LA 2015: New 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate Conquers Mountains (of Cash)

la 2015 new 2016 gmc sierra 1500 denali ultimate conquers mountains of cash

For the discerning pickup buyer who can’t spend enough, GMC announced Tuesday its 2016 Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate edition complete with 22-inch wheels and chrome all over the place.

According to a GMC spokeswoman, the truck will start in the low $60,000-range when it goes on sale near March next year. Denali sales represent 20 percent of GMC’s light-duty sales.

In addition to bigger wheels and chrome, the truck sports standard automatic steps for passengers and to load the forward section of the bed, magnetic ride control and trailer brake. GMC’s 5.3-liter V-8 paired with its 8-speed automatic transmission is standard; the 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque is optional on the truck, but probably going to be on every single Sierra Denali Ultimate anyway.

The Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate boasts leather inside everywhere, and an 8-inch driver display screen screen that shows important info like navigation, audio, phone and probably speed somewhere too.

The truck will be offered in four-wheel drive only, with either a 5-foot-8-inch or 6-foot-6-inch bed.

The Denali Ultimate will likely compete with other premium-priced pickups such as the Ford F-150 Platinum and Ram 1500 Limited. Chevrolet’s Scrooge McDuck truck hasn’t been announced yet*.

When equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8, the Denali Ultimate will sport active noise cancellation to quiet its interior, a feature lifted from Cadillac models.

*That’s made up.




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  • Crtfour Crtfour on Nov 18, 2015

    I wonder if those wheels are real aluminum or GM's crappy chrome plastic covered steel wheels?

  • Tjh8402 Tjh8402 on Nov 19, 2015

    This probably could've been part 2 of the Cadillac Xt6 article from a few weeks ago. Everyone complaining about the 4 cylinder in a $50k Cadillac? If you want lots of leather, column shifters, spacious seating, and a torquey rumbling V8, GM still has a vehicle for you. Wouldn't surprise me if the profit margins on this are higher than an XT6 as well. This is what the market, in all its foolishness, has determined is the luxury vehicle of choice. Carmakers are happy to oblige and laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Fred This owner likes the odd ones as it looks like Triumph Stag in the garage.
  • Bwell Glad to see Crosley getting his due. Maybe not a genius but a great innovator. It's a shame that his company, which was hugely successful, just sort of faded away.One quibble - UC is not in College Hill but in Clifton, or more properly University Heights.
  • JMII "Some U.S. automakers have even begun considering bringing back discounts and incentives which were scrapped during the pandemic as supply constraints became a major issue."If sales drop off then this is the cure. Economics 101. Its about time people realized that paying over MSRP is stupid. I have held off purchasing a new vehicle for almost a full year now due to current conditions.My wife would love to have an EV but at current prices its just not happening. However the same is true for ICE vehicles. Vehicle prices are just too high overall right now and our current fleet continues to function perfectly so we see no reason to upgrade. I could careless what the Jone's down the street do or think.
  • TheEndlessEnigma More Ferrari "quality".
  • EBFlex This is not news. People don’t want autonomous vehicles just like they don’t want EVs. Both are unnecessary and dangerous.
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