GMC Sierra Landscaper Pro - A Tool for Personal Landscaping Projects
Source: General Motors Press Release Posted: 10-28-02 05:00

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Over the years, the GMC Sierra has proven to be a capable vehicle for any job. Building on that image, this year's Sierra show truck with Quadrasteer focuses on the do-it-yourselfer. Whether it's planting trees, hauling decorative rock/mulch or building a water garden, the Sierra Landscaper Pro offers features that make the project easier.

"The do-it-yourselfer is a growing market for full-size pickup trucks," said Lynn Myers, Pontiac-GMC general manager. "The GMC Sierra Landscaper Pro has many built-in features to accommodate the needs of a homeowner who does weekend landscaping projects."

Users can easily load and unload heavy yard equipment with the Landscaper Pro, thanks to dual groove/channel loading ramps. The ramps are integrated into the pickup bed, above the wheel wells, for storage when not in use. A Warn Powermate electric box-mounted bed winch system pulls the items, such as a riding mower, into the pickup bed. The pickup box features a Lyco Loader power tailgate, making it easy to load up to 500 pounds by lowering the tailgate to the ground and then powering the tailgate up to the box.

The pickup box features a filler panel to close the gap between the cargo load floor and tailgate, preventing debris from hindering the closing of the tailgate. The box also has an integrated mesh-style soft cover to prevent loads of loose gravel, soil or mulch from escaping. A spray-in Pro-Tech Paint coating protects the box from damage and wear.

The Sierra Landscaper Pro has a Prosine Inverter/Charger system that converts DC power stored in the truck's battery into ordinary AC household power. The inverter/charger combines an inverter and battery charger and can also recharge a generator. When the unit is connected to the Sierra's battery, it provides household power up to 2500 watts, making it possible to run outdoor power equipment and accessories like hand-held lights. The system is designed to prolong battery life, and protects against high voltage, over- and under-voltage and overloading.

The vehicle has a Reese dual-port hitch system. Users can choose to attach various accessories, like the truck bed extender or space-saver cargo carrier, to the hitch system, making it easier to complete the project.

A lockable floor console has a cell phone and personal digital assistant storage station with always-on charging outlets, thermo-electric hot/cold cupholder and removable thermo-electric hot/cold cooler. The cupholder fits 12-to-20-ounce beverage containers, and the fully insulated cooler holds 9-to-12-ounce cans or some 20-ounce bottles. The cooler has an auxiliary cord so it can be moved to another 12-volt outlet, and an AC/DC converter so it can be plugged into a standard wall outlet. With the cooler removed, the console's central bin converts to store hanging file folders.

The rear of the console also can hold paperwork, and convenience nets on the underside of the lid and backside of the console offer additional storage. The console has two additional power outlets in the rear for charging battery packs or power tools.

Landscaper Pro also features a highly engineered seating fabric by Milliken called FXC. FXC is waterproof, stain resistant and tough. It retains the comfort and aesthetics of traditional fabrics, but is durable enough to withstand equipment, tools, dirt and other items a consumer can throw at it.

The Landscaper Pro has the 2003 Sierra front end with redesigned grille, bumper and fog lights, as well as '03 directional outside mirrors and body-side moldings. The exterior features custom sapphire blue optically enhanced scatter-reflective mirrored paint styled by Nippon Color Design Studio of America and formulated by Matrix. It also features Pro-Tech rubberized paint that appears on various areas of the vehicle. The interior leather seating is neutral. The Landscaper Pro also has special Foose-designed six-lug 20-inch chrome wheels.

The GMC Sierra Landscaper Pro is part of the GMC and Home Depot-themed "Pro Series" family of vehicles. Landscaper Pro's themed project, building a water garden, is displayed at the 2002 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

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