Refined brutes

2014 GMC Sierra & Chevrolet Silverado

Cars By Photo by GMC
Garth Brooks rendition of Wild Horses comes to mind.

Americans know what Americans need, and sometimes a big, bad pickup truck is just what the doctor ordered. But that doesn’t mean brute strength shouldn’t have a dose of refinement. GM’s top dog trucks, in the forms of the 2014 GMC Sierra and sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado, have just been unveiled, and we like what we see.

The bodywork on both has been redesigned — and quite handsomely, at that. Giant metallic mugs hint that these big boys are ready to for a fight. Engine options include updated 4.3 liter V6, 5.3 liter V8 and 6.2 liter V8 powertrains, all of which should exhibit improved mileage numbers. Proving that you can be tough on the outside and tender on the inside, both truck cabins have been completely revamped with high-grade, soft-touch materials, a far cry from the low-rent gray plastics a couple of generations ago. There’s also a 4.2-inch info display screen in the center stack and an available 8-inch touchscreen IntelliLink connectivity system that comes with five USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and one SD card slot.

But it doesn’t stop there. The rugged techie in you will appreciate options like Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Driver Alert Seat that vibrates when potential impacts could occur. Who says being rough and tumble means you have to throw pampering out the window? Expect both to go on sale in the summer of 2013. Pricing has not yet been announced.