Local GMC truck dealers are welcoming the new Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickups, which have been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year.
"We have waited a long time for this redesign," said Jason Cross, Jim Gauthier Cadillac Buick GMC's vice-president. "The last redesign was in 2007."
Cross said the 2015 models, which arrived in dealer showrooms just a couple of weeks ago, boast increased towing ability, a bigger payload and a new best-in-class transmission and fuel economy.
The 2015 Sierra is available in Work Truck, SLE, SLT and Denali models, Cross noted. The standard engine in all the trims is the 6.0-litre Vortec V-8 that puts out 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Capable of using regular gasoline or E85, it's backed by a six-speed automatic transmission in both rear-drive and four-wheel drive models and can be upgraded with a bi-fuel option that allows it to run on compressed natural gas. Regular-cab and crew-cab versions have been joined by a new double-cab configuration that replaces the former extended-cab model, and buyers can choose either an eight-foot or 6.5-foot (crew-cab only) bed. All the Sierra models feature enhanced engine and under-hood cooling capabilities that allow the pickups to perform at their best.
New to the Sierra HD is a convenient CornerStep bumper and built-in hand assists that ease access. The SLE, SLT and Denali all come with integrated bed tie-downs, under-rail LED auxiliary lighting and an EZ lift-and-lower tailgate.
Also new are available segment-exclusive safety features such as forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning with GM's active-safety seat, and front- and rear-park Assist.
The redesigned passenger compartment in the 2015 Sierra 2500/3500 HD is modelled after the passenger compartment in the 2014 Sierra 1500, which was also a complete redesign. It features a tidier dash configuration, better control layouts, a bi-level glove box, numerous stow spaces and new seats that provide more comfort and offer nearly two inches of additional rear legroom on crew-cab models.
Cross said the 2014 Sierras have been very well-received. "I appreciate the ride, the quiet and the level of comfort which are second to none," he said. "Loyal GMC customers are telling us much the same thing. They are very happy with the new styling and the fit and finish."
Cross added Jim Gauthier Cadillac Buick GMC has one of Manitoba's best selections of GMC trucks.
Winnipeg Dodge Chrysler welcomes 2015 Vipers
For those looking for a higher-end driving experience, Winnipeg Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram has welcomed Winnipeg's first 2015 Viper to its showroom.
With a price tag of $101,990 for the SRT model and $121,990 for the GTS model, the Viper, in the words of Winnipeg Dodge SRT and accessories specialist Brendan Morris, appeals to a very special kind of customer.
The newly arrived GTS model comes equipped with a carbon-fibre hood and significantly larger cold-air intake for consistent power output. Inside, drivers will enjoy the Napa leather seating and seven-inch colour analog instrument cluster.
Both the SRT and GTS models are powered by an 8.4L V10 engine that puts out a whopping 640 hp and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. The GTS has Bilstein DampTronic select dampers with a two-mode suspension system and extra stability-control parameters.
Morris said the dealership currently has just two Vipers -- one 2014 SRT and one 2015 GTS -- but may be getting a few more.