GMC has introduced its new Sierra pickup electric vehicle (EV). This marks a turning point for the premium truck brand, as it expands its portfolio of all-electric trucks. Led by the 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition, it offers uncompromising pickup capability and unique features made possible only by its dedicated EV truck platform.
Duncan Aldred, Global Buick and GMC vice president, said: “This is the Denali of EVs — and a truck that is every bit a GMC. That means it leaves nothing on the table when it comes to hauling, towing and overall power while unlocking even more possibilities around what a GMC pickup can offer.”
GMC will be the only brand to offer three all-electric trucks, with the Sierra EV joining the popular GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and HUMMER SUV. Underpinning these three trucks is GM’s groundbreaking Ultium Platform. This enables incredible versatility and optimal performance in an all-electric truck.
The 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will be available at launch in early 2024. GMC will introduce the Sierra EV AT4 and Elevation trims in the 2025 model year.
Aldred continued: “The 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 is just the beginning. It will offer customers our very latest in technology, capability and luxury delivered in a way only GMC can do — with much more to come.
“From the HUMMER EV supertruck to the first-ever Sierra EV, GMC continues to write the next chapter in its future as a premium truck and SUV brand.”
The 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will offer a GM-estimated range of 400 miles (640 km) and deliver 754 horsepower and 785 lb-ft of torque. This enables it to accelerate from 0-60mph (0-97kph) in under 4.5 seconds (GM estimate). It will also offer up to 9,500 pounds (4,309 kg) of towing capacity and up to 1,300 pounds of payload.
It is 800 Volt DC public fast charging capable at up to 350kW. This enables up to 100 miles (160km) of range in approximately 10 minutes. GMC say this is the best charging capability in the EV truck segment.
The Onboard Power Station Pro turns Sierra EV Denali into a mobile power source, with up to 10.2kW of off-board power that can be used in a variety of situations.
Nichole Kraatz, GM Battery Electric Trucks chief engineer, said: “This truck is everything customers know about the Sierra, but is so much more. Leveraging GM’s dedicated Ultium pickup platform, it takes the Sierra franchise to new benchmarks of capability, versatility and luxury — all in a zero-tailpipe-emissions package.”
The Sierra EV will offer customisable drive modes that enable the driver to adjust steering, suspension, propulsion, sound and power settings for a personalised driving experience. These modes include Standard, Tow/Haul, Off-Road, My Mode and Max Power.
This new electric pickup will also offer these neat features:
4-Wheel Steer; enables all four wheels to work together for a smaller turning circle and improved manoeuvrability.
CrabWalk; a GMC-exclusive diagonal-drive feature that, at low speeds, turns the rear wheels in unison and at the same angle as the front wheels, allowing diagonal movement of the vehicle .
Variable Regen on Demand Braking; converts the kinetic energy of the vehicle’s forward momentum into electricity that’s stored in the battery pack to help improve driving range.
One-Pedal Driving; which can slow the vehicle to a full stop, using only the accelerator.
The 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 has a bold, forward-looking and premium look. This announces a new era for the brand’s design language, including a new interpretation of the GMC grille. This serves as an integral part of the sophisticated approach to lighting animations, including perimeter grille lighting. Additionally, the Ultium Platform is integrated into the truck’s body structure, which enables a more expressive overall design and a confident stance.
Sharon Gauci, Buick and GMC Design executive director, said: “Without the need to work around a conventional propulsion system, there was an exciting opportunity to reimagine the Sierra EV with a refined yet bold, next-generation modern style and functionality.
“The Ultium Platform allowed us to design what a truck can offer differently when it comes to appearance, spaciousness and capability. It was an important goal for Sierra EV to be visually distinctive yet maintain the essence of GMC and this can be seen in many elements inside and out. For example, the powerful front shield and strong, continuous body side with machined detailing.”
The Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will be offered exclusively in a crew cab model with an integrated 5-foot, 11-inch cargo bed. Its storage capacity is maximised with the innovative MultiPro Midgate, which provides 9 feet of storage between the cab and the tailgate, when the Midgate is open.
A 60/40-split second-row seat offers four configurations that allow users to haul gear or equipment while still accommodating a passenger. GMC will offer a tonneau cover that allows longer items such as a kayak or windsurfing board to be stowed under a lockable, weatherproof cover.
GMC’s popular MultiPro Tailgate is also standard on the 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1. When this innovative tailgate is down, the maximum load floor length extends to nearly 11 feet with the MidGate down and the MultiPro Tailgate’s load-stop open.
At the front of the vehicle, the spacious eTrunk offers lockable weatherproof cargo space with two drains where the engine would be in a traditional truck, along with a 120-volt power outlet. The flat floor enables more storage space in the cab, including a modular centre console.
The new 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will feature an all-new, panoramic fixed glass roof. This stretches above both rows of the cabin, creating an open-air ambience and a greater sense of spaciousness. The roof is infrared reflective and has a UV coating to help keep the cabin comfortable.
The interior is designed to accentuate openness, with attention to detail that shepherds in a modern and clean aesthetic. While distinctive quilting and the embroidered Denali logo on the front seat backs will be familiar to customers, the Sierra EV Denali introduces a new rich quilting pattern.
This attention to detail and premium materials are carried throughout the interior from the precise finishing on the doors to sweeping lines of authentic open-pore wood on the instrument panel. Also new is an inductive wireless charger finished in the same open-pore wood, creating the modern feel of uninterrupted lines and surfaces.
The wood décor is complemented with aluminium accents and even etched stainless steel on the speaker grilles of the Bose audio system. Additionally, the electric vehicle sound enhancement technology, developed with Bose, elevates the driver’s sensory experience.
Arriving in Early 2024
Deliveries of the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 are expected to begin in early 2024, with a starting MSRP of $107,000 (plus DFC). Further details for the full range of Sierra EV models will be announced closer to the start of production, with MSRPs starting around $50,000 (plus DFC).
The 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will be assembled with domestically and globally sourced parts at GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan. This facility has been repurposed and retooled with a $2.2-billion investment devoted to EV production. Future Sierra EVs also will be assembled with domestically and globally sourced parts at GM’s Lake Orion Assembly in Michigan.