By Shereen Shabnam
One of the most fun test drives for me last month was the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra HD. Designed to meet the needs of the modern full-size truck owner and featuring class-leading towing capabilities, the new GMC Sierra is bigger and stronger than ever and the smartest yet to wear the nameplate.
Known for its remarkable performance, the GMC Sierra also offers the world’s first MultiPro Tailgate, standard on Denali and AT4 and for 2020 available on the SLE and Elevation trims. With six unique functions and positions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easy access to items in the box, giving customers more functionality and versatility from their truck.
We usually see trucks as hardy vehicles without the convenience of drive assist systems but the various connectivity and convenience technologies in the 2020 Sierra is certainly welcome. It boasts Adaptive Cruise Control, which can automatically regulate its speed in respect to the vehicle in front, without any driver input for enhanced safety. The system features a high-mounted camera to monitor the road ahead, and stops when it detects an impending collision.
My drive was mainly around the city areas of Dubai so the segment-first Rear Camera Mirror, with the available dual-function interior rearview mirror and camera view display provided an unobstructed wide view all around with the ability to tilt or zoom the view for greater flexibility and safety.
Supplementing the unprecedented visibility is the 2020 Sierra’s available Adaptive Ride Control suspension system, which ensures exceptional stability, safety and ride quality. It provides continuous ride damping through sophisticated sensors that monitor road conditions and chassis response in real time, enabling adjustments to active dampers every two milliseconds.
Another technological innovation in the 2020 GMC Sierra is the Dynamic Fuel Management system which reduces fuel consumption. The segment-first technology can detect when the Sierra is cruising on the highway and shuts down the required number of cylinders to optimize fuel consumption.
The cylinder de-activation technology means the power benefits of a V-8 engine and fuel economy of a much smaller unit depending on the driving condition. Dynamic Fuel Management is available on 5.3L V-8 and 6.2L V-8 engines in the 2020 Sierra Double and Crew Cab models.
Given the demands of the modern truck-buyer, the Sierra features a host of connectivity technologies such as the enhanced GMC Infotainment System that incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The GMC Infotainment System incorporates a higher resolution touchscreen, advanced personalization features, and voice recognition functionality that was easy to use.
The 2020 Sierra HD also harnesses the power of technology to deliver an unrivalled trailering experience. Featuring class-leading camera views, it includes a segment-first transparent trailer view to virtually see through a trailer in tow. A 15-inch-diagonal head-up display projects useful trailering information, including vehicle speed, navigation information and an inclinometer display for the road grade.
Overall, whether in LD or HD guise, the 2020 GMC Sierra is not only one of the most powerful full-size pickup trucks in its class, it is also one of the smartest when it comes to leveraging technology to improve performance across the board.
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