When the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition was unveiled, it became readily apparent that this new iteration of the Sierra emphasized increasing its off-road capabilities with superior materials and equipment. With help from American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), this new Sierra has now become the most off-road capable factory Sierra that GMC has to offer.
Several parts of this GMC has AEV’s signature written all over it, and more advanced skid plates help protect many important interior components. In addition, the interior is adorned with many exclusive luxury details. Read on to find out how capable the GMC 2023 Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition is when it comes to off-road driving.
Increased capacity is the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition’s best feature
This new Sierra was made for off-road driving, with the central goal of enhancing and enhancing its off-road capabilities in many ways. GMC Global Vice President Duncan Aldred even noted how the combination of on-road technology and off-road capability is what appeals most to their customer base.
They chose to incorporate AEV into this endeavor because Aldred claims the company has “expertise in the design and integration of performance-driven parts and accessories.” Compared to the standard GMC Sierra, the 1500 AT4X AEV Edition has larger tires and a new bumper, so the front grill and fascia must be updated to accommodate them. Its standard 6.2-L V8 engine is also quite powerful.
Additionally, for when drivers are off-road, a bolt-on step assist is available as an option. This Sierra also features gloss black door handles and a black contrast interior tailgate as part of its exterior color scheme. When this new Sierra arrives later in the 2023 model year, it will showcase its full complement of technology, new features, and improved and increased off-road capabilities.
Thanks to some improvements provided by the AEV, off-road capabilities are superior to what they were in previous iterations of the Sierra and similar vehicles. Some aspects that have been improved are ground clearance, approach, break angles, departure angles and other parts, components and technology.
Certain aspects are provided solely for their off-roading contributions, such as front winch capability, heavy-duty casting recovery points, a 23.4-degree departure angle and a 32.5-degree front approach angle. The springs are also uniquely tuned to increase maximum suspension front and rear, with the differentials engineered so both wheels spin in tandem despite resistance.
Another neat feature of this new Sierra is the Terrain Mode, which works best in low-speed, off-road conditions, as it allows the driver to have a lot of control and precision through the accelerator pedal.
Skid Plates offer much needed protection for the Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition
Many components benefit greatly from the protection of the improved skid plates. These slide plates are made of boron steel and are hot stamped with AEV’s signature. This new development gives the plates 3.5 times the strength of equivalent cold-stamped steel, and keeps many important interior components intact during the rumble and tumble of off-road driving, such as the steering gear, fuel tank, front, gearbox and rear differential.
These components of the new Sierra are all safe and sound thanks to these strong skid plates, which benefit greatly from their protection. The boron steel ski plates are highly resistant to bending and gouging, and they offer improved impact resistance, hardness and protection under the body, regardless of the roughness of the terrain.
2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition interior is Premium Luxury
When the new Sierra 1500 was constructed, the interior benefited greatly from the redesign. The interior is described by GMC as a “refined obsidian rush” with technical leather accents. The front seats have a massage function, as well as 16-way electric seats.
These seats also show off full-grain leather and they’re even more detailed with their red and white double-needle stitching. In addition, the door panels highlight the door panels in authentic Vanta ash black finish, and the instrument panel displays leather details.
To add to the luxurious design, the microsuede cover, sun visors and pillars all feature premium microsuede. It’s not all about design either: drivers and passengers can enjoy their favorite tunes with a 12-speaker Bose premium range that uses Centerpoint surround sound to make the experience more enjoyable.
A brief on AEV jacking up the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X
This model of the GMC Sierra is an AEV edition, and AEV is a company that has been around since 1997. They supply high-quality, performance-driven aftermarket parts and accessories specifically made for off-road vehicles. Their goal is to continue to push new boundaries in innovation and design, and they aim to make every vehicle associated with their company higher quality through off-road parts and accessories.
Case in point? AEV has its stamp all over the GMC 2023 Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition. The AEV-inspired improvements are no slouch either. The steel front and rear bumpers bear the AEV stamp, and they are made of three millimeters of high-strength steel. Furthermore, the bumpers are both powder and e-coated to provide superior durability, along with UV and corrosion resistance.
One feature this Sierra has that is unique to its class is that its factory-installed front bumper is winch-capable. The aforementioned boron steel skid plates also carry the AEV stamp, and it has a significant trailering capacity. The embroidered headrests and all-weather floors also bear the AEV badge.