Lux Trucks: GMC Canyon Denali, Sierra Denali Ultimate Debut At LA Show

November 16, 2015

General Motors’ [NYSE: GM] GMC truck brand is expanding its set of luxury-trim Denali offerings to its mid-size Canyon pickups later next year—and even sooner in its full-size Sierra pickup trucks it’s stepping up the luxury package even more with the release of a Sierra Denali Ultimate trim.

For the Canyon, the Los Angeles Auto Show announcement is no surprise: GMC’s lavishly appointed, feature-loaded Denali models have been extremely successful—so much so, for recognition and respect, that the Denali trim could probably get launched as its own sub-brand.

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The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali gets a long list of additional standard features versus the otherwise top SLT trim—including a heated steering wheel, remote start, automatic climate control, three USB ports (including one inside the console), and a full-color driver information center.

You’ll be able to get the GMC Canyon Denali with either the 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 or the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel four-cylinder engine, which makes 181 hp but 369 pound-feet of torque and, we think, is one of the smoothest truck diesels we’ve ever experienced. GM calls the Diramax the cleanest diesel truck engine ever made by GM, and it returns a best-in-class 31 mpg highway in rear-wheel-drive form.

Super-lux interior comes to mid-size pickups

Inside, the Canyon Denali gets Jet Black Mulan perforated leather upholstery (heated and ventilated in front), plus some other interior trim upgrades.

Appearance-wise, both of these models gain a unique Denali chrome grille, plus 20-inch bright machine-finished aluminum wheels with painted accents, a spray-in bedliner, fog-lamp bezels, rectangular chrome assist steps, and a polished axhaust tip.

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Also included in the Canyon Denali is OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with wi-fi hotspot capability (required a subscription), and the full IntelliLink with Navigation system, wrapping in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, too, to bring many of your smartphone apps right into the vehicle interface.

Denali versions are currently offered for the mid-size Terrain crossover, three-row Acadia crossover, Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs, Sierra 1500 light-duty pickups, and even the Sierra 2500 HD heavy-duty trucks.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

Sierra goes Ultimate

In the Sierra, the new Denali Ultimate package applies only to Sierra 1500 crew cab models with four-wheel drive—with a choice of short or long cargo beds, however. The 5.3-liter V-8 engine is standard on the Sierra Denali Ultimate while the big 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 is optional; both now include the eight-speed automatic.

The Ultimate adds special 22-inch chrome or black-insert wheels plus Tri-Mode Power Steps that can move rearward, chromed tow hooks, and a sunroof. This model also gets Lane Keep Assist and the Intellibeam automatic headlamp system.

The 2016 GMC Sierra Denali also includes magnetic ride control as a standard feature, as well as an integrated trailer brake controller with adjustable trailer brakes.

The Canyon Denali won’t go on sale until later in 2016, as a 2017 model.

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