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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 hauls into Toronto Auto Show 2013, shows off all-new metal

Posted Feb 22nd 2013 10:45AM


We came across the new GMC Sierra at the 2013 Toronto Auto Show, and we must say: in over 100 years of history, GMC trucks have evolved nicely. The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 sports a bold, boxy new exterior and for the first time ever, houses one of three all-new turbo engines.

The interior of the Sierra sees several upgrades, though it mostly feels business as usual to us as far as fit-and-finish and materials. The big ticket item is the new infotainment screen which takes centre-stack honours. Large touch-screen aside, the layout, fit and finish and materials feel similar to the last generation. The new Sierra is the only truck in the segment to feature standard projector beam headlamps which are pleasing aesthetically, and functional for improved visibility under the stars.

Of course, the aesthetics of the interior and exterior don't even scratch the surface of what this truck's about. GM debuted their new truck at the Detroit Auto Show back in January and we caught up with it on the Toronto show floor to bring you fresh photos. We've also got a few more details to report to our hard-working, pickup-driving Canadian readers.

To read details on the new Sierra's anticipated arrival date, engine lineup and tech, hit the jump.

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The increased power and efficiency of the Sierra's engines come compliments of more than 10 million hours of computer modeling, according to GM. The result is an option list of 3 new engines, all of which add efficiency while also adding more power. The new engine list includes two V-8s - a 5.3 litre and a 6.2 litre as well as a new 4.3 litre V-6. All three engines include cylinder deactivation technology and power-boosting tech including direct injection.

On the safety front, the Sierra offers up GM's Driver Alert Seat as an option. This tech was pioneered on the Cadillac XTS and functions by vibrating the left or right side of the driver's seat lower cushion, warning the driver of perpendicular traffic arriving on the correlate side of the truck when reversing. If you're not into the vibrating chair, you can switch to an audible alert in the settings menu.

The Ram Quad Cab adopted front-hinged rear passenger doors in 2002, and the Sierra now follows suit with front-hinged doors on extended cab models; this is a major change that will be appreciated by all who regularly carry rear seat passengers.

And just how tough are these rigs? Well, GM said they've
put their new full-size trucks under more than 9,656,000 kilometres of durability testing in the torture chambers at the Milford Proving Ground, over the deserts of Nevada and across the roads and fields of Kapuskasing, Ontario. That's equivalent to 240 trips around the earth. In addition to that mileage, the trucks will accumulate more than 11,265,408 real-world kilometres of driving during testing which brings total test kilometres to more than 20 million. We suppose that will make the new Silverado sufficiently bullet-proof.

The 2014 Silverado 1500 crew cab will commence production in the second quarter of 2013. Other cab styles will follow later in the year - and that should peg availability at your local dealership somewhere around July of this year.

GM is holding their pricing cards close to their chest and have stated that Canadian pricing will be announced closer to start of sale.

2014 GMC Sierra Preview


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