Pickup trucks are hotter than ever in the United States. No, let us rephrase that. Premium, luxurious pickup trucks are some of the hottest products within the industry. Luckily, GMC realizes this to the fullest extent, and has brought forth a solution to further the expression of its Denali sub-brand.
Enter the 2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate. The 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate takes everything luxury-truck buyers know and love about the Sierra Denali and seriously dials it up.
The 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate will be offered exclusively on four-wheel drive, 1500 Crew Cab models with power coming from either a 6.2-liter V8 engine, making segment-leading 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, or a 5.3-liter V8. Both engines will be mated to the new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission.
The exterior receives subtle nods of exclusivity, unless you’re staring at the massive 22-inch wheels, exclusive to the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate, finished in either chrome or with a black insert. Those aren’t so subtle, but do an excellent job at filling out the truck. Other styling cues to complement the 2016 GMC Sierra’s refreshed face include body-color bumpers, a chrome exhaust tip, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner with a three-dimensional Denali logo.
GMC has also taken to the interior of the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate to create the most premium experience found in a Denali vehicle yet. GMC has dubbed the cabin “high-tech”, as it features an eight-inch-diagonal Customizable Driver Display – with Denali-themed screen graphics at start-up – and a standard eight-inch-diagonal Color Touch navigation radio with IntelliLink and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
Premium leather-bucket seats, which are heated and ventilated, are complimented by aluminum interior trim and tasteful contrasted stitching throughout the cabin. And, on those chilled mornings, a heated steering wheels serves to keep things comfortable.
Additional standard features include:
- OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bose premium sound system
- Wireless phone charging – new for 2016
- Remote vehicle starter system
- Remote keyless entry with new remote locking tailgate
- Power-adjustable pedals
- Power-sliding rear window with defogger
- Rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines.
But wait, there’s more.
An integrated trailer brake comes standard, allowing the driver to adjust the amount of output available to the electric trailer brake and to manually apply the brakes, plus General Motors’ magnificent Magnetic Ride Control keeps things comfortable at all times, reading road surfaces and adapting in as little as five milliseconds.
The GMC Denali brand has helped push transaction prices for past $55,000, and allowed the brand to grasp onto 15.5-percent of the coveted luxury-truck market. With the 2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate, you bet those numbers are guaranteed to grow.