2014 GMC Sierra

Like a Puppy on Ice

"Dune Bashing and Mountain Hiking: Easy!"

GMC introduced the all new 2014 GMC Sierra Light Duty full size pickup, the most powerful and advanced pickup in the brand's 111-year history, at an exclusive launch event held on 15 September at Mall of the Emirates Ski Dubai.

Driving Impressions
Our testing journey of the new GMC Sierra included a long drive on Dubai's smooth highways and rough bashes of mountain hiking and dune bashing to test the ability of the truck in extreme off roading conditions. Sierra never failed to impress or to show control even for a first-time truck driver.

The first impression you get when entering the new GSM Sierra is that the back seats have enough legroom, which beats most limousines. The side doors open wide and the seat bottoms fold up to load a major shopping trip from the big-box store. You, your road trip stuff and all your gadgets will fit perfectly.

The inside interior is truly nice. Quality materials including brushed aluminum accents give the new Sierra a luxury smooth feel. Seats are comfortable and supportive. Controls are easy to read. GMC's Intellilink system is easy to operate and intuitive, and there are more USB ports and power outlets than you can probably use.

No matter what type of off-road you are driving on (mountain hiking or dune bashing); you can feel that even the roughest roads are smooth and quiet with the new Sierra.

We experienced the new Sierra on rough mountains and sand dunes, and even with the roughest terrain, the truck skittered and bounced down these glorified paths like a puppy on ice. With the new GMC Sierra, you feel completely in control. Go fast on any road with bumps and the Sierra is a gem: sturdy, secure, predictable and willing.

The launch saw strong attendance by members of the media and shed light on the 2014 model's bold new exterior - which houses one of three all new EcoTec3 engines, a fully updated cabin with available next generation Intellilink connectivity and other features designed for the most discerning pickup owners.

"We are so pleased to introduce the all new 2014 GMC Sierra Light Duty to the Middle East," said John Stadwick, President and Managing Director of General Motors Middle East Operations. "The pioneering redesigned model - engineered and built to 'Command Respect' - further elevates GMC's reputation as an industry leader in styling and quality. The 2014 Sierra offers best-in-class standards and sets an important benchmark for pickup safety and refinement."

In addition to all new design and technology, the 2014 Sierra boasts the longest list of standard features ever for a full size GMC pickup. From connectivity solutions to a standard tie-down system in the rear, to the segment's only standard projector beam headlamps, many premium features are found on each all new Sierra.

Exterior
The distinctive Sierra Denali returns for 2014, delivering GMC capability with unique design cues and exclusive features. On the exterior, the pickup has a signature Denali chrome grille, unique 20-inch chrome wheels, unique interior decorative trim, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and body-color front and rear bumpers. Denali-specific interior details include script on the bright door sills and embossed into the front seats, and real aluminum trim.

Interior
Sierra Denali's high-tech interior also features an exclusive eight-inch Customizable Driver Display that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information on the instrument panel. Sierra Denali's standard eight-inch color touch navigation radio with Intellilink, located above the center console, serves as the main hub for Bluetooth connected phones and portable devices connected through five standard USB ports. Premium materials, attention to detail and purposeful technology define Sierra's all new cabin. New soft-touch materials and available aluminum trim line an interior that's focused on usable and productive space.

Available Intellilink connectivity uses a high definition, fully reconfigurable eight-inch color touchscreen with an intuitive layout and easy-to-read icons that control audio features, Bluetooth phone features and available navigation with all new 3-D map displays.

Powertrains
Sierra's engine portfolio is updated for 2014 with increased power, torque and fuel efficiency across the board. New 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8 and 6.2L V-8 powertrains are offered, all from a shared EcoTec3 engine family. Each engine features standard direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, which means they seamlessly switch to run on four cylinders during light-load driving to enhance fuel efficiency.

Verdict
The 2014 GMC Sierra Light Duty arrives in showrooms early November and is offered in Regular Cab, Double Cab, Crew Cab and Denali models. The five major things that we liked about the new GMC Sierra are its spacious interior, exterior style which has an aggressive front end, improved fuel economy, GMC's Intellilink system with various USB ports and inner seat sensor.

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