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2019 GMC Yukon arrives in the Middle East

GMC has announced the Middle East arrival of the 2019 Yukon full-size SUVs, presenting the capability, refinement, safety, performance and connectivity discerning customers expect. Available in Yukon, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali models, the 2019 premium SUV features enhanced cargo capability – thanks to its available power-folding second- and third-row seats that can be folded flat.

The 2019 Yukon distinguishes itself with bold exterior styling, a precision-crafted interior and more standard features designed to broaden the appeal of already one of the industry’s most popular family of full-size SUVs.

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The Yukon’s distinctive Denali models provide an exclusive collection of design, performance and upscale interior amenities.

Yukon at a glance

Yukon SLE and SLT models are powered by advanced EcoTec3 engines, with direct injection and Active Fuel Management, that deliver more horsepower and torque with one of the segment’s best V-8 fuel economy. EPA-estimated highway fuel economy is 10.4L/100km with the standard 5.3L engine (2WD models).

Yukon Denali’s exclusive 6.2L engine delivers 420 horsepower and 624 Nm of torque. It is matched to a ten-speed automatic transmission that further enhances efficiency and refinement.

Yukon and Yukon XL share design and powertrain elements. The Yukon XL wheelbase is 356 mm longer (508 mm longer overall) for greater third-row legroom and more than double the cargo room behind the third-row seat.

Additionally, phone integration technology enhances connectivity and promotes safer driving through Yukon’s next generation IntelliLink system. The technology allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation, hands-free text messaging, entertainment through the IntelliLink display screen.

The 2019 Yukon lineup includes:

  • Fold-flat second- and third-row seats that enhance cargo capability and convenience – including an available power-folding feature
  • Easier entry/exit
  • Tire pressure monitor with tire fill alert
  • Cargo management system that includes a cargo net
  • Standard power rear liftgate with multiple programmable height settings
  • Available hands-free liftgate operation (standard on SLT and Denali)
  • Wireless phone charging (Denali)
  • Standard eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen radio with enhanced IntelliLink and available navigation
  • Eight-inch-diagonal customizable driver display with three available user themes and available head-up display (Denali models)
  • Multiple USB ports and accessory power outlets – including a 230-volt three-prong outlet –  to support electronic devices of all kinds
  • Updated inputs on optional rear seat entertainment system, with video voiceover feature to benefit the visually and hearing impaired
  • Added high capacity USB ports in the rear to better support tablet charging
  • Available Blu-ray/DVD rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens on Yukon XL
  • Conversation mirror in the overhead console that provides a panoramic view of the rear seats
  • Available keyless entry and push-button start
  • Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on SLE and SLT, with 20-inch wheels available

The Yukon lineup also incorporates available technologies to help protect the driver and passengers before, during and after a collision. They include a forward radar system and the segment’s only Front Center Air Bag (models with front bucket seats), which deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants in side impacts.

The available Enhanced Driver Alert Package includes Lane Keep Assist. When activated, it gently steers the vehicle back into its lane when it detects the driver is inadvertently leaving the intended lane of travel. The package also includes IntelliBeam headlamp technology, which automatically turns on and off the vehicle’s high-beam headlamps according to surrounding traffic conditions. The automatic high beams stay on until the system detects an approaching vehicle’s headlamps or follows a vehicle’s taillamps.

Bold styling, enhanced refinement

Inside and out, bold styling advances GMC’s professional-grade credentials with elements precision-executed for beauty and function. Yukon’s more aerodynamic exterior also improves highway efficiency and contributes to its quiet ride.

Projector-beam headlamps are standard on Yukon and Yukon XL. The distinctive Denali models are instantly identifiable by their signature chrome grille and unique exterior appointments, including exclusive high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Additional exterior features include:

  • Inlaid doors fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, to reduce wind noise and improve aerodynamics
  • Laminated windshield and front door glass to enhance quietness
  • Lightweight aluminum hood and liftgate panels improve efficiency
  • Standard rear spoiler on the liftgate hides the rear window wiper
  • Hands-free liftgate operation
  • Illuminated, power-retractable assist steps available on Denali
  • 20-inch wheels are standard on Denali, with 22-inch wheels available
  • Standard capless fuel fill feature, which eliminates the risk of under- or overtightening the cap.

The hands-free liftgate allows a customer with a keyless entry fob – and full hands – to open and close the liftgate by waving his or her foot under a sensor beneath the rear fascia. It is standard on SLT and Denali.

Three new exterior colors are now available on the 2019 Yukon including, exterior colors: Dark Sky Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic and Smokey Quartz Metallic.

Interior details

Inside, the Yukon’s precisely crafted interior features a quiet cabin, authentic materials and premium infotainment choices.

Examples of attention to detail include a soft-touch instrument panel, console and door panel materials with French seam stitching and purposeful use of ambient lighting in functional areas, including first- and second-row foot wells and the center console. A Bose sound system is standard on all models.

Denali models feature active noise cancelation technology to make the interior quieter.

Additional interior highlights include:

  • An 8-inch-diagonal Color Touch radio with GMC IntelliLink is standard on SLE and SLT; and an 8-inch-diagonal Color Touch radio with navigation is standard on Denali and available on SLT
  • Bose nine-speaker audio system is standard on SLE and SLT
  • Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium 10-speaker audio system is standard on Denali
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control system is standard on all models
  • Multicolor driver information center is standard on all models – with a larger, 8-inch-diagonal customizable display standard on Denali
  • A rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-Ray/DVD player, wireless headphones, USB port and SD card slot are available on SLT and standard on Denali
  • Push-button starting is standard on SLT and Denali and remote vehicle start is standard on all models
  • Power-adjustable pedals are standard on SLT and Denali, and available on SLE
  • Five auxiliary power outlets are standard on SLT and Denali, and available on SLE
  • A rear-vision camera system is standard on all models
  • Cloth-trimmed front bucket seats are available on SLE, and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat is standard
  • Perforated, leather-trimmed seats – including heated/ventilated front bucket seats – are standard on SLT and Denali
  • Heated second-row outboard seats are standard on SLT and Denali
  • Power-folding 60/40-split bench third-row seat is standard on SLT and Denali
  • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on SLT and Denali
  • Wireless phone charging is standard on Denali
  • A power-operated sunroof is available on SLT and standard on Denali.

Phone integration technology

GMC’s IntelliLink system with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is compatible with Apple CarPlay, a phone integration technology which puts iPhone features  on the display in a smart, simple manner. CarPlay makes it easy to connect to the features smartphone users rely on most.

The features allow customers to display select apps onto and control them through the touchscreen interface of GMC’s IntelliLink system. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers spend more time with eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Apple CarPlay supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/iOS/CarPlay.

The system is now Android Auto ready, and will allow Android smartphone users to mirror their devices once the service is made available in the region.

IntelliLink  

GMC Yukon’s IntelliLink infotainment system offers passengers more choices for their increasingly plugged-in lifestyles. It is easy and intuitive, is highly customizable and is capable of linking multiple devices in various wired and wireless manners.

A Text Messaging Alerts feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.) reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers to help keep phones safely stowed and drivers’ hands on the wheel.
For Yukon models equipped with the available rear seat entertainment system, the 2018 model year brings a number of modifications and improvements to the connectivity of the thanks to HDMI/MHL connectors that now allows devices to project on the in-vehicle screen(s). The audio support is also improved with the use of digital headphones.

In addition, rear passenger tablet users get USB port that support 2.1 amp charging atop the already existing USB and 230 AC power outlets. Consequently, the rear entertainment system no longer supports SD Cards, and RCA video/audio jacks.

More capable, more comfortable

The Yukon lineup delivers greater capability and greater refinement through enhanced chassis and suspension systems. A fully boxed frame – composed of more than 75 percent high-strength steel – supports a quiet and controlled ride. Shear-style body mounts attached to the frame significantly improve stiffness and contribute to the Yukon’s smooth ride.

Yukon’s driving experience is further enhanced with:

  • Wide rear track that contributes to a more planted stance
  • Electric variable-assist power steering system enhances fuel economy and tailors steering assist to vehicle speed
  • 9.5-inch rear axle and standard automatic locking rear differential
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, tow/haul mode, trailer sway control, auto grade braking and hill start assist
  • Four-wheel-disc brakes with Duralife™ brake rotors that offer up to double the service life
  • Denali models include third-generation Magnetic Ride Control, a real-time damping system that delivers more precise body motion control by “reading” the road every millisecond and changing damping in just five milliseconds.

Advanced powertrain technology 

The Yukon family is powered by the EcoTec3 engine family. A 5.3L V-8 is standard in Yukon and Yukon XL models and an exclusive 6.2L engine is standard in Denali models, delivering great horsepower and torque – SAE-certified 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 624 Nm of torque.

EcoTec3 engines feature state-of-the-art technologies including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions. The precisely controlled combustion enables a higher compression ratio for greater power and efficiency.

The 5.3L V-8 is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 6.2L in the Denali features a new ten-speed automatic transmission.

Designed and built by GM, the new 10-speed transmission features smaller steps between gears, compared to the previous eight-speed automatic, keeping the engine within the sweet spot of the rpm band to make the most of its horsepower and torque to optimize performance and efficiency.

Safety technologies

Yukon models are equipped with standard and available driver-alert technologies that add layers of crash-avoidance protection, as well as enhanced occupant protection in the event a crash occurs.

The Yukon’s available Enhanced Driver Alert Package boasts Lane Keep Assist. When activated, it gently steers the vehicle back into its lane when it detects the driver is inadvertently leaving the lane of travel. The package also adds Intellibeam headlamp technology, which automatically turns on and off the vehicle’s high beam headlamps according to surrounding traffic conditions. The automatic high beams will stay on until it detects an approaching vehicle’s headlamps or preceding vehicle’s taillamps.

Other safety features include the segment’s first Front Center Air Bag (front bucket seat models). This feature deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants in side-impact crashes.

Available active safety features use camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors to help avoid crashes. Yukon includes the GM-patented Safety Alert Seat that vibrates if the system determines the driver is at risk of colliding with another vehicle. A standard rear vision camera shows the area immediately behind the vehicle in the audio system screen. It’s especially helpful when hooking up a trailer.

Additional standard and available driver alert technologies include:

  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Automatic Braking.

Along with driver alert features, standard chassis control crash-avoidance technologies include GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill-start assist and four-wheel, four-channel anti-lock brakes. An available trailer brake controller conveniently monitors trailer brakes.

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Illuminating Design: The Art Behind GMC’s Signature Lighting

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From roof rails to rocker sills, from grille to gate and everything in between, every GMC is designed to be a holistic design that expresses precision. But if anyone particular element were to best reflect the GMC’s attention to artistic detail and craftsmanship, it would be its exterior lighting, with the C-shape graphic that has complemented the signature professional grade design cues of GMC models introduced in 2012.

Decades ago, headlamps and tail lamps were usually simple, fixed forms that vehicle shapes had to be designed around. Today, these lamps are an integral part of the initial design process for a vehicle and also play a significant role in shaping the exterior surfacing for GMC SUVs and trucks. To achieve this, GMC’s lighting design team gets involved with projects at a very advanced stage, working in close collaboration with the exterior and interior design studios.

“Automotive lamps used to be an afterthought; yet, that couldn’t be further from the truth today,” says Addam Ebel, GMC Lighting Studio Design Lead. “We are always looking at and working with new technologies and innovative ways to further elevate our craft.  Whatever we produce further down the road, will be at a level beyond the high standards GMC has already established today.”

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A perfect example of this synergy between design teams is reflected through the 2018 Terrain and it’s bold exterior design which has signalled the next chapter of GMC’s design language, evolving the brand’s signature cues with stronger elements including dramatic headlamps sculpted around the illuminated C-shaped signature lighting. Creating these lamps is an artform – a process of precision that mirrors the level of execution expected throughout a GMC.

Although models like the GMC Terrain and Acadia have helped advance GMC’s lighting designs, advanced lighting technology has been key in shaping the 2019 Sierra as well. New “light blade” signature lighting elements within Sierra Denali’s headlamps help accentuate the pickup truck’s exterior design, providing a distinctive appearance no matter the time of day.

According to Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC Middle East, “We have always put in efforts to further innovate and upgrade our product offerings with unique features that our customers expect in terms of technologies, functionality safety and most importantly design. With a bold Denali grille and C-shaped LED signature lighting, GMC vehicles have been distinctive for some time and underwent a thorough rethought and reshaping process to complement the future of GMC and the brand’s professional grade.”

The lamps themselves are almost miniaturized multimedia art installations, a mixture of sculpted and machined elements, jeweled lenses, projectors, and advanced technology.

While GMC’s C-shaped lighting helps provide an identifiable element from hundreds of feet away, designers craft plenty of precise, intricate detail within the lamps themselves, providing an element of delight when also inspected up close.

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GMC Reaches New Heights with Next Gen 2019 Sierra Elevation

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The launch of the next generation Sierra lineup continues with the introduction of an all-new trim, the 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation, to the region. Adding to other recently revealed bold, powerful models of the Sierra, the Elevation makes a statement in design, capability and advanced connectivity. In addition to the crew cab model, the Middle East will be the only region in the world to offer a regular cab variant of the 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation – a testament to the Sierra’s significance in the region.

The Sierra Elevation, along with Denali, AT4, SLT and SLE is designed to meet the needs and preferences of discerning GMC customers. The next generation Sierras are built upon a prominent foundation of strong bodywork that incorporates chiseled fenders and a tall, powerful hood capped with a bigger and bolder grille than any Sierra prior. Elevation sets itself apart with distinct monochromatic door handles, bumpers and grille surround. The commanding design is amplified with black exterior accents, including the grille inserts, tow hooks, side window trim and available 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Like other modern GMC designs, advanced lighting technology plays a key role in shaping the 2019 Sierra Elevation. New high-intensity LED headlamps that incorporate C-shaped “light blade” signature lighting elements, LED fog lamps and C-shaped LED elements within the taillights are all standard.

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Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC Middle East, said, “The Sierra has often been recognized and celebrated as a legendary car across the region; and the highly anticipated, all-new 2019 Sierra will certainly foster the heritage of GMC’s light-weight pick-up truck among customers. I’m also happy to announce the 2019 Sierra Elevation will also be coming to our region exclusively in regular-cab model and take customers to an elevated level of design, capability and advanced connectivity.”

The Sierra Elevation is offered with a two-wheel-drive configuration on the regular cab models only) and an available four-wheel-drive configuration for the extended regular cab and crew cab models. The next generation crew cab has nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the current model and best-in-class crew cab front head- and legroom (max.).

Elevated Capability

The Sierra Elevation leverages innovative technology and smart engineering to enhance capability and elevate driver confidence. With the Traction Select System and the twist of a dial, the driver can choose from preset modes designed for distinct purposes or conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping and other systems to optimize performance for the situation at hand. Tour mode, for instance, is ideal for everyday driving, while Terrain mode configures the Sierra for venturing off the beaten path.

For those who frequently venture off-road, Sierra Elevation is available with the X31 Off Road package, which includes unique suspension tuning with Rancho shocks, locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, protective underbody skid-plates, heavy-duty air filter, dual exhaust system and a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing topped off with all-terrain tires.

If trailering a camper or other gear is part of your adventure, the 2019 Sierra Elevation was designed from square one with trailering in mind. The available ProGrade Trailering System incorporates a number of innovative features, including an advanced available Trailering App, designed to help take the guesswork out of connecting and towing a trailer.

Purposeful Functionality

The Sierra Elevation was engineered to get passengers and their gear — be it kayaks, camping, mountain bikes, motorcycles or beyond — where they need to go, building on the foundation of the best-in-class cargo volume standard with every all-new Sierra: 2,523 liters on standard box models. Thanks to more tie-downs, enhanced cargo lighting and larger rear corner steps, the task of loading and securing gear is easier than ever. A 120V outlet in the rear supplies power to equipment needed for a day at the campsite or on the trails.

Next Generation Performance

The Sierra Elevation is available with a number of new engine and transmission configurations that deliver the perfect blend of power and capability.

Standard on the 2019 Sierra Elevation extended and crew cab models is an all-new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. The regular cab model comes with a 5.3L V-8 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission and Active Fuel Management technology (cylinder deactivation), boosting the stats to 355 horsepower and 519 Newton-Meter of torque, which improve capability.

The next generation 5.3-liter V-8 is also available exclusively on the extended and crew cab models of the Sierra Elevation, in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This improved version of the 5.3-liter V-8 utilizes a new Dynamic Fuel Management system that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

Advanced Connectivity

The extended and crew cab models of the 2019 Sierra Elevation boast a standard 7-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System (also available in 8-inch system) that incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with a six-speaker audio system. The regular cab models come with a similar infotainment system but 8 inches in size along with a two-speaker audio system.

A premium GMC Infotainment System that incorporates a higher resolution touchscreen, advanced personalization features, voice recognition functionality and available in-vehicle apps is optional on the extended and crew cab models only, as is a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system. USB Type A and Type C ports for charging mobile devices are standard.

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GMC marks Yukon’s 25th anniversary with limited-edition model in the Middle East

The GMC Yukon family of full-size SUVs has been expanded in the Middle East with the launch of a special-edition Yukon to commemorate the model’s 25th anniversary. Offered exclusively on the SLE and SLT model range marked with an exclusive 25th Anniversary badge, the limited-edition 2018 GMC Yukon features a chrome-trimmed premium, personalized appearance with bright chrome accents and body side moldings, including chrome mirror caps, chrome accessory grille inserts, chrome door-handles in addition to polished chrome exhaust tip, chrome tow hooks and 20- or 22-inch polished aluminum wheels.

The Yukon Denali has been upgraded in 2018 with a new dimensional front grille as well as a new 10-speed automatic transmission designed to make the most of the engine’s horsepower and torque to optimize the overall performance and efficiency of the SUV. Providing the capability, refinement, safety, performance and connectivity that discerning customers expect, the 2018 GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali also feature a new tire fill alert as part of the tire pressure monitor; and are available in new exterior body color.

Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC Middle East, said, “It brings us immense pleasure to be celebrating the silver jubilee of our flagship premium full-size SUV, Yukon, with our loyal customers in the Middle East. While the Yukon distinguishes itself with bold design styling, a precision-crafted interior and even more standard features, we have a great opportunity to show GMC fans our deep appreciation by presenting an exclusive series of 25 special-edition Yukon SLE and SLT models. Furthermore, the Denali line up of our premium SUV remains at the top of the Yukon range and has been upgraded even further in 2018, confirming the professional grade of our luxurious SUVs.”

Yukon SLE and SLT models are powered by advanced EcoTec3 engines that deliver more horsepower and torque with one of the segment’s best V-8 fuel economy. EPA-estimated highway fuel economy is 10.4L/100km with the standard 5.3L engine (2WD models). On the other hand, Yukon Denali’s exclusive 6.2L engine makes the most power in the segment – 420 horsepower and 624 Nm of torque. It is matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission that further enhances efficiency and refinement.

Inside and out, bold styling advances GMC’s professional grade credentials with elements precision-executed for beauty and function. Yukon’s more aerodynamic exterior also improves highway efficiency and contributes to its quiet ride. The Yukon lineup delivers greater capability and greater refinement through enhanced chassis and suspension systems. A fully boxed frame – composed of more than 75 percent high strength steel – supports a quiet and controlled ride.

Projector-beam headlamps are standard on Yukon and Yukon XL. The distinctive Denali models are instantly identifiable by their signature chrome grille and unique exterior appointments, including exclusive high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Inside, the Yukon’s precisely crafted interior features a quiet cabin, authentic materials and premium infotainment choices. Examples of attention to detail include a soft-touch instrument panel, console and door panel materials with French seam stitching and purposeful use of ambient lighting. Denali models feature active noise cancelation technology to make the interior quieter.

Additionally, phone integration technology enhances connectivity and promotes safer driving through Yukon’s IntelliLink system. The technology allows smartphone users to connect with applications such as navigation, hands-free text messaging and entertainment through the IntelliLink display screen.

For Yukon models equipped with the available rear seat entertainment system, the 2018 model year brings a number of modifications and improvements to the connectivity. In addition, rear passenger tablet users get USB port that support 2.1 amp charging atop the already existing USB and 220V AC power outlets.

Yukon models are equipped with standard and available driver-alert technologies that add layers of crash-avoidance protection, as well as enhanced occupant protection in the event a crash occurs. They include an Enhanced Driver Alert Package, a forward radar system and the segment’s only Front Center Air Bag, providing added protection for both front occupants in side impacts.

When activated, the available Enhanced Driver Alert Package which includes Lane Keep Assist, gently steers the vehicle back into its lane when it detects the driver is inadvertently leaving the intended lane of travel. The package also includes IntelliBeam headlamp technology, which automatically turns on and off the vehicle’s high-beam headlamps according to surrounding traffic conditions.

Along with driver alert features, standard chassis control crash-avoidance technologies include GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill-start assist and four-wheel, four-channel anti-lock brakes.

Available active safety features use camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors to help avoid crashes. Yukon includes the GM-patented Safety Alert Seat that vibrates if the system determines the driver is at risk of colliding with another vehicle. A rear vision camera is also standard, designed to show the area immediately behind the vehicle in the audio system screen.

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GMC introduces versatility, refinement, and advanced safety technologies on the 2018 Acadia in the Middle East

GMC is upgrading the 2018 Acadia offerings in the Middle East with the All-Terrain trim now available on both the SLE and SLT models of the premium crossover. Available with five-, six- and seven-passenger seating configurations, the 2018 Acadia is designed to offer great versatility, more refinement and advanced safety technologies, while featuring an efficient powertrain, a lightweight body structure and enhanced off-road capability.

Aimed at the heart of the midsize SUV segment, the 2018 Acadia hosts up to three rows of seating on most models, while the All-Terrain models feature an advanced All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system with Active Twin Clutch, which optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. All-Terrain models are distinguished from the rest of the Acadia lineup with a body-color grille surround, black chrome trim and exclusive wheels.

The 2018 GMC Acadia is equipped with a powerful and efficient 3.6L V-6 engine, which is SAE-certified at 310 horsepower; and thanks to GM’s Active Fuel Management (AFM) technology, an improved fuel consumption level of 11.2 L/100km on the combined cycle is achieved for the Front-Wheel Drive (FWD) models and 11.7 L/100km for AWD, putting it among the best in its segment for fuel economy. The 2018 Acadia’s V6 engine features direct injection, variable valve timing as well as Active Fuel Management (Cylinder Deactivation), and pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and an electronically controlled drive mode selector.

Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC, General Motors Middle East, said, “Boasting a bold design, the Acadia captures a great feeling of refinement and versatility in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features. With the enhanced All-Terrain trim and expanded seating options, we are confident to say that the Acadia is an ideal crossover for the Middle East region, offering a high level of functionality while delivering big advantages and balance to our customers’ everyday lives.”

 

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The 2018 Acadia builds on a legacy of intuitive functionality, with new features such as the Rear Seat Alert to remind the driver when an item may have been left in the rear seats and a tire fill alert, a system that provides audible alerts when inflating a tire (standard on all modes). Other features include Smart Slide feature that offers a split-folding second-row seat.

Additional solutions range from the simple to the technologically advanced. The rear of the center console, for example, features a unique pull-out storage drawer, which is accessible to rear-seat passengers. There’s also a standard Safety Alert Seat that reminds the driver when an item may have been left in the second- and third-row seats. Additionally, all three rows offer USB charge ports for compatible electronic devices.

The active safety features of the 2018 Acadia are designed to help make drivers more aware of their surroundings and potential crash situations, such as Front Pedestrian Braking, Surround Vision camera system, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Change Alert in addition to Front and Rear Parking Assist.

The 2018 Acadia offers a great emphasis on refinement, while remaining instantly recognizable with an evolution of the vehicle’s signature design cues such as a chrome-trimmed grille, squared off and flared wheel arches and a wraparound rear side windows with dark D-pillars.

Dimensional grilles and wraparound headlamps – High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps on Denali and halogen projectors on other models – reinforce the confident, refined appearance, while standard LED signature lighting on all models reflect GMC’s premium attributes. Complementing C-shape rear lighting graphics add a cohesive detail to the design.

Premium cues distinguish the Acadia Denali. Like all Denali models, it features a dimensional chrome grille, along with integrated chrome side trim, chrome-accented door handles, a chrome lower-rear fascia and specific six-spoke 20-inch wheels.

As a contemporary crossover, the 2018 Acadia offers the latest active safety features to protect the passengers, as well as the latest technologies to keep them connected.

Moreover, when it comes to connectivity, the Acadia is plugged in with available phone integration technology through GMC’s IntelliLink system, making it easy to connect to some of the features that smartphone users rely on most.

All 2018 Acadia models feature a drive mode selector, which allows the driver to alter chassis and powertrain attributes to suit a variety of driving conditions. Meanwhile, the All-Terrain trim has a specific Offroad mode on the drive mode selector, which works with the model’s exclusive AWD system to offer enhanced hill-climb capability.

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Refinement Ventures Off-Road with All-New Sierra AT4

GMC redefines the off-road space by introducing the all-new 2019 Sierra AT4. For the first time ever, the Sierra AT4 delivers a unique formula of authentic off-road capability and innovative technology paired with premium refinement and a bold appearance expected from GMC.

“The 2019 Sierra AT4 is designed for the customer who wants an elevated presence on the road and the capability to venture off life’s beaten path,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “It’s also the beginning for the AT4 brand, which will be seen on every vehicle in our lineup in the next two years.”

Standard content on the 2019 Sierra AT4 includes:

  • 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift
  • Standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates
  • Off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers
  • 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires or available mud terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tire, or available 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Exclusive wheel design with machined-face, dark-tinted appearance
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Traction Select System
  • GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate
  • Black chrome finish on the fog lamp bezels, fender surround and grille insert
  • Body-color grille surround, door handles and bumper
  • Exclusive athletic interior trim elements
  • Red vertical recovery hooks
  • Standard 5.3L V-8 engine

 

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Available content on the 2019 Sierra AT4 includes:

  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display
  • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror
  • GMC exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box
  • A full suite of advanced safety features* including Surround Vision, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • 2L V-8 or Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission

Dark, Distinguished Appearance

Building on the commanding presence of the next generation 2019 Sierra, the new Sierra AT4 enhances its confident, broad-shouldered stance with sophisticated, functional design elements that support its off-road capability.

“The 2019 Sierra is the boldest expression ever for GMC’s full-size pickup, and the new AT4 reinforces its essence of capability with distinctive, athletic cues,” said Matt Noone, director of design, GMC Exteriors. “From every angle, it conveys GMC’s premium yet functional design language.”

The Sierra AT4 has a unique look driven by dark exterior finishes and modern detailing. The front and rear bumpers and the grille surround are finished in body color, while the bold grille design with its rugged, knurled texture is finished in black chrome set off by the Sierra’s bold, C-shaped LED lighting signature.

Additional accent details such as the LED fog lamp bezels and fender trim continue the use of black chrome, while a premium high-gloss black finish is applied to the window trim, mirror caps and skid plate. Touches of red complete the package and make the AT4 stand out with subtle detailing in the Sierra’s all-new AT4 signature emblems and bold, unique vertical tow hooks. The exterior details create a distinct and modern personality for the AT4 that projects GMC confidence and capability.

The interior also carries AT4-specific darkened trim, including dark-tinted and textured aluminum finishes on the steering wheel, center stack and sill plates, as well as a unique Jet Black/Kalahari color accents in the seats and live stitching. Leather-appointed seating with embroidered AT4 badging on the headrests and all-weather floormats are standard and support our customers’ active lifestyles and AT4’s mission of delivering capability with uncompromising durability and comfort.

Authentic Off-road Capability

Sierra AT4 comes standard with a factory installed 2-inch suspension lift that provides additional ground clearance and four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case that includes low-range four-wheel-drive gearing for extremely tough conditions.

Sierra AT4 also includes standard off-road tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers, a locking rear differential and Hill Descent Control, a driver assistance feature that leverages the anti-lock braking system to enable smooth, controlled descents on steep grades without the driver having to touch the brake pedal under certain conditions. The locking rear differential directs engine power equally to both rear wheels for the greatest traction on slippery or uneven terrain.

The Sierra AT4 boasts innovative technologies that optimize capability and elevate driver confidence.

  • Traction Select System allows the driver to choose from preset drive modes that have been tailored for different terrain or weather conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping and StabiliTrak to optimize performance for the situation at hand.
  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data, including an off-road inclinometer, on the windshield in a 3×7-inch display. The off-road inclinometer shows the fore-and-aft tilt, front tire angle and left-and-right tilt.
  • Surround Vision is available on Sierra AT4 and provides the driver with a bird’seye view through an overhead image on the infotainment screen. It can prove useful when slowly maneuvering in tight quarters, be it within a parking garage or out on a challenging trail.
  • All-new ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App offers a connected, comprehensive suite of trailering technology that brings more confidence to the towing experience than ever before in a Sierra.

Groundbreaking Cargo Box Capability and Materials

Debuting first on the 2019 Sierra Denali and SLT, the all-new Sierra AT4 also comes standard with the industry-first MultiPro Tailgate — the segment’s most innovative tailgate ever. The MultiPro Tailgate features six unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation mode and easier access to items in the box.

Later in the model year, the 2019 Sierra AT4 will offer an available GMC exclusive and industry-first carbon fiber box — the CarbonPro — developed to increase the truck’s durability, efficiency and functionality. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight, purpose-designed carbon fiber composite that offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.

The CarbonPro box combined with our MultiPro Tailgate makes the task of loading and unloading objects such as motorcycles or quads much easier than ever before. The CarbonPro box was designed specifically with three molded in wheel indents in the front bulkhead of the box to locate and secure the front tires. Thanks to added tie-down hooks located in the corners and center bulkhead, and new centralized LED lighting, the task of loading and securing motorcycles and bikes has never been easier. A 110V outlet in the rear routes power to the tools and supplies needed for a day at the track or on the trails.

When it comes to the space and storage vital to truck customers, the 2019 Sierra AT4 delivers innovative solutions. The cargo boxes offer best-in-class cargo volume of 63 cubic feet (1,784 liters) on the short box and continues to be made of roll-formed, high-strength steel, yet a revised alloy offers 50 percent more strength than the current model.

Available GearOn accessory rails within the box allow for bike racks, kayak carriers and other accessories to be installed or adjusted quickly and easily. The rails’ integrated position makes cargo more accessible and frees up space in the rest of the box.

The rear seat backs open to reveal two 10-liter rectangular storage spaces large enough for tablets, tie-down cords or other personal accessories, as well as a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat that can secure all your gear while you’re on the go.

Sierra AT4 Performance
Sierra AT4 features new versions of the proven 6.2L and 5.3L V-8 engines along with all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine. The available 6.2L and 3.0L engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 5.3L and 6.2L engines feature stop/start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

The GMC Sierra AT4 goes on sale this fall.

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GMC sets a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in partnership with Abu Dhabi Police

As part of the GCC Traffic Week (11-15 March), GMC Middle East set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title, for the ‘largest parade of GMC cars’, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Police. Held at Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, 191 GMC vehicles gathered to form over a four-kilometer long parade on the famous Formula One race track. The parade was led by a 2018 6.0L V8 GMC Sierra Denali which valiantly pulled a 30-meter flag displaying a photo of the late Sheikh Zayed, to commemorate the UAE’s Year of Zayed.

The world record title was officiated by representatives from Guinness World Records and successfully accomplished by GMC customers and members of the GMC UAE Club who proudly showcased their own models on the track. Representatives from Abu Dhabi Police, GMC Middle East and Bin Hamoodah Auto – GMC dealer in Abu Dhabi – were on the ground to support the record-breaking event. In line with the continual efforts by the UAE authorities to improve traffic and reduce accident rates, the event aimed to shed light on traffic risks while raising awareness of road safety among motorists in the UAE.

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Police hosted a youth circle titled ‘Your Life is Precious’ about over speed and traffic accidents, in participation with the Emirates Youth Council. Captain Abdulla Saleh AlJneibi, member of Abu Dhabi Police Youth Council, said, “We welcome the participation of the Emirates Motor Sports Federation (EMSF) in the youth circle that aims at consolidating the relationship between the police and sports cars owners as they represent the youth community in the country.”

AlJneibi added, “We are present here as a testament to our cooperation with the UAE private sector, as well as Yas Marina Circuit, through focused events such as this one which observes an official attempt to break a world record for the largest GMC convoy ever – organized in the UAE. While one of our key roles at Abu Dhabi Police is to raise awareness about road safety, we are taking part to also commemorate the UAE’s Year of Zayed as the convoy carries around the race track of a giant flag displaying the logo of this year’s initiative.”

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Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC, at General Motors Middle East, said, “It is such a great honor for the people of the UAE to celebrate the Year of Zayed and show this pride to a global audience. The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title would not have been achieved without the significant contribution from Abu Dhabi Police and GMC owners and fans who came together at Yas Marina to create the world’s largest parade of GMC vehicles.”

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“On behalf of GMC – globally, regionally and locally – I would like to thank Abu Dhabi Police and our local partner in Abu Dhabi Bin Hamoodah Auto for making this outstanding achievement possible. GMC is all about professional grade and we always strive to make extraordinary achievements to further enrich the brand’s heritage”, Sbeih added.

GMC Middle East, broke its own GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest GMC parade which was previously set by Mohammad Saleh and Reza Yousuf Behbehani Co. – GMC dealers in Kuwait. Held on 3 November 2012, GMC Kuwait gathered 181 GMC vehicles at the 7th Ring Road, in Kuwait, setting a record of the largest parade of GMC cars.

GCC Traffic Week is a unified campaign by GCC countries which aims to improve driver safety. Taking place from 11th – 15th March 2018, the week features multiple programs and communications raising awareness and providing guidance on safe driving.

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GMC Introduces the Next Generation 2019 Sierra

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GMC is taking its most popular pickup truck to the next level with the completely redesigned 2019 Sierra Denali and SLT.

Distinguished by bold design and segment-leading technologies, the next generation Sierra Denali once again redefines the premium pickup, while advancing Denali’s legacy as the pinnacle of GMC design, capability and refinement.

“GMC ignited the premium truck segment 17 years ago with the original launch of the Sierra Denali,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “The next generation 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark in capability and refinement. It exemplifies precision in every detail.”

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Powerful proportions and distinctive Denali design help define the Sierra’s unmistakable exterior, while the driver-focused cabin strengthens the brand’s reputation for refinement with premium materials, improved interior space and innovative storage solutions.

The 2019 Sierra Denali affirms its position as the most premium Sierra ever with segment-leading technologies and exclusive features, including:

  • GMC Exclusive, Industry-first MultiPro Tailgate is the most innovative pickup tailgate ever, with six unique functions and positions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the box.
  • GMC Exclusive, Industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box, the CarbonPro, was developed to increase durability, efficiency and functionality while offering best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.
  • All-new ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App offers a connected comprehensive suite of trailering technology that brings more confidence to the towing experience than ever before.
  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data on the windshield in a 3×7-inch display to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
  • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror offers an optimized view via an available dual-function interior mirror that expands vision to overcome common visual obstructions like occupants or cargo. This next generation system features a higher resolution camera and display and the ability to tilt or zoom the view.

The redesigned Sierra Denali offers a full suite of available advanced safety features, along with exclusive chassis technologies such as Adaptive Ride Control

“The heritage of the GMC brand is rooted in full-size trucks, of which the Sierra is our cornerstone, with our SLT and Denali models contributing 87 percent of our total crew cab sales,” Aldred said. “The next generation Sierra caters to these unique customers who demand a premium, innovative truck that supports their professional and personal passions.”

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A commanding presence

The 2019 Sierra Denali debuts a profound new GMC design. A taller, more confident stance gives Sierra Denali powerful proportions complemented by hallmark details such as a chrome grille with a sharp, precise dimensional pattern that epitomizes the truck’s attention to detail.

“The next generation Sierra Denali has a deliberate, commanding presence,” said Matt Noone, director of design, GMC Exteriors. “Its unmistakable design embodies the essence of GMC, while advancing the brand’s core styling elements — rooted in inherent capability — with a new expression of its signature cues.”

Sierra shows refinement and strength through a larger, more-dominant upright grille, a taller hood, and a bolder, more pronounced take on GMC’s C-shaped lighting signature.

Advanced lighting technology distinguishes the Sierra Denali from every other truck on the road. GMC’s front lighting signature is conveyed through a prominent “light blade” that delivers uniform LED illumination for the daytime running lamps. LEDs are also used for the headlamps, taillamps, fog lamps and other illuminative elements, with lenses constructed from durable material with an almost crystalline quality.

The truck is larger than the previous truck in virtually every dimension, and the larger grille and dramatic lighting accentuate its broad-shouldered stance. The wheels are pushed closer to the corners and wear larger diameter tires. Denali features available 22-inch Ultra Bright aluminum wheels; the SLT model offers its own unique 22-inch dark aluminum wheels finished with chrome accents.

New, more prominent badging includes a bold DENALI nameplate on the tailgate —expressed in a new block-style typeface that echoes the truck’s strong proportions — below the signature GMC identification.

An elevated interior refined

The Sierra Denali’s new interior builds on the refinement and sophistication that have become synonymous with Denali, topping the segment with best-in-class front head- and legroom (maximum), providing a more spacious, driver-centric environment finished with premium materials.

Putting the driver at the center of experience starts with a higher seating position that offers a confident view behind the wheel. The optimized ergonomics emphasize easy, intuitive interaction with the vehicle’s technologies, such as the all-new Trailering App and segment-first Head-Up Display.

Denali-exclusive materials — including premium leather-appointed seating, authentic open-pore wood trim and dark-finish aluminum decor — help raise the interior to a new level of refinement. The exclusive leather appointments have a distinctive, large-pebbled grain with a contrasting stitch pattern that is both premium in appearance and touch without sacrificing durability, and the wood trim features an open-pore texture evocative of hand-planed furniture.

When it comes to the space and storage vital to truck customers, the 2019 Sierra’s crew cab has nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the current model. The outboard rear seat backs open to reveal rectangular storage spaces large enough for storing tablets or laptops, tie-down cords, umbrellas or other important accessories.

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Groundbreaking cargo box capability and materials

The next generation 2019 Sierra debuts a GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate that is the segment’s most innovative tailgate ever. Standard on SLT and Denali, the MultiPro Tailgate features six unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation mode and easier access to items in the box.

The MultiPro Tailgate also incorporates a step entry and egress mode that, when paired with the assist handle, offers both step and seated functionality, with a maximum weight capacity of 375 pounds (170 kg). Ease of use is enhanced with two buttons on the tailgate handle that allow convenient inner gate release.

This multifunctional tailgate offers proven strength and durability, having undergone more testing and validation than any tailgate in GM’s history. Sierra is the first and only truck to offer the MultiPro Tailgate, providing premium truck customers the ultimate flexibility. MultiPro Tailgate will be standard on Denali and SLT.

The cargo boxes also offer best-in-class cargo volume — 63 cubic feet (1,784 liters) on the short box, as well as additional tie-downs and a new, available 110-volt power outlet. The bed continues to be made of roll-formed, high-strength steel, yet a revised alloy offers 50 percent more strength than the current model.

The 2019 Sierra Denali will offer, later in the model year, an available GMC exclusive and industry-first carbon fiber box — the CarbonPro — developed to increase durability, efficiency and functionality of the truck. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight, purpose-designed carbon fiber composite that offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.

“In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon fiber box is the toughest and most durable pickup box we have ever made,” Aldred said.

The new CarbonPro box is 62 pounds (28 kg) lighter than the steel version, and is one example of GMC’s strategic use of materials in engineering the Sierra. The strategy also incorporates aluminum for the doors, hood and tailgate, while relying on steel for the fenders, roof and standard cargo box to shave up to 360 pounds (163 kg) from Sierra compared today’s model.

ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App

The 2019 Sierra offers a more confident towing experience thanks to GMC’s new ProGrade Trailering System, standard on Denali and SLT. The trailering system includes an all-new Trailering App featuring a Pre-Departure checklist, Maintenance Reminders, Trailer Light Test, Trailer Electrical Diagnostics and Trailer Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitoring.

Many of the Trailering App’s functions, including the lighting test and pre-departure checklist, are also available with the MyGMC app on compatible Android and iOS smartphones, a feature that offers great convenience when outside the truck or trailer.

The next generation Sierra also offers Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and Auto Electric Park Brake to help with perfect positioning when hitching. The available side view cameras and a trailer-mounted HD camera provide additional assistance when driving down the road or in reverse. With exclusive Trailer Theft Detection, owners can receive text and mobile alerts from OnStar when the trailer has been detached from the truck without permission.

Purposeful technologies

Seamless, driver-focused technology has long been a Denali standard, and the 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark by incorporating purposeful technologies.

These technologies work together to increase functionality and enhance comfort and convenience. Highlights include:

  • Segment-first Multi-color 3×7 Head-Up Display: The 2019 Sierra is the first full-size truck to offer this technology, which projects key vehicle information on the windshield within the driver’s line of sight.
  • Advanced GMC infotainment: This new, dynamic platform offers a smartphone-like experience with an intuitive interface, faster response and improved voice recognition. Sierra Denali’s standard 8-inch diagonal system includes navigation.
  • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror: This available dual-function interior mirror offers an optimized camera view that can help the driver’s view around potential vision obstructions such as occupants or cargo, while also offering a greater field of vision. This next gen system features a higher resolution camera, a higher resolution display and the ability to tilt or zoom the view. A conventional mirror view is also available.
  • Surround Vision: Offering a bird’s-eye view of the truck, this available feature displays an overhead image on the infotainment screen, helping the driver detect potential obstacles when backing up, including when trailering.
  • Full suite of advanced safety features: The 2019 Sierra Denali offers a full range of available advanced safety features, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Detection and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

Sierra performance

New versions of the proven 6.2L and 5.3L V-8 engines will be joined by an all-new 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine, expanding the powertrain lineup for the 2019 Sierra.

The 5.3L and 6.2L engines feature stop/start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency. The new diesel builds on GMC’s expertise with Duramax turbo-diesels offered in Sierra HD and Canyon models. The available 6.2L and 3.0L engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Sierra Denali features an exclusive Adaptive Ride Control suspension system designed to provide premium driving refinement with exceptional responsiveness. It employs sophisticated sensors to monitor road conditions and chassis responses in real time, enabling adjustments to active dampers every 2 milliseconds.

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Sierra: The cornerstone of GMC’s legacy in Saudi Arabia

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Designed to deliver class-leading capability, Sierra is the ideal truck for Saudis

When it comes to reliability, refinement in design and engineering excellence, Sierra has it all. GMC and its expertly crafted trucks have a long legacy in Saudi Arabia, first entering the Saudi market over 92 years ago with 4×4 and 6×6 vehicles specifically developed for desert use.

With keen attention to detail, interior craftsmanship, quality appointments, and practicality, Sierra is a cut above other trucks and the ideal choice for Saudis of all ages looking for a car that suits a variety of driving conditions, from highway cruising to rough terrain. Entering its tenth decade in the Kingdom, loyalty to GMC as a brand and Sierra as a reliable truck is embedded into generations of Saudi culture.

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With GMC’s powerful engine options, innovative technologies and distinct design here is how Sierra has cemented its position in the Kingdom.

  • Off-roading ‘Sierra-style’

A time-honored pastime in Saudi Arabia, Sierra’s power and traction allows for heightened off-roading with controlled descent in rough terrain while delivering professional grade durability, powered by powerful V8 engine options.

Dependent on the trim, Sierra models come equipped with Z71 Off-road suspension, 18- or 20-inch machined-aluminum wheels with All-Terrain tires, an Under-Body Shield, and Floor Liners.

In terms of durability, extensive use of galvanized sheet metal and DURALIFE™ brake rotors protect against corrosion, and spray-on bedliner provides an increase in protection from scratches and dings.

  • Next generation technology

For perpetually connected Saudis, Sierra has purposeful technology, inside and out including Intellilink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Keeping owners connected and in control while on the go, Sierra provides ultimate flexibility and the ability to customize drivers’ media, even allowing them to safely send, read and reply to text messages.

  • Elevating standards

Many Saudis have grown up with the Sierra name and for those who prefer superior comfort, the model’s crafted interior is the complete package. The premium cabin offers heated and vented perforated leather-appointed seats, wireless charging pad and soft-touch instrument panel and door trim, to name but a few.

  • Style meets substance

With a striking appearance, Sierra is built to deliver confidence and refinement, catering to Saudi drivers that are known for their interest in bold design and face a multitude of driving conditions on Saudi Arabia’s roads. High Performance LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, and Thin Profile LED fog lamps, are just some of the available features which set GMC’s truck apart.

  • Camping capabilities

Camping in the Kingdom’s vast landscape is a popular activity and stretches back long before cars were on the scene. With innovative trailering technologies, Sierra is designed to tow and haul with Cruise and Powertrain Grade Braking, providing the ultimate option for transporting campsite necessities. Offering three available high strength steel bed options, Sierra fits everything a keen explorer could need.

  • Hassle-free road trips

With over 200,000km of roads to drive on in Saudi Arabia, Sierra keeps passengers secure, regardless of the road condition. With state-of-the-art safety and driver-alert technologies such as the availability of New Low Speed Forward Automatic Breaking, the vehicle can automatically apply the brakes when it is travelling at a low speed to help reduce a collision’s severity. Other available technologies include Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Safety Alert Seat which gently vibrates to provide drivers with a subtle alert.

  • Bold and street-inspired looks

With a well-known and deeply ingrained interest in car modifications, Sierra exceeds the needs of its discerning Saudi customers with a variety of optional features at every trim level, whether base, SLE, SLT or top-of-the-line Denali. For bumper-to-bumper personalization, accessories range from Illuminated Door Sill Plates, to a wide variety of tonneau bed covers.

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GMC introduces modern, bold design on 2018 Terrain in the Middle East

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Confident appearance, accommodating interior and turbo engines elevate new premium compact SUV

With the arrival of the all-new 2018 Terrain in the Middle East region, GMC has unveiled the next chapter of design via a boldly styled and intelligently engineered successor to the brand’s popular compact SUV. The Terrain offers greater refinement and versatility to adapt to customers’ unique needs, and it’s packed with more available advanced safety technologies than ever before.

GMC offers customers the widest range of choices yet, with two all-new available turbocharged propulsion systems. Two new efficiency-enhancing nine-speed automatic transmissions are matched with the two turbocharged engines — a first application for the GMC lineup.

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Continuing the momentum of owning over a quarter GMC’s overall retail sales, Denali returns to the Terrain with greater exclusivity than ever, offering a distinctive range-topping design and uniquely refined features.

“GMC’s strong growth over the past decade is due in large part to Terrain,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Terrain builds on that success, leveraging GMC’s proven premium SUV experience to shake up the largest vehicle segment, with a strong blend of design, functionality and engineering excellence.”

Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand for GMC Middle East said: “The 2018 Terrain is the second generation of our premium compact SUV, offering yet more refinement and versatility to GMC’s customers in the region who have long shown their appreciation for our products, and since its introduction to the Middle East we have seen very positive feedback from both existing and new customers that has also been reflected in the sales of the vehicle.” 

The 2018 Terrain is available in the Middle East in SLE, SLT and Denali models, maintaining the momentum created by the first-generation model, of which more than 700,000 have been sold globally since it went on sale in 2009.

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Bold, modern design

The new Terrain’s bold exterior signals the next chapter of GMC’s design language, evolving the brand’s signature cues with stronger, sharper and more sculpted elements such as the grille and lighting features. Its shape was refined in the wind tunnel to help ensure the distinctive profile cuts through the air with optimal efficiency and quietness.

Elevating GMC’s new design, the all-new Terrain Denali will feature its signature satin chrome grille along with Denali-specific accents including body-color fascias, lower trim and door handles, plus bright roof-mounted side rails, and chrome outside mirrors and body-side molding. Additionally, LED headlamps and 19-inch ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels are standard on Denali.

All other models feature signature LED running lamps and tail lamps. Bi-functional HID headlamps are standard on SLE and SLT. Additionally, 17-inch wheels are standard on SLE, with 18-inch wheels available on SLE, and standard on SLT.

Turbocharged propulsion choices

A range of two all-new turbocharged gas engines, including the new 1.5L and 2.0L turbocharged gas engines, matched with two unique new nine-speed automatic transmissions, with the 2.0L turbo engine offering stronger acceleration and a higher degree of performance than its 1.5L counterpart.

GMC’s new Electronic Precision Shift enables more storage room in the center console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers.

The Terrain comes standard with GMC’s driver-controllable Traction Select system, which has choices for different driving conditions. Elements such as the throttle responses are optimized for the selected driving mode. AWD models include a FWD mode that disconnects the AWD system to minimize drag and optimize fuel economy, while the AWD mode offers all the benefits of an active AWD system.

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Refined, versatile and purposeful interior

Like the exterior, the new Terrain’s interior makes a statement and serves as a fundamental component of the vehicle’s heightened emphasis on refinement and functionality. Elements such as authentic aluminum trim, soft-touch materials on the instrument panel and doors and standard active noise cancellation are premium features seamlessly integrated into the interior design for a luxurious customer experience.

The Terrain Denali heightens the GMC experience throughout the new interior with a unique trim tint color and Denali-specific logos and piping on the front seats. Denali customers will benefit from additional standard features including a heated steering wheel, navigation, Bose premium 7-speaker sound system and a hands-free programmable power liftgate.

An expanded center console with pass-through storage underneath adds to the Terrain’s functionality. A new fold-flat front passenger seat and flat-folding rear seat help Terrain offer greater versatility for stowing longer items and make it easier to load cargo. There are also new under-floor compartments in the cargo area for more secure storage.

GMC keeps passengers connected with 7-inch and available 8-inch-diagonal infotainment systems, featuring compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates.

Expanded range of safety features

An expanded range of available active safety technologies is designed to enhance driver awareness and even help make it easier to park and maneuver in low-speed situations. The features include radar and camera-based adaptive technologies that can provide alerts to potential crash threats, allowing the driver to react and make changes to potentially avoid them, including:

  • New Surround Vision
  • New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
  • New Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • New Safety Alert Seat

The new Terrain also features GMC’s new Rear Seat Reminder. Rear Seat Reminder alerts drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicles under certain circumstances.

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The GMC Desert Fox powers into IGN convention 2017

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One of the most talked-about and eye-catching concept cars of the year, the GMC Desert Fox Concept Truck will make a special appearance at one of Dubai’s most anticipated events of the year, the IGN Convention, on Friday 15 December 2017, at Hub Zero, City Walk, Dubai.

As thousands prepare to gather at IGN Con to celebrate and share their passion for all things video games, movies, comics and pop culture, GMC’s Desert Fox concept is itself a potential automotive legend in the making, exuding its own unique blend of style and power.

Imagination and creativity are at the heart of the appeal of IGN Con, and the Desert Fox offers visitors both in spades. Echoing the look and feel of the classic 1970s Desert Fox from which it derives its inspiration, the Desert Fox concept equally delivers real-life ruggedness courtesy of the Sierra 1500 on which it is based.

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A Mountain of a Milestone: 2017 Marks the Delivery of the Millionth GMC Denali

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2017 proved a landmark year for GMC as it saw the delivery of the one millionth GMC vehicle from the Denali line – GMC’s premium package for its models. This marked a milestone in the Denali nameplate’s twenty-year history. Outside of North America, the Middle East is the only region GMC exports to, cementing the significance of the Arab countries in shaping the heritage of the GMC brand and Denali range alike.

Named after North America’s highest peak, the Denali badge first appeared in 1997, when GMC unveiled the Yukon Denali show vehicle. This one-off concept vehicle set the stage for the production of Yukon Denali, which went on sale in late 1998, which differed substantially from a conventional Yukon at the time.

A new front clip and unique body moldings lent the SUV a bold and strong presence, and monochromatic paint treatment added an air of sophistication, while distinctive polished chrome wheels provided an eye-catching accent. The show vehicle interior not only offered premium leather-appointed seating, but also a GPS navigation unit and hands-free cell phone integration.

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With Yukon Denali, GMC aimed to rise above the standard of other American trucks and SUVs in the North American and the Middle East markets. In 2016, The Yukon Denali accounted for 60 percent of GMC Yukon sales in the UAE.

“The advent of Yukon Denali signaled a big shift, both in the industry and for GMC itself,” said Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand, GMC, General Motors Middle East.

“GMC had a long-standing reputation for building strong, dependable trucks and SUVs that provide versatility and utility above anything else. With a premium-grade model, the Denali line greatly resonated and continues to do so with our customers, on a whole new level, especially in the Middle East,” Sbeih added.

If the original goal was to broaden the GMC range by entering – or even creating – the premium truck and SUV market, then Denali has certainly been a success. What originally started as a single model has since blossomed into an incredibly strong product line of its own. The Denali portfolio in the Middle East currently consists of three SUV models –the Yukon, Acadia and Terrain – in addition to GMC’s flagship truck, the Sierra Denali.

Denali models accounted for just over 25 percent of all GMC global retail sales in 2016. In the UAE alone, Denali made up 33 percent of all GMC vehicles sold in the country last year.

While much has changed in the past two decades, key Denali attributes – namely bold, striking design, elevated refinement, and advanced connectivity features – not only remain in place in today’s Denali models, but are stronger than ever.

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