GMC spent most of its first 100 years building workhorses of industry, military, and public transportation. How?s the brand celebrating its next 100 years? By building some gussied-up 2012 Sierra, Yukon, and Yukon XL models, of course.
The new package is called the Heritage Edition, and as noted above, is only available on the brand?s full-size pickup and SUV models. Why those three? Simple: GMC says they’re its longest-running nameplates (and their history grows longer yet when you consider the Yukon and Yukon XL were once known as the Jimmy and Suburban, respectively). Like many other anniversary-edition or centennial-grade models — including those produced by the now-defunct Oldsmobile brand — the Heritage Edition models primarily mix a few cosmetic tweaks with some additional content.
Available only on the high-grade SLT trim level, the Heritage Edition treatment adds embroidered front floor mats and head rests, and exterior emblems sporting the original GMC script logo first applied in 1912. Buyers have three exterior paint colors to choose from: Onyx Black is available at no extra cost, but the new Heritage Blue runs an extra $195, while the sparkly White Diamond tri-coat carries a $995 premium.
On Sierra 1500 models, the Heritage Edition also lumps in a sizable amount of optional equipment, including 20-inch chrome-plated aluminum wheels; a rear-view camera; and a convenience package, which adds rear park assist, adjustable pedals, and an easy-lift tailgate. Yukon and Yukon XL models don’t receive quite as much (the 20-inch rims, we’re told, are optional), but they do receive the SLT-2 Equipment Package, which throws in 10-way power front seats with memory function, heated second-row seating with a power-fold function, a power liftgate, and heated side mirrors.
How much do you have to pay to help celebrate GMC’s history? That all depends on the model. Barring any paint options, the Heritage Edition option adds $2645 to a 2012 Sierra SLT pickup. Seeing as adding the 20-inch wheels, convenience package, and rear-view camera would normally increase the window sticker by $1995, that amounts to a $650 premium for some new emblems and embroidery.
GMC notes the Heritage Edition package costs $1970 on the Yukon and Yukon XL 1/2-ton model, but costs $1820 on the 3/4-ton Yukon XL. Since the SLT-2 equipment group usually costs $1545 on 1/2-ton models and $1395 on the 3/4-ton truck, the Heritage Package is about $425 more expensive across the board.
If tipping your hat to the Grabowsky brothers is worth the extra cash, look for all three Heritage Edition models to arrive at GMC dealers in short order.