2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

GMC expanded today the Sierra lineup with the addition of a new 1500 Denali version. The new model will join the previously launched Sierra 1500 and Sierra Regular Cab and will be put on sale this fall.

When compared to the standard Sierra 1500 the new Devali version will add a signature Denali chrome grille, body-colored front and rear bumpers, a new set of unique 20-inch chrome wheels and a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet. For the interior it received a few additional Denali-specific details, like a script on the bright door sills and embossed into the front seats and real aluminum trim.

The new 1500 Denali will be offered with a standard 5.3 liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine with 355 horsepower or an optional 6.2 liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine that will produce an estimated 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque.

As standard features the model is offering an eight-inch Color Touch navigation radio with Intellilink, projector-style headlamps with LED signature daytime running lights, a Bose audio system, heated and cooled leather front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear park assist and a power sliding rear window with defogger.

Customers can further customize their Denali models with two additional packages: a Z71 Off-Road Package that adds monotube Rancho shocks, Hill Descent Control and transfer case shield, and a Driver Alert Package that includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and patented Safety Alert Seat Technology.

UPDATE: 6/27/2014 GMC announced Magnetic Ride Control will become standard equipment on the 2015 Sierra Denali. This marks the first time GM has used Magnetic Ride Control on a pickup truck application. More details are below the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard GMC Sierra 1500.

GMC Sierra 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

For the 2014 model year the GMC Sierra received a new exterior look, improved interior and three “all-new” EcoTec3 engines. GMC also worked on making it more aerodynamic and, thanks to the addition of new features like the aluminum hood, it is now lighter than its predecessor.

The standard Sierra 1500 will be offered with a choice of three engines: a 4.3-liter V-6, a 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6.2-liter V-8. All of them feature standard direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, and they bear a new name of EcoTec3 — no more Vortec.

The model is on sale at a starting price of $25,085.

Magnetic Ride Control

GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

General Motors announced this week that it will be adding its Magnetic Ride control to the luxurious GMC Sierra Denali. This isn’t only the first time such a complex suspension has been used on a truck, but also the first implementation of Magnetic Ride onto a conventional leaf-spring suspension system.

Normally found in vehicles like the Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac sedans, Magnetic Ride Control offers the instantiations adaptation of suspension firmness to the changing road conditions. However, this system is found on the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali, but it employs a five-link, live rear axle fitted with coil springs.

“With magnetic ride control, the 2015 Sierra Denali delivers a smoother, more confident driving experience without sacrificing the capabilities customers expect from a GMC truck,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “The responsiveness of the system makes this full-size truck feel and drive like a luxury vehicle – and one that’s more comfortable on long trips, especially when trailering.”

Speaking of trailering, the addition of Magnetic Ride Control does not effect the Sierra’s ability to haul or tow, therefore it retains its current ratings of 1,940 pounds of cargo capacity and 8,400 pounds of conventional towing capacity.

Unlike the Corvette and Cadillacs, the Sierra Denali’s (and Yukon Denali’s as well) Magnetic Ride Control doesn’t offer changeable ride settings, but is programmed to offer the most compliant ride when not pushed hard, while instantly changing to a more firm, responsive ride when cornering aggressively.

Magnetic Ride Control works by sending electrical current into the magnetic fluid-filled shock absorbers. The tiny iron particles suspended in the fluid instantaneously change the viscosity of the fluid, thereby changing the dampening characteristics of the shock absorbers.

For the Sierra Denali, the Magnetic Ride Control shocks are a bolt-in replacement for the conventional shocks in place during 2014. Each unit is electronically controlled by the main computer and responds to road conditions in as little as five milliseconds. The computer does this by ‘reading’ the road every millisecond through the inputs coming though the shocks.

Press Release

An all-new 2014 Sierra 1500 Denali full-size pickup arrives this fall with an available 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 that will produce an estimated 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, the most power and torque of any light duty truck engine.

GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

Final SAE-rated power and torque numbers will be available later this year. Now entering its third generation, the Sierra Denali is the most luxurious and technologically advanced GMC half-ton pickup.

Sierra’s 6.2L V-8 will also be available for Sierra SLT models this fall. With this engine, the Sierra is expected to have a class-leading maximum trailering capacity of 12,000 pounds. Like every 2014 Sierra, it offers more power and higher expected efficiency than its predecessor thanks to a trio of technologies including direct injection, active fuel management and variable valve timing.

Design cues for the 2014 Sierra Denali follow the formula that attracted two-in-10 GMC buyers to Denali vehicles last year. On the exterior, the truck has a signature Denali chrome grille, unique 20-inch chrome wheels, unique interior decorative trim, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and body-color front and rear bumpers. Denali-specific interior details include script on the bright door sills and embossed into the front seats and real aluminum trim.

GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

Sierra Denali’s high-tech interior also features an exclusive eight-inch Customizable Driver Display that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel. Sierra Denali’s standard eight-inch Color Touch navigation radio with Intellilink, located above the center console, serves as the main hub for Bluetooth-connected phones and portable devices connected through five standard USB ports.

Other features standard on Sierra Denali include projector-style headlamps with LED signature daytime running lights, a Bose audio system, heated and cooled leather front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear park assist and a power sliding rear window with defogger.

“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. “It leaves no boxes unchecked for those owners looking for the ultimate expression of ‘Professional Grade.’”

GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

A 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 is standard for the 2014 Sierra Denali. It produces 355 horsepower and offers better EPA-estimated fuel economy (23 mpg highway on 2WD models) than any V-8 or turbocharged V-6 pickup on the market.

Sierra Denali will be available with two option packages, including a Z71 Off-Road Package (4WD only) with monotube Rancho shocks, Hill Descent Control and transfer case shield, and a Driver Alert Package that includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and patented Safety Alert Seat Technology.

Standalone options include the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8, a sunroof and Rear Seat Entertainment.

Press Release 6-27-2014

GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

DETROIT – Magnetic ride control is an all-new, exclusive feature on the 2015 GMC Sierra Denali, advancing its position as the most refined and technologically advanced truck on the market. It’s the first time the advanced, electronically controlled damping system has been offered on a full-size truck.

Magnetic ride control provides more precise body motion control that correlates with a more refined ride while maintaining payload and trailering capability. It is standard on all Sierra Denali half-ton models, whether equipped with the standard 5.3L V-8 (355 hp) or the available 6.2L V-8 (420 hp) – the segment’s most powerful engine.

“With magnetic ride control, the 2015 Sierra Denali delivers a smoother, more confident driving experience without sacrificing the capabilities customers expect from a GMC truck,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “The responsiveness of the system makes this full-size truck feel and drive like a luxury vehicle – and one that’s more comfortable on long trips, especially when trailering.”

The 2015 Sierra Denali’s maximum payload is 1,940 pounds (4WD with 5.3L and 5’8” box) and the max trailering capacity is 9,400 pounds (2WD with 5.3L or 6.2L and 5’8” box).

The third-generation magnetic ride control’s sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as little as five milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace conventional mechanical-valve shocks. They’re filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles, and under the presence of a magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance. Changes in the magnetic charge alter the damping rate of the shocks almost instantly.

Magnetic ride control complements chassis and suspension enhancements introduced across the Sierra 1500 range for 2014:

  • A stronger, fully boxed frame with the main rails and major cross members formed from high-strength steel, providing a rigid base for maximum hauling capability, great noise and vibration isolation and excellent crashworthiness. The stiff chassis enables more precise tuning of the front and rear suspensions, for a more responsive feel with smoother performance and less vibration and shake, particularly on harsh terrain.
  • A wider rear track and half-inch wider wheels improve that stability and ride smoothness. The geometry also contributes to flatter, more confident-feeling cornering, particularly when hauling heavy cargo or towing.
  • An electric variable-assist power steering system enhances handling and reduces steering effort at low speeds. The variable assistance enhances overall handling with reduced steering effort in parking lots and a higher rate on the highway that provides a more solid, direct and on-center feel.

Denali details
The Sierra Denali – offered exclusively as a crew cab – delivers unique design cues and exclusive features, starting with a signature chrome grille, projector-style headlamps with LED signature daytime running lights, unique 20-inch chrome wheels, a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet and body-color front and rear bumpers.

Denali-specific interior details include script on the bright door sills and embossed into the front seats, and real aluminum trim. The high-tech cabin also features an exclusive eight-inch-diagonal Customizable Driver Display that can show relevant settings, audio and navigation information in the instrument panel, as well as a Bose audio system, heated and cooled leather front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear park assist and a power sliding rear window with defogger.

Sierra Denali’s standard eight-inch Color Touch navigation radio with IntelliLink, located above the center console, serves as the main hub for Bluetooth-connected phones and portable devices connected through five standard USB ports.

Enhanced connectivity and convenience for 2015 include a new Text Messaging Alerts feature for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users. They’re voice-controlled to help keep phones safely stowed and hands on the wheel.

Also new is OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, providing a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/3GB data trial.

The Sierra Denali is backed by GMC Pro Grade Protection, with two years of scheduled maintenance, a three-year/36,000-miles bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.


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