2024 GMC Sierra HD and 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD come with a GCW Alert feature. What kind of system is it?
General Motors has refreshed its Heavy Duty trucks – Silverado and Sierra – for the 2024 model year. They should reach dealerships in the first quarter of next year with prices to be announced closer to on-sale dates.
The models are bringing a wide range of trailer-assist features, a pleasant Denali Ultimate trim (for the Sierra), increased towing power, updated powertrains, an innovative multi-function tailgate, and other upgrades.
One of the ‘goodies ‘ is the GCW (Gross Combined Weight) Alert, new for 2024 MY. This integrated system takes the acceleration and torque and determines the weight trucks are hauling or towing, and whether it is a concern or not.
The feature works only when a pickup truck is in a move and lets the driver know if the vehicle’s Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR)* is exceeded or not.
Unlike a payload scale found on some Ford trucks, the GCW Alert uses shift patterns and algorithms.
We can say GM’s system is more informative for drivers: it allows the truck to learn what it is pulling and to report an algorithm based on that learning.
*Gross Combined Weight Rating is the maximum allowable weight of a vehicle and the loaded trailer – occupants and all cargo the vehicle can handle with no risk of damage.
Source: Muscle Cars & Trucks