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Monday 29 May 2017
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GMC Unveils Top-Of-The-Line Sierra Denali Ultimate

GMC Unveils Top-Of-The-Line Sierra Denali Ultimate

Who doesn’t like their truck with all the trimmings? GMC certainly does. The automaker is taking debuting the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate, or as GMC calls it ‘The Pinnacle of Premium,’ this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Ultimate takes what was previously the top GMC Denali truck and adds a special package of features that the automaker says elevates its comfort, design, and capability. It is only available with 1500 four-wheel drive crew cab models with either a 5’8” or 6’6” bed.

“The Sierra Denali has helped drive the growth of premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment. This truck is the ultimate expression of the Sierra Denali with greater emphasis on the bold and refined presence and advanced features that make Denali models synonymous with precision and exclusivity,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

The Ultimate takes what was previously the top GMC Denali truck and adds a special package of features that the automaker says elevates its comfort, design, and capability. It is only available with 1500 four-wheel drive crew cab models with either a 5’8” or 6’6” bed.

The Ultimate adds on more standard features and special design touches including 22-inch wheels with chrome or black inserts, a sunroof, and chrome tow hooks. The Ultimate cabin design features standard leather-trimmed upholstery with contrast stitching, heated and vented front seats, and aluminum trim touches. The exterior uses the same new front styling from the 2016 Denali with high-performance LED headlamps and the newly designed grille.  

More technology features are standard on the Ultimate including Tri-Mode Power Steps, which move the side steps rearward to function as steps to the the front part of the bed; and the integrated trailer brake controller system, which allows drivers to adjust the output to the electric trailer brake. Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam automatic headlamps are standard as well.

Under the hood of the Ultimate offers two engine choices. The standard engine is a 5.3-liter V8 with the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The Sierra’s 6.2-liter V8 engine paired to eight-speed automatic with 420-horsepower and 460 lb-ft torque is also available. The 6.2-liter maintains cabin comfort with standard active noise cancellation technology.

Other standard Ultimate features include the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable Intellilink system, Bose premium sound system, wireless phone charging, remote vehicle start, remote keyless entry and locking tailgate, power-adjustable pedals, power-sliding rear window with defogger, and rear-vision camera. Whew.

Thanks to the redesign of Sierra Denali in 2014, GMC got 15.5 percent of the premium full-size truck segment last year, which is up from 2013 when GMC says it had zero percent. The automaker seeks to further strengthen that percentage with the Ultimate.

The Denali Ultimate goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.

Photo Credit: GMC