Fiat Chrysler has a unique product in the way of the Ram PowerWagon – but it just got a little less exclusive with the introduction of the 2017 GMC Sierra HD All-Terrain X.
Prior to launch of the new GMC pickup, Ram was the only automaker that offered its heavy duty pickup in a dedicated off-road guise. It now has a true rival in the way of the All-Terrain X, so let’s take a look at what the competition’s offering.
The All-Terrain X is based on the GMC Sierra 2500 HD and adds black 18-inch wheels, Goodyear Duratec MT-rated off-road tires, a bed mounted sport bar, various body color exterior trim, black side steps and Black power-adjustable heated and power-folding trailering mirrors.
GMC is offering its new 6.6-liter L5P Duramax turbo-diesel V8 engine in the All-Terrain X, which delivers 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. A 322 horsepower and 380 lb-ft 6.0-liter L96 V8 is available as well. The off-road oriented upgrades include Rancho monotube shocks, underbody skid plates, a heavy duty locking differential and hill decent control.
If you want an off-road ready HD truck with a diesel engine, you’ll have to opt for the GMC, as the only engine offered in the PowerWagon is Ram’s 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft 6.4-liter HEMI V8. On the plus side, the 6.4-liter is more powerful and produces more torque than the 6.0-liter V8 in the GMC.
Apart from the engine offerings, the PowerWagon and All-Terrain X are extremely similar products. They both feature interior and exterior upgrades designed to provide a more aggressive look and both benefit from hill decent control, locking differentials, off-road tires and upgraded suspension.
GMC has yet to announced pricing for the 2017 All-Terrain X. Pricing for the 2017 Ram PowerWagon is not available either, however 2016 model year versions carry an MSRP of $51,160 USD.