GMC’s Sierra 2500HD gets the go-anywhere treatment

GMC has introduced a brawnier, more off-road-focused version of the Sierra 2500HD pickup truck named All Terrain X.

The All Terrain X package is already offered on the Sierra 1500 and on the smaller Canyon pickup. The 2500HD receives a long list of upgrades that includes an Eaton automatic locking rear differential, the Z71 off-road suspension package, and thick skid plates that protect vital mechanical components from impacts.

GMC hasn’t made any modifications under the hood. The All Terrain X package is exclusively offered on trucks equipped with four-wheel drive and either the 6.0-liter V8 or the 6.6-liter Duramax V8 turbodiesel. The gasoline-burning eight generates 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, while the newly-upgraded oil-burner pumps out 445 horses and an volcano-awakening 910 lb-ft of twist.

Both engines are bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. The gasoline-powered Sierra can tow up to 13,000 pounds when it’s properly equipped; towing figures for the Duramax-powered model haven’t been published yet because the engine is new for the latest model year.

Visually, Sierra trucks equipped with the All Terrrain X package immediately stand out thanks to a handful of model-specific bits and pieces. The package includes black 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear tires, a body-colored grille, black mirrors, side steps, and a black sport bar mounted in the bed. The truck is available in onyx black (pictured), but buyers who don’t like the blacked-out look can order it in summit white.

The cabin is more comfortable than the All Terrain X’s tough look suggests. The passengers are treated to an eight-inch touchscreen that runs GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, a remote-starting system, adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a rear-view camera, and a wireless phone charger.

The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X will go on sale in the coming weeks. Pricing information will be published closer to its on-sale date.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

2019 Lamborghini Urus first drive review

Twenty five years after the demise of the V12-powered LM002, Lamborghini rejoins the sport-utility segment with the Urus, a veritable tour de force of technology, luxury, and speed.
Product Review

Ford’s reincarnated Ranger feels like a car that does everything a truck can do

The 2019 Ford Ranger aims to be a tool for weekend adventures, and goes head-to-head with midsize pickup trucks from Chevrolet, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. Ford hasn’t sold the Ranger in the United States since 2011, so it has to make up…
Product Review

The all-new 3 Series proves BMW can still build a compelling sport sedan

Seat time in the entry-level BMW 330i ($41,425) and M340i xDrive ($54,995) will test the German automaker’s commitment to driving dynamics, powertrain refinement, and cutting edge technology.
Product Review

Inside Maserati's Levante SUV beats the heart of a Ferrari

Maserati’s luxury SUV gets a shot in the arm by way of Ferrari-derived V8 power, but is it enough to go toe-to-toe with the established players in the high performance sport-utility segment? Let’s find out.
Cars

What’s next for in-car entertainment? Audi believes it knows

Audi is bringing two technologies to CES 2019. The first turns a car -- a luxury sedan, in this case -- into a drive-in movie theater. The second is presented as a new entertainment format that turns the journey into the destination.
Mobile

Car-branded phones need to make a U-turn if they ever want to impress

Your car and your smartphone are becoming one, yet smartphones branded or co-created by car companies are a problem. We look at the history, some examples of the best and worst, then share hopes for the future.
Cars

California wants all-electric public bus fleet on its roads by 2040

California approved a regulation that targets an all-electric public bus fleet for the whole state by 2040. The effect of the full implementation of the regulation is equivalent to taking 4 million cars off the road.
Cars

1,000-mph Bloodhound supersonic car project finds a last-minute savior

The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project has found a buyer. The project was going to be disbanded after running out of funds, but its assets were purchased by British businessman Ian Warhurst.
Cars

Ford’s prototype Quiet Kennel uses noise-canceling tech to keep dogs stress-free

Ford is ending 2018 by venturing into the doghouse market. The company's European division has built a kennel equipped with active noise-canceling technology and soundproof walls that help dogs sleep through fireworks.
Emerging Tech

Self-driving dirt rally vehicle offers crash course in autonomous car safety

Georgia Tech's AutoRally initiative pushes self-driving cars to their limit by getting scaled-down autonomous vehicles to drive really, really fast and aggressively on dirt roads. Here's why.
Cars

The best compact cars pack full-size features in fun-size packages

The best compact cars on the market rival their counterparts in many ways, proving that bigger isn’t always better. Here, we've rounded up some of the better options available, including an SUV and an electric alternative.
Cars

Lincoln revives its coolest-ever design feature for limited-edition Continental

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.
Cars

Audi’s self-driving car unit teams up with Luminar to go driverless in 2021

Audi's self-driving car unit has teamed up with Luminar to develop and test autonomous technology. Luminar provides its lidar technology, which sees farther than the sensors offered by rivals, while Audi brings its own software.