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Report: GMC Sierra HD concept coming to Detroit

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Nov 19th 2010 at 3:59PM


General Motors' heavy-duty truck twins – the GMC Sierra HD and Chevrolet Silverado HD – were reworked for 2011 with the addition of an all-new chassis and an upgraded 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine. But while the capable trucks' guts were given a transplant, the vehicle's blue-collar exterior and aging interior were left unchanged. With Ford and Ram updating the look and feel of their heavy duty pickups over the past year, we're thinking GM won't stand idly by forever, and we may have a peak at the next Sierra sooner than you think.

Our friends over at PickupTrucks.com are reporting that sources within GM have said that we can expect a Sierra HD concept at the North American International Auto Show in January. The super-sized concept will likely show one possible design direction for the haul-happy pickup, giving it new sheetmetal to accompany its already very capable hardware. Will the concept look production-ready, or will it be a pie in the sky rendering on wheels? We'll have to wait until January to find out.



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Sources Say: GMC Sierra HD Concept Slated for Detroit Auto Show

Posted by Mike Levine | November 17, 2010

GMC isn’t only thinking smaller with that Granite Compact Pickup concept we showed you last night; they’re also thinking bigger – much bigger. We’re told to look for a preview of the next-generation GMC Sierra Heavy Duty at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January, our sources tell us.

The 2011 GMC Sierra HD and its twin the Chevy Silverado HD featured an all-new chassis and an updated Duramax diesel V-8 powertrain, but some have complained (and we don’t disagree) that the carryover sheetmetal and interior in the truck have aged quickly, while Ram and Ford have updated their HD pickups both inside and out.

We expect the GMC Sierra HD concept will show one possibility for how GM intends to evolve the Sierra so it matches its high-performance powertrain and frame. We’ll keep our eyes out for it in Detroit.



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You don't get invitations, you have to apply for them.

My guess is that it'll be about as "concept" as the Aveo hatch was last year.

So, our dear C&G Leader, is anyone here asking for such an invitation on behalf of C&G? And if yes, do they need a co-pilot to join them in Detroit? Because I'd seriously get the money together to fly out to Detroit for this event, and even for a hotel room if it required two days attendance. I've always wished I could have seen the GMC Terradyne intro back in 2000, and would love to see this concept (and the Granite LUV, if there) too.

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