In addition, a GMC custom red paint was applied, as well as a Whistler Blackcomb wrap to add some pop.
Montreal, QC – The Montreal Auto Show reflects its unique city in many ways. We're not talking about the French language. Rather the chic, vibrant and European feel that this local show exudes.
Take a stroll around the Palais des Congrès showgrounds and one can find a mixture of classic souped-up cars, fancy exotics, and various local companies selling a range of products from tires to books. But there's one trend that seems to be a mainstay for Montreal during auto show season – modified new vehicles fitted with snow tracks.
For 2017, it was General Motors' turn to show off the GMC All Mountain Sierra HD 2.0. Seeing the sheer size of the full-size GMC Sierra pickup truck that rates well at towing and hauling, it would appear to be the perfect vehicle to tackle some deep snow. For that reason, it wasn't a hard decision by General Motors to have its vehicle stationed outside the entrance of the show for not only auto show-goers to see, but just about every commuter walking by.
The modification project for the All Mountain 2.0 was handled as a dual effort between GMC and Mills Motors with its original version used as a rescue mission vehicle at the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort.
Clearly, the biggest modifications are a 12-inch lift kit, along with bolted on 175 Series Mattracks that offer up off-road traction thanks to an 18-inch wide rubber track with patented rubber torsion, an anti-torque system, and a concentric pivot suspension. In addition, a GMC custom red paint was applied, as well as a Whistler Blackcomb wrap to add some pop.
Outside of those menacing tracks, this mammoth Sierra comes with plenty of GM accessories including the SierraHD hood and chrome hood vent, Sierra Denali grille, hitch mounted ski rack, bicycle hitch mount, bed extender, tulle roof carrier, chrome fuel cap, GM Kicker subwoofer, fender flares, and sport bar and bar lights. And that's not covering the plethora of aftermarket stereo and lighting accessories.
The trend of vehicles modified with snow tracks is nothing new, as Toyota dabbled with it in the past, and more recently Nissan has tried its hand - last year at the Montreal Auto Show, we saw the global release of the Nissan Rogue Warrior prototype. That same Rogue was accompanied by a Pathfinder and Murano on snow tracks at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
The snow tracks trend, at least in Montreal, is strong, and judging by the amount of people staring and hanging out beside the GMC All Mountain Sierra HD 2.0, it appears to be one that isn't going away any time soon. It's not for sale, but is expected to go across the country making appearances at Canada's various auto shows.
Photos: David Miller