Are you ready to harness next-gen EV power? Stay tuned for the reveal of the GMC Sierra EV Denali on October 20, 2022, at 5 p.m.
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.
There’s enough power for everyday driving. Even with the backend loaded, we had no issues with freeway merging or around-town acceleration. It’s not the sweetest-sounding powerplant, but it’s not overly harsh in its acoustic note. The five-speed autobox manages the power well, offering up reasonably fast upshifts. Downshifts don’t require much hunting through the gears, with the overall result being a powertrain that feels eager to get up and go when asked to.
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).
Two things about this vehicle set me off. For one, I really am not a fan of this 3.0-liter V-6/six-speed-automatic powertrain. Sure, this vehicle is faster than the last four-cylinder Terrain I drove, but only marginally. Off-the-line and high-end power are lacking, although mid-range punch isn’t bad. I will say that it doesn’t sound particularly inspiring. This V-6 just didn’t feel fast enough to warrant ordering it over the four-cylinder, especially when that model is $1500 cheaper and nets considerably better mileage.
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.
There is a special kinship between those who drive well and those who travel well. But it’s not based on a shared desire for freedom or mobility. It’s not even a mutual passion for exploration. It comes down to the eventual realization that excess weight, expressed as anything carried without cause, is our enemy. That enemy is what binds us, and we’re willing to give up creature comforts to rid ourselves of our earthly trappings. We will compromise in order to maximize the things that are really important. Whatever isn’t weight is only there because we need it.
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.
The Sierra All Terrain concept is based on the already quite capable 2011 GMC Sierra HD, and features the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel (good for 765 pound-feet of torque!) and Allison six-speed gearbox. All fine and dandy for a work truck, but what if your office is located, say, inside a volcano?
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.
If you really like the GMC Acadia but feel that you need a bit more luxury and out of your Lambda-platform crossover, your ship has come in. GMC will be selling the all-new Acadia Denali in the third quarter of 2010, and though the high-zoot Acadia is no different (mechanically) than the lower-end models, it features a whole lot more in the way of interior refinement and, um, “style.”
Every hardcore performance ride has an enthusiast following, and while the same kind of race-inspired pedigree may not surround the Syclone/Typhoon, a small but faithful group of gearheads congregate to www.syty.org , online home to the International Syclone Typhoon Owners Association (ISTA and yes, they opt to go O-less for the acronym). International is no typo either; despite a limited production run, Syclones and Typhoons have found homes in such faraway lands as England, Sweden, Germany, and Austria. SyTy.org also lists club chapters for Brazil and Japan, though a visit to both websites suggests activity in those areas might be waning.
The Syclone/Typhoon (often referred to as SyTy by owners and enthusiasts) super trucks were always intended to be niche, limited-production vehicles. Save for a few outlier units in 1992, Syclones were exclusive to the 1991 model year and exclusively black, while Typhoons offered more color and less exclusivity thanks to a production run that spanned 1992 and 1993. As one would expect, the Typhoon is a bit easier to find; nearly 5000 came off the assembly line during its two-year run as opposed to 3000 Syclones, so while these trucks are rather rare, they’re not impossible to find.
Nothing seems to polarize motoring enthusiasts more than the concept of a performance truck, and the NextAutos office is no exception. What kind of absurd mentality could ever conceive such an abomination as a utilitarian vehicle that aspires to be something other than utilitarian? After all, you could bolt plywood to a shopping cart, tie it to a boat, and go water skiing carting if you really wanted to, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to have a blast jumping the wake or cracking the whip into the beach.
Or does it?