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April 2011 RPM: Off-Road Truck News

Gmc All Terrain Concept
Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted April 1, 2011

All The Latest Truck and Off-Road News

GMC All-Terrain: Welcome To The Game, Boys!
Up until now, GM fans have sat idly on the sidelines, watching as Ram has trotted out a Power Wagon, already in its second generation, and Ford, a Raptor. As we all know, these are two amazing factory-built pickups that challenge the boundaries of what a stock truck can be. Well, someone at GM has been listening and signed off on the GMC Sierra All-Terrain concept, which debuted in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show in January. The GMC All-Terrain neatly splits the difference between the 1/2-ton IFS Raptor and the 3/4-ton solid-axled Power Wagon. It is Power Wagon big, Raptor wide, and features long travel IFS. It also has what Dodge fans have been asking for years-a diesel. In addition to the 6.6L Duramax and Allison transmission, the GMC A-T has Fox Racing reservoir shocks, Light Racing JounceShocks, a shortened bed for an increased departure angle, three more inches of ground clearance, front and rear lockers and 35-inch BFGoodrich tires. Question is-are they going to build it? As of now, it's just a concept, but many of its features will make it into production, such as the next-generation head unit, and possibly the RamBox-like bed storage. A decision could be made on the complete package if the response is great enough.

Only a Few Days Left: A 2010 Jeep Rubicon for Two Bucks!
Just when you thought the economic sky was falling, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) steps up to the plate with the $2 Jeep Rubicon Stimulus Package. Each year, CA4WDC tricks out a brand new Jeep with everything a four wheeling junkie could dream of, and then raffles it away. And tickets are only two bucks. This year's Jeep, a '10 Rubicon, is fitted with a TeraFlex suspension, BFGoodrich tires on Pro Comp wheels, and a Warn 9.5ti winch with Master Pull winch line on a Body Armor bumper. The Rubicon also sports GenRight fenders, Tuffy Security console and PIAA lights. Because getting stuck happens, the Rubicon also comes with a Hi-Lift jack, ARB recovery gear and Staun deflators. Not enough? All these manufacturers also slapped some cool gear on as well: Bestop, Poly Performance, TowRite, Reid Racing, Sidekick, Smittybilt, Hood Lift, Kilby Enterprises, Daystar, Trent Fab, and 4-Wheel Parts.

Runner up prizes aren't bad, either: Second Place is an Atlas II transfer case; Third Place a Premier Power Welder; Fourth Place is an ARB Fridge Freezer; and Fifth Place is a Pull Pal. The winning ticket will be drawn February 26, 2011 at the CA4WDC convention in Visalia, California, and you need not be present to win. Net proceeds go directly towards the fight to keep our public lands open. Surf the web to www.cal4wheel.com or call 818/705-3930 for more info.

Heading to the Summit
Looking for some luxury with your Jeep? If so, you are in luck because Jeep just introduced a range-topping Grand Cherokee. The new Grand Cherokee Overland Summit is the most luxurious and comprehensively equipped Jeep vehicle ever produced. Sporting a unique front appearance, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee features Black Olive burl-wood trim blended into the instrument panel. The polished trim wraps into the upper panels of both the front and rear doors, surrounding passengers with the highest levels of craftsmanship. The wood trim is also used on the standard, leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit has a Black lower and New Saddle upper interior trim color, along with saddle-color Nappa heated and ventilated leather seats-with perforated inserts, accent piping and unique stitching - and Berber floor mats with Black and Chestnut accent binding. Standard on the '11 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit is the Advanced Warning System and Adaptive Cruise Control group. The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit edition starts at $45,995, plus $780 destination, for 4x4 versions.

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