Not only does the 2011 GMC Sierra HD pickup offer the most power in its class, and a Denali trim level, but you can count another win for The General over its heavy-duty pickup competition – best-in-class towing and payload figures. The new trucks will now be able to tow 21,700 lbs in fifth-wheel configuration and 17,000 lbs with a traditional ball hitch, as well as handle 6,635 lbs of payload. The new trucks best their closest competitor – the Ford F350 – by a whopping 1,000 lbs in conventional towing, and 100 lbs in fifth wheel configuration.
Based on these improved capacities, the Sierra HD becomes the most capable heavy duty pickup on the market. The trucks start production next week, and we expect to start seeing them on the lot sometime in late summer. Come on in and test them against the competition, we know you won’t be disappointed!
GM has announced that for the 2011 model year, the Sierra HD will have an available Denali trim level. This marks the first time the exclusive Denali nameplate has been offered on an HD pickup – some of the discernable features include the four-bar chrome grille with the Denali round air inlets from the Sierra and Yukon, along with body colored bumpers, chrome door handles, chrome accents, and either 18- or 20-inch wheels. The truck will be available with your choice of the 6.0L gas V8 or the new 6.6L Duramax diesel V8 mentioned in the previous post.
Here is a post for fans familiar with the current Yukon and Sierra Denali lines – the GMC Acadia will be available in the swanky, upscale trim level for the 2011 model year, the first time a crossover will carry the Denali tag. Differences from the run-of-the-mill Acadia include mahogany trim, perforated leather heated and cooled seats, additional ambient lighting and some standard features that are optional on an SLE or SLT model (navigation, tri-zone climate control, heads up display, and a sunroof.)
On the outside is where the Denali really shines (literally and figuratively) with monotone paint available in Summer White, Quicksilver Metallic, Carbon Black, Red Jewel Tintcoat and White Diamond Tricoat, polished 6-spoke 20″ wheels, and the familiar honeychrome grille from the Yukon/Sierra Denali.
No word on price yet, but keep your eye out as we expect to start seeing them around the third-quarter of 2010.