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Source: GM Press Release

DETROIT Ė Built off of the new 2001 Sonoma Crew Cab 4x4, the GMC Recon is the ultimate in a medium-sized truck for handling roads as well as loads. With four full doors and one of the roomiest interiors in its class, the GMC Recon can comfortably transport loads of people (up to five adults). Yet, Reconís load handling capabilities donít stop at the cab, its Re-configurable Tailgate Module or RTM takes truck bed innovation to a new level.

At first glance, the RTM, designed and built by Magna, appears to be nothing more than a typical tailgate. But, hidden inside its inner panel, is a set of four lightweight components that can be configured in either a ramp or bed extender mode. Constructed of an aluminum composite material, these components can support up to 500 lbs. per ramp when configured in the appropriate mode.

To assist in the loading of heavy objects like an all-terrain vehicle, a Warn T2500 winch system has been installed at the base of the Reconís bed. Capable of pulling up to 2,500 lbs., this winch features a remote control as well as a safety feature that disables the system when the tailgate is raised. To further exceed expectations, dual side bed floor lamps that can be controlled from inside or outside of the cab have been added to provide illumination to the box area.

Black and gray removable seat covers made of a Nylon-Lycra material enhance the well equipped interior. These covers provide a water-repellant, easy to clean surface that stays cool in hot weather. A VDO Dayton GPS navigation system featuring a Panasonic flip-up LED display keeps the Recon on course.

Wrapped in coats of Light Liquid Green metallic paint, the Reconís exterior is sure to get noticed. On top, a modified version of the GMC Denali roof rack provides additional outside storage for all kinds of gear. Borrowing from its sister, the GMC Envoy, the Recon features High Intensity Discharge Headlamps, which increase sight distance making maneuvering in the dark a whole lot easier and safer. Finishing off the front of the vehicle is a chrome front brush guard, a uniquely styled, brushed aluminum skid plate and dual fog lamps.

To take the Recon wherever the road leads, Goodyear Wrangler HP 255/65/R16 on/off road tires have been wrapped around four, six-spoke 16" x 7.5" chrome wheels. A set of chrome side step bars and a chrome rear step bumper have been added to round out the package.

Able to handle all kinds of loads on all kinds of roads, the GMC Recon demonstrates innovation that exceeds expectation.

GMC Sonoma Recon Specifications

PPG Light Liquid Green clear coat metallic paint
GMC Envoy high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps
Chrome front brush guard
Chrome tube assist step bars
Chrome rear-step bumper
Body colored rear view mirrors Integrated dual driving lamps
Custom brushed aluminum skid plate
Dual side bed floor lamps
Re-Configurable Tailgate Module acts as a bed extender or extendable ramp; stows within the tailgate
Bed mounted, remote-controlled Warn T2500 winch with safety cut-off system and 2,500 lb. capacity
Modified GMC Denali roof rack
Modifed chrome-tipped tailpipe
Weight distribution platform hitch
Six spoke chrome 16" x 7.5" wheels
Goodyear Wrangler 255/65/R16 On/Off Road tires
High performance windshield wipers

Custom Nylon-Lycra seat covers
VDO Dayton GPS navigation system with flip-up Panasonic LED display screen