GMC Truck News: GMC’s 2019 Sierra 1500 AT4 Turns Heads at NY Auto Show
SUVs and crossovers have been dominating the U.S. market in recent years. In 2017, SUVs accounted for 42 percent of new vehicle sales nationwide. Meanwhile, trucks dipped to an all-time low of less than 17 percent of sales in America, despite Ford ‘s F-Series trucks assuming the role holding the spot of best-selling vehicle in America year in and year out. However, the standout premiers at this year’s New York International Auto Show included a GMC truck: VThe all-new GMC Sierra 1500 AT4. The new Sierra is the debut of GMC Truck’s AT4 line, which will consist of off-road vehicles that hold a balance between being both sporty and luxurious.
The AT4 series will soon be available for all GMC trucks and SUVs. The Sierra is the first model to introduce the AT4 line, and the fresh new vehicle is already taking the industry by storm. So, what does the AT4 add to the standard Sierra? Let’s start with a factory installed two-inch lift kit, standard all-wheel drive, Rancho monotube shocks, a two-speed transfer case, 18- or 20-inch alloy wheels, and a locking rear differential. These hearty features make the Sierra a fortified all-terrain vehicle that can carry its weight on more than just the tarmac.
The Wow Factor
Tons of new trucks were debuted at the Detroit International Auto Show earlier this year, including the 2019 Ram 1500, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the 2019 Ford Ranger, and the 2019 (Non-AT4) GMC Sierra. As you can see from that lineup, the majority of this year’s trucks had already hit the showroom scene well before the New York International Auto Show.
Only two new trucks were introduced in New York, but they both stole the show. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Tanouk Concept Truck is the largest and longest vehicle ever built on the MQB platform. Though VW stated that it was just testing the market with the concept’s debut, the Tanouk seemed ready to take to the streets and fly off the lot.
The GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 brought the wow factor to the New York International Auto Show. In fact, it made it rain “wow”s from the audience. There were tons of people in attendance, and the display of the Sierra 1500 AT4 was constantly swarmed by onlookers. It’s no wonder—this truck is primed and ready to dominate the pavement, carve its own path on any terrain that might get in its way, and look good doing it.
The AT4 is packed with everything an off-road vehicle needs for a safe and seriously satisfying ride. It’s got Traction Select System, two-inch suspension lift and Rancho Shocks, your choice of AT or MT Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Tires, four-wheel-drive with a two-speed transfer case, hill descent control features, a full set of sturdy skid plates, locking rear differential, a rear camera mirror, carbon fiber pickup box, a multicolored heads-up display to keep your eyes on the road where they belong and a range of safety systems that are second to none. The Sierra was not just a star of the show; it was THE star and the next GMC truck to keep an eye on.
One of the coolest features of the new Sierra AT4 is the MultiPro tailgate, which folds into six different configurations. This super practical and majorly flexible tailgate can function as a helpful step to make it easy to climb into the truck bed. You can partially fold it downward to make it into a work desk for laying out blueprints, handling paperwork, or making space to set up your laptop. Fold it out and extend the tailgate to fit and secure extra-long items with ease.
Why hasn’t anyone thought of this incredibly useful feature before? Who knows, but this Swiss Army Knife of tailgates is surely a feature that will be copied by every other truck company on the market once word gets around about what it can do. Seriously, just the tailgate itself is enough to send this truck to the top of the market. Just remember, GMC brought the multiuse tailgate to the game, and though everyone else is sure to copycat the concept, the Sierra is the OG.
Start with a 5.3-liter V8 with an eight-speed automatic transmission that pushes 355 horsepower like a beauty and a beast both rolled into one. If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy, then pick between a turbo diesel 3.0-liter inline six or a Big Momma: the 6.2-liter V8. These two alternative engine options are both paired with stop-start fuel-saving systems and a brand spanking new 10-speed automatic transmission. Whichever engine you select, you can trust that your Sierra will be strong, powerful, and ready for whatever you’re hauling with you.
Hauling and Balling
The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 has an optional carbon-fiber cargo bed that manages to be both ultra durable and super lightweight. The AT4 design team replaced your interior panels with carbon composites built tough enough to handle whatever you throw at them. Drop a whole load of bricks into the cargo bed like a boss, and don’t even worry about a dent or a scratch. The carbon-fiber bed is tough as nails and available to upgrade in this GMC Truck, taking a whopping 62 pounds of weight off of your ride.
Advanced Safety Features
The Sierra is also available with state-of-the-art safety technologies. These features, available when you upgrade, include Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front Pedestrian Braking, Surround Vision, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and plenty of airbags to protect your head, knees, sides, and more. It has a Following DIstance Indicator to warn you when you are getting too close to another vehicle, adaptive cruise control, and more—because the safety of you and your family is more valuable and important than any other big expensive upgrades that might be available.
So there you have it. The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 is more than just a truck. It’s a versatile machine that can handle any terrain. It’s an innovative, futuristic, head-turning monster. It’s at the very top of its class. It’s the truck that other trucks envy. It’s the truck that your truck wishes it could be. It’s a peek into the future, a game changer, a showstopper, a beast. Take one for a spin as soon as you can by visiting us here at Carl Black Roswell this fall when they roll out to dealerships. Once you drive it, you will want to buy it. And you should buy it. You owe it to yourself to treat yourself to a GMC Truck.