GMC Unveils 2014 Sierra Denali

Following an accidental leak on its own consumer website a few months back, GMC has officially spilled the beans on the upcoming 2014 GMC Sierra Denali, which aims to coddle buyers with premium luxury features while still providing the capability and versatility that buyers come to expect from the Sierra model lineup.

The exterior styling of the 2014 Sierra Denali retains much of the basic formula that has defined other Denali models with standard elements such as the trademark Denali-spec chrome grille, 20 inch chrome wheels, stainless steel exhaust tip, and body color bumpers all being retained for use on the Sierra. In addition to these touches, the Sierra Denali will also feature LED daytime running lights, which give the truck an elegant flair while also improving visibility.

The interior of the 2014 Sierra Denali has also been reworked and continues the Denali theme by coddling buyers with a number of luxury and convenience features. The truck’s heated and cooled leather seats allow occupants to tailor the comfort of their seats, while the heated steering wheel provides additional warmth during the winter months. Audiophiles will also enjoy the premium Bose audio system that delivers much cleaner sound quality than the standard Sierra. GMC engineers aimed to make the Denali trim stand out better from its lesser siblings ( a notable flaw with the previous generation Denali) by equipping the truck with features such as a new eight inch customizable display that can reduce driver distraction by displaying audio and navigational information in the instrument cluster as well as higher quality wood and aluminum trim to further highlight the trucks luxury intentions.

Performance for the Sierra Denali comes from either a standard 5.3 liter V8 that delivers 355 horsepower or the all new 6.2 liter EcoTec3 V8 that wields a potent 420 horsepower and an equally stout 450 lb-ft of torque.  That is the most horsepower and torque in its segment. These figures are possible thanks to new technology such as direct fuel injection and reworked variable valve timing components that give the engine more muscle than the old 6.2 liter V8. In addition to its impressive performance numbers, Sierras equipped with the 6.2 liter V8 can also tow up to 12,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Sierra Denali can also be equipped with the off-road spec Z71 package that equips the truck with Hill Descent Control, Monotube Rancho shocks, and shielding for the transfer case. The Driver Alert package on the other hand, highlights occupant safety, and adds equipment such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and the company’s ingenious Safety Alert Seat system that first made its debut on the Cadillac XTS.

“The 2014 Sierra Denali has a combination of performance, capability and luxury that no other pickup can match,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. he went on further claiming “It leaves no boxes unchecked for those owners looking for the ultimate expression of ‘Professional Grade.’”

Look for the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali to arrive on dealer lots sometime this fall, with official pricing information expected to be released closer to the models official launch.  In the meantime, GMC has released several videos highlighting the truck’s various features which can be seen below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Carl Malek

Carl Malek is Autosavant’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Autosavant community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.

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