable than traditional steel stamped beds, yet lighter.

2014 6.2L V-8 EcoTec3 AFM VVT DI (L86) for Chevrolet Silverado aThe Driver assistance Systems offered on the new 2014 GMC Sierra Denali are second to none. An Eaton automatic locking rear differential will automatically transfer power where it is needed most to provide maximum traction. StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control systems monitor vehicle speed and traction levels during sudden driving maneuvers to help automatically adjust braking and throttle percentages and keep the truck moving in the right direction. The new electric variable assist power steering system, with rack-and-pinion, improves steering and fuel efficiency by automatically finding the relaxed center point at highway speeds. The Available Hill Descent system keeps the terrain from taking control during extreme downhill driving conditions on four-wheel drive trucks. The Driver Shift Control system allows you to shift gears manually with just a tap of the shift selector. The factory trailer brake controller allows you to monitor and control your trailer brakes from the driver’s seat. All of these items are listed as standard equipment for the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali.

The 2014 GMC Sierra Denali utilizes exclusive Duralife Ferritic Nitro-Carburizing technology to harden and strengthen brake rotors. This process protects Duralife rotors against corrosion, high-temperatures, and wear, giving them a life that is double that of conventional rotors.

Denali 2The 2014 GMC Sierra Denali is on the fore front of automobile safety as it pertains to half-ton pickup trucks. The life-saving safety systems listed as standard equipment on the Sierra Denali include a Forward Collision Alert system and a lane Departure Warning system. These systems are the first to be offered on a half-ton pickup truck. These systems warn the driver with a visual signal first, and then with an audible signal, followed by a specially designed Safety Alert seat that vibrates upon activation.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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