GMC is once again taking the Sierra Denali to new heights with the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate. With this model, GMC is again showing the world how the different characteristics of the Sierra Denali like its capability, craftsmanship, and style can still be enhanced.
By building on what can already be considered as segment-leading attributes, the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate goes even further by having different precision-crafted features that are aimed at increasing the capability, comfort, and design of this premium full-size truck.
The Sierra Denali Ultimate was introduced by GMC ahead of its scheduled public debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. This model is expected to go on sale during the early months of 2016.
Vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing Duncan Aldred shares that the Sierra Denali has already managed to help in the growth of the premium light-duty crew cab class. With this new model, Aldred adds, it highlights the bold and already refined presence of the Sierra Denali plus the different advanced features that make it exclusive.
The Sierra Denali was originally redesigned back in 2014 and it is because of the Sierra Denali that GMC has managed to get 15.5% share of the premium full-size truck class where the average price has been estimated at more than $55,000.
Demand for this model has almost doubled in 2015 and it has increased 10 times over since 2013 when it entered the market. The Sierra Denali is the reason why GMC continues to have a rather high share of the premium light-duty crew cab class.
2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate has many unique features and one of which is the fact that it is offered on a 1500 crew cab four-wheel drive with the option of having a cargo bed in sizes of either 5’ 8” or 6’ 6”. Other features include the chrome 22-inch wheels.
It is also offered with black insert. It comes with the standard sunroof and the tow hooks in chrome. It is also equipped with the usual technologies like the Tri-Mode Power Steps. This allows a move rearward so that it becomes a step for getting into the forward area of its cargo bed. Then there is also the automatic IntelliBeam headlamp control and Lane Keep Assist.
The 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate is powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine that is paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission. This very unique combination ensures that the Sierra’s powertrain has one of the highest outputs for its segment. It can deliver 420 horsepower (313 kW) with maximum torque of 460 lb.-ft (623 Nm).
Since it also has the active noise cancelation technology, driving the 2016 Sierra makes for a very quiet experience. There is also the option to use the standard 5.3L V-8 engine with the automatic Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed transmission. It also comes equipped with the integrated trailer brake controller which enables the driver to adjust the output to the electric trailer brake as well as be able to actually apply the brakes manually.
With its magnetic ride control, the 2016 Sierra allows for a more precise control on the body and better responsiveness, ensuring that passengers experience a smoother ride. It also has sensor that is able to “read” the road almost every millisecond. What this means is that when the vehicle meets certain conditions, the system makes the needed damping changes in five milliseconds. This is possible because its shock absorbers are electronically controlled instead of the traditional shock absorbers that have mechanical valves.
The Sierra Denali Ultimate also has other amazing features aside from the design elements and interior that comprise the standard for Denali models. For example, it has the body-color bumpers with the exhaust tip in chrome. The decorative trim on the interior is distinctive as well. Other features on the outside include the spray-on bed liner with the Denali logo in three-dimensions and the stainless steel exhaust outlet.
The 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate also incorporates a new style on its front-end. It is fitted with the LED headlamps with GMC’s own LED signature lighting, LED tail lamps with the all-new Denali grille. On the inside, there is the 8-inch Customizable Driver Display. At the start-up, it displays Denali-themed screen graphics after which it can display important settings and other information like navigation and audio.
Just above the center console is the 8-inch Color Touch navigation radio that has the IntelliLink. This also acts as the hub for phones with Bluetooth capability. There are also four USB ports that allow connection for portable devices. In addition, the IntelliLink is Apple CarPlay capable.
While Android Auto is still not available, GMC says that it will arrive later this year. Other technological features include the OnStar 4G LTE connectivity that creates a Wi-Fi hotspot. For the 2016 Sierra, wireless phone charging will be available. It also comes with the premium Bose sound system.
The pedals are power-adjustable with the rear window having power-sliding capability. There is also the remote vehicle starter system. Remote keyless entry is also available but it now has the remote licking tailgate. Finally the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate has a rear-vision camera.
Emphasizing its premium quality, its interior uses soft-touch materials. While the interior has been trimmed in leather, it also has the aluminum trim with the contrast stitching. The interior also now has the front leather bucket with a 12-way power adjustable heating and venting. The steering wheel is heated and leather-wrapped. The Sierra Denali was named after North America’s tallest mountain which is Mount Denali.
Thus for GMC, the Denali symbolizes the peak of design, performance, and of course luxury. This is also the reason why many of the brand’s top models have Denali’s trademark chrome grille. They also have the best materials with the newest safety features and latest infotainment technology.
There are also features that are exclusive to their respective classes. The Sierra Denali for example has the Magnetic Ride Control whereas the Yukon Denali has the 10-inch instrument cluster that is reconfigurable. GMC shares that its Denali models continue to outperform some of its competitors like the Jaguar, Land Rover, and even the Porsche.
GMC relates that 60% of its Yukon/Yukon XL models and more than 45% of the Sierra HD sold have the Denali badge. Since the nameplate was originally introduced as far back as the 1999 Yukon, more than 850,000 units have been sold. In fact, 25% of the company’s 2015 retail sales are of Denali vehicles.