An engine modification adds an extra 15 horsepower and 9 lb-ft. of torque.
General Motors has announced a new Off-Road Performance Package for the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 that amps the truck’s 6.2-liter V8 with a performance air intake and upgraded cat-back exhaust system, boosting output to 435 horsepower and 469 pound-feet of torque from 420 hp and 460 pound-feet.
The package also includes 18-inch machined aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.
As a reminder, the Sierra AT4 is the most off-road ready version in the all-new Sierra lineup and is already fitted with a 2-inch lift; 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates; off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers; Hill Descent Control; a Traction Select System; and spiffy MultiPro tailgate.
In the United States, the Off-Road Performance Package adds $4,940 to the price of the Sierra AT4.
Is General Motors Making A New GMC Envoy SUV?
The SUV craze could see the return of the GMC’s midsize SUV.
The Envoy disappeared from GMC’s lineup in 2008, having been replaced by the Terrain and Acadia. However, with the Terrain now comfortably positioned in the compact SUV segment and the tweener Acadia straddling the midsize and full-size SUV segments, there might be room for several other SUVs in the lineup.
The first could be a new small crossover positioned below the Terrain and targeted at the likes of the Toyota CH-R, Honda CRV, and Jeep Renegade. The second SUV could be a proper midsize SUV that slots between the Terrain and Acadia — GMC’s version of the Chevy Blazer, so to speak. Finally, the Envoy name could be used for a proper three-row crossover that would be positioned above the Acadia.
We think the “Envoy’ name is too substantial for a small SUV, so the second or third option is the likely bet.
That’s to say, the Envoy could end up being GMC’s version of the Chevy Blazer, a model aimed at other midsize SUVs like the Nissan Murano, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Pilot, or GMC’s version of the Traverse, a large, three-row crossover offering more room than the current Acadia.
What do you think GM will use the Envoy name for?
GM Now Offers Extended Bumper-To-Bumper Warranties
The optional warranties extend to five years or 60,000 miles for Chevrolet and GMC.
Rather than go through a third party to get extended warranty for their vehicles, car buyers can now do so directly with General Motors. The American automaker has released its very own extended warranty program for all Buick, Cadillac, Chevy and GMC vehicles.
GM’s extended bumper-to-bumper warranty extends the coverage to five years or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first) on Chevy and GMC vehicles, while Buick and Cadillac vehicles get a longer six years or 70,000 miles coverage.
The standard factory bumper-to-bumper warranty is three years or 36,000 miles on Chevy and GMC vehicles, and four years or 50,000 miles on Buicks and Cadillacs.
Interestingly, the American automaker allows dealers to set the prices, though it expects the extended warranties to add $1,000 to $2,000 per vehicle.
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GM Trademarks ‘DriveScription’ For New Subscription Service
The General might be getting ready to launch a subscription service for its mainstream brands.
General Motors has trademarked “DriveScription” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a name it intends to use for automotive subscription services, motor vehicle rental services, and / or motor vehicle sharing services.
The prospective subscription service will likely be similar to the Book by Cadillac subscription service, which lets members swap out their Cadillac up to 18 times per year for a monthly fee of $1,800.
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While Book by Cadillac caters to luxury consumers, DriveScription will likely be geared towards drivers who care more about functional and practical features than the badge on the grille. Imagine getting to temporarily own a Chevy Volt, a GMC Sierra, and maybe even a Corvette without making a long-term commitment.
The service will also prove useful for those who occasionally need a different vehicle for a particular task or occasion. If, for instance, you need a truck for a summer project, such as building a deck, you could simply swap your current DriveScription vehicle for Silverado to help get the necessary resources from the hardware store.
DriveScription would likely be cheaper than Cadillac’s service because of the more mainstream positioning of Chevy, Buick and GMC.