GM pulled the sheets off the refreshed 2024 GMC Sierra HD back in October, delivering a long list of updates, changes, and upgrades. Among these was the debut of the new 2024 GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate, an all-new flagship trim level offering a wealth of luxury and technology. However, GM Authority has learned that, despite having a wide range of luxuries and features, the range-topping trim will curiously forego a power-adjustable (tilt and telescoping) steering column, resorting instead to a manually-adjustable solution.
The 2024 GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate is touted by GMC as the “most advanced and luxurious pickup in its class.” However, the omission of a power-adjustable steering column is surprising for a truck of this stature.
For context, the Ford Super Duty offers a power-adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column on upper trim levels. Meanwhile, the Ram HD only has a manual tilt steering column, with no telescoping feature.
The lack of a power-adjustable steering column might not seem like a big deal to some, but we think it should definitely be part of a truck that will likely encroach on a starting MSRP of $100,000. But beyond that, we also find the power column very convenient when used in conjunction with GM’s easy entry and exit system, which can move the steering wheel out of the way when one is entering or exiting the truck.
Adding even more mystique to this situation is that the Sierra HD’s light duty relative – the Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate – features a power tilt and telescoping steering column. In fact, that’s the case for the Sierra 1500 in AT4, AT4X, Denali and Denali Ultimate trims. Meanwhile, GMC representatives confirmed that a power tilt and telescoping steering column will not be a feature (or an option) on any 2024 GMC Sierra HD trim.
As a reminder, the Sierra HD lineup receives a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year. These updates include revisions to the front bumper, fascia, and grille, an overhauled cockpit, and revised powertrain options.
Speaking of powertrain, under the hood, the refreshed Sierra HD is standard with the naturally aspirated 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine, rated at 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. Optional on most trims and standard on the Denali Ultimate is the 6.6L V8 L5P turbodiesel Duramax engine, which has been uprated to make 470 horsepower and 975 pound-feet of torque.
Both engines pair with the Allison-branded 10-speed automatic transmission, replacing the six-speed auto that was paired to the gasoline engine from the 2020 thru the 2023 model years.
The 2024 GMC Sierra HD will arrive in the spring of the 2023 calendar year, with official pricing details expected closer to the start of production.