Like its sibling Silverado that we showed you last month, GMC's Sierra is also due for a mild exterior freshening for 2011. While it may look like the improvements such as the new grille, hood, and bumper are only skin-deep, sources tell us that the new GM heavy-duty trucks are nearly all-new under the skin. In addition to the next-generation LML Duramax, GM is said to be developing a large-displacement gas engine that is expected in a couple of years. Most interesting about this Denali prototype is the presence of diesel cues, such as the venturi tailpipe and diesel hood seen on other GMC HD Duramax mules. Until now, the Denali has only been available with a gas engine.
Ram Brand Rollout Continues
Chrysler continues the roll out of its newly separate Ram brand. The Ram brand recently released its own consumer website, which features the entire Ram truck lineup, including Dakota. In addition to the website, you will soon notice new signage at dealerships, with all four of Chryslers brands being represented. For more information, point your browser to www.ramtrucks.com.
Mini Wants to Get Dirty
It may not be a true four-wheel drive, but we thought this Mini concept unveiled at the North American International Auto Show was interesting enough to share. The Mini Beachcomber is a precursor to the upcoming production Mini SUV, to be called Countryman. The Beachcomber features Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive system, an open design with seating for four, and an innovative tie-down system. A more robust structure and a modified suspension with greater wheel travel are said to give this Mini the ability to go places that are out of the reach of current Mini owners. The new SUV will be Mini's fourth model and is expected sometime in 2010 as a 2011 model.
Poison Spyder Teams Up With Access Army
Poison Spyder Customs has joined forces with the recently formed "Access Army" movement in the fight for recreational access to public lands. In an effort designed as both a fund-raising venture for the Access Army and as a way for members of the movement to show their commitment to the cause, Poison Spyder Customs is producing a limited edition Access Army version of its popular Rocker Knocker and Ricochet Rocker rocker-panel protection products for Jeep vehicles.
The Access Army Rocker Knocker or Ricochet Rocker features the Access Army logo, which is CNC laser-cut into the rugged 3/16-inch plate steel and available with or without tubular rock sliders. Best of all, Poison Spyder Customs is donating 10 percent of the purchase price for each set to the Blue Ribbon Coalition, which fights the legal battles for public access. To learn more about the Access Army, please visit their website at www.accessarmy.com. More information on the Blue Ribbon Coalition can be found at www.sharetrails.org. For more information about Poison Spyder Customs products, check out www.poisonspyder.com.
Ford Maintains Super-Duty Diesel Engine Price
Those anxiously awaiting Ford's all-new 2011 Super Duty with the optional 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 will be happy to know that Ford is holding the line on pricing. The 2010 Super Duty turbodiesel option will cost $7,835, the same as the outgoing 6.4L, despite delivering more power, better fuel economy, and meeting stricter emissions standards. This compares with the 2010 pricing of the Ram's Cummins option (with automatic) at $8,020 and GM's Duramax/Allison option at $8,395. The Super Duty will no longer be available with a manual transmission, leaving the Ram as the only HD on the market with that option.