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GMC CAPABILITY: TAKE CHARGE OF THE ROAD WHEN WINTER HITS

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Regardless of whether it’s during a daily commute or a weekend adventure, snow, sleet and ice create challenges for drivers out on the road.

But when winter storms strike, the Professional Grade of a GMC SUV offers an innate high standard of capability to help you drive with confidence. Built on a foundation of engineering excellence, GMC SUVs are designed with innovative drivetrain features and technologies to give you optimal capability to handle rugged, slick, wet or icy surfaces.

Here’s more on how these technologies deliver the genuine GMC capability you expect for the situations you don’t.

TRACTION SELECT
Sometimes it’s hard to predict when a clear day will take a turn for the worse with a sudden winter storm.

When these abrupt changes in the weather happen, drivers want a vehicle that offers excellent capability when they need it most. With Traction Select ─ an available feature for the full trim lineup of 2021 Terrain and most 2020 Acadia models ─ GMC has introduced a way to choose a driving mode on the fly to help you handle current road conditions. Drivers simply turn a conveniently located dial to select the desired mode for optimum levels of performance. The available modes depend upon the driveline of your vehicle and options ordered.

For example, the 2020 front-wheel drive Terrain and all-wheel drive Acadia (only SLT and Denali trims) feature Snow mode. When activated, this mode will minimize the wheel slippage that can occur in low-traction driving conditions like wet or icy roads.  

2020 GMC Acadia Denali AWD shown

For the all-wheel drive 2020 Terrain and 2020 Acadia, drivers have the benefit of using Traction Select to toggle between front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) modes. When in front-wheel drive, the rear axle is mechanically disconnected to eliminate the drag it causes. During inclement weather, drivers can select AWD, to maximize traction for dry, wet or snow-/ice-covered roads.

In addition, Traction Select for all-wheel drive Terrain and Acadia models features Off-Road mode, which adjusts the AWD, traction control and stability control systems to improve traction and driving dynamics on dirt, gravel and sand.  

ADVANCED TWIN-CLUTCH AWD
When the going gets especially rough, the advanced twin-clutch on the 2021 Acadia AT4 gives you traction where you need it most.

This system improves traction on low traction surfaces like loose rock, wet roads, icy roads, and muddy or sandy trails by sending torque not only from the front to back of the vehicle, but from side to side in the rear of the vehicle. For example, this system comes in handy if one of the rear wheels is on ice and the other is on pavement.

The advanced twin-clutch delivers a more refined driving experience than traditional all-wheel drive systems by reducing the need to use intrusive braking to send power to the wheels with traction. It also delivers better traction performance and dynamic performance.  

AUTOMATIC LOCKING REAR DIFFERENTIAL    
When it comes to the first-class experience of Yukon and Yukon Denali, high levels of comfort and craftsmanship are matched with exceptional capability.

This formidable full-size SUV features a standard automatic locking rear differential, which seamlessly activates after detecting a difference in speed between the rear wheels. It then sends power to the wheel needing it the most.

WINTER WEATHER READY
If snow and sleet are in the forecast, there’s comfort in knowing your vehicle offers the right amount of capability and control to tackle the rough stuff. That’s why a Professional Grade GMC SUV is engineered and purpose-built to help you stay in command of the road ahead.  

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