GMC driving event showcases new models
GMC held a Ride & Drive event to let the press have a go with the latest GMC offerings. The drive was a road-trip from Dubai to Fujairah and back, involving no offroading. So I sent my support-monkey brother and his buddy on the trip, should anything exciting happen. The event was also supposed to showcase the all-new Terrain compact 4WD.
There were maybe 20 or more GMC vehicles, about half of which were Terrains. However, my people could not get their hands on any of them, so they proceeded the journey in the Yukon Denali.
The Yukon Denali turned out to be exactly the same on the inside as our last Tahoe tester, except with additional chrome and a navigation system. The coolest features in it were the upgraded 380 hp 6.2-litre V8 and side-steps that electrically retract.
Other GMC models were on the drive too, including Acadias, Sierras and Yukon XLs.
The event was concluded with a dinner at an expensive restaurant, which I did go to with Diego, my regular PR guy, since he is a fan of free food. There I found out most of the journalists on this drive were flown in from neighbouring countries by General Motors, and almost none of them were from motoring publications.
Getting back to the star of the show that we didn’t see, the 2008 GMC Terrain comes in two flavours, namely a 141 hp 2.4-litre inline-4 and a 223 hp 3.2-litre V6, both with all-wheel-drive and five-speed automatics. I’ll reserve my comments until I drive one personally.