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This Is GM’s Torque-Filled Answer To Ford's Raptor And Ram's Rebel TRX

It has 910 lb-ft of torque, horsepower on par with the Raptor, and meaty earth-biting off-road kit. What more could you want?

Ford was a pretty smart cookie for having the balls to build the first F-150 Raptor and sell it as capable truck with the type of out-of-the-box off-road ability usually reserved for dune rats. Not wanting to be left out, Ram joined the club with its Rebel package, although that did little to stop the Raptor from dominating its niche segment. To send some attention its way during the 2016 Paris Auto Show, Ram showed off a beefed-up Rebel concept called the TRX. Now, with aims to recoup some lost truck sales, it’s GM’s turn to fire off another rugged pickup.

Previously, GMC had released the Sierra All Terrain X, a tricked out version of its Silverado-based pickup with some off-road friendly toys. Unfortunately that truck received a lukewarm reception. Now, GM has decided to add to the All Terrain X family with a Silverado 2500 HD. Instead of the standard Silverado 1500 All Terrain X, this 2500 HD version carries over the 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8, giving this truck some serious grunt. Inside this special GMC makes 445 horsepower, five ponies less than the new EcoBoost Raptor. But the diesel torque on the All Terrain X blows its rival out of the water. The new Raptor carries over 510 lb-ft of torque while this 2500 HD motor features 910 lb-ft, a full 400 lb-ft more.

That should translate nicely over to towing capacity, which matters to part-time desert residents who want a truck to carve up dunes with but who also need a practical vehicle for hauling a trailer full of brap braps (dirt bikes) around. Part of the All Terrain X package is visual and includes LED lights, new rims, body color moldings, and 18” wheels, but that doesn’t mean the practical stuff isn’t there. A spray-on bedliner, Front and Rear Park Assist, the Z71 off-road suspension package, underbody shield, heated steering wheel and all-weather floor liners make up the useful stuff. Eaton even throws in an automatic rear locking differential. The Sierra HD joins the All Terrain X series later this fall, so at least the wait for this new truck won't be long.

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