2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate has made its debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The full-size pickup now comes with more style and features in its ultimate form.
Based on the Sierra Denali, this model is offered exclusively in the four-wheel drive 1500 crew cab model and come with a choice of either 5 feet 8 inches or 6 feet 6 inches cargo bed. Further distinction on the outside is provided by the 22-inch wheels that get either a black or chrome insert, body-colored bumpers, chrome exhaust tip, LED head lamps with the signature GMC LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, all-new Denali grille and a bed liner with three-dimensional Denali logo. Then there is the standard sunroof, chrome tow hooks and Tri-Mode power steps that move rearward to allow access to the forward section of the cargo bed.
The interior features an 8-inch customized driver display with IntelliLink that has Denali-themed graphics at startup and shows audio and navigation information. It contains four USB ports that can be used to plug in portable devices and Apple CarPlay support has also been added. Some more notable features are OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, Bose premium sound system, rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines, wireless phone charging and remote keyless entry as well as remote vehicle starter system.
The cabin of the Denali Ultimate has been endowed with aluminum trim, soft-touch materials, leather trim, contrast stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and power adjustable heated and vented front bucket seats.
Power comes from the same engines found in the Sierra Denali. There is an option of a 5.3-liter V8 producing 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. (519 Nm) of torque and an even more powerful 6.2-liter V8 Corvette-sourced engine generating 420 hp and 450 lb.-ft. (610 Nm) of torque. Both engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is standard.
One of the main talking points of the 2016 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is the magnetic ride control suspension that reads the road through sensors and adjusts damping in five milliseconds through electronically-controlled shock absorbers. This results in a smoother and more responsive ride.
The price has not been revealed yet but sales have been confirmed to commence from Q1 2016.