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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.

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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

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After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.


This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now.

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The all-electric range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed. The model is the first modern electric Volkswagen to be sold in the U.S. and a model that the German automaker is resting a lot of hopes on for the future of sales in the country.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive will achieve an EPA-estimated 260 miles of all-electric range on a full charge. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition, which have more features and equipment and therefore weigh more, achieve an estimated 250 miles of range.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for ID.4 Pro RWD is 107 MPGe in the city; 91 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition does slightly worse achieving 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior The "1st" badging denotes the vehicle as a first edition model. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

These new numbers come as part of a second round of EPA testing. Original testing found that the model did not quite hit its target.

How does that compare to other EVs? The Nissan Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of all-electric power. The Hyundai Kona Electric delivers 258 miles. Volvo's XC40 Recharge has just 208 miles of all-electric range but the Tesla Model Y can go up to 326 miles on one full charge.

First out of the Volkswagen gate will be ID.4 models with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery and rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor. That system delivers 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

At a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. With purchase, ID.4 owners receive three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers at no additional cost.

The 2021 ID.4 is on sale now, with pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro starting at $39,995 MSRP, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The Pro S carries an MSRP of $44,495. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

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