There are plenty of amazing places to take your GMC truck off-roading in Michigan, but you won’t get far if your truck isn’t properly outfitted for hitting the trails. From your friends at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck, here’s a list of essential upgrades for preparing your truck for off-roading near Clinton Township.
Installing all-terrain tires is necessary for safe driving off-road. All-terrain tires are designed to grip onto looser surfaces like dirt and sand better than standard tires can, letting you navigate forest trails, deserts, and other off-road surfaces more easily.
When you’re driving on rocky, loose, or wet terrain, you need a skid plate to protect the underside of your truck. The skid plate acts as a barrier between debris from the road and the important parts housed under your vehicle, including the radiator and drivetrain.
A lift kit raises your truck further off the ground, giving you more ground clearance for driving over steep hills and other obstacles without scraping the underside of your truck. Body and suspension lift kits exist, but only suspension lift kits give you more ground clearance.
You should never go off-roading without equipment that can help you recover from emergencies like getting stuck in mud or sand, tire punctures, and running out of fuel. And don’t forget to pack plenty of food, water, spare clothing, and sleeping bags in case you get stuck somewhere overnight.
With these upgrades, you’ll be all set for your next off-road adventure. To order and install these parts on your truck or find a pre-modified off-road truck to purchase, visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck today.
The 2021 GMC lineup will introduce the off-road AT4 trim to several new vehicles, including the Terrain small SUV, the Canyon small truck, and the Yukon large SUV. The AT4 trim will continue to be available on the mid-size Acadia SUV and the Sierra full-size truck line.
The decision to add the AT4 trim to more GMC vehicles was an easy one, thanks to year-over-year increases in AT4 sales. Off-road capability is one of the most sought-after qualities in SUVs and trucks today, and the AT4 adds a wide range of smart off-roading features.
Across the lineup, the AT4 trim adds a suspension lift for higher ground clearance, making uneven terrain safer and easier to navigate. AT4 vehicles also come with special skid plates, shocks, and all-terrain tires.
In addition to off-road parts, the AT4 makes some available features standard, like the MultiPro™ Tailgate on the Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD pickup truck, which can open in various configurations, and up to 15 camera views that provide better visibility for tricky terrain.
The AT4 trim is also distinguished by its rugged design upgrades. With highlights like a black chrome grille, light surrounds, appliques, and unique interior fabric colors, you can customize your AT4 to your preferences.
For more information on the new GMC AT4 lineup, visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.
You take a lot of the basic features in your car for granted. But at some point in history, that feature didn’t exist, and someone invented it. Many of these essential vehicle features came from General Motors. These are some of the General Motors innovations that changed the industry forever.
The first automatic transmission, called the Hydra-Matic, made its debut on the 1940 Oldsmobile. Today, nearly every car sold is equipped with an automatic transmission.
General Motors was the first company to use air bags commercially in the 1970s (under the name “air cushion restraint system”) in the Buick and Oldsmobile brands. Today, air bags in cars are as necessary as steering wheels, and have saved countless lives.
A catalytic converter helps control the amount of toxic gases emitted by your car. General Motors started developing the converter in the 1960s and implemented the first units for the 1975 model year.
The now-beloved OnStar® system made its first appearance in 1996. It was the first type of in-car communication system and was used to offer drivers’ assistance long before cell phones became massively popular. More than 7 million drivers continue to use OnStar® today for help with emergency services, diagnostics, and even Wi-Fi.
While the industry continues to see new technology created on a regular basis, the early innovations of General Motors reminds us that sometimes, the best things never change. Visit Jim Causley GMC today for a look at the latest innovations from GM.
From outdoor wonders to incredible venues, Michigan has so much to offer. Make 2020 the best year yet in the Wolverine State by enjoying these five highly rated things to do in Michigan.
Marvel at Mother Nature
Michigan has been blessed by Mother Nature’s best gifts, as evidenced by the famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The U.S. National Park on Lake Superior features breathtaking views and natural wonders such as sand dunes, waterfalls, beaches, sandstone cliffs, and lakes.
Go on a wilderness adventure
Equally as beautiful, but more rugged and remote than the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, is the Isle Royale National Park. An epic journey of backpacking, hiking, and kayaking await you as you venture out into the breathtaking wilderness. Be sure to plan your wilderness adventure during April 16-Oct. 31, as the park and its surrounding islands are off limits to visitors from Nov. 1-April 15.
Enjoy small town charm
Mackinac Island is a charming destination nestled on a picturesque island. Be sure to explore the island on bike, indulge in Michigan-famous fudge, and take a scenic ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
See the light
Lighthouses are plentiful in Michigan and stand as a unique part of the state’s fascinating maritime history. As you travel through the region, a visit to one (or all) of these structures should be in order.
Toast to good times
Traverse City is a fun-filled town and famous the world over for its wine. If you find yourself here, be sure to explore the Traverse Wine Coast that boasts approximately 40 unique wineries.
Make sure your vehicle is up to the task of exploring Michigan by scheduling a maintenance check at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck. Or, better yet, stop in to get behind the wheel of a new car.
GMC recently announced that the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 would include a brand-new powertrain configuration: a 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. This new motor is fuel-efficient, ready for off-road adventures, and extremely capable.
Fuel Efficiency: One of the most surprising benefits of diesel engines is increased fuel efficiency, and the new Turbo-Diesel engine on the Sierra 1500 is proof. Thanks to the new engine, a high compression ratio, a variable geometry turbocharger, and Active Thermal Management technologies, the 2020 Sierra 1500 gets up to 30 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city.*
Ready for Off-Roading: One of the best parts of truck ownership is the capability for off-road adventures. The Sierra’s all-new engine option delivers an impressive 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, which means you can enjoy plenty of power for navigating rocky terrain. The available Traction Select System can assist the new Duramax engine to provide peak off-road traction control.
Highly Capable: As with all variants of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, the 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine is built for power. The engine has the capability to tow up to 9,100 pounds and is rated to carry up to 1,830 pounds of payload.
The Six-Function MultiPro Tailgate is an innovative feature that makes GMC trucks’ tailgates more functional and versatile. Available on the next-generation 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2020 GMC Sierra HD, the MultiPro Tailgate is as strong and dependable as it is flexible.
The MultiPro Tailgate consists of several parts: a primary gate, an inner gate, a primary gate load stop, and an inner gate load stop. The primary gate is a normal tailgate that swings downward, but the difference between the MultiPro and other trucks is the inner gate.
The inner gate can function in various ways. It can open on its own without the primary gate opening so you can use it as a workspace. You can open it with the primary gate and configure it by latching and unlatching different panels. Once you open the primary gate, the inner gate can open so it hangs perpendicular to the primary gate, which lets you get closer to the bed of the truck so you can reach further into it. You can even unlatch another panel to turn the inner gate into a step, so you can get in and out of the bed with ease.
The inner gate can also be used as a load stop. If you’re carrying long items in your truck bed and can’t close the tailgate, the inner gate can fold up to create a barrier that gives you extra length without having to tie your items down.
The MultiPro Tailgate revolutionizes the versatility of truck beds. Check it out in person on the latest Sierra at Jim Causley Buick GMC. For more GMC MultiPro Tailgate details, give us a call.
GMC is a leader in the premium truck market, known especially for the deluxe Denali line. But customers asked for something comparable to the luxury of Denali with the capability of going off-road. GMC delivered the AT4 trim on the Sierra as a response.
The AT4 has stronger suspension and traction control systems without excessive lift jobs or oversized tires. It takes on the backcountry without sacrificing comfort and premium features.
The off-road trim, available on both light-duty and heavy-duty Sierra trucks, takes out the shiny chrome of the Denali and replaces it with matte smoke chrome for a muted, rugged look. Features like a carbon fiber composite bed, convenient infotainment technology, and intelligent safety systems remain in the high-end off-roader.
Inside are comfortable interior appointments that look good and can take on an athletic lifestyle. Plus, the renowned MultiPro tailgate that put Sierra on the map multiplies the weekend adventure possibilities.
Sales of luxury trucks have tripled over the last four years, according to GM, and that’s exactly where GMC shines. The AT4 is another model that lends itself to the “premium that’s meant to be used” ideal of GMC.
If you tow frequently or needs to carry lots of equipment, you need a truck. If you have a busy family who likes the outdoors, you could also use a truck.
No matter the reason you want a truck, it is important that you choose the right truck for your needs. Here are a few pickup buying tips to get you started.
How Are You Going to Use the Truck?
If the truck is just going to be your family hauler, you probably won’t need the most powerful engine, largest truck bed, and most rugged features. However, you want to make sure you get a Crew Cab, so everyone has enough room.
If your truck will primarily be used for work, you want to make sure it has the right towing and handling capabilities.
What Options Do You Need?
An affordable truck can quickly become too expensive with the addition of attractive options and packages. While you might be tempted to add in all the bells and whistles, your checking account might not be too happy about that. Focus on the features you really need to make the truck work for you.
If you are shopping for sophistication, great technology, and premium amenities in your next car, you need to consider Buick. If you haven’t found the Buick you’re looking for yet, perhaps this may interest you: The Buick SUV lineup is expanding with the addition of the Encore GX model for the 2020 model year.
Nearly 90 percent of all Buick sales in the U.S. come from its SUVs, so it’s no surprise that another version of the Encore is on its way. “As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC.
Buyers will get a complete package when they choose the Encore GX. It will come standard with numerous driver safety aids including Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Inside, the Encore GX will have seating for up to five passengers. It will also come with a spacious cargo area that will provide about 5 cubic feet more room than the Encore and about 3 cubic feet less than the Envision.
The Encore GX will arrive in early 2020 at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck. Once it does, Buick will have four premium SUV models to choose from: the Encore, Encore GX, Envision, and Enclave, all available here.
The innovative new CarbonPro bed on the GMC Sierra is the first use of this unique carbon fiber composite in pickup trucks, and it delivers unmatched strength and durability. Boasting “best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance,” according to GMC, the CarbonPro bed is more lightweight, spacious, and versatile than ever.
The carbon fiber used to make the CarbonPro bed, the same raw material often found in supercars and spacecraft, is super lightweight, shaving 60 pounds off the total weight of the Sierra. It’s bigger, too, with an extra cubic foot of cargo space in the bed, and its durable, textured surface means it doesn’t even need a bedliner.
The CabonPro bed was rigorously tested to ensure its resistance to every kind of damage. GMC tested its performance in extreme temperatures both high and low, dropped heavy loads into the bed repeatedly, and even ran a snowmobile in the bed at full power, with the bed sustaining little to no damage.
A limited number of CarbonPro-equipped vehicles will be released for the 2019 model year, so find a GMC Sierra Carbon Pro on sale soon. If you miss it, though, don’t worry — GMC plans to offer the CarbonPro much more widely in 2020.
Visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck for more details on the all-new CarbonPro™ Editions of the GMC Sierra.