• Jan 12, 2011

GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

We've already crawled all over the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept at the Detroit Auto Show, and Mike Levine from PickupTrucks.com took an extensive look at the interior and exterior with designer Carl Zipfel. The questions we really wanted to get answered were, of course, "Are you going to build it? And if not, can we build it?"
  • As to whether GMC is considering bringing it to market – built on a GMC line or by a partner firm – Zipfel suggested that the company is considering the possibilities. However, right now it remains a concept only and there are no plans to build it.
  • In its favor is that Zipfel's team started with a production truck. "It's the best of the Duramax HD with more off-roading capability," he said, "built with an existing Duramax diesel and existing supplier connections."
  • When asked if a customer could build it, Zipfel said an HD owner could replicate "everything but the lights." You can't get the 5'8" bed on the 2500 Duramax HD, and widening the track by four inches would be a slightly lesser challenge. Otherwise, the chassis wasn't chopped to create the shortened front end, and Zipfeld said, "We think we're in striking distance for crash testing if GMC decided to build it."
Follow the jump for more revelations about the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept.

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  • As to where it fits on the Raptor/Ram Runner/Power Wagon depth chart, it's two inches shorter than the Raptor and seven inches shorter than the Power Wagon. Zipfel said, "We asked what are the voids, and we came up with an HD chassis and power, tire size, suspension and suspension geometry. The Raptor is a pre-runner and a 1500 series, and the suspension geometry of a pre-runner is a bit different for higher speeds. The Ram Runer is also the prerunner formula." He feels the Power Wagon is closest, but it only offers a gas engine, whereas for the GMC Concept "part of the key ingredients is the diesel for towing and hauling, pulling a trailer." The secondary jounce shock system, designed with Fox Racing and Light Racing, "is different than what's on the Raptor and works well with a heavy duty truck."
  • If not the truck, what you will be able to get in a couple of years are its hue and exterior trim finish. Said creative designer Gulya Kuldjanov, "The color is Iridium Metallic and it will be offered as a GMC exclusive color in a couple of years, and the dark anodized satin finish" around the windows.
  • To those wondering about the any production plans for the GMC Granite Concept from last year's show, GMC communications rep Kelly Cusinato said "There's nothing new to add on the Granite Concept."

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      • 3 Years Ago
      GM will probably produce this 5-7 years later and lose lots of money just like when Ford developed the new Mustangs and Chevy was still "sleeping" with the Camero. Ford will continue to make profits off the Raptor. I'm not waiting around, I'm buying a Ford Raptor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      UBER-MACHO....REALLY???? I am so sick of people using the word UBER incorrectly. It is the German word for OVER!!! Please STOP using this word if you don't know the correct way to use it!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      This truck looks amazing allot of fresh new features. Im sure if gmc produces this truck and you need any auto glass repair or auto glass replacement the guys over at a new view auto glass can help you out. http://www.anewviewautoglass.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      This truck looks amazing allot of fresh new features. Im sure if gmc produces this truck and you need any auto glass repair or auto glass replacement the guys over at a new view auto glass can help you out. link?http://www.anewviewautoglass.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well Looks like I may start saving for this beast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boy...us guys sure know our trucks...
      • 4 Years Ago
      As the owner of an '03 2500 HD, I like the fact that they lifted it, added better wheels/tires, shortened the wheelbase, and gave it a diesel engine. If it makes production, I'll buy a used one in a few years, after it depreciates. LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like every pimped GMC I already see rolling around here with Alberta plates.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Totally impractical....which means it will sell in huge numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Totally impractical you say? Good. It doesn't venture away from the norm, as nearly all cars here on AB are impractical.

        If you want "practical" in the manner of fuel economy, as that's exactly what you're thinking, stick to AB Green.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bed extenders are not expensive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What are you gonna put in that little box? My dirtbike and gear would be falling out of there. I know....stop asking practical questions. All the serious offroaders I've seen at my local ORV area drive Jeeps. This truck would be great for posing around town though.
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to build this truck & offer 2 motors the DURAMAX for the diesel loves & the new LS9 blowen gas motor from the vete. I have had 3 trucks with diesel's & that sank like boat anchors in the mud. I now have a 2003 chevy 2500hd 6.0L gas & it will go any where I need to go mud, snow it just goes. But it has 175,000 miles on it no trouble yet I have never kept a truck this long but I like this truck. I would trade it in on this new GMC All-Terrain ASAP if they would just build it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Tropical Tattoo
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Always liked the look of GMC trucks and this one looks like a nice alternative to the Raptor for some buyers. I'll take the Raptor.
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