It’s a truck buyers world right now, and with gas costing less per gallon than soda pop, automakers are cashing in on this fortuitous timing. Take GMC for instance: The truck-oriented GM offshoot recently announced that the 2016 Sierra would be getting a hardcore off-road rendition, with more trimmings than just some special badging and a blacked-out set of wheels.
Aptly named the “All Terrain X,” this special version of the popular All Terrain model features a truckload of exclusive content designed to enhance one’s off-road capabilities and turn heads with what the automaker calls an “aggressive, monochromatic appearance.”
GMC claims that the All Terrain X’s “attitude” serves as a direct reflection of the trend of truck personalization that is so huge amongst off-road enthusiasts right now, and while we can’t argue with that, it’s pretty obvious that GM has pulled out all the stops in order to keep the tuner dollars flowing in its direction. With a monochromatic exterior trim package that is undeniably rugged looking and a dappling of special equipment that offers a fully functional customized appearance, this limited edition is both a technological masterpiece and a capable mud fighter all in one.
While the Sierra All Terrain package already encompasses capability with its own unique style, the All Terrain X variant turns everything up to 11 while building upon things like a 4WD system with an Eaton locking rear differential and a Z71 Off-Road suspension package that features Rancho monotube shocks. Other goodies are the high-capacity air cleaner, Hill Descent Control, a hardcore underbody transfer case shield, Rear Park Assist, Spray-on bed liner, and an Inclinometer encased within the MID. Couple that with the All Terrain’s one-off grille and you’ve got the perfect GM platform to build off of if 4×4 performance is the ultimate goal.
While pricing for the All Terrain X has yet to be revealed, it’s worth mentioning that the All Terrain X won’t be playing in the same league as the F-150 Raptor, a level of off-road commitment that GM still has yet to invest in.
Based off the 2016 Sierra 1500 4WD crew cab/short box model in SLT trim, the X takes all of the standard All Terrain upgrades and adds a slathering of Black Ops-inspired engineering to the mix to remind us that “X” truly does mark the spot. Are they all useful for everyday civilian life? Hell no. Do they make you look like one bad-ass MOFO when you pull into the Whole Foods parking lot to pick-up your kid’s organic boxed juice? Oh, absolutely.
Here’s what you’ll get with this package:
- 265/65 R18SL Mud-Terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires
- 18×8.5-inch black alloy wheels
- Black sport side steps
- Black bed-mounted sport bar, designed to support an accessory off-road LED lighting package
- High-performance LED headlamps
- Performance exhaust system, which bumps output of the 5.3-liter V8 up to 365 horsepower and adds an aggressive note
- Body-color painted door handles and side moldings
- Black exterior mirrors, belt moldings, and B-pillars
- Interior floor liners
- Available in: Onyx Black, Summit White, Stone Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, or Light Steel Gray Metallic
Set to go on sale this spring, GM hopes to take the critiques it received from the Chevy Colorado Trail Boss release, and tweak the Sierra into something even better, growing with each successive installment and learning along the way.
“Styling is the biggest influence on Sierra customers and the new Sierra All Terrain X builds on that with a more aggressive, personalized appearance that complements its exceptional capability,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It joins other models such as the new Sierra Elevation and premium Sierra Denali to offer more choices for finding the premium truck that matches customers’ style and capability needs.”