By on January 27, 2016

2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X

In the war for ever-lucrative pickup truck money, conspicuous consumption is key. General Motors’ latest salvo in the pickup arms race has mudders, LED lamps, a spray-in bedliner and the letter “X” in its name, jack.

GMC announced Wednesday that it would sell this spring a Sierra 1500 All Terrain X package, which is derived from its All Terrain trim, and includes a handful of goodies thrown on at the factory instead of at the dealership to pry a few more hundred dollars out of the burning pockets of pickup buyers.

Interestingly, the All Terrain X package is available on its 5.3-liter V-8 (with performance exhaust!), not the hi-po 6.2-liter V-8 because product planners will have a name for that later.

2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X

The All Terrain X package adds the aforementioned Goodyear mudders on 18-inch wheels, a sport bar (which looks fairly handsome, IMO), performance exhaust and LED headlamps.

The All Terrain package from which the X is based already adds Z71 shocks and armor in addition to four-wheel drive.

GMC didn’t announce pricing, but expect it to be well within the range of what pickup buyers are willing to pay these days. That doesn’t say much, does it?

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  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    What a useless bed!

    I’d rather just buy a plain 4×4 Sierra 2500.

    • 0 avatar
      srh

      Had a Raptor. Loved it. Had to swap it out for an F-350 because the Raptor’s bed was too short. GAH!

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        srh,
        Here’s a question.

        You claimed to have changed a Raptor for a F-350 because of the bed?

        The difference in payload indicates that you will never use the bed in the F-350.

        You’d be lucky to carry 800lbs in the bed of the Raptor with a driver.

        Do you carry one huge sheet of plywood at a time?

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          Big Al,

          4’x8′ is a standard plywood sheet in the US.

          Lots of other things don’t fit in a 5.5′ bed, like motorcycles, ATVs, moose.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            heavy handle,
            Did I state “standard”.

            I do know we have 12′ (really 3.6m) sheets here used for flooring.

            Also, read what my comment is discussing heavy handle.

            How many ATV’s weigh 3 000lbs plus?

            Really?

            Isn’t there more appropriate 1/2 ton pickups that ride better, handle better, which are safer to do what he wants?

            It almost as bad as stating I bought a Kei van and replaced it with a high roof HD Transit because the interior is larger.

            His comment doesn’t add up.

          • 0 avatar
            heavy handle

            Al,
            re: “Isn’t there (…) which are safer to do what he wants?”

            You are making assumptions about what he wants in a truck. I don’t know, neither do you. All we know is that the 5.5′ bed in a Raptor was too short. It may not have been at the time of purchase, but circumstances change.
            Perhaps he tows a lot, in which case an F350 is better than an F150.

            You should try a Super Duty some day. They ride pretty well when they’re loaded.

          • 0 avatar
            IHateCars

            “Lots of other things don’t fit in a 5.5′ bed, like motorcycles, ATVs, moose.”

            Nah, when I haul my dirt bikes, I drop the tailgate and use the flip down bed extender….bikes fit perfectly….same with my sled in the Winter. If you’re a contractor, then yes the 5.5 foot bed and lighter payload of the Raptor is an issue. But for everyone else that wants a comfortable and capable go (almost) anywhere truck that looks and drives awesome….the Raptor is the ticket.

            Until you’ve actually driven one, your opinion is invalid.

        • 0 avatar
          srh

          I don’t claim, I did. I use the bed of my pickup for more than plywood. Sometimes I sleep in it. Sometimes I carry an ATV in it. Sometimes I carry a tandem bicycle in it. Sometimes I haul garbage to the landfill in it. A 6 1/2 foot bed would work, but the 5 1/2 foot bed did not.

          • 0 avatar
            srh

            Your comment is perplexing, Big-Al. It is almost as if you are being intentionally confrontational.

            We have a limited number of pickup truck options. The pickup truck that I want is a crew-cab long-bed F-150 with the Raptor fixins. But I can’t get that. Nor can I get a crew-cab long-bed F-150 without the Raptor fixins. So if I want a Ford crew-cab long-bed, my only choice is a Superduty.

            And you know what? The pricing on the Superduty isn’t a whole lot higher than the F-150. So you’re getting much more truck for not much more money. Do I need the payload? Rarely. But when I do, it’s there. When I want to load the bed up with stuff for a trip to the woods, there’s room for it. An ATV and a couple mountain bikes fit in the bed just fine, with room for other gear as well. With a canopy over the bed, it makes a cheap camper.

            All the options are compromises. I knew that when I got my Raptor originally. But a couple years later, some of my needs changed and I needed/wanted a longer bed. If Ford would have sold me that in a Raptor, I’d have bought it. But they won’t. So I replaced it with another truck that has different compromises, but bed length isn’t one of them.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            I’m a little surprised Ford continues to make the SuperCab Raptor on a unique 133″ WB, which hasn’t been used for regular trucks since 2009, rather than increase the bed to 6.5′ to put it on the same WB as the SuperCrew.

            And ignore Al, he’s being confrontational today.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            srh – makes sense for you. Makes sense to me too.
            My first truck was a Ranger. Great little off-roader but was a PIA for doing the same stuff you describe. I needed room for quads, dirt bikes, my little boat, 2 weeks of camping gear, tools, fuel,canopy etc. I skipped over 1/2 tons straight to a F250. For the marginal price increase I got more stock ground clearance, tougher axles to hold up to larger tires, more tow and haul capacity. It was a more versatile platform.

            And yes Al is being confrontational.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            When one travels long distances on rough gravel roads the last thing you want to do is to have to leave the tailgate down to fit everything it. That applies whether or not you have a tailgate extender. It is hard on the tailgate and on the box.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      Ugh, it’s awful.

      If you WANT buttresses, just get a freakin Avalanche where they’re better integrated. Even a late model Black Diamond will be much less expensive.

    • 0 avatar
      JimInRadfordVA

      Useless bed? Have you not seen the Ford Explorer SportTrac? The bed is 4’x4′!

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Paging DaveInCalgary.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Dave will be angry about the lack of the 6.2L

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Everyone should be.

        • 0 avatar
          CJinSD

          A friend bought or leased a Sierra Denali 4×4 a few months ago. It has the 5.3 liter V8, suggesting that GM knows its customers aren’t paying attention.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Nooooooooooooooooooooo

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Why’s the 5.3 so lame? I realized I’m not sure of the reason.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            When I drove one, it seemed like GM had purposely neutered it. It’s geared for economy at all costs. It seems sluggish and gutless at times. I think there are aftermarket fixes though.

            Plus, it’s a $2500 upgrade to the 6.2L/8-speed on some Silverado trims. So worth it.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Thanks. I’m assuming it’s a derivative of the older 6.0 you got with Denali and Escalade products in early 00s?

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            @CoreyDL

            As gawl dang much as you pay for these beasts they ought to throw the 6.2 in as part of the deal.

            Just look at the specs: http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/gm-engines/l86/

            ‘Merica!

          • 0 avatar
            bumpy ii

            Because the 6.2 exists and gets pretty close to the same mpg. GM used to have a 4.8L V8 too, and it was even more superfluous.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            No, they are both GenV small blocks. Very much related.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Corey,

            Bball is right. On paper, the 5.3 is plenty strong. But driving them, throttle response is sluggish and it seems to really resent being asked to work.

            Apparently, the ECU is is tuned with some garbage called “Torque Management” which dampens all low speed inputs to prevent wheel spin and any sort of usefulness. It can be removed with a programmer at the expense of the warranty. Apparently the 6.2 is either less restricted in software or overcomes the programming in real world driving better than the 5.3.

            Either way, another great GM powertrain ruined by drive-by-wire programming (throttle tip in, shift points and logic, etc)

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Thanks.

            I think you should get a dog too when you get a Sierra, it fits the whole outdoor image with your camping and whatnot!

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Hell no. Pets are far too much work.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            As much work as manual Verano maintenance?!!

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            I just have to get it to the dealer. The Verano has never puked on my floors or peed in a bed nor does it shed, nor does it jump all over me when I get home from work and just want to read. Not does it wake me up at 4 am to go outside. Nor do I have to leave parties early to let the Verano out. Nor does the Verano claw the couch just for lolz.

            No. I like animals but have no intention of cleaning up after any. Thats why I have friends with pets.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            HAHAH

            Oh I get it. I have no pets. My sister has two, and they’re a constant restraint on her leaving for an extended time or going on a vacation, etc. One of her dogs has anxiety with anyone except my mom, for any time longer than a couple days.

            My house is too clean for pets or children or messy people.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            “I think there are aftermarket fixes though.”

            Yay, so I want to spend a s*** ton of money on a product and then have to “fix” it because it is not spec’d correctly.

            I wonder how the Tundra’s 3UR-FE V8 stacks up against the GM 6.2?

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_UR_engine

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            GM 6.2L > other things

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            The 5.3 and 6.0 are very much related. Heads have the same bolt pattern and blocks are the same minus bore and stroke.

            And they’re both gutless and get horrible fuel mileage when you actually put ’em under a good load.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Mason – I’d have to say that you are bang on with your assessment. My brother is on his 4th GM with the 6.0 (company fleet truck). He occasionally has to tow trailers around 10k. Once he started climbing into the mountains it would shift down and rev to the moon then upshift and then bog down. It would lug down and loose speed and then downshift and start the revving all over again. The first 2 were really bad. He even had the tow/haul checked. His 2015 doesn’t seem to be as bad.
            I have friends with a 2011 6.0. They ran out of gas going home to Calgary with it. I did the same trip and still had 20 litres left in my tank (135 litre tank).

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            The 6.0 for towing is bearable with the 6-speed, if the only option is the 4-speed, well screw that get the 8.1L.

            Granted truck tests still show the 6.0 as the overall winner when compared to the 6.2L Ford and 6.4L Ram, so whatever I guess.

          • 0 avatar
            mason

            My comments are based on the 6.0/6 spd combo.

            I have a friend with a 12 Silverado 2500. Every year we spend a week 4 wheeling in WV and alternate towing the machines down every year. Same trailer, same machines, same route and my 18 year old diesel outperforms his truck pulling the grades and in fuel economy. My 18 year old pig has a 4 speed transmission and 3.54 vs my buddies 6 speed and 3.73, both are an inherent disadvantage yet the ol girl still outperforms the 6.0.

            I won’t even mention my 2013 diesel as its just not a comparison.

            I know there will be comments made that you can’t compare a gas to a diesel and I agree when you are comparing engines of similar vintage. But we are talking 15 years difference in technology, I for one would have expected a much closer comparison between the two. That’s not the case.

    • 0 avatar
      davefromcalgary

      Why you page me? This thing is hideous and ridiculous. Jacked up “off road” trucks dont interest me. The aesthetics are poor and my use case is on road, gravel road camping, and snow.

      My Sierra will be a 6.2L equipped SLT or Denali with max. 18″ rims (I’ll source smaller OEM rims if needed) and stock ride heights. Maybe some auxilliary airbags for trailer leveling, and a nice dual exhaust, a big pipe poking out a a diagonal behind each wheel.

      At this point, my plan is in April 2018 when the blue turd goes back, I’ll search for a not too beat up stock 2015 Sierra described as above.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      “My brother is on his 4th GM with the 6.0 (company fleet truck). He occasionally has to tow trailers around 10k. Once he started climbing into the mountains it would shift down and rev to the moon then upshift and then bog down.”

      Well duh Lou. It’s a 6.0 liter gas engine for crying out loud. My ’04 HD weighs 7K pounds unloaded. Add a 10K pound trailer towing up a mountain grade where it’s starving for air & what do you expect? You think any other similar sized gas engine made by someone else it gonna perform any differently? I’ll answer that, nope! I’ve never been overly impressed with the 6.0 as far as power in my ’04 HD but it’s not that bad and it’s pretty much indestructable minus snapping exhaust manifold bolts.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I wonder how the local GMC dealer will feel about it? He has proudly featured a selection of lifted, tricked out, ridiculously priced trucks in the front row of his new vehicle lot for many years now.

    …not the hi-po 6.2-liter V-8 because product planners will have a name for that later.

    GMC Sierra Terrain X 6.2 GT SS Z71 Beastmaster Package

    • 0 avatar
      Acd

      It’s surprisingly easy to find $70,000+ tricked out new pickup trucks at dealers these days.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      PrincipalDan – my local Chevy dealer seems to like the brodozer crowd too. Oddly enough all are 5.3’s. The 6.2 is pretty rare.

      GM screwed up the looks of the 2016’s. The new Silverado only looks good monochromatic. The Sierra has a weird notch at the top centre of the grill. It stands out badly in all the colours except black and dark grey.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Should have stuck with the siped All terrain version of duratracs for this like they did on the Colorado ‘pseudo-offroad’ variant. Poseurs still get the gnarly tire looks without actually being totally hopeless on slick paved roads. There’s a few impeccably clean JKU/JK Rubicons at work with the factory M/T tires on them, and I honestly feel bad for the owners for having to deal with the (likely) squirrely wet/winter road performance tires like that are apt to give, not to mention the noise.

    If the Raptor is a bit too out there, a Tundra TRD Pro would be my pick for a capable but still daily driveable 4wd factory performance truck. it has Michelin LTX AT2 tires, the sweet spot of capable yet still very street friendly tires IMO.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Real men put these on their trucks!

      https://www.mattracks.com/photos/

    • 0 avatar

      I have to agree but in the case of the target audience mud terrains do look more aggressive but they should be a no charge swap for all terrains. I always wonder about the street driven Rubicons. I’ve drive tens of thousands of miles on mud terrains but I would be cautious letting most people drive my truck so equipped, wet weather in particular could be awful.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Well that’s why I suggested a simple swap to the same Duratrac family, but the A/T variant has sipes on the still very knobby tread blocks and likewise still has chunky looking sidewalls.

        GM’s approach to offroad specialized trucks is easily the laziest out of all manufacturers. It more or less amounts to “slap some off the shelf gnarly tires on a Z71 and make it look cooler.” I’d love to see a comparison test of all of the half ton offroad specials: Raptor, Tundra TRD Pro, Titan Pro-4x, Ram Rebel or Power wagon, and one of the GM twins.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I really dislike this blacked out look on vehicles.

    I do believe nice shinny alloy rims, chrome door handle, some chrome accents on the grille, a chrome rear step and mirrors would make this pickup look the part.

    The other aspect is the amount of these special edition pickups in the US is quite staggering.

    Maybe if there were more competition the manufacturers could concentrate on building more competitive vehicles. I say this due to the massive size of the US pickup market with the lack of choice. Just adding limited edition vehicles is not really increasing choice.

  • avatar
    makuribu

    The oil patches in Alberta and Texas are broke.
    The mines and pulp mills are all shut down.
    Who is going to buy one of these things?

  • avatar
    heavy handle

    The “sport bar” lights are funny. Do they help spot giraffes crossing the road at night?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      This past Saturday at Kroger, I park up in my Deville at the same time a guy in the next row over pulls up in his brand new 4Runner.

      He has filled the ENTIRE gaping maw with LEDs. Two big blocks of them. It puts me in mind of the old flash bulb blocks I put on my play camera as a child.

      Absurd!

      I found a pic. His example was 125% of the size here.
      https://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/data/500/3_-2015-4runner.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      I had a light bar that sat on the box rails like this on the F250 I used to own. The problem with lights mounted on the bar is that it creates quite a bit of glair in the cab and hood. For hardcore night time 4x4ing it was handy but I only did that to go rescue drunken friends. The rest of the time it was just bling. I ended up removing it and selling it to a friend of a friend and broke even on the adventure.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Fail. The GMC badge on the back isn’t nearly big enough to prove that the owner has a bigger d!ck than the guy in the Ram Rebel.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Ford makes sure you can see the “FORD” badge on the Raptor from space. If only it lit up.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        Holy crap, the one on the 2017 is huge. If I bought a Raptor (because aliens took over my brain) I’d have to replace the tailgate trim with one from an XLT with the “F-150” badge shaved off, and the grille with one from a Lariat Sport Appearance. But this is why I’m not the target audience for a Raptor. If I moved to Wyoming, my truck would be a loaded XLT Sport.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          If I won the Mega Millions, I don’t know if I could stop myself from buying one.

          If I bought one now, like you, it would be the XLT Sport.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            If I bought one I wouldn’t have any place to park it. It’s too wide for either garage, the carport, or even the narrowish (with painted parallel parking area) street outside.

            My wife would love us to move to southwest Wyoming if only there were remotely plausible employment there for either of us. I’m not totally sure I’d mind, again if I could manage to keep shoveling food into my face. Then, and only then, would I actually buy a truck.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I can fit an Expedition/Navigator in the garage. Nothing larger. That’s the limit.

        • 0 avatar
          bumpy ii

          On the next one, the headlights and taillights will be integrated into the F and D.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        bball40dtw – I’ve seen aftermarket F150 and Raptor fender badges that light up. Looks cool from far away but too much glare up close.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Double fail – the satellite antenna is in a random spot. I’ve never understood this placement on GM products. Do they not own a ruler? Can’t divide by 2? What gives?

  • avatar

    I like it but I grew up in the 80’s loving sport bars on trucks (s10 baja anyone). Even had one with oakley stickers on it in my 87 toyota (in 1999).
    The 80’s shall rise again. I realize they are pointless for the most part I just like the look.

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      I may have just priced out a Canyon (hoping to build out an approximation of an 80’s off road truck), and got very disappointed when the sport bar wasn’t one of the factory options. For that matter, what ever happened to those mesh nets people used to replace their tailgate?

    • 0 avatar
      IHateCars

      mopar4wd….same here. I made a few purchases from the Smittybilt catalogue in the late ’80s/early ’90s!

  • avatar
    deanst

    I am very eager to buy the GMC Terrain All Terrain, especially if it comes with All wheel drive (“GMC Terrain All Terrain All WD”)

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    I don’t care how long I look at them, black wheels on a truck or car will never look good to me. For what these things will MRSP for they should come standard w/6.2. No thanks regardless, I’ll take the Canyon you got parked over there with the baby dirtymax.

  • avatar
    zip89105

    GM continues to go back to their old ways that got them in trouble in the first place.

  • avatar
    agroal

    The only time this goofy ungainly looking POS will go off road is when Goober heads home from the bar. I hate poser trucks.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Why on a black truck? The worst color for an off-road vehicle, ask me how I know.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    It’s the Avalanche! It’s back!

    Where’s the Escalade version?

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      The Avalanche was actually more useful than this with the mid-gate feature.

      • 0 avatar
        rudiger

        Agreed. This is a half-assed attempt by GM to lure back Avalanche fanciers without actually offering the utility of the Avalanche’s mid-gate.

        A real shame since the Avalanche’s mid-gate was pretty damn clever (and probably pretty damn useful, too).

  • avatar
    philadlj

    How dare they take the money of poor innocent American consumers in exchange for goods!

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