There are three new photos released of the new 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD. We are able to see what the redesigned features GMC prepared to introduce for this model and what exactly are they planning for the future of the brand. For now it seems that the updates are minimal and all that these photos are showing us is that they are perhaps being cautious about what they are planning to bring for the coming version.
The GMC press release announcement that came along with the pictures was not extensive as well. They did manage to mention that the car is getting a functional hood scoop which is supposed to benefit the brand’s new bolder and aggressive looking design. But that is about it.
GMC is known for doing these sort of things as with the previous Sierra update that came in 2016 a single photo was released followed by a miniscule announcement which really did not tell us anything about what to expect.
Although they are being secretive they are also being cautions. The model is perhaps a year separated from its release date and they do not want to give more than they should. We might get the information piece by piece so we get the big drop on us once the model is released. For now you can read the information that are currently available in this review.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD scheduled for?
With the released pictures of the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD there was no confirmation about the release date made. But we do know that we will need to wait about a year for the car to be released. The most that we can hope for is a release date by the end of 2017, but a more appropriate one is perhaps the start of 2018.
What is the Potential Price of the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD?
The GMC models are becoming more and more expensive, and the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD will add a small price increase as well. But unless they plan to add something specific under the hood or change the setup altogether, we do not expect a very large price increase. The current model costs about $34,000 so the newest one might raise the bar up by $200 to $500. We still do not see the model going past $55,000 as some of the rivals cost.
Exterior Updates and Design
The exterior of the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD seems to have very small updates. Given the fact that they are already coy about their mentioning of the outside, they are either hiding something extravagate or maybe this is it. If the case is the latter one the small aesthetic changes will only bring about a refreshing new look for the car and that is it.
The most talked about thing is the functional hood scoop which may hint at an engine enhancement and a possible expansion in terms of torque. Besides this the Denali trim goes out unchanged. It retains its cheese-grater grille and projector beam headlights that come with LED daytime running lights. The large chrome-clad wheels will be carried over as well and so will the chrome-plated towing mirrors and chrome-lined side steps, making the side of the car completely the same.
The pictures that were released did not show the inside of the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD. There is far less information available for the interior of the car, but this just leads us to believe that not many updates are prepared for the interior of the car. The current pictures do not indicate that a very large update is being prepared for the inside but it also remands us about the last changes were introduced in 2016. These further leads us to believe that they are going to keep things similar and keep them the way they are. The only possible modifications are in regards with the materials and the trim levels of the inside.
Powertrain Capacity and Specs
If they do not surprise us with something extravagant, we can assume that the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD will transfer the current offer of powertrains. The standard offer is the 6.0-liter V-8 engine and it makes 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. Since this engine is outclassed by the rivaling models, a stronger and optionally available engine is given. This is the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel, which may get updated for the 2018 version. The current one provides us with an output of 397 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 765 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm.
Acceleration Rates and Top Speed
If the setup for the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD remains the same, we can simply transfer the specs and performance rates. But since there are rumors about an update which might bring more power to the Duramax option, the specs may vary. But for now the acceleration is going to be kept to 7.6 seconds for the base and 7.0 seconds for the optional one, while the top speed is 95 mph for both versions.
Fuel Economy Specifications
The fuel economy is a sore spot for the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD. In fact all of the cars in the segment suffer from lack lustered fuel economy rates. The great power that these trucks provide does not allow them to have very favorable rates when it comes to fuel consumption. This is why the ratings for the future models will be unfavorable as well. We cannot expect it to get any better than the current combined rating of 16 mpg even for the future 2018 model.
Dimension and Size
With the upcoming update that comes for the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD, there are no dimensions changes expected. The offered photos do not show any indications of expansion for the size of this model so we can expect it to be completely the same as before. As far as the size of it goes the overall length is 224.4 inches and the wheelbase for this model remains 133.6 inches. The width is kept to 80.1 inches and the height is 77.7 inches. The final piece of the puzzle is the curb weight of the car which is set at around 6000 lb, leaving this car as very heavy for the market.
Safety Equipment and Stats
Car safety is a big factor for a model like the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD is. We can expect the rates to be as high as they were for the previous vehicle. There was no mention of expanding the specs and adding new kind of equipment for the 2018 version, although added safety never hurt anyone. The model will perhaps offer some optional advanced equipment for its Denali from which some might become even standard. We suspect that we are not going to get any newly developed safety systems with the redesigned version and these my only apper further along in the future.
What are the Rivaling Models?
The market for big trucks is a very hard one to compete now in and the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD will have to pass its tests. There are not many models that one can find in this sphere but they are genuinely and specifically made for certain duties. So we cannot pass on some very popular models in the segment that include the Ford Super Duty and RAM 2500HD models. These ones are perhaps the strongest but also the most expensive models in this segment so the buyers might look at the GMC Sierra Denali if they want to save a few bucks by choosing this model.
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