Tuesday, June 21, 2005

What's New for 2006?

The (unofficial) General Motors Truck Blog has just finished reading the (official) 2006 GM Fleet Product Guide, and has the lowdown on the minute changes made to existing models.

GMT 265 (Cadillac SRX)

  • Restyled Wheels

  • Luxury Level One Package; includes premium Bose sound system, driver's level one package, seating package, utility package

  • Power rear liftgate and XM Satellite Radio Standard

GMT 315 (Chevrolet Equinox, Pontiac Torrent, Saturn VUE)

  • Torrent model launched

  • New front sheetmetal and interior (VUE only)

  • 'Upgraded exterior appearance (Equinox)

  • Heated cloth seats optional (Equinox)

GMT 355 (Hummer H3, Isuzu I-Series, GMC Canyon & Chevrolet Silverado)

  • H3 model launched

  • I-series launched (late availability)

  • Optional bed side steps are no longer available

  • Passenger Sensing Airbag System

  • Comfort Convenience Package and Heavy Duty Suspension made standard (GMC Only)

GMT 360 & 370 (Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Saab 9-7X)

  • Saab 9-7x Variant Launched

  • GMC Envoy Denalis Launched (both GMT 360 and 370 models)

  • GMC Envoy XUV removed from lineup<.li>
  • Stabilitrak, OnStar, Tire Pressure Monitor Standard

  • Chromed door handles and roof rail accents (Rainier)

  • Trailblazer SS Launched (late availability, Chevrolet 360 only)

GMT 368 (Chevrolet SSR)

  • New 'Chrome' Package

  • New regular production accessories; including cargo organizer, saddle storage, under hood blanket

GMT 560 Family 2 (Chevrolet Kodiak, GMC TopKick, C4500-C5500 models)

  • 325 hp 8.1 (LRW) is now standard; 225 hp version (LQR) eliminated

  • 8.1 liter gas engine meets LEV 2 standards

  • 605 lb/ft torque with Duramax 6.6L Diesel available (n/a with manual transmissions or Allison PTS transmissions)

  • 210 hp Duramax (LRY) deleted.

  • Smoother shifting Allison Gen IV Transmission controls

  • 8,000 lb front axle rating on 4x4 models; 7,000 lb rating deleted

  • Exhaust brake available on all models, including 4x4 and cutaway. Air compressor no longer required with exhaust brake.

GMT 560 Family 3 (Chevrolet Kodiak, GMC TopKick, Isuzu H-Series, C6500-C8500T models)

  • H-Series launched (late availability)

  • Additional cab powerpoint added

  • Gas engine meets LEV 2 Standards

  • Revised Allison vocational transmission specifications

  • Limited-Slip rear axle for C6500 models

  • New wider 2-passenger front seat (RPO APB; regular cabs only. Eliminates center console, flip-down workstation. Has width of two full bucket seats)

GMT 560 T (Chevrolet T-Series, GMC T-Series, Isuzu F-Series)

  • New Allison vocational transmissions

  • Allison 2200 Transmission (MTX) is available on T6500 and T7500 models; Allison 2400 (MTW) deleted from T6500 and T7500 models.

  • Limited-slip rear differential on T6500 models

  • Revised driver and passenger seating

GM W-Series; Isuzu N-Series

  • All-new exterior design (as adopted by Japanese-market N-Series last year)

  • Flush-composite headlamps and turn signals

  • Composite front bumper

  • Tachometer now available (Diesel models only)

  • Power windows and locks standard (Diesel models only; already standard on gas models)

  • Cruise Control standard

  • Donaldson composite 12.6" air cleaner housing (Diesel 2-doors only)

  • Jacquard woven-cloth seating surfaces

  • Fold-down center seat workstation

  • All diesel engines are California certified

GMT 610 (Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana)

  • Little to no changes made to passenger models

  • Duramax 6.6L Diesel V8 available on 2500 and 3500 Cargo models

  • Fuel-operated heater option

  • Passenger-side airbag deactivation switch

  • New ambulance and hotel shuttle prep packages

  • 7,300 lb GVWR (C6A) is not available

GMT 800 C/K 1500 (Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra)

  • New 5.7' Beds available on Extended Cab Pickups (previously only on crew cab)

  • Nationwide availability of Hybrid 1500 Models

  • Dale Earnhardt Intimidator package available for SS (Chevrolet only)

  • New vertically-arranged extending camping mirror available

  • Quadrasteer no longer available

  • Flareside box no longer available

GMT 800 C/K 1500 HD (Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra)

  • New vertically-arranged extending camping mirror available

  • Quadrasteer no longer available (previously only available on GMC 1500 HD

GMT 800 C/K 2500 HD & 3500 (Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra)

  • New vertically-arranged extending camping mirror available

  • New Allison 6-speed Automatic transmission

  • YF2 Package on 3500 Chassis Cab Models

GMT 805 (Chevrolet Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade EXT)

  • Stabilitrak, steering-wheel mounted controls, compass, and Onstar standard (Chevrolet)

  • New vertically-arranged extending trailering mirror (Chevrolet)

  • Improved vanity mirror lighting (Cadillac)

GMT 820 (GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade)

  • OnStar, Stabilitrak, and steering-wheel mounted controls standard (Yukon & Tahoe)

  • 5.3L V8 Flex-Fuel now available (Yukon & Tahoe)

  • Improved Vanity Mirror lighting (Escalade only)

GMT 830 (GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade ESV)

  • OnStar, Stabilitrak, and steering-wheel mounted controls standard (Yukon XL & Suburban)

  • LTZ package available on 1/2 ton 4x4 models (Suburban)

  • Improved Vanity Mirror lighting (Escalade only)


Anonymous srucker said...

get rid of the ssr already! it is just a waste of the company's money!

10/02/2005 2:16 PM  
Blogger GMTMan said...

The relevancy of these comments astound me - particuarly when one can't even spell 'Solstice' properly.

I'll let the SSR one slide - while relatively unsubstantiated, there is an arguement to be made there. Care to expand on that?

10/02/2005 7:23 PM  
Anonymous srucker said...

here is the deal... no one wants to spend a ton of cash for a truck that does nothing but fold its roof flat. there is no praticality, and it really is not unbeleivably fast either. i say that gm should have caught that one in the planning stages.

10/23/2005 5:05 PM  
Anonymous sandman said...

This is a great move. Mark my words -- there will soon be a day that MOST light trucks will have diesel power plants. The only question in my mind is WHY did it take so long to decide to build light duty diesels? These have been popular engines in trucks for years -- they would likely be popular even if gas were cheaper and GMC bumper bracket lighter...

6/18/2007 8:43 PM  

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