GMC introduces 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate

Article by Christian A., on November 17, 2015

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.

Press Release

GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate: The Pinnacle of Premium

GMC is taking the range-topping style, craftsmanship and capability of the Sierra Denali even higher with the 2016 Sierra Denali Ultimate.

It builds on the Sierra Denali’s already class-leading attributes with a package of precision-crafted features designed to elevate its comfort, design and capability in the growing premium niche of the full-size truck market.

GMC introduces the Sierra Denali Ultimate today, ahead of its public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale late in the first quarter of 2016.

“The Sierra Denali has helped drive the growth of premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “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.”

Thanks in large part to Sierra Denali, which was redesigned in 2014, GMC commands 15.5 percent of the premium full-size truck segment, where average transaction prices exceed $55,000.

The segment has nearly doubled in 2015 and grown tenfold since 2013, when GMC had zero percent of the market. In fact, Sierra Denali has helped GMC earn a higher share of the premium portion of the light-duty crew cab segment than of the overall full-size pickup segment.

Unique features and more standard technologies

The Sierra Denali Ultimate is offered exclusively on four-wheel drive 1500 crew cab models with either a 5’ 8” or 6’ 6” cargo bed. It is distinguished with 22-inch wheels with chrome or black insert), a standard sunroof, chrome tow hooks and standard technologies, including Tri-Mode Power Steps – that move rearward to serve as a step into the forward section of the cargo bed. Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control are also standard.

Sierra’s 6.2L V-8/eight-speed automatic powertrain combination offers the light-duty segment’s highest output: 420 horsepower (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft of torque (623 Nm). Active noise cancelation technology contributes to a quieter driving experience and is featured with the 6.2L engine. A 5.3L V-8 with the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission is the standard powertrain.

An integrated trailer brake controller is standard on the Sierra Denali Ultimate and allows the driver to adjust the amount of output available to the electric trailer brake and to manually apply the brakes.

Additionally, Sierra Denali’s standard, segment-exclusive magnetic ride control delivers more precise body motion control, for a greater feeling of responsiveness to the driver and a smoother ride for passengers. Its sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as little as five milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace conventional mechanical-valve shocks.

Professional grade style and crafted interior

In addition to the special content, the Sierra Denali Ultimate includes all of the crafted interior, advanced features and design elements of other Denali models, including body-color bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, unique interior decorative trim, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and a factory-installed spray-on bed liner with a three-dimensional Denali logo.

It also wears new front-end styling introduced for 2016, including high-performance LED headlamps with GMC LED signature lighting, an all-new Denali grille and LED taillamps.

The high-tech interior features an eight-inch-diagonal Customizable Driver Display – with Denali-themed screen graphics at start-up – that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel. Sierra Denali’s standard eight-inch-diagonal Color Touch navigation radio with IntelliLink, located above the center console, is the hub for Bluetooth-connected phones and portable devices connected through four standard USB ports.

IntelliLink also features Apple CarPlay capability, with Android Auto capability coming later in the model year. Additional standard technologies and convenience 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.
The Denali Ultimate features premium soft-touch interior materials, aluminum trim and contrast stitching on the standard leather-trimmed interior – including 12-way power adjustable heated and vented front leather bucket and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Elevation of luxury

Named for Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America, the GMC Denali brand represents the pinnacle of luxury, design and performance – the ultimate expression of professional grade.

GMC’s top-of-the-line models include the signature Denali chrome grille – premium materials and the latest safety and infotainment technology. Features such as a 8-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster on the Yukon Denali series and Magnetic Ride Control on Sierra Denali are exclusive to their respective vehicle segment.

The luxury-focused Denali models outsell the entire product lines of some of the most aspirational marques, including Land Rover, Jaguar and Porsche, with almost 60 percent of all GMC Yukon/Yukon XL models and more than 45 percent of Sierra HD sold wearing the Denali badge.

Overall, Denali vehicles have accounted for about 25 percent of all GMC retail sales in 2015 and more than 850,000 have been sold since the nameplate was introduced on the 1999 Yukon.


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