How do changes impact the new and used GMC trucks of Thunder Bay ON? Well, depending on the truck, the answer can vary, due in part to the fact that they change to a varying degree. This year, for example, one of the most popular new GMC Trucks, the GMC Sierra 1500, has very little in the way of anticipated change. It receives the smallest of changes for 2018, as a matter of fact, and so the effect is small.
“The eAssist package is now available nationwide after being sold exclusively in California since 2016. This system, which GM calls “mild hybrid,”uses a single electric motor and doesn’t operate as a typical hybrid, meaning it doesn’t power the truck on its own. The lineup adds two new exterior colors—Deep Mahogany Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat. Every model now has a backup camera—per a government mandate—and the tire-pressure-monitoring system now has an audible alert when you’re adding air, to indicate when the tire is inflated to the recommended level.” Things were removed as well, though only one slight change as the base 1SA trim scraps the outdated 4.2-inch non-touchscreen display for a standard 7.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, moving things along in the technological advancement categories.
When it comes to the outside of the GMC trucks in Thunder Bay, the changes are cosmetic from 2016 and therefore minimal today. “The Sierra received extensive cosmetic updates in 2016, so there were only minor changes in 2017.” One thing worth mentioning that changed, or shall I say, was added, is the General Motors’ Teen Driver system became standard across the range, allowing parents to monitor the speed and location of the truck, as well as muting the radio until all occupants are buckled up. Also standard across the Sierra lineup were a capless fuel filler and new automatic shutters behind the grille, which automatically close to smooth airflow over the front end of the truck and improve fuel economy on the highway. Cool and intelligent running boards were added to the list of available accessories; they power out for easy entry into the cabin and can motor rearward for quick access to the bed. Lastly, two new colors were added to the Sierra palette: Pepperdust and the magnificent Dark Slate.