General Motors unveiled an all-electric GMC Sierra Denali pickup on Thursday, the latest model in the automaker’s march towards a global annual sales target of 1 million electric vehicles by 2025.
The GMC Sierra Denali EV isn’t the first electric truck or SUV on GM’s new Ultium platform. It’s actually the brand’s third battery-electric truck, after the pickup and SUV versions of the GMC Hummer.
But since the combustion version of the Sierra is GMC’s best-selling model, it could be a standout for the brand.
While the GMC Sierra EV shares the name and look of its ICE counterpart, it’s not just a retrofit.
“It’s not that we really choose the truck and put a battery in it,” Tom Namovich, GMC Sierra product manager, told londonbusinessblog.com. “Oagain, we take the Ultium technology, the integrated cab and bucket construction, just like the Hummer pickup and take that further with additional purposeful technology in the vehicle. ”
The full-size pickup is slated to compete with the Ford F-150 Lightning. GMC will kick off the model with a high-end Denali Edition 1 version, which will arrive in early 2024 from $107,000. The Sierra Denali will come in two trims — AT4 and Elevation trims — for the 2025 model year. GMC said it will announce other versions of the pickup closer to production starting at around $50,000. Launched in April, the F-150 Lightning starts at $47,000 and tops out at nearly $100,000 for the “Platinum Extended Range” version.
The Sierra Denali Edition 1 EV makes an estimated 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque in Max Power mode.
It can travel from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a relatively quick 4.5 seconds and has an estimated range of 400 miles. It will also be able to tow up to 9,500 pounds; it’s unclear what the range will be when towing on capacity.
The Sierra EV will also come with a built-in power plant with outputs of up to 10.2 kW, turning the truck into a mobile power source for a variety of situations. The company said the pickup can power a home’s “essential necessities” for 21 days when configured with a two-way charger and offers GM Energy’s new Ultium Home line.
All versions of the Sierra EV have an 800-volt architecture capable of fast charging up to 350 kilowatts. That means that when using certain fast chargers, about 100 miles of range can be added to the battery in about 10 minutes.
Like its Hummer EV cousin, the Sierra EV will have four-wheel steering and “crab walk” capabilities, Namovich said, adding that the company has also further refined the on-demand rain brakes feature.
Inside the Denali Edition 1 is a 16.8-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system is powered by Google’s Android Automotive operating system, which comes with all of Google’s built-in services such as Assistant.
The Denali edition will also come standard with GM’s hands-fee advanced driver assistance system called Super Cruise.