I’ve attended the Houston Auto Show for several years and each year it gets bigger and better. This year I was surprised to learn that there would be a product-reveal at the show. Manufacturers usually save their reveals for bigger shows in cities like Detroit, New York, and L.A. so GMC’s reveal was a big deal.
But it’s only fitting that GMC would unveil a new truck in Houston. Texas is home to some serious truck and off-road enthusiasts, and the all-new 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X is sure to appeal to this market.
Fans of GMC’s popular Sierra model will love the upgrades offered on the All Terrain X. These enhancements include an Eaton locking rear differential for the four-wheel-drive system, the Z71 Off-Road suspension package, Rancho monotube shocks, and an inclinometer in the cluster. In addition to the standard All Terrain content, the “X” package includes:
- 265/65R18SL Mud-Terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires, designed for off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud, with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions
- 18 x 8.5-inch black aluminum wheels
- Sport side steps
- Bed-mounted sport bar designed to support the accessory off-road LED lighting package
- High-performance LED headlamps
- Performance exhaust system, which bumps output of the 5.3L V-8 engine to 365 horsepower and adds an aggressive note
I really like the blacked-out exterior and wheel package, but the All Terrain X is also available in Summit White, Stone Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Light Steel Gray Metallic. I’m also a fan of the sweet sport bar.
“Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.
In addition to a more aggressive look and enhanced off-road capabilities, the All Terrain X offers a suite of technology. One of the major tech upgrades is phone integration via GMC IntelliLink. It allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation, hands-free messaging, and more through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X is scheduled to go on sale in the spring. Pricing has not been determined yet.