Closely related to the Chevrolet
Silverado HD pickups, Sierra HD models combine segment-leading
power with super-strong chassis and advanced suspension systems
to provide professional grade work capabilities, exceeding the toughest
requirements and expectations of heavy-duty customers. For example,
both the Vortec 8100 and Duramax 6600 provide 12,000-lb trailering
capability with either of their available transmissions. The lineup
includes a wide selection of 3/4- and one-ton Regular, Extended
and Crew Cab models, available in 2WD or 4WD, short box, long box
and chassis cab configurations.
heavy-duty lineups new vocational trucks, the Sierra Professionals,
are available in 2500HD 2WD and 4WD Extended Cab short box configurations
(C/K25753HD) with a 9200-pound GVWR. Theyre custom-designed
to expand the work capabilities of contractors, builders and numerous
other tradesmen who carry equipment and/or are prone to use their
trucks as portable offices.
Sierra Professionals will be introduced in the fourth quarter of
calendar year 2001.
Heavy-Duty Trailering option adds an adapter that permits four-way,
as well as seven-way, trailer harness connections.
heavy-duty models feature the larger "Sierra" rear tailgate
badges, first introduced on the Sierra Denali, as a bolder expression
of their unique 'Professional Grade' character.
Visually, the new Sierra 2500HD Professional models are distinguished
by their molded-in-color bodyside molding, embossed with "Sierra
Professional" in raised letters. They also have a full standard
bedliner and top rail protector covers. Both 2WD and 4WD models
also feature wheel flares. The trucks are available in all regular
2500HD extended-cab colors, except Toreador Red.
Duty Sierra trim changes for 2002 include:
SL trim that now includes standard equipment like an AM/FM radio
with CD player. The audio system with CD player, which replaces
the previous cassette, is now also available as a freestanding option;
it does not require luxury trim.
SLE trim, adding standard items like deep tinted glass and electrochromic
mirrors with a temperature gauge and compass
SLT trim, with additional standards like fog lamps and options like
a Cold Weather equipment group
The Sierra Professional's interior features a full-length, custom-designed
console, extending from the instrument panel to the back of the
front seats, along with a unique rear under-seat storage container.
Both storage facilities lock for full security.
center console has a front compartment, providing concealed storage
for a PDA (personal digital assistant), cell phone and two auxiliary
power points to charge them. It also provides a storage tray for
smaller items like maps, gloves or CD. In addition, it has an oversized
"Big Gulp"-type cupholder and a second temperature-controlled
cupholder that can keep beverages hot or cold, when the ignition
is on. The center console also accommodates a seven-quart capacity,
thermal electric cooler, provided with the ensemble, which can keep
drinks and food cold or warm. The cooler runs directly off the battery
and provides power continuously, even with the engine off. It uses
a smart switch, which monitors the battery charge level and shuts
power off, when necessary, to preserve the battery.
center console can also be easily converted to provide hanging file
folder storage, with two specially designed rails provided for that
purpose. The rails slide into the center bin in place of the thermal
electric cooler. Additional storage capability in back of the console
accommodates items like folders and portfolios. Convenient storage
nets on the underside of the lid and on the backside of the console
provide additional storage. The console also has two additional
power outlets in the rear for charging battery packs for power tools.
lockable storage container beneath the rear seat is approximately
57 inches wide, 16.5 inches deep and eight inches high, providing
a little over two cubic feet of storage space for larger vocational
tools like rotary hammers and saws. Inside, it provides another
13.5-inch x 12.5-inch x 5.5-inch storage container for smaller items
like electrical components, fasteners or plumbing repair items.
The Sierra HDs optional Duramax 6600 turbo diesel V8 adds
a new exhaust gas recirculation cooler and other minor modifications.
The Duramax 6600 now provides LEV capability for all Sierra HD pickups
sold in California, with both the standard ZF S6-650 six speed manual
and the optional Allison 1000 five-speed automatic transmission.
The trucks GVWRs range from 9200 to 11,400 pounds. The Duramax
6600 now also delivers the same maximum 300 horsepower at a lower
3000 rpm; its awesome 320 lb-ft of maximum torque at 1800 rpm is