The new 2021 GMC Sierra will have a wide array of towing technology.
A recent study by the RV Industry Association concluded that nearly 50 million Americans are planning to take an RV trip in the next year. In July, RV shipments were up 54%. Despite recent economic slowdowns, shipments of RVs have been increasing this summer and nearly 90 percent of those RVs can be towed by a GMC Sierra.
“Trailering is essential for pickup truck customers. More than half of our Sierra customers use their trucks to primarily tow equipment for outdoor adventures,” said GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek. “We continually listen to customer feedback, which tells us they want class-leading safety, technology and comfort to tow what they need, whether it’s a boat, an RV or a trailer hauling off-road toys.”
Staying ahead of this trend, the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra Heavy Duty will offer several new features that build on the trucks’ already strong suite of customer-focused trailering technologies.
New or enhanced trailering tech available on both 2021 GMC Sierra light-duty and heavy-duty models includes the following:
-Trailer Length Indicator: New for 2021, when enabled and driving forward with the turn signal activated, the center console screen displays a red overlay twice the length of the compatible trailer and shows when other vehicles are present and may interfere with a lane-change maneuver.
-Jack-Knife Alert: New for 2021, Jack-Knife Alert tracks the position of the compatible trailer in relation to the vehicle. If the front of the trailer approaches the rear of the vehicle, an alert is displayed when there may be a potential jack-knife situation.
-Rear Trailer View now features guidelines and Trailer-Angle Indicator: Rear Trailer View has been enhanced to include guidelines that assist when backing a trailer into place and a Trailer-Angle Indicator to show the relationship between the truck and compatible trailer. – Rear Trailer View requires the customer-installed available GM auxiliary accessory camera.
-Rear Side View enhancement: When driving forward on the 2020 GMC Sierra, Rear Side View provides a split view of the left and right sides of the truck and compatible trailer that is automatically biased based on the trailer’s angle. In the 2021 GMC Sierra, drivers will have access to this view while driving in reverse, making it easier to see surrounding vehicles and objects while positioning a trailer.
-Cargo Bed View enhancement: New Cargo Bed Zoom View and Bed Hitch Guidance are now available, which can be helpful for aligning and hooking up a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailer.
GMC says that some optional equipment may be required for these features.
Additional updates for 2021 GMC Sierra 1500
for 2021, GMC is increasing the availability of the MultiPro Tailgate on SLE and Elevation trims, as well as a new selection of colors. The GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 adds optional 20-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires and an off-road high-clearance step.
For 2021, the MSRP of the popular 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine option will be reduced by $1,500, placing it at $995 MSRP above the Sierra 1500’s 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management. The engine offers 460 lb-ft of torque and best-in-class horsepower while offering up to an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway.
Additional updates for 2021 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty
For 2021 the GMC Sierra Heavy Duty adds HD Surround Vision and Bed View camera technology standard on Denali. The new Sierra HD Denali Black Diamond Edition will come with exclusive 20-inch high-gloss black wheels and new power-retractable assist steps.
The Sierra 1500, the Sierra Heavy Duty AT4 gets available 18-inch Mud Terrain tires and an available off-road high clearance step accessory. The MultiPro Tailgate will be standard on SLE and three new colors are being added.