By on December 18, 2018

2019 GMC Sierra AT4

If you need to get somewhere off the beaten path just that much more quickly than The Other Guy – or maybe you simply want to one-up your neighbor and their new Sierra AT4 – GMC has an answer for you.

Despite being only about three seconds old, The General is already throwing a new package at the 2019 Sierra. Meant to layer on top of the off-road focused AT4 trim, this new option adds even more horses to the hand-of-god 6.2-liter V8.

And, for once, buyers actually save money by selecting the option package. Speed normally costs money – but not this time.

GMC says the Sierra AT4 Off-Road Performance Package has an MSRP of $4,940. For such a sum, owners will find themselves in possession of 15 extra horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque, bringing output of the 6.2L to 435 hp and 469 units of twist. Bundled in the package are the 6.2L engine, GM’s cat-back performance exhaust system, and a performance air intake. A set of 275/65/18 Goodyear Wrangler M/T DuraTracs are part of the deal as well.

Breaking things down, those rubber hoops are available as a stand-alone option for just $295, which is a pretty good price all on its own. The performance air intake will set a buyer back $695 if they order it a la carte, while the cat-back performance exhaust system costs $1,595 all by itself.

Basic math teaches us that these items, already available on the GMC menu, tot up to $2,585. This means those who check the new AT4 Off-Road Performance Package option box are shelling out $2,355 for the hi-po “six-two.” If selected as a solo item, the stock 6.2L V8 adds $2,495 to the truck’s bottom line.

Save $90 and get more horsepower? We think that’s a good deal.

Introduced along with the rest of its high-trim models earlier this year, the AT4 is intended to compete with the Ram Rebel and its own half-brother, the Silverado Trail Boss. It has a 2-inch lift and a few skid plates right from the factory, along with off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shocks and a locking rear diff.

Unlike the Ram Rebel, whose styling suggests it constantly THIRSTS FOR BLOOD, the AT4 is content with its black-chrome finishes and color-keyed body accents. Take note: a Chevy Truck rep told me earlier this year that the Trail Boss gear can be dealer-installed on any trim Silverado, so it stands to reason the same applies to the Sierra and its AT4 equipment. If you want a Denali with a factory lift, go for it.

The Sierra AT4 Off-Road Performance Package is available now.

[Image: General Motors]

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20 Comments on “2019 GMC Sierra AT4’s Off-Road Performance Package Actually Adds Power...”


  • avatar
    thelaine

    Truly, it is a Golden Age for pickups.

  • avatar
    gtem

    Made in Silao with Chinese parts! Where are you at Peter Gazis?

    • 0 avatar
      Peter Gazis

      gtem

      GM builds most of its full sized trucks in Flint Michigan & Fort Wayne Indiana.

      When the big bad Trump starts huffing and puffing and blowing Japans way, Toyota is F..Ked.

      • 0 avatar
        gtem

        The crew cabs are still far and away predominantly from Silao last I checked VINs on cars.com

        • 0 avatar
          Peter Gazis

          gtem

          Between the U.S. & Canada, GM sells about 850,000 Fullsized pickups a year. Big number it tells me all 3 factories are running near capacity.

          I do respect your VIN number analysis. Problem with that is you would need to spend all day gathering VIN numbers from a large number of different Zip Codes to get accurate data.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            I take that back, I just looked again, nationwide, looks like the “1” VINs dominate. Credit to Trumps tariffs!

  • avatar
    Jon

    Good start. Now offer the package on a base model.

    • 0 avatar
      cognoscenti

      “Good start. Now offer the package on a base model.”

      Seconded! Cloth seats are better than leather.

    • 0 avatar
      JD-Shifty

      according to the article
      the dealer can install it on any trim…or are you saying you can’t get that engine on base?

      • 0 avatar
        Jon

        The 6.2L cannot be ordered with the base model.

        A year and a half ago, my family needed a bigger vehicle. My wife and I went down to two local Chevrolet and GMC dealerships and tried to order the same truck configuration; a 4×4 crew cab base model with cloth seats (because Phoenix), the max trailering package and the 6.2L. Both dealerships stated that they could not order the 6.2L with anything less than the “premium” packages.

        When I asked why, the salesman only stated that the GM vehicle ordering software would not allow them to configure the truck this way. I asked why GM does this. The general manager told me that he has asked GM the same question but was basically told that he gets to order what they allow him to order. I asked him how many people try to order a truck this way. He said usually about one per week but when people find out that they cannot order a truck this way, they usually just put out the extra 8-12k for the premium package and do a 72 or 84 month loan instead of the 60 month loan.

    • 0 avatar
      wooootles

      I’ll take “Trim combinations that virtually no one buys” for $400.

      • 0 avatar
        Jon

        Except that one per week is not “virtually no one”. Lets do some mafff. 1 sales request per week x 52 weeks x 4000(ish) Chevy/GMC dealerships = 20000(ish) additional trucks per year that GM would sell and have happy customers with their dream truck.

        There are a lot of folks out there like me who are becoming increasingly frustrated that in order to get the powertrain we want, we have to pay for the expensive and costly trim package with it.

        The silly thing about the whole situation is that I was willing to pay cash for the truck i wanted. I left the dealership with a Camry that had 90k and GM lost a high dollar sale.

  • avatar
    wooootles

    @Jon From GM’s business standpoint, why sell base trim+’preferred’ goodies when GM can just upsell you for a higher trim? You said it yourself, customers are willing to plunk down the extra cash/longer loan term anyways. So in reality It’s less than the 20000 additional trucks you claim in your mafff (in which you applied 1 anecdotal sample to the entire Chevy/GMC dealer network).

    If it made sense dollar-wise, they would build them.

    • 0 avatar
      Jon

      As frustrating as it it, you are correct. GM probably performed a detailed cost analysis and discovered that the profit from selling fewer premium trucks is greater than the profit from selling more lower level trucks.

      I just dont like electronic gadgets since i drive my vehicles to 250,000+ miles. They tend to be expensive to repair when the break.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    “A set of 275/65/18 Goodyear Wrangler M/T DuraTracs are part of the deal as well.”

    Real actual sidewalls! From the factory!

    It will just make me shake my head harder when I inevitably start seeing them with wagon wheels on them to make the Bros feel better.


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