The 2018 New York International Auto Show is ramping up and GMC is the latest manufacturer with an enticing announcement. The 2019 GMC Sierra now comes with an AT4 trim package, which gives the luxury pickup the tools it needs to bring you off-road and keep you in the lap of luxury at the same time.
A first for the GMC brand, the AT4 package is not too far off from what you get with Chevy’s Z71 package. The 2019 Sierra AT4 gets a two-inch suspension lift on off-road-tuned Rancho shocks, 4WD as standard with a two-speed transfer case and a locking rear differential, plus skid plates to protect it all, if and when you do take down a dusty trail. A 5.3L V8 also comes standard, but you can opt for a 6.2L V-8 or Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel.
For extra help off-road 18- and 20-inch all-terrain tires are available but if you’re sure you’re going to see dirt in this thing tick the option box for the mud terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tire. The hill descent-control and traction select system features will also come in handy.
To keep you comfortable in the cabin, the Sierra AT4 gets the acres of leather GMC is known for, including a few exclusive trim pieces. Driver assist systems — lane change alert with side blind zone alert, front pedestrian braking and low-speed forward automatic braking — are also available as options. However, the pièce de résistance is the industry-first carbon fiber bed out back, which helps shed weight and makes bed corrosion a thing of the past.
The Sierra AT4 isn’t on the Ford Raptor’s level when it comes to off-road capabilities. However, concerning refinement and comfort on the road less-traveled, it doesn’t look like the Sierra At4 has a match. GMC didn’t announce pricing, but the current All-terrain package for the Sierra lands just above the $2,600 mark, so expect the AT4 option to above that.
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