GMC Sierra EV Denali revealed: The electric pickup just got the better of it

General Motors’ luxury pickup truck, the GMC Sierra Denali, gets an electric upgrade.

The Sierra EV will launch in early 2024 in the popular (and pricey) Denali model, with an estimated 400 miles of range and a fully suggested price of $107,000. The following year, GMC will offer moderately priced AT4 and Elevation models, with the latter expected to start at $50,000.

The Sierra EV Denali will arrive in the midst of a multi-decade love affair between American car and truck buyers, with pickups taking five of the industry’s 10 best-selling vehicles in 2021 despite their increasingly expensive prices. General Motors in particular expects electric trucks to sell just as well, if not better, as their gas-powered counterparts. The company is the latest to bet big money that electric trucks will lead the way in switching to zero-exhaust vehicles.

The Sierra EV Denali will arrive in the midst of a multi-decade love affair between American car and truck buyers

The Sierra EV will be GMC’s third electric vehicle, after the Hummer EV pickup and SUV. And when it arrives in mid-2024, it will join the Chevrolet Silverado EV in GM’s growing lineup of electric trucks. At first glance, the GMC Sierra EV shares a lot of similarities with the Chevy Silverado EV: They’re both large, high-ride electric trucks with boxy front ends and large, heavy batteries.

But while Chevy envisions the Silverado EV as the electric truck for the masses, with both the commercial and passenger versions, GMC sees the Sierra EV geared toward more affluent buyers who want good thing. Think padded leather seats, a large picture-style touchscreen, hands-free driver assistance technology, and even some of the more unusual features, like CrabWalk Mode. And of course, it has to be a Denali because, as GMC’s chief marketing officer, Molly Beck, told me earlier this week, “Denali signals the best.”

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We talked about price and range, but there are of course many specs to consider with the Sierra EV.

All versions of the truck are expected to come with two engines, one in the front and one in the rear. It will be able to charge at rates up to 350 kW, which will add about 100 miles in under 10 minutes.

Like most electric cars, the electric Sierra will be incredibly fast, capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. That’s faster than the single-engine RWD Cybertruck and on par with the Chevy Silverado EV, Ford F-150 Lightning, and the three-motor Cybertruck. But that would also be slower than the quad-motor Cybertruck (2.9 seconds) and the Rivian R1T’s launch version (3.3 seconds).

Like most electric cars, the electric Sierra will be incredibly fast, capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in under 4.5 seconds.

The Denali Edition looks like it could easily kick the wind out of you, with an estimated total power of 562 kW (754 hp) and 785 lb-ft of torque while in maximum power mode.

The Sierra EV will not have Hummer EV’s “Watts to Freedom” launch control system. Instead, it will have a maximum power mode in which drivers can stay indefinitely, unlike Watts to Freedom, which remains active only for initial acceleration. Other driving modes include Standard, Tow/Haul, Off-Road, and customizable MyMode.

But the Sierra EV will have a CrabWalk mode, which allows it to move across terrain diagonally at low speeds like crustaceans that live on the sand. CrabWalk mode is enabled by the electric truck’s four-wheel steering capability where the rear wheels rotate at the same angle as the front wheels, allowing the vehicle’s diagonal motion.

Any electric car in our Lord 2024 will not come with these features

These wheels are 24 inch monsters that ride on an adjustable air suspension tire that can raise or lower the truck a total of two inches. One-pedal driving and regenerative braking are also included because which electric vehicle in our Lord 2024 won’t come with these features?

The GMC Sierra EV Denali will be able to carry up to 1,300 pounds of payload and tow up to 9,500 pounds. There is no word on how much range you will lose when you start pulling heavy items.

It will be a portable generator thanks to 10.2 kW of external power. That’s enough power to power most essential appliances in a home during a power outage for up to 21 days. By contrast, the F-150 Lightning truck’s base rims can deliver up to 2.4 kW of power, and the more expensive Lariat and Platinum rims provide a total of 9.6 kW of combined power. (Buyers of the base model Lightning can get up to 9.6 kW of built-in power, but it costs extra.)

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Get in (or stick your head inside like I had to because I wasn’t allowed to sit inside the truck) and you’ll immediately notice the large 16.8-inch floating touchscreen that completely dominates the center stack. There is a knob at the bottom of the screen to control the volume. A smaller 11-inch screen is located behind the steering wheel to display relevant information such as speed, driving mode and directions.

Sierra EV Denali will have plenty of Google apps built into the infotainment screen

The Sierra EV Denali will have plenty of Google apps built into its infotainment screen, including Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play — but it won’t work on Android Automotive, the tech giant’s original operating system. General Motors has struck a deal with Google to run Android apps in its cars via the Play Store without having to use an Android smartphone.

I can’t help but wonder what the engineers at Ford will say when they see this F-150 Lightning/Mustang Mach-E-like setup in the GMC Sierra EV. The vertical-style display, integrated knob, and even a row of configurable buttons at the bottom seem straight from Ford. Gone are the more integrated landscape screens found on the gas version of the Sierra Denali. GMC replaces its screens.

“I think the brand really wants to focus on the right way to tell the story about technology,” said Chris Hilts, Head of GMC Interior Design. “And we feel it now. It’s through the big screens.”

Below the screen is plenty of open-pore wood trim, including your smartphone’s induction charger built right into a sliding shingle in the center console. GMC says it’s the first to make a wireless charger in a sliding wood panel.

The Sierra EV Denali will be available as standard with Super Cruise, General Motors’ hands-free driver assistance technology, allowing drivers to travel hands-free on more than 400,000 miles of compatible roads across the United States and Canada. And thanks to some new wide-angle and long-range radar sensors, the Super Cruise can also be used while towing.

There are a total of 14 cameras installed around the truck to increase visibility. (Of course, the Sierra and other half-ton trucks wouldn’t need as many cameras if they were built in a safer way, but I digress!)

Speaking of weight, GMC couldn’t tell us how heavy the electrified Sierra Denali was—but I bet you can guess. The gas-powered version can tip the scales at about 7,100 pounds at its heaviest, and the lithium-ion batteries are much heavier than a full tank of gas. I don’t expect the Sierra EV Denali to be as heavy as the Hummer EV and Honda Civic’s battery pack, but it will come close.

GMC Sierra EV Denali With Trunk Opened

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