General Motors has detailed changes, upgrades and additions it’s making to its range of 2020 GMC SUVs and trucks. The good news, especially for off-roading fans, is that there are more AT4 variants on the way. More specifically, every GMC model will feature such an off-roading specialist within the next two years. Here are the highlights of what’s new and different for 2020:
The 2020 GMC Terrain is getting some new standard (previously optional) safety and drive assist features with the GMC Pro Safety package, which includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward pedestrian braking, following distance indicator and automatic high beams.
This can be supplemented by the optional Driver Alert Package that adds adaptive cruise control, lane change alert, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist and safety alert seat.
Denali models add front park assist, plus come with an upgraded suspension delivering what GM calls a more refined and quieter ride.
The Terrain Black Edition is no more, though only the name has changed. This edition, which includes 19-inch glass-black wheels, darkened details and special colour choices, is now to be known as the Terrain Elevation.
We saw the new look for the 2020 GMC Acadia a little earlier this year. Its new design is accompanied by some new optional features across the trim levels. The new front grille, front and rear fascia, standard LED lighting and signature GMC C-shape lighting is matched by interior upgrades, and standard stuff (on the SLT trim and above) now includes lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and rear park assist.
The big news is the first-ever Acadia AT4 edition, which comes with more-aggressive exterior styling and darkened finishes and a new 2.0L turbo engine (available on the SLE with all-wheel drive and standard on the SLT).
2020 Acadias with the 2.0L, 2.5L or 3.6L engine also get a new 9-speed automatic transmission, and the suspension has been tweaked to improve ride and handling. The conventional shifter has been replaced by GMC’s Electronic Precision Shift system. Also new are the infotainment system and a upgraded rear camera; at some point, though not initially, there will be a new head-up display.
The 2020 GMC Sierra welcomes the 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine to its product offering, and the carbon-fiber bed is now more widely available across the product range (it can be had with the AT4 and Denali), as is the 10-speed automatic transmission.
There’s the previously announced all-new 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty as well, which delivers stronger towing capacity and available systems like a 15-inch diagonal head-up display and rear camera mirror. And of course, the all-new Sierra AT4 HD can be had in single rear-wheel configuration with Crew Cab (2500 and 3500 versions). Optional on starting trims and standard on SLT, AT4 and Denali versions is a new six-function MultiPro tailgate.
The 2020 GMC Canyon is upgraded with the addition of new standard features like a tire fill alert and options like a new remote locking tailgate. There’s an expanded package for the All Terrain trim of the pickup, so motorists choosing the Driver Alert package now get forward collision alert and lane departure warning. The vehicle can also now be had in Carbon Metallic exterior finish.
Later this month Auto123 will be on hand for a special launch event of many of the new 2020 GMC models, so stay tuned!