Casey Williams: What’s driving the latest crossover trend of big tires and facelifts?

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GMC just revealed the 2023 Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition — an extreme off-road version of its venerable pickup designed to cross deserts and mountain ranges alongside the Ram TRX and Ford Raptor. It flaunts skid plates, off-road tires and all the luxury trimmings, but biggest influence may be on fortified crossovers sporting big wheels and facelifts. “It started about ten years ago, but more with the Ford Raptor pickup,” said Ivan Drury, senior manager of insights at Edmunds. “Then it proliferated down to SUVs. Subaru was already in that realm, but other automakers realized nobody wants the ima…

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