At first glance, these new spy photos—courtesy of Automobile—seem to be of a new Ford, what with the conspicuous oval shaped badge in the center of the grille. However, we have been assured that this is actually the 2014 Cadillac Escalade in heavy camouflage.
Actually has a touch more steering feel and athleticism than we expected. Still, it’s difficult for a three-quarter-ton pickup to be truly involving.
GMC was the first out of the gate with its refresh of GM’s Lambda-platform CUVs today, with the 2013 Acadia and its upmarket brother, the Acadia Denali. Both vehicles feature revised front and rear fascias that draw inspiration from past GMC concepts (we see a lot of the GMC Granite Concept, particularly in the front end).
There are few things that get us going like a major international auto show. The sheer level of excitement that comes with new production models is trumped only by the concept cars that preview advanced technologies, new design directions, or near-future models. There have been more than a few concepts over the past 12 months, and we’ve gathered together ten of our favorites. Also, keep an eye out for the next issue of Winding Road, where we’ll be breaking down our outright favorite autos of 2011.
While we have already previewed GMC’s Sierra All Terrain HD Concept, seeing it in the flesh is a different deal entirely. This thing is big, and the two-foot tall stand that GMC mounted it on certainly made it look even bigger.
On the surface, the Sierra is a pretty decent truck. The Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 offers gobs of torque, while the six-speed Allison transmission smartly handles the shifting duties. While we really liked the 6.0-liter V-8 that we had in our Silverado HD, this is the motor to have.
With many three-quarter-ton trucks (e.g., the Dodge 2500 Laramie 4×4) one has the sense that the vehicles are so stiffly sprung and have so little steering feel (at least in a car enthusiast’s sense of the term) that the best one can do is to point, shoot, and do one’s level best to keep the rig approximately centered in its lane. And believe me, “approximately” really is the operative word. In fact, with typical full-size trucks one often winds up bounding and lurching from bump to bump, hoping to guess accurately which direction the truck will be pointed when it lands.
There are certain things that a gearhead should experience. One of those things is a professional motor race. The bigger the race, the better. We can think of no bigger race on American soil, than the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, or the Indy 500. Held Memorial Day weekend, this year marked the 94th running of what is the crown jewel of motorsport. Winding Road ventured down to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the race and on our trip we spent some time with the 2010 GMC Terrain.
With the departure of our BMW X5 xDrive35d, we began talking about vehicles that not only offered decent-to-good fuel economy, but also packed massive gas tanks to allow outrageous distances between fill ups. We set a minimum of 600 miles per tank, and got our numbers by multiplying the gas tank size by the EPA estimated highway mileage. Here are the results.
This morning, GMC unveiled its new small car offering, the Granite concept. The little urban cruiser is about two feet shorter than the smallish Terrain, and is a whole new style of thinking for the GMC brand.
Based on the Chevrolet Orlando platform, the Granite features rear-hinged rear doors with no B-pillar, making it extremely easy to load people and things inside of the useful little vehicle. The overall interior design is very open and airy, but is still very functional. This meshes well with the angular, edgy exterior lines, finished off nicely with LED lighting and twenty-inch wheels.