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Meet the 2021 GMC AT4 lineup

GMC relies heavily on the success of its Denali line. The top-tier trim level is the cream of the GMC crop offering the latest technology, nicest appointments, and flashy design accents. It accounts for 30 percent of GMC's sales.

Enter AT4. As off-roading and black design accents become more popular, GMC is looking to capitalize on the trend by debuting its AT4 model lineup. Generally, AT4 models are slightly more rugged looking than their mainstream and Denali counterparts. Many have added equipment designed to make off-roading easier and more comfortable. GMC says that they initially projected AT4 sales would be 20 percent of vehicle sales in models where the trim is offered. Sales are inching closer to 25 percent and gaining steam.

The average price of a Denali model is $55,979. That's more than the average transaction price of a Mercedes, Jag, BMW, or Audi. The average price on AT4 models is nearly the same.

For the 2021 model year, GMC is introducing the Terrain, Canyon, and Yukon AT4. Sierra, Sierra HD, and Acadia already have their variants on dealership lots.

2021 GMC Terrain AT4

2021 GMC Terrain

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That's the 2021 GMC Terrain AT4 right there in the middle. Not much has been officially revealed yet but a quick walk around of the vehicle during the Vail unveiling of the 2021 GMC Yukon showed that it has many of the features of the other AT4 models like black design accents, AT4 logo on the front head rests, and AT4 badging on the grille. It will be available in the autumn and we're likely to hear more about its features around that time.

2020 GMC Acadia AT4

2020 GMC Acadia AT4

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The 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is by no means an off-roader, but it is a competent and comfortable daily driver. The SUV's blacked out accents make it appear beefier and more aggressive. Acadia AT4 offers an Advanced Twin-Clutch AWD System for increased capability on mixed surfaces, All-Terrain tires and Traction Select with Off-Road Mode.

2021 GMC Canyon AT4

The GMC Canyon AT4 is new for the 2021 model year and gives the aging model a much needed design infusion. Its black door handles and grille immediately set it apart from the crowd while the signature red tow hooks give a color infusion. Canyon AT4 comes standard with off-road tuned suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires. It will be available in the spring.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

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At first glance, the Sierra 1500 AT4 gets many of the same AT4 treatments as GMC's other AT4 models. Sierra AT4 offers a 2-inch factory lift, skid plates, Rancho monotube shocks, a standard MultiPro Tailgate, and available Mud-Terrain tires. Additionally, its available CarbonPro Edition package, giving the truck GMC's new fancy carbon fiber bed, which can withstand objects being thrown at it by hurricane force winds.

2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4

2020 GMC Sierra HD AT4

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Journalists first put this model to the test in Jackson, Wyoming in late 2020 and the reaction from the crowd was a resounding, "Yes!" Sierra HD AT4 features an off-road suspension, skid plates, Rancho shocks, a standard MultiPro Tailgate, and up to 15 camera views.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4

2021 GMC Yukon AT4

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The fresh 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 is a beefier looking Yukon. Yukon AT4 offers air suspension with 4 inches of adjustability, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a 15-inch head-up display. The new model will be available in the summer.

GMC has revealed the AT4 and Denali versions of their popular three-row SUV.

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The GMC Yukon has undergone a complete redesign. For the 2021 model year, GMC has re-engineered nearly every component on the SUV resulting in a more refined take on the premium SUV than the 2020 offered. Here's a quick look at everything you need to know.

The 2021 GMC Yukon will be sold in four variants.

So far, GMC has revealed that there will be SLT, SLE, AT4, and Denali models. The Yukon SLT and SLE are likely to follow similar packaging standard that the GMC Sierra has while the AT4 is getting blacked out elements and different underpinnings. Similarly, the Yukon Denali is the most refined model. All models will have three rows of seating.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali The Yukon Denali is set apart from the rest of the lineup by its large chrome grille. Photo courtesy of GMC

It's bigger than before.

The Yukon has grown 6.1 inches in length and seen its wheelbase extended by 4.9 inches. This was done to give third row occupants more legroom and add cargo room without compromising passenger space in the first and second rows. Despite the added size, GMC has ensured that the 2021 model has a lower, flatter cargo-loading floor that allows for easier access to cargo space.

Yes, it will still come in two lengths.

Like the 2020 Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and Ford Expedition, the largest GMC SUV will come in two lengths, labeled the Yukon and Yukon XL. The "XL" denotes the extended version, which adds 15.2 inches on the traditional Yukon body. That 225.1-inch design in the 2021 Yukon XL is up 0.9 inches over the 2020 Yukon XL.

The Yukon Denali's exterior has high-tech enhancements and is bolder than before.

The 2021 Yukon Denali sits tall. It has GMC's C-shaped front lighting signature up front that is delivered through LED illumination. Daytime running lights, headlamps, taillamp, and fog lamps are all LEDs. The Yukon Denali has a Galvano chrome grille that features a dimensional pattern with over 10,000 individual reflective surfaces.

There's an available adaptive air suspension.

GMC will offer the 2021 Yukon with an available four-corner adaptive suspension. When it's in 4WD LO, drivers can opt to raise the body up to an additional two inches for more ground clearance.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali XL Significant length has been added to the Yukon to make the Yukon XL model. Photo courtesy of GMC

It will have the most powerful engine in its segment.

The new 6.2-liter V8 engine achieves 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 and there's an available 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine option. All the engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

GMC is debuting a new four-wheel drive system in the Yukon.

The available Active Response 4WD System combines technologies including an electronic limited slip differential, to continuously monitor road conditions and react to improve traction, handling and overall control.

Yukon AT4 makes its debut.

Like in the Sierra and Sierra HD trucks, the Yukon AT4 adds more off-road prowess to the model with equipment enabling a nearly 32-degree approach angle, two-speed transfer case, 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires, a drive mode system with off-road mode, hill descent control, and skid plates. The model comes standard with GMC's adaptive suspension. It also has leather appointed seats, a Jet Black interior color theme with Brandy accents, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row outboard seats.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4 The Yukon AT4 joins other AT4 models in the GMC lineup, most notably the Sierra and Sierra HD. Photo courtesy of GMC

GMC has significantly upgraded the interior of the Yukon Denali.

Yukon Denali models aren't just getting an upgraded on the outside. When buyers choose the 2021 Yukon Denali they will have the opportunity to choose from four color themes that feature wood trim, and hand-stitched leather upholstery. The model also have its own, unique instrument panel and center stack design.

It gets a large number of cameras for maneuvering and trailering ease.

GMC will offer the 2021 Yukon with up to nine camera views, the most in its segment. These views include a surround view, rear camera mirror, and GMC's ProGrade trailering system.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali GMC has designed the interior of the Yukon Denali to be more elegant than the other trim levels in the Yukon lineup. Photo courtesy of GMC

Advanced technology isn't just for the infotainment system.

Buyers will be able to opt for the available 15-inch head-up display that showcases speed, navigation, safety features, and other information.

The 2021 GMC Yukon goes on sale this summer.

As is traditional, pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle's on-sale date. Buyers should expect a price increase for the model, especially in the Denali trim.

2021 GMC Yukon AT4 The center stack of the Yukon AT4 has a unique design and Jet Black interior. Photo courtesy of GMC

GMC builds the Yukon in the U.S.A.

Each GMC Yukon is assembled at General Motors' Arlington, Texas assembly facility.

GMC recently announced that the Hummer is coming back to life as an electrified truck.

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A survey of 20,264 Americans 18 years old and older nationwide has revealed that the country is less enthusiastic about the return of the Hummer than General Motors is. A lot less enthusiastic.

Piplsay conducted the survey following the brand announcement and corresponding Super Bowl commercial. Only 51 percent of those surveyed said that they had seen the commercial during the Big Game. That means that nearly half of those respondents either didn't see the ad or don't remember seeing it.

Tesla Cybertruck The Tesla Cybertruck is viewed as the Hummer EV's competition.Photo courtesy of Tesla

Of those that say they saw the commercial, 17 percent said it was "good" and another 17 percent described it as "awesome". Fourteen percent thought it "okay" and three percent said it was "not great".

While 49 percent of those that responded said that they were excited to see the new Hummer, 15 percent said that they weren't. A whopping 36 percent answered saying that they "don't care" about the vehicle.

The excitement is higher among millennials than baby boomers. Sixty-two percent of the younger set are excited about the Hummer while just 54 percent of boomers are.

Reactions to the next question were quite mixed. Pollsters asked, "GM has brought back the 'Hummer' name for its EV. Does that excited you?" Forty percent answered in the affirmative. Twenty-three percent said "no" and that they still "identify it as a gas guzzler". Thirty-seven percent answered "I don't care."

The split between respondents is about the same when asked if the Hummer EV will be a threat to the Tesla Cybertruck. Respondents answered: 40 percent "not sure", 35 percent "yes", and 25 percent "no".