First Look: GMC's 2007 Lineup Led by All-New Yukon Family, and Acadia Crossover
Fans of GMC vehicles have a lot to look forward to from GM's "Professional Grade" division for 2007. All new vehicles are available this year with sophisticated styling and rugged truck performance. Standouts are the all new Denali family of GMC trucks and their new crossover, the 2007 Acadia, which is a brand new type of vehicle for the division. Yukon family is all-new, featuring bold styling, refined comfort and improved efficiency and a 360-degree system of safety features – including government-awarded 5-Star frontal crash ratings for both the driver and right-front passenger.
Also on the way is a completely redesigned and reengineered Sierra pickup, which raises the bar for what a pickup truck can be. And while we haven't yet tested all of these new GMC's, we have taken a short look at them and will have more on these trucks later.
More Capability, Choices and Refinement
The ’07 Sierra models deliver the light-duty segment’s highest-rated towing capacity (10,500 pounds) and offer a maximum payload capacity of 2,160 pounds.
The 2007 GMC Sierra (photo left) is designed with a strong and refined appearance befitting the brand’s professional grade philosophy, including muscular character lines and rounded edges. The front end appearance, front fenders, hood and rear fenders are unique. A “center-focused” hood, which flows outward to meet the front fenders and stamped-in rear wheel flares enhance the muscular look.
All models except the fleet-oriented work truck model come with a distinctive chrome hood molding. Sierra’s grille is complemented by large, jeweled-appearance headlamps. Sierra SLT models come with a chrome front bumper, with a body-color top cap. All door handles feature large, grab-style designs that are easy to open with gloves.
Sierra models are more spacious with increased storage space, as well as flush surfaces, tight gaps and tolerances, and improved comfort and convenience. Sierra work truck and SLE come with a “pure pickup” interior that features larger controls and door handles that are easier to use with gloves. SLE1 models on regular, extended and crew cabs are equipped with a new 40/20/40-split front bench seat, which features a fold-down armrest and storage compartment.
The Acadia (photo right) is GMC’s first crossover SUV, offering seating for up to eight and combining the capability of an SUV and agile, car-like driving attributes. Acadia features a body-frame integral design that enables lower step-in height and the generous interior space of larger SUVs. Acadia offers three rows of seating, with the third row capable of comfortably seating adults – and with usable storage space behind the third-row seat. Access to the third-row seat is made easier with GM’s exclusive Smart Slide second-row seat feature.
Acadia is powered by GM’s 3.6L V-6 VVT, a high-feature engine with variable valve timing that is designed for high fuel economy, low emissions and exceptional smoothness. It is rated at an estimated 275 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is backed by a new, fuel-saving Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission. Acadia is available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models.
The all-new 2007 Yukon lineup landed in showrooms in early 2006. Several standard and available engines in the new SUVs offer fuel-saving Active Fuel Management, which helps increase fuel efficiency by seamlessly shutting off half of the engine’s cylinders in certain driving conditions. This technology helps give GMC’s full-size SUV lineup the segment’s best fuel economy. Along with increased efficiency, several models of the Yukon and Yukon XL are offered with engines that can run on E85, a renewable fuel made of 85 percent ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and 15 percent gasoline. GM has more E85 vehicles on the road than any other manufacturer.
The Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali offer unique exterior design and interior features, as well as an all-new 6.2L all-aluminum small-block V-8 engine with variable valve timing and a new six-speed automatic transmission. The 6.2L engine is rated at 380 horsepower, the most horsepower in its class.
Other '07 Models Include:
The GMC Sierra Classic (photo right) is offered in a diverse array of configurations, including regular, extended or Crew Cab body styles. Cargo box choices include the standard 6-foot 6-inch, extended 8-foot bed and, with light-duty models, a shorter 5-foot 8-inch bed. Half-ton, three-quarter-ton and one-ton models deliver tremendous payload and towing capability for almost any need. Sierra Classic models are available with 2WD, 4WD and, with the unique Sierra Denali Classic, full-time all-wheel drive. The Sierra Hybrid Classic also is available for the ’07 model year.
The Sierra Classic is offered for the ’07 model year with the same capable lineup as 2006, as GMC prepares to launch an all-new Sierra. The latest information on the next-generation Sierra can be found on GM’s media site: media.gm.com.
Canyon is (photo left) is available for '07 with larger-displacement engines that deliver more power. A new 2.9L DOHC four-cylinder with variable valve timing (VVT) replaces the previous 2.8L four-cylinder and delivers 185 horsepower and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. A new, 3.7L DOHC five-cylinder with VVT replaces the previous 3.5L engine and is rated at 242 horsepower and 242 lb.-ft. of torque.
Additionally, GM’s tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models and a chrome-finish 15-inch five-spoke wheel is available. The interior trim is updated and there are three new exterior colors: Sport Blue, Midnight Blue Metallic and Sonoma Red Metallic.
Canyon’s lineup of professional grade offerings is one of the widest, most diverse in the industry. It includes Regular Cab, Extended Cab or Crew Cab body styles; two pickup bed lengths; three available suspensions; and two inline engines. Vehicles are offered in Work Truck, SL, SLE and SLT trims. A ZQ8 sport model combines performance maneuverability with an unmistakable sport-truck appearance package – and available 18-inch bright-finish wheels – while the popular Z71 Off Road package offers distinctive visual cues to augment its suspension differentiation.
Envoy and Envoy Denali
The 2007 GMC Envoy and Envoy Denali continue to offer, comfort, capability and refinement in the midsize SUV segment. Refinements to the lineup include a stylish, new 18-inch high-polished forged aluminum wheel available on Envoy SLE and SLT models, as well as three all-new colors: Silvermist Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic and Graphite Metallic. A tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all ’07 Envoy models.
Envoy and Envoy Denali are offered in a roomy, midsize package that rides on a 113-inch wheelbase; the extended-length models are discontinued. The robust Vortec 4.2L six-cylinder is standard in Envoy models, while the powerful Vortec 5.3L V-8 is standard with Envoy Denali. The Vortec 5.3L is equipped with GM’s fuel-saving Active Fuel Management technology, while regulated voltage control is added to both engines for ’07, also enhancing fuel economy. A four-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission is standard on all models. StabiliTrak electronic stability control system also is standard on all models.
Envoy and Envoy Denali offer a myriad of entertainment choices. In addition to the AM/FM stereo and CD players, owners may also opt for an MP3 player, XM Satellite Radio, a Bose premium sound system, touch screen navigation or a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. OnStar with a one-year Safe and Sound service package is standard.
Envoy Denali takes GMC’s midsize SUV platform to the pinnacle of comfort and style, with specific design cues, including the iconic honeycomb grille, unique front and rear fascias, specific moldings, assist steps and standard 18-inch wheels. A host of interior amenities distinguish Envoy Denali, too, including real wood trim on the steering wheel.
GMC Savana’s popularity can be directly traced to its versatility: It’s a proven passenger hauler – able to accommodate up to 15 passengers – as well as a reliable and durable commercial cargo van; and it forms the foundation for conversion vans. There’s more standard power for Savana Passenger Van customers for 2007, thanks to the Vortec 5.3L V-8. It delivers 295 horsepower and 335 lb.-ft. of torque, resulting in segment-leading acceleration. The Vortec 5.3L is the standard engine in G1500 and H1500 Passenger models, and in H1500 Cargo and Conversion models.
For 2007, customers may order a GM FlexFuel E85 version of the Vortec 5.3L. It delivers the same horsepower and torque as its gasoline counterpart, while running on E85 ethanol fuel or a mixture of E85 and gasoline. E85 is comprised of 85 percent ethanol, which is a renewable resource fuel produced domestically. Savana is available with a variety of gasoline engines and the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8, delivers 250 horsepower and a class-leading 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
Savana delivers a host of safety features, including standard StabiliTrak on all one-ton passenger vans, available all-wheel drive and the available OnStar safety and security system on passenger and conversion models. The safety of the Savana 1500 Series is validated by its five-star federal government frontal crash test safety rating for the driver and front seat passenger.