Active Steering Assist power steering is available on some double cab and crew cab models. It makes hauling and trailing easier by enhancing traction and stability while offering greater responsiveness and improved steering feel. Other technology includes IntelliLink which features either a 7-inch or 8-inch screen display. A wireless phone charging station is an available option, as well as a remote locking tailgate.
Another new addition for the 2016 year is a Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package enables the Sierra HD to drive off the lot ready to tow large trailers. It features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that incorporates a gooseneck ball hitch, and includes a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. A Gooseneck Completion Kit will also be available from GMC dealerships, and it features a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie downs.
Even though the premium pickup has stellar looks – especially the Denali package – and is loaded with the latest tech, it still means business. To show you, we’ve taken the liberty of noting the maximum trailer ratings for the 2500HD and 3500HD below, as provided by GMC:
- Maximum 2500HD conventional – 14,500 lbs (6,577 kg)
- Maximum 2500HD fifth-wheel or gooseneck – 18,000 lbs (8,165 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel conventional – 15,000 lbs (6,804 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck – 17,500 (7,938 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel conventional – 20,000 (9,072 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck – 23,200 pounds (10,523 kg)