The 2021 GMC Sierra has received a range of new trailering technologies and features that aim to take some of the stress out of towing.
These new trailering features will be available on both the 2021 GMC Sierra and the 2021 GMC Sierra HD. General Motors is also proud to point out that these features are arriving at a time when more Americans are turning to outdoor activities that require a trailer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent RV Industry Association study found that more than 46 million Americans are planning to take an RV trip in the next year and as a result, shipments of RVs have spiked this summer.
New or enhanced trailering tech available on both 2021 GMC Sierra and Sierra HD includes the following:
- Trailer Length Indicator: when this technology is enabled and with the turn signal activated, the center console will display a red overlay that is twice the length of a compatible trailer for the truck and will show when other vehicles may interfere with a lane change maneuver. This technology is similar to the guiding lines that are displayed on the screen when using a reverse parking camera.
- Jack-Knife Alert: Jack-Knife Alert will tracks the position of the trailer in relation to the vehicle and if the front of the trailer begins to approach the rear of the vehicle, an alert will be displayed when there may be a potential jack-knife situation. This will give the driver time to correct the trailer position before it can begin to jack knife.
- Rear Trailer View now features guidelines and Trailer-Angle Indicator: GM’s Rear Trailer View now includes guidelines that will assist when backing a trailer into spot, along with a Trailer-Angle Indicator that will display the relationship between the truck and trailer. Rear Trailer View requires the customer-installed available GM auxiliary accessory camera, a $475 part from the GMC accessories catalog.
- Rear Side View enhancement: When driving forward, Rear Side View provides a split view of the left and right sides of the truck and trailer that is automatically biased based on the trailer’s angle. In the 2021 GMC Sierra, drivers will have access to this view while driving in reverse, making it easier to see surrounding vehicles and objects while positioning a trailer.
- Cargo Bed View enhancement: The new Cargo Bed Zoom View and Bed Hitch Guidance systems can be helpful for aligning and hooking up a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailer.
In a statement, GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek said the automaker received customer feedback asking for technologies that can make towing a little easier and safer, as well.
“Trailering is essential for pickup truck customers,” he said. “More than half of our Sierra customers use their trucks to primarily tow equipment for outdoor adventures. We continually listen to customer feedback, which tells us they want class-leading safety, technology and comfort to tow what they need, whether it’s a boat, an RV or a trailer hauling off-road toys.”
The 2021 GMC Sierra and GMC Sierra HD will begin to arrive at American and Canadian GM dealerships in the near future.