2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Gets Even Posher
Flagship With a Cherry on Top
It seems American buyers’ appetite for luxuriously trimmed trucks in all shapes and sizes is insatiable, and the truck makers are only too happy to oblige. If you thought the GMC Sierra Denali was the ultimate expression of fullsize truck opulence, think again. GMC has now announced the Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate. What exactly makes the Ultimate “ultimate?” We’re not entirely sure, other than a standard power sunroof, chrome front tow hooks, standard lane keeping assist, IntelliBeam adaptive headlights, and a standard integrated trailer brake controller.
Other than those highlights, most of the hardware is the same as a standard Denali, with the Ultimate trim available in two-wheel or four-wheel drive, with the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 standard and the 6.2L V-8 optional. For 2016, both engines are mated to GM’s 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The trim is offered in 5-foot 8-inch and 6-foot 6-inch bed lengths. Like the “standard” Sierra Denali, the Ultimate has magnetic ride control.
Pricing was not announced. The Sierra Denali Ultimate will go on sale in the first quarter of 2016 as a 2016 model. Although it’s not official, we expect the Denali Ultimate trim to be offered on the HD models as well, likely for the 2017 model year.