2001 GMC Sonoma Crew Cab

GMC's strong heritage as a premiere work-truck manufacturer took on a new dimension in Chicago, with the Division's introduction of the 2001 GMC Sonoma Crew Cab 4x4 Pickup.

"We describe GMC Sonoma as the compact pickup that 'handles roads' as well as it

'handles loads," said Sonoma Brand Manager Chris Mazglad. "With four full-size doors and seating for five, the 'load' part of the equation - more than ever before - refers to people as well as cargo."

According to Mazglad, the new Sonoma Crew Cab Pickup will increase the brand's appeal among families and hard-working professionals such as contractors and developers who need to transport clients and crews comfortably and securely through and around worksites. Families will be able to transport children in the full rear seat - even those in child safety seats - for trips to the lumberyard, garden center or grocery store. This added capacity is expected to boost Sonoma's appeal to new buyers.

Inside, Sonoma Crew Cab shares the same ergonomic instrument panel with the two door version. A center console design incorporates such features as a combination CD/cassette storage compartment, a spring-loaded coin release, dual-bin storage under the armrest and cupholders designed to handle containers of various sizes. The front door trim features wide armrests and incorporates a cupholder into the map pocket. Of great use is the new overhead console shared with the GMC Jimmy and Envoy SUVs. The overhead console offers more storage for items such as sunglasses and garagedoor opener, plus map lights for rear seat passengers.

Sonoma Crew Cab features the durable Vortec 4300 V6 engine with 190 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard four-speed electronic automatic transmission.

The Z85 Increased Capacity Suspension handles on- and off-road driving with authority, precision and comfort with a combination of 32mm twin tube shock absorbers, a 28mm front stabilizer bar and rugged P235/70R15 on/off-road tires.

The Insta-Trac four-wheel drive system is standard equipment. In addition to its handy push-button activation, Insta-Trac includes a 4WD Low gear for more demanding conditions such as climbing steep grades or driving through deep snow or mud.

A standard, factory-installed cargo bedliner protects the 4-foot, 6-inch cargo bed from dents, dings and scratches that are often caused by loose or sliding cargo. Sturdy cargo tie-down loops, two-tier loading capability and a rear step bumper provide convenient and secure cargo loading.

The GMC Sonoma Crew Cab, and its cousin the S-10, should be on sale this fall.