And the product planners aren’t stopping there. Unveiled at the Houston Auto Show in truck-loving Texas, the 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X focuses more on off-road toughness than luxury.
With its blacked-out exterior, the All Terrain X also looks like it would be at home patrolling the boundaries of Area 51. The light bar gives this truck a cool look, but it’s not the only new piece of jewelry. The All Terrain X also gets a model-specific grille and 18-inch wheels, as well as blacked-out exterior mirrors, side steps, and trim. GMC will offer it in other colors, but we doubt the All Terrain X will look quite as cool.
There’s some mechanical substance to back up the special-ops style, too. That includes an Eaton locking differential and the Z71 off-road package, which boasts Rancho monotone shocks, Hill Descent Control, and an underbody shield for some of the important mechanical bits. A performance exhaust system boosts output from the 5.3-liter V8 engine to 365 horsepower, and makes it sound meaner, too.
Interior changes are relatively minor. In addition to features offered on the base All Terrain model, the X includes floor liners, an inclinometer for the driver-information display, and a model-specific instrument cluster with the “All Terrain” logo. For 2016, most Sierra models get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of GMC’s Intellilink infotainment system.
The All Terrain X package is only available on Sierra 1500 models with four-wheel drive, the four-door crew cab, and short bed, as part of the midlevel SLT grade. It goes on sale this spring, giving GMC buyers yet another option to puzzle over at dealerships.