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New GMC, Ram HD pickups bring heavy artillery

Bigger, bolder Sierra HD debuts; Ram 2500, 3500 get Laramie Longhorn trim

Published: January 24, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 29, 2019, 7:33 AM

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD Denali

A couple heavy hitters are hitting the roads and worksites with new models. GMC is introducing the bigger and bolder Sierra HD for 2020, and Ram is adding a Laramie Longhorn Edition to 2019 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty lineup.

2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali

Bigger, stronger and smarter, the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty improves trailering capability and adds technologies to improve their towing experiences.

“The all-new 2020 Sierra HD is the most capable heavy-duty truck we’ve ever offered,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “For customers who demand a premium, innovative heavy-duty truck that supports their passions, the next-generation Sierra HD can pull like a pro.”

2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT

Among the new technologies, a ProGrade Trailering system offers 15 camera views, including the first transparent trailer view (allowing the driver to virtually see through a trailer being towed), a 15-inch head-up display adds an inclinometer and trailering information to the usual speed and navigation read-outs, and the world’s first MultiPro 6-function tailgate.

Mechanically, the 6.6-litre Duramax turbodiesel V-8 is now paired to an all-new Allison 10-speed automatic.

The new architecture makes for a larger, more commanding design that provides more cabin room in Crew Cab models, including best-in-class headroom and legroom for front seats that sit higher. The larger cargo bed features up to 12 cargo tie-downs and can be equipped with a 120-volt outlet, but it’s easier to load up thanks to a lower lift-in height (by 25 mm), and easier to access thanks to segment-exclusive side steps located ahead of the rear wheel wells and rear-bumper CornerSteps.

2019 Ram HD Laramie Longhorn Edition

Over at Ram, the 2019 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn Editions have been enhanced with 35 all-new features (21 of them class exclusives) and become Ram’s most powerful trucks ever with 1,000 lb-ft of torque helping to boost towing capacity to 15,921 kg and payload to 3,484 kg.

“The new Ram Heavy Duty sets benchmarks in HD capability, ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology, extending well past any competitive offerings,” said Reid Bigland, head of the Ram brand. “The Laramie Longhorn is filled with more craftsman-like details, including wood surfaces and 100% full-grain leather seats, than any other truck in the segment. Yet as hardworking heavy-duty trucks, the Ram 2500 and 3500 give maximum effort all day, every day with confidence.”

2019 Ram HD Laramie Longhorn Edition

The interior laid out in premium materials, including 100% full-grain leather on the instrument panel, door panels, and armrests, and alligator-skin inserts on the centre console, instrument panel, door inserts and seats. The Longhorn badge is branded on the upper glove box and a brushed nickel metal badge on the centre console lid, and real barn-wood accents are located throughout.