New GM Lithium Partnership Helps Secure Future of EVS

2022 GMC Hummer EV | Memphis, TN

General Motors is well on the way to going all-electric with exciting new vehicles like the upcoming GMC HUMMER Pickup and HUMMER EV. To ensure that it stays the course, GM reached a new partnership with Controlled Thermal Resources that secures lithium for Ultium battery packs to come.

CTR announced the news in July, saying that it will supply GM with lithium sourced from its Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power development at the Salton Sea Geothermal Field in California. The first deliveries of the product should begin in 2024, right as the HUMMER EV2 SUV and Pickup are scheduled to arrive at Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike.

“We are very pleased to establish this strategic relationship with GM moving forward,” said Controlled Thermal Resources CEO Rod Colwell. “GM has shown great initiative and a real forward-thinking strategy by securing and localizing a lithium supply chain while also considering the most effective methods to minimize environmental impacts.”

CTR is also committed to sustainability with a near-zero carbon footprint and minimal physical footprint. This ensures that the sourcing of lithium is ethical and doesn’t affect vital ecosystems.

The all-new GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and SUV are just part of what GM has in store in its push for full electrification. Stay tuned for more details on another electric GMC truck that should be coming to Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike very soon.

GM Delays Sierra Refresh, Produces Limited Models

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 | Memphis, TN

The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 was set to release this fall with a nice refresh. However, GM is delaying the release of this revamped truck and will now only offer it as a Limited model for the 2022 model year. Take a look at what we know so far.

The 2022 Sierra Limited lineup will likely have the same features and trims as the 2021 Sierra 1500. GM will begin producing the 2022 Sierra Limited in September, which is originally when it was going to produce the refreshed Sierra.

You can still expect the Sierra to get a refresh, but it may not happen until late in the 2022 model year or even in the 2023 model year. The automaker hasn’t yet given a reason for the delay, but it’s likely due to the chip shortage and other issues manufacturers have had to face during the coronavirus pandemic.

The upcoming Sierra 1500 should gain a variety of exciting updates, which GM will announce in detail at a later date. As of now, the automaker has revealed that the truck will gain the innovative Super Cruise™ hands-free driving-assistance feature.

While we wait for the Sierra refresh, be sure to check out the other GMC trucks we have at Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike in Memphis, Tennessee, and take one out for a test drive.

Updated Buick Encore Gets a Power Boost

2022 Buick Encore | Memphis, TN

The Encore already had just about everything a vehicle owner could want, which is why the Sunrise Buick GMC team was stunned when Buick decided to make the peppy crossover even better. For 2022, the Encore gets a power boost, as well as some additional changes.

The 2022 Buick Encore might not feature the brand-new exterior look available on the model in some countries, but here in the States, this model’s updates are still impressive. According to consumer research organization Kelly Blue Book (KBB), the latest edition of the Encore is set to receive a noteworthy engine upgrade.

While the 2022 Buick Encore will still come standard with a 1.4-liter turbo engine, the feisty powertrain will now deliver 177 lb-ft of torque and 155 horsepower. This is a significant increase from the outgoing model’s 148 lb-ft torque and 138 horsepower rating.

On top of the tweaks under the hood, the Encore did also receive a number of other updates for 2022. The compact crossover adds new map pockets for additional second-row storage as well as an electric heater to help warm you up on brisk Memphis days.

Stay in touch with Sunrise Buick GMC in Memphis, Tennessee, to find out when the 2022 Buick Encore will be available on our lot.

New Buick Envision Wins Spot on Autotrader’s List of Best Interiors

2021 Buick Envision Interior | Memphis, TN

Comfort and sophistication are a must for the interior of any premium SUV — and the 2021 Buick Envision delivers these qualities in award-winning fashion. Recently named to Autotrader’s list of Best Interiors Under $50,000, the Envision boasts a high-end cabin that’s also highly affordable.

“A redesign for 2021 has repositioned the Envision to compete with class leaders while undercutting them on price,” writes Autotrader’s Eric Brandt. “Step inside the new Envision and you might think you’ve entered a more expensive European luxury crossover.”

Some of the Envision’s best interior Features

When you step inside the 2021 Envision, you’ll enter a world of spacious relaxation, stunning design, and high-tech convenience. The roomy seats hold up to five people, and you can upgrade them with deluxe options like perforated leather trim, heat, front-row ventilation, and a massaging driver’s chair.

As you travel, QuietTuning™ technology keeps the cabin quiet while the available in-vehicle air ionizer keeps it fresh. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, uniquely designed center console storage, and optional dual-pane sunroof provide an extra touch of luxury.

The Envision gives you a wealth of technology, too. Not only do you get the Buick Infotainment System with available navigation and 10.2-inch screen, but you can also opt for cutting-edge features like the Rear Camera Mirror, a color Head-Up Display, and wireless smartphone charging.

Experience the amazing interior of the 2021 Envision when you test-drive one of the models in our inventory here at Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike in Memphis, Tennessee.

Trails To Explore With Your Family This Spring In Memphis

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Spring is the perfect time to embrace the outdoors with a family adventure. The hiking trails in Memphis offer beautiful landscapes, challenging twists and turns, and most importantly, quality time with your family. All you need is an adventurous spirit, your crew, and your Buick Encore GX or GMC Acadia.

Wolf River Blue, White and Yellow Loop Trails

Located at the border of East Memphis, this trail measures 12.5 miles. The peaceful trail provides plenty of shaded areas to keep the sun off your shoulders.

Shelby Farms Park Greenline

Bikes and skaters love this trail for its fully paved foundation. This popular trail sees a lot of activity and runs 10.5 miles.

Big River Trail

Short, with glorious views of the Mississippi River, the Big River Trail runs 2.5 miles in West Memphis.

Outdoor accessories for your Buick Encore GX or GMC Acadia

The Buick Encore GX and GMC Acadia were designed to take on the world. You can make them even more adventure-ready with some accessories, available at Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike. To help keep your cabin clean, opt for all-weather floor liners, and to secure your gear, choose the cargo organizer or cargo net. The roof-mounted bicycle carriers will secure your two-wheel rides.

Contact Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike in Memphis, Tennessee, to learn more about accessories for your Buick Encore GX or GMC Acadia.

A Few Of the Key Differences Between the 2021 Buick Encore and Encore GX

2021 Buick Encore GX | Memphis, TN

If you’d like a small SUV for daily commutes and family adventures, the 2021 Buick Encore and Encore GX are two of the best options on the market. To decide which one is right for you, check out the following differences between the two models.

Trim levels

The 2021 Encore gives you the choice between two trims: Encore and Preferred. Front-wheel drive is standard on both, and all-wheel drive is available for the Preferred. Meanwhile, the trim levels of the 2021 Encore GX include Preferred, Select, and Essence. Front-wheel drive also comes standard on these models, but you can also upgrade to all-wheel drive for each.

Engine options

No matter which trim of the Encore you choose, it features the 138-horsepower 1.4-liter Turbo engine. The Encore GX has two engine options: the 137-horsepower ECOTEC 1.2-liter Turbo and the 155-horsepower ECOTEC 1.3-liter Turbo.

Interior space

The Encore is the smaller of the two SUVs, coming with 18.8 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row and 48.4 cubic feet behind the first row. The Encore GX has 23.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 50.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This, among other reasons, is why the Encore GX has a higher price tag.

If you want a more compact and affordable model, consider the Encore. If you want more space, power, and trim choices, select the Encore GX. We proudly offer each SUV at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike.

Awesome Updates Coming to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 | Memphis, TN

GMC is great at making sure its family of trucks is freshly updated each year with new technology and capabilities. The automaker has added a number of awesome new features to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, and the truck lovers at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike have compiled a few of our favorites below.

More Affordable: It’s unusual for a vehicle to get a price decrease as time goes on, but GMC has improved the price of its diesel Sierra 1500. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel Duramax variant of the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is now priced $1,500 less than last year.

Improved Hauling: In addition to having a more attractive price, the diesel edition of the Sierra 1500 is now able to tow up to 9,300 pounds of gear for your next weekend trip to the lake. The 2.7-liter Turbo powertrain also gains over a ton of hauling capacity.

New Trailer Camera Options: If you frequently travel with a camper or a boat, you’re going to love the five new camera views in the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. Plus, a Jack-Knife Alert lets you know when your trailer is too close to the corners of your truck bed, while the Cargo Bed Hitch Guidance view makes it easier than ever to hook up your camper.

If you want to test out the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500’s new features for yourself, call Sunrise GMC at Covington Pike to schedule a consultation.

Great Events This February in Memphis, TN

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Looking for something fun to do this February? Memphis, TN, has no shortage of entertaining events to enjoy for your Valentine’s season date night, family bonding time, or friends’ night out.

Passport to Oregon: On February 27th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at 409 South Main, the 9th annual Passport to Oregon wine tasting event will be held here in Memphis. True to its name, the Taste of Oregon event aims to introduce Memphis wine-lovers to the charms of Oregon wines. Brand new wineries to the Tennessee market and established vendors will be in attendance, virtually guaranteeing a fun — and informative — afternoon in the city.

Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Weekend: Grab your blue suede shoes and head to Graceland from February 28th to 29th to enjoy a weekend in honor of the king himself – Elvis Presley. Special VIP hotel packages are available for those who aim to make the most of the event, which features tribute performances from a number of Elvis impersonators.

When you want to head out to enjoy some of the amazing events for fun and entertainment in Memphis, Tennessee, you’ll probably need a quality vehicle to get there. If you need a new ride — or expert service to keep your current one in tip-top shape — please pay us a visit at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike.

Best Barbecue In Memphis

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Bluff City is known for its rich cultural history, famous musicians, a tough, blue-collar attitude, and unbeatable barbecue. The following restaurants are must-visits and will feed you some of the best barbecue in Memphis:

Bar-B-Q Shop Restaurant

The Vernon family has been serving delicious barbecue to Memphis locals and tourists for over five decades. Pork, beef, chicken, and turkey are all available to be slathered in a trademark sauce that can be found in more than 100 grocery stores across five Southern states, where barbecue standards are the highest.

Central BBQ

Midtown, Downtown, and East Memphis all sport a Central BBQ, which has called Memphis home since 2002. USA Today, Southern Living, and Men’s Health have all written glowingly on Central BBQ. They made special mention of the onion rings, so be sure to give those a try.

Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous

The Washington Post, Esquire, and the New York Times have all sent culinary experts to try this Memphis institution’s famous dry-rubbed ribs, and the conclusion is always the same: Charlie Vergos knows how to make a mean Memphis-style barbecue.

Corky’s

Corky’s puts tender love and care into every scrap of meat it serves, which is why everything is slow-cooked to perfection over charcoal and hickory wood. A 1950’s decor takes you back nearly 70 years, and the fried Delta catfish provides the authentic Southern cooking you’ve been craving.

Nobody could blame you for wanting to hop in your car right now to indulge in some of these mouthwatering treats, but make sure your car is up to the task before you set out. If you’re due for any maintenance, let our service department get your car as ready for the road as you are for some legendary barbecue.

The Best Way To Spend The End Of Summer In Memphis

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Here in Tennessee, summer lasts a little bit longer than the northern part of the country. This means we still have time to celebrate the end of summer in Memphis with festivals and other events. Here are a few that are sure to help you usher in the fall season in style.

Orion Free Music Concert Series

This music series is all about the end of summer. It occurs every week on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through October 12th.  If you want to listen to some quality local music, the concerts are held at the Levitt Shell and start at 7:00 pm.

Hot Rod Night on Beale Street

If you love cars as much as we do, be sure to head to Beale Street on September 24th and October 22nd for Hot Rod Night. You can see these smoking hot cars from 6:00 to 10:00 pm each night. If you don’t have a Beale Street parking pass, be sure to park somewhere else.

Memphis Japan Festival

If you have always been curious about The Land of the Rising Sun, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee will host its annual Japan Festival on September 29th at the Memphis Botanic Garden. There will be martial arts demonstrations, arts & crafts, a children’s area, and music and dance performance.

As fall starts to take hold, all of us at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike want you to enjoy the seasonal charms of Memphis in safety and comfort. If your vehicle is due for any routine maintenance, schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable service department.