GMC makes wilderness tracks with Sierra HD concept
GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept on display in Vail in winter 2018Joe Duarte
Published: November 22, 2017, 2:30 AM
Updated: November 27, 2017, 7:13 AM
GMC is the latest company to experiment with a tracked vehicle, as the company has unveiled the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept.
The concept starts out as a Sierra 2500HD Denali Crew Cab, complete with the 445-hp Duramax 6.6-litre turbodiesel V-8 (generating 910 lb-ft of torque), Allison 1000 6-speed automatic, and all the luxury trimmings that come with the top-of-the-line Sierra trim designation. It then goes above and beyond by fitting on equipment that will allow the pickup to go above and beyond where any other pickup could go.
“With GMC’s focus on premium capability and design, we wanted to ensure that this concept took these signature attributes to an entirely new level,” said Carl Zipfel, GMC exterior designer. “The Sierra All Mountain concept Mattracks technology enables the truck to conquer uncharted territory while highlighting premium interior features such as Bose speakers and upscale leather treatments.”
Mattracks is the supplier responsible for fitting its 150 Series tracks (fittingly painted GMC Red) at all four wheel positions, to help the Heavy Duty pickup navigate snow-covered rugged terrain and steep slopes with the ease of a luxury sedan cruising down a freshly-paved flat boulevard.
Other aftermarket equipment fitted to the GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept includes wheel well and underbody LED lighting, Thule snowboard racks and associated accessories, front bumper mounted Rigid-E Series 30-inch light bar, and a Kicker amp and speaker system.
To create a distinctive look, the concept pickup adds unique bodyside graphics and an Advantage soft roll-up tonneau cover.
The truck will be on display during the winter season in Vail, Colorado, as part of a GMC partnership with Vail Resorts. The company will also be setting up promotional displays for its vehicles in Vail, providing courtesy vehicles, and staging special events.
“The Sierra All Mountain concept is perfectly suited for the outdoor activities offered at Vail properties,” said Rich Latek, director of GMC Marketing. “This unique concept truck is a fun way to attract attention to GMC and highlight our partnership with Vail Resorts.”
A similar truck, built off a Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X, will be displayed at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.