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2021 GMC SIERRA 1500 ANNOUNCED WITH TECH AND CONTENT UPDATES

Just As American Camping Trailer Sales Are Surging

2021 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 CarbonPro Chicago Auto Show
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Anti-truck advocates sipping delivered cortados in their 400 square-foot Bay Area apartment have done a lot of shouting at the sky recently about the unrelenting demand for pickup trucks in a time where climate change is being blamed as to why the West Coast is engulfed in flames. With American pickup trucks being the poster villains of this global phenomenon (instead of, say: ships, planes, factories, or volcanos), the truck is therefore the root of all evil. Yet they are some of the most essential automobiles on the market. And we can look no further than a massive spike in RV and camping trailer sales since COVID-19 lockdowns have limited lawful recreational activities. People are now choosing to take their adventures into their own hands, and the updates to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 could not arrive at a better time to make towing and adventuring easier than ever.

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The RV Industry Association cites that more than 46 million Americans are planning to take an RV trip in the next year. Towable RVs (camping trailers) make up about 90 percent of those sales. That’s a lot of what will likely be first-timers towing thousands of pounds of weight behind them all over main freeways and thoroughfares of the United States. To alleviate this, the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 will have the following new technology features:

Trailer Length Indicator: When enabled and driving forward with the turn signal activated, the center console screen displays a red overlay that’s twice the length of the compatible trailer, and shows when other vehicles are present, making lane-change maneuvers safer.

Jack-Knife Alert: This new feature tracks the position of the compatible trailer in relation to the vehicle. If the front of the trailer approaches the rear of the vehicle, an alert is displayed when there may be a potential jack-knife situation.

Rear Trailer View updates and Trailer-Angle Indicator: Rear Trailer View has been enhanced to include guidelines that assist when backing a trailer into place. The Trailer-Angle Indicator to show the relationship between the truck and compatible trailer. Rear Trailer View requires the customer-installed available GM auxiliary accessory camera. This is nicknamed the “Invisible Trailer”.

Rear Side View updates: Rear Side View already provides a split view of the left and right sides of the truck and compatible trailer that is automatically biased based on the trailer’s angle. In the 2021 GMC Sierra, drivers will have access to this view while driving in reverse, making it easier to see surrounding vehicles and objects while positioning a trailer.

Cargo Bed View enhancements: New Cargo Bed Zoom View and Bed Hitch Guidance are now available, which can be helpful for aligning and hooking up a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailer.
Select trailering features require a conventional-hitched box or camping trailer and additional setup may be required. Customers can see their dealers for full details.

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 will also offer the MultiPro Trailgate on SLE and Elevation trims to go with AT4 and Denali, while new colors are in store. They are: Ebony Twilight Metallic, Cayenne Red Tintcoat, Brownstone Metallic, and Hunter Metallic (Denali only). The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 also gets Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires that can wrap around 20-inch wheels, plus an off-road high-clearance step.

As MC&T reported earlier, the 3.0L Duramax LM2 diesel engine sees a huge price cut for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. The option has been reduced by $1,500, placing it at $995 MSRP above the 5.3L L84 V8. The Duramax used to be the same price as the 6.2L L87 V8 engine, but GM’s latest pricing strategy has the diesel wedging itself between the two small blocks.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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