Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Car Style - The 2011 GMC Sierra Series

John Marine | 12/08/2010 04:41:00 PM |
GMC didn't screw around making the GMC Sierra one tough truck. While it is a tough truck, it is beautifully bold. I've only done so many trucks in my Car Style series of blog posts. Therefore, I must try to talk about this truck on its looks. This blog post includes my ideas about the looks of the latest GMC Sierra models.

NOTE: Though this blog is about the GMC Sierra series, the majority of this blog post relates to the GMC Sierra series... not the Sierra Heavy Duty (HD) series.



--- Car Style: The 2010 GMC Sierra Series ---
Let's take a look at this tough truck:

2010 GMC Sierra
^ from: gmcsierra.net - The 2010 GMC Sierra 1500.

I, for one, think this is a great-looking truck. It has a balance of toughness and beauty. It has (at least the Sierra HD) the same transmission as the one found in an M1 tank. It's surely tough inside and out. GMC offers three models of the Sierra- the regular Sierra 1500, the Sierra Hybrid, and the top-of-the-line Sierra Denali. Prices start around $21,000 USD for the base Sierra and go up to about $44,000 USD for the Sierra Denali. Expect nothing less in the horsepower and performance department with these trucks. How does a V8 engine over 300 horsepower with 21 miles per gallon sound? Engine models for the 2011 Sierra 1500 range from a 4.3-liter Vortec V6 engine all the way up to a 6.2-liter Vortec V8 with E85 FlexFuel capability. Horsepower numbers can go up to 403 for the base Sierra. The Sierra Hybrid is good for 332 horsepower from a hybrid 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with variable valve timing hybrid with Active Fuel Management. The Sierra Denali offers the top-of-the-line engine, the 6.2-liter Vortec V8 pumping out 403 horsepower. Payload for all three models is a minimum of 6,100 lbs. Payload for all three models is a minimum of 1,459 lbs. (Sierra Hybrid) and a maximum of 1,957 lbs. (Sierra 1500).

Exterior.

Bold beauty begins with its aggressive headlights and front grill. The grill proudly boasts the GMC logo. Only the Sierra Denali has a honeycomb grill design on both the front grill and the front air dam. The whole honeycomb design for the Denali is... okay to me. Not supremely stylish for a serious truck. A chrome front bumper adds toughness while also adding style. Fog lights are optional, but a nice touch to any of the Sierra models.

All three Sierra models offer side details that are ANYTHING but vanilla. Lots of rounded edges and bold fender flares offer plenty of muscle to compliment this truck's performance numbers. Everything is designed to be bold and muscular while still delivering loads of powerful style. Everything is well-sculpted. Equally lovely are the big 20-inch wheels that compliment the tires. Doesn't matter what trim level Sierra you get- you're getting one stylish truck with plenty of meat on its bones. Up top, a tilt-and-slide power sunroof is optional.

The rear view of the Sierra is met with a combination of stylish tail lights, a tailgate with some beveled designs, and a stylish chrome rear bumper. There is little doubt that you'll be left with a lasting impression as you see this beautiful truck pass you by. I think the rear design only leaves a stylish lasting impression.


Interior.

With a commanding view of the road, you get an interior that is very stylish for a heavy-duty truck. Maybe not an interior that would have Jaguar or Audi quaking in their boots, but certainly an interior that matches the beautiful style on the inside as it does on the outside. I must say that I am less disappointed with this interior than I am with most recent Chevrolet cars' interiors. A nice-looking steering wheel and clean instrument panel are only the start for such a lovingly-styled interior. Wood trim on the dash adds some great style to compliment the dashboard view. A touch screen navigation system comprises most of the center console. The seats in this truck are pretty stylish themselves. After all, you want to have a comfortable bunch of seats to seat your family or your co-workers (assuming you want a commercial version of this truck for on-the-job use).





It is not usual to call a heavy-duty pickup truck beautiful. If there was one that was the exception to the rule, however, the latest line of GMC Sierra trucks would fit the bill. The latest models in the Sierra series boast style that is comparable to most stylish of luxury cars. The thing I am fearful most of is I am calling a tough truck beautiful. I don't think most trucks care if they are beautiful because trucks are all about being capable and powerful; NOT in being supremely good-looking. Pickup trucks are not supposed to be eye candy because they are all about being capable and tough whether as light-duty or heavy-duty trucks. Regardless, the latest Sierra trucks are absolutely stylish while also being extremely tough.

To learn more about the latest lineup of GMC Sierra models, visit either or both of these two links:
* GMC Sierra Series
* GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Series

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