The first spin-off announced outside of the 2014 Chevy Silverado and the 2014 GMC Sierra, the latest Denali brings with it an option for a 6.2-liter V-8 with an estimated 420 horsepower, 450 pound-feet of torque, and a class-topping 12,000-pound towing capacity.
GMC says so equipped, the Sierra Denali will have the most power and torque of any light-duty truck. That engine will be a stand-alone option on the luxe pickup: the standard engine will be the same 5.3-liter also found in the Chevy Silverado, with 355 hp and an EPA-estimated 23 mpg highway for some models.
Gas mileage estimates for the 6.2-liter V-8 haven't been released. The engine will also be offered in the Sierra 1500 SLT.
As Denali, Sierras will swell with the luxury features that have turned the nameplate into a mini-brand over two generations. This third Sierra Denali gets its own 20-inch chrome wheels and a chrome grill; body-color bumpers; aluminum trim on the dash; and LED daytime running lights.
Among the functional upgrades are an eight-inch LCD display in the gauges that can be customized to show audio, phone, navigation, or other settings. Color Touch navigation and IntelliLink smartphone connectivity are standard, as are five USB ports, Bose audio, ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and a heated steering wheel.
On the short options list, GMC will offer a Z71 off-road package on four-wheel-drive Sierra Denalis; it comes with hill descent control, skid plates for the transfer case, and Rancho shocks. There's also a safety package with lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert systems, and a safety-alert seat that vibrates the cushions for haptic alerts. A sunroof and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system will be stand-alone options.
The 2014 GMC Sierra Denali goes on sale later this year. Pricing hasn't been announced.____________________________________