2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Review

Published on July 17, 2016
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The Denali has always been the top end models of the GMC range but it seems this is about to change with the upcoming 2017 GMC Sierra Denali. How? Well, GMC is going to add a new Denali Ultimate version for some of their models, the first to receive it being the Sierra. Just like with the regular Denali, the Ultimate will come with mostly the same features but instead of offering options, everything will be standard. This will make the new Denali the best-equipped truck on the market and besides the regular features, it will also come with some unique ones as well.

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We actually expected something more from the Sierra but these should still be plenty for most. In fact, GMC is adding these upgrades and offering a new version in order to get a larger share of the market for themselves. The design, engines, and even the running gear are all going to be the same as before. The price is the only unknown factor for now but rumors say it should cost around $10,000 over the base Denali. While this would make it the most expensive truck out there, it might also become the best-valued one due to all the features it is going to have as standard.

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ENGINE

As we said, every mechanical bit on the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is identical to the regular versions. This means that a 5.3 liter naturally aspirated V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque is going to be offered as standard. This will likely be used by most of its buyers but for those wanting more GM has that covered. The only available optional extra on the new 2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is the 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8.

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This will churn out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque and it will improve everything over the base V8, including the towing capacity, performance, and even smoothness. Its only real drawback is the larger fuel consumption and the much higher price-tag. The good part is that both are now being offered with GM’s 8-speed automatic gearbox. This is stronger and lighter than the older 6-speed box as well as much improved in terms of refinement.

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EXTERIOR

With the 2016 model year, the design of the Sierra has also been vastly improved over the older generation. However, this also means that the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate, as well as the regular version, are identical to the 2016 truck. The chromed grille and the wrap-around LED headlights are being offered as standard. The differences consist out of new 22 inch rims offered as standard on the Ultimate.

A massive power moon-roof, chromed bits on the outside, a sporty exhaust and even unique colors are also being offered on the new Denali as standard. At this point, a blacked out exterior package is still unavailable but it seems one is going to be added quite soon to the range. This will include black, instead of chromed, grilles, wheels, bed accents and body accents.

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INTERIOR

The biggest selling point for a truck like the Sierra Denali is the interior and what it offers inside it. Well, most people are going to be thrilled by the sheer amount of features and by the massive quality of all the interior pieces. The dashboard and seats are going to be carried over from the 2016 version but the Ultimate will add quite a bit more as extras. Firstly, the usual optional safety features such as rear cross-traffic alert are going to be standard. On top of that, the infotainment system is expected to be massively revised with new hardware that will make it run faster than before.

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2017 GMC Sierra Denali Interior

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