Guest post by Heather Hills
The 2020 GMC Sierra HD Makes Towing All that a Breeze.
Just like the wind coming off the Sierra Nevada Mountains, GMC has created a breeze–for towing, that is, with the new 2020 GMC Sierra HD and Sierra Denali HD. Both of these trucks are heavy duty trucks designed for towing heavy loads, up to 35,500 pounds, and new systems make it super easy for drivers to control the tow, from a medium sized boat or RV to serious construction equipment.
Head up display in the 2020 GMC Sierra HD heavy duty truck lets the driver know what’s going on on the road as well as behind the truck. Photo: GMC
Head Up Display Lets You Know Where Your Trailer Stands, Too
The Sierra HD starts at $38,200 for the more budget-conscious heavy duty tower. The Sierra HD Denali – luxury line within the GMC family – starts at $56,600 for the more luxury-minded buyer. But they both have one of my favorite features: the 15-inch-diagonal head-up display that lets you keep your eyes on the road and still know exactly what’s going on behind you. It displays trailering information, vehicle speed and navigation, all projected on the windshield in front of the driver.
A Multi-View Camera Gives You More Control in Backing, Hitching and Towing (and Yes, Driving!)
When towing anything, from your boat to your 5th wheel, you want it to be as simple as possible – not only to have more time for fun but to keep the frustration and the arguments at bay. The Sierra HD and Sierra Denali HD have 15 camera views to make this as simple as possible, including an industry-first transparent trailer view that helps to optimize the driver’s view around the truck and compatible trailers.
This gives drivers even more capability when hitching – no guess work in backing your truck to the trailer hitch – and confidence when towing. The transparent trailer feature uses the tailgate mounted camera and an available accessory camera mounted on the rear of the trailer. The resulting display helps the driver to virtually see through the trailer and what is behind it, a benefit when navigating parking lots, merging into traffic or making tight turns.
All This, In Addition to a Luscious Redesign
The GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali underwent a serious redesign for the 2019 model year and take comfort … the HD models feature this new design, which has plenty of room for storage and passengers, plus convenience features like a wireless charge pad, USB ports and WiFi.
Oh, and there’s plenty of luxury, too.
Remember that ‘Denali’ stands for luxury? Well, with more than half of Sierra HD customers choosing the Denali trim, this is what continues to define “professional grade” with top shelf materials like high-grade leather upholstery, soft-touch surfaces and aluminum trim. The new design, paired with more power, more intelligent assist systems and advancements is intended to meet the needs of customers who tow but have discerning tastes.
The 2020 Sierra HD goes on sale later this summer in 2500HD and 3500HD with single and dual rear wheel configurations. Pricing and complete specifications will be announced then, too. Just in time for getting your dream boat into the water for summer cruising.
Disclosure: I was GMC’s guest for this test drive; all opinions are my own.