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First Drive: 2011 GMC Sierra Denali

GMC Sierra Denali Aims to Lux Up HD Pickups

by on Jul.15, 2010

The first GMC truck to bear the top-rated Denali name made its debut this week.

What’s in a name, Shakespeare once asked?  And so did we when we heard GMC would be spreading the “Denali” nameplate around in 2011.

We’ve just had a brief drive in the brawny, sexy new 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD, which marks the first use of the exclusive Denali name on a heavy-duty GMC pickup, a truck which makes its world debut this week.

We immediately recognized the new model, thanks to the trademark Denali four-bar chrome grille with round air inlets that distinguish the Sierra Denali HD on the outside, along with body-color bumpers, chrome door handles, chrome accents and 18- and 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels.  The exterior is offered in three colors: Black, Stealth Gray and White.

Heavy Hauler!

Designed to compete against the Ford F-250HD King Ranch and Dodge Power Wagon models at the top of the heavy-duty pickup ladder, the new Denali we drove is powered by the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 delivering 397 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 765 foot-pounds of torque down at 1,600 rpm, with a heavy-duty Allison 1000 6-speed transmission.

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First Look: 2011 Sierra Denali HD

New frames, increased towing capacity.

by on Mar.10, 2010

GMC bolts the Denali badge on a heavy-duty pickup for the first time.

Conventional wisdom has it that big trucks are an endangered species.  If so, don’t tell it to Detroit makers, who’re unleashing an assortment of macho machines designed for those with serious towing and hauling needs.

Coming a month after the Chicago Auto Show debut of the new heavy-duty Chevy Silverado, General Motors’ other truck brand weighs in at the St. Louis Auto Show with the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD.  It’s the first time the Denali name has been bolted onto a heavy-duty GMC pickup.

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Along with the 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks, the Sierra Denali HD weighs in with an all-new frame and upgraded suspenion package.

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