The GMC Sierra 1500 along with the Sierra Heavy Duty to comes with innovative trailering technologies and assistance features to help the growing customer base tow like a pro.
DETROIT, March 2021 - People are evidently getting drawn more towards the trials, the parks, and the outdoors in general now that more of us have more time on our hands than usual. Trucks were always a famous proposition in the States, but the aspect of towing has seen a new rise in the scene. More and more people are towing boats, trailers, campers; people are shifting houses and they would appreciate a machine that makes towing easier. The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 was already among the more favourable trucks, and now it has stepped up its game by offering some advanced camera-enabled driver-assisted features. The demographic which chose the Sierra Heavy Duty was always into trailing technologies and if the strong suite of features were not enough for them, they are bound to be pleased.
'Trailering is essential for pickup truck customers. More than half of our Sierra customers use their trucks primarily tow equipment for outdoor adventures,' said GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek. 'We continually listen to customer feedback, which tells us they want class-leading safety, technology, and comfort to tow what they need, whether it's a boat, an RV, or a trailer hauling off-road toys.'
It is no surprise that more and more Americans are now embracing the concept of outdoor activities and trailering their stuff behind their trucks. A recent study was done by the RV Industry Association, found that 46 million Americans are planning to take an RV step in the next year. Consequently, RV sales have gone up dramatically and about 90% of those are towable RVs. It seems like these upgrades could not have come at a more appropriate time.
If you want to know about exactly what features have made it to the update and what they do, take a look below
- Jack-Knife Alert: this feature is new for 2021, jack-knifing when the trailer goes off the line and begins to approach the rear of the vehicle. This feature will alert the driver if the position of the trailer with relation to the truck seems a bit off; hence you can ward off a possible jack-knifing situation.
- Trailer Length Indicator: this feature is also new for 2021, this feature has to be enabled to use it. Whenever it senses the turn signal is activated, a red overlay appears on the center console the size of which is twice the length of the trailer, an alert will display if it senses there are vehicles that can get affected because of the lane change maneuver.
- Rear Side View enhancement: the Rear Side View feature provides a split view of the sides of the truck along with the trailer attached behind it. this feature was already present in the Sierra, however, for the 2021 update, the drivers can also make use of this feature while in reverse. This makes it a lot easier looking out for surrounding vehicles and objects when you are reversing and positioning a trailer.
- Rear Trailer View with guidelines and Trailer-Angle Indicator: the Rear Trailer View feature was already present in the Sierra too, for 2021 the feature has been enhanced. It now provides guidelines to provide assistance while backing the trailer into place. The Trailer-Angle Indicator shows the angle between the trailer and the truck. You have to install the available GM auxiliary accessory camera to make use of this feature.
- Cargo Bed View enhancement: you also get Bed Hitch Guidance and Cargo Bed Zoom View, both of which are new features and they are certainly helpful when aligning and hooking a fifth-wheel trailer.
The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 gets some additional updates for 2021; the first of that will be the availability of the MultiPro Tailgate which can now also be had on the SLE and Elevation trims. you get a bunch of new colours and 20-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory along with a high clearance step on the AT4 trim. The top efficient engines will now have increased conventional trailering capability. The 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel in its 2WD guise now comes with a maximum trailering capacity of 9,300 pounds which is up by 1,900 pounds. The 2.7L Turbo on the other hand has a maximum trailering capacity of 9,200 pounds which is up by 2,300 pounds. Tests have also revealed that the 2.7L engine now has improved engine cooling performance and the 3.0L Duramax now has better real-axle stability.
The 2021 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty is not devoid of upgrades either and it also receives enhancements to its premium trims. The Denali gets Bed View camera technology and HD Surround Vision as standard now while the HD Denali Black Diamond Edition gets some new exquisite equipment like power-retractable assist steps and 20-inch high-gloss black wheels.. the Heavy Duty AT4 trim will also be available with 18-inch Mud Terrain tires and off-road high clearance step accessory just like the Sierra 1500. The MultiPro Tailgate is now standard on the Sierra HD and three new colors are available to choose from. The GMC Sierra Heavy Duty is also enhanced to tow more weight; the maximum tow rating is up to 36,000 now should you choose the Max Tow Package, the 10-speed Allison transmission paired with the 6.6L Duramax diesel.