GMC is taking the range-topping capability, craftsmanship, and style of the Sierra Denali a notch higher with the all-new 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate. The new model comes laden with standard features, a head-turning design, and a luxury and performance to behold. Its release date, although speculative as of this writing, should be expected sometime during the 1st quarter of 2018.
The new vehicle has been built with a sense of style and perfection that very few cars, irrespective of the body design, can boast of. The design, comfort, and capability has been elevated by precision-crafted features. This, according to GMC has been necessitated by the fact that the segment offers a plethora of rivals and therefore staying at the top requires a vehicle to seamlessly combine function with style without jeopardizing the performance. That is exactly what the GMC has done with the Denali Ultimate.
Duncan Aldred – the vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, in his presentation while unveiling the Ultimate, said “the new 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is refined, bold, and offers advanced features that makes the ultimate expression of what a Sierra Denali, in general, is all about.”
The Ultimate comes in a segment that already has a significant number of GMC models, but each is designed for a specific niche and functionality. Since 2013, pundit reports allege the full-size truck segment has grown tenfold and nearly doubled by 2015. A market share of about 15.5% is held by GMC alone.
Even with this features and technologies (detailed below), the new 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate has an uphill task (really?) in trying to ward off rivals nipping at its heels such as the 2018 Ford F-150 Limited model. The F-150 offers just about every feature in terms of amenities and equipment as BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes.
The other rival is the 2018 RAM 1500 Laramie Limited, which just like the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate and the 2018 Ford F-150, offers a well-appointed cabin in terms of standard features, real wood accents, leather coverings, and yards of accent stitching.
Exterior Changes & 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Interior Review
Unique features are offered on the new 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate including but not limited to chrome tow hooks, Tri Mode Power Steps, 22” wheels, a sunroof, IntelliBeam automatic headlights and lane-keeping assist.
Others include a polished stainless steel exhaust outlet, body-color bumpers, a factory-installed spray-on bed liner, and unique interior decorative trim. Up front, the new Ultimate comes with GMC LED signature lighting, high-performance LED headlights and taillights, and an all-new Denali grille. In overall, the exterior now comes with a new grille, bumper, hood, and new color add-ons that make it appear modern and sophisticated.
Its interior, on the other hand, comes laden with futuristic materials and technologies such as a navigation system, standard USB ports, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Denali-themed screen graphics, and an 8” diagonal Customizable Driver Display.
Other features include power adjustable pedals, a rear-vision camera with dynamic guidelines, power-sliding rear window with defogger, remote vehicle start, wireless phone charging, Bose premium sound system, and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi connectivity.
Also, cabin trimmings are available such as a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-way power adjustable vented and heated front leather bucket, contrast stitching, and soft-touch materials. Additional equipment should be expected on its release date.
2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Engine Specs
The 5.3L V8 engine good for 355 hp and 383 lbs. ft. of torque comes as standard under the hood of the 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate. Opting for the 6.2L V8 behemoth which is offered as an option assures you of a power output of 420 hp and 460 lbs. ft. of torque.
Both the 6.2L and 5.3L engines feature GM’s EcoTec3 technologies such as active fuel management, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing. Both engines also come paired with the new eight-speed, 8L90 automatic transmission system.
Various test drives conducted with the 6.2L-equipped truck returned an EPA-rated 15/21/17 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Price & 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Release Date
The new 2018 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate, once available, should be expected to go for sale for an MSRP starting from $60,000, although GMC is yet to announce it’s pricing. As for its release date, rumors in the industry allege the Ultimate should be expected to see the light of day sometime in the 1st Q of 2018.