US: GMC highlights updates of 2016 Sierra HD image

GM counts on the GMC truck brand to deliver many of its pickup customers, so the 2016 model year Sierra had a set of enhancements to make it competitive against the crop of major rivals from Ford and Ram.

The tweaks included the design of the front fascia that gained LED headlights and fog lamps. The styling changes occur across each trim level which comes with its updated front bumper, grille and the C-shaped LED taillights at the back. There were no modifications under the hood, where the model got the same 4.3-liter V6 with 285 bhp & 305 lb-ft, the 5.3-liter V8 churning 355 bhp & 383 lb-ft (518 Nm) and the flagship 6.2-liter V8 that has 420 bhp & 460 lb-ft. The model is nearing the moment of reaching the showrooms, billed during the quarter, so additional details concerning the updated specs have now been released.

Besides the revised styling, the brand will offer a host of new features inside and under the metal. Certain Double Cab and Crew Cab versions will have the Active Steering Assist power steering for more precise and easy steering when hauling or trailering. They also gain new electronic controls that take into account the truck’s loading state for enhanced road handling and stability. Starting with the first quarter of next year, clients may order the new Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package. This is especially useful for those pulling on a regular basis oversized trailers and will only be offered to Duramax-equipped vehicles. On the comfort side, there’s the GMC IntelliLink system making use of a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen thanks to the inproved processor and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.