2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate

GMC is taking the range-topping capability, craftsmanship, and style of the Sierra Denali a notch higher with the all-new 2017 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 2017.

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.

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate side

Duncan Aldred – the vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, in his presentation while unveiling the Ultimate, said “the new 2017 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 2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate has an uphill task (really?) in trying to ward off rivals nipping at its heels such as the 2017 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 2017 RAM 1500 Laramie Limited, which just like the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate and the 2017 Ford F-150, offers a well-appointed cabin in terms of standard features, real wood accents, leather coverings, and yards of accent stitching.

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate cargo space

Exterior Changes & 2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Interior Review

Unique features are offered on the new 2017 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.

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate grille

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.

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate seats

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate rear seats

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate interior

2017 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 2017 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.

2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate engine

Price & 2017 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Release Date

The new 2017 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 2017.

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2017 GMC Canyon Denali 

With upscale looks, more luxurious interior, and a “right-sized” choice for a luxury truck, the new 2017 GMC Canyon is the ultimate expression of GMC’s expert grade capability, style, and luxury. Its release date, although marred in speculations, should be expected sometime in early 2017.

According to Duncan Aldred, the vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The redesigned Canyon Denali continues with its award-winning mix with its elevated content, distinctive styling and freshness, and a lux interior that has for several years been the hallmark of what the Denali nameplate ought to be ever since its introduction nearly two decades ago.” He continues to say, “Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement.”

Interior wise, Mulan leather-appointed seats are offered throughout the Jet Black interior surfaces. Others include Denali-logo floor mats, sill plates, unique console trim and instrument panel, and ventilated, perforated and heated front seats.

Some of the standard features available include full-color driver information center, automatic climate control, Onstar 4G LTE connectivity, an 8” diagonal color touchscreen, GMC IntelliLink with Navigation, smartphone app integration, and dual USB ports. As for the technologies, expect Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning systems.

In conclusion, GMC seems to have done all the right things with the Canyon Denali, and there is no doubt that it will be successful once it hits the market later in the year or early next year. But even so, the Denali will have to face off with other bigwigs on the segment such as the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado High Country, and GMC’s own 2017 Sierra Denali.

We would bet money a good majority of folks buying the Canyon Denali really want the 2017 Sierra Denali, but in a smaller package that actually fits in their garage. On the other hand, the High Country is the range-topping trim model for the Chevrolet Colorado and provides a nearly equivalent level of refinement and luxury for Colorado buyers, but just with less flash.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Engine Specs

Under the hood of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali is a 3.6L V6 engine rated at a healthy 305 hp and 269 lbs. ft. of torque. The engine comes mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission that is tasked with the responsibility of forwarding the power generated to the wheels.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali wheel

When properly equipped, GMC says the new model should be able to tow a maximum of about 7,000 pounds on its hitch.

EPA also says the all-wheel drive V6 Crew Cab should be expected to return a fuel economy of 17/24/20 mpg in the city/highway/combined. Opting for the 2WD drops the highway rating to 26 mpg.

Announced when the Canyon made its original debut back in 2014, the new 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel is the engine many have been waiting for. Then, it was expected the engine would be fuel miser and a torque monster. Well, both expectations have been met. The 2WD guise achieves 22/31/25 mpg, and 20/29/23 mpg for the 4WD option, while the output of the “baby Duramax” stands at 181 hp and 369 lbs. ft. of torque. More specs should, of course, be expected on its release date.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali light

Exterior Changes & 2017 GMC Canyon Denali Interior Review

While looking good is part of Denali experience, much of the changes can be found on its cabin appointments. Such features include dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, a trip computer, leather upholstery, unique chrome accents, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Upgraded wood accents on the center console and door panels also help bring even a more appealing luxury to the cabin.

The most obvious is the bright mesh grille juxtaposed to the red GMC lettering in terms of exterior changes, and this is where many of the changes wrapped into the Denali trim can be found in terms of visual updates.

They include LED foglights and taillights, HID headlights, and daytime running lights. The exterior color palette also features additional paint colors. Standard exterior features include chrome accented side steps and bumpers, mirror caps and door handles, the spray-in bed liner, tow hooks, and foglights.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali rear

2017 GMC Canyon Denali grille

2017 GMC Canyon Denali Release Date & Price

We expect prices to start at about $34,000, although it is a speculation as GMC has yet to announce the pricing for the 2017 Canyon Denali. However, checking all the boxes might set you back by slightly over $41,900.

As for its release, sources privy to the Denali developments allege the truck should be expected sometime early 2017.

2017 GMC Canyon Denali seats rear

2017 GMC Canyon Denali seats

2017 GMC Canyon Denali interior

2016 GMC Canyon

The new 2016 GMC Canyon incudes some very unexpected but interesting news , especially due to the fact that this model is going to be an all-new for the 2015 model year since its presentation a couple of months ago.

The new 2016 GMC Canyon will host some changes which will include but not limited to; first in class diesel engine, transmission specs and some modifications on both the exterior and interior.

The exterior facelift is primarily based on the special-edition appearance. New trims will also spice things up for the 2016 GMC Canyon. The truck will most certainly feature a fresh design that is going to send shivers in the sales figures of its main rivals.

2016 GMC Canyon exterior

When we take a glimpse of the exterior of the new 2016 GMC Canyon truck then it is worthwhile to note that the car will come refreshed dawning new redesigns. The new truck will receive a new body platform which will go hand in hand with the previous model.

2016 GMC Canyon front

The brand new platform will result to a much better physic of the truck. It will be more luxurious and will have a modern look. The bodywork will include use of aluminium parts which will drastically reduce the curb weight and as a result lead to a better handling and handling functions.

Additionally, the subscription to lightweight materials will enhance the aerodynamics of the car as well as better fuel efficiency.

2016 GMC Canyon rear

2016 GMC Canyon interior

The interior of the 2016 GMC Canyon interior is no disappointment and will be harmonized with the already modern exterior design. The new truck will get new LED lights which will inevitably add to the elegant and sophisticated appearance.

The seat upholstery is most probably to come in high quality materials which will make the driveability a worthwhile and comfortable experience. The new truck will be able to accommodate up to five adults.

2016 GMC Canyon interior

The dashboard won’t be left out with the standard coming with a 7 inch infotainment screen and a rear view camera. Optional features include; leather upholstery, satellite navigation, aluminium or wood inserts as well as seats that will be heated and ventilated well.

2016 GMC Canyon seats


The new 2016 GMC Canyon will power itself using the same engine as the previous model. It will get a 2.5L inline 4 which will be able to make 200 hp and 190 pounds of torque. This engine alone is more than enough to power the truck but the downside is the towing capacity.

2016 GMC Canyon engine

For those who are power savvy then a 3.6L V6 engine with the capability of generating 305 hp will turn out to be the best option. With the aforesaid engine and optional towing power which will be capped to a maximum of 7,000 pounds then this will turn into a beastly machine.

Both the engines will be coming as standard mated to a six-speed and rear wheel drive or take an optional six-speed with a four wheel drive. A diesel engine will still come later on and will boost the performance to another level, so keep posted to our updated reviews.

2016 GMC Canyon grill

2016 GMC Canyon price and release date

This 2016 GMC Canyon truck is a perfect blend for people who don’t really need a half a tonne truck. The base price of the new GMC truck is quite hefty and will be demanding 22,000 dollars. It will be in showrooms towards the end of March this year.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD

In case you were thinking of investing in a luxury truck this year, then the new 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD is the right choice for you. The comfort appeal that is offered by this truck can only match what Cadillac is offering, believe me!

This huge pick up will come equipped with some of the best and latest features including the capability of driving off-road as well as providing a large towing capacity. There is nothing more satisfying than getting an all-purpose truck at your disposal.

The new 2016 GMC Sierra Denali brand will come in three different labels, that is, the 1500, 2500 and finally the 3500HD which is the heavy duty one and which will be our main focus for the rest of the review.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali Crew Cab

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD exterior

The new 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD model will most probably be made available with the same bodywork as the current model, but with slight modifications and specs. Improvements are expected and might feature at the anterior side of the truck.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD grill

There is a possibility of getting a new grille and better headlamps. To add a refined design to the truck a curvier LED lighting might be made available. At the posterior end, expect the taillights to dawn some few changes.

Additionally, new revamped wheels will be in the offing in comparison to the predecessors with trimmed flares.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD rear

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD interior

A new interior technology as well as new styling should be expected in order for the new 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD to stay ahead of its competitors angling for a piece of the luxury truck market.

Buyers should expect new air vents, USB ports, 300 watt inverter as well as new container holders. The seats make up a very important part of the cabin that cannot be ignored. Expect the seat upholstery to come with top notch materials.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD inside


General Motors Company has given you options between two motors for the new 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD. The two drivetrains will both be V8 engines. The two engines will come with standard variable valve timing, immediate infusion, chamber deactivation and standard transmission.

The main engine will be able to make 355 hp and 383 pounds of torque with a 5.3L capacity drivetrain. While the second option will have a capacity of 6.2L V8 and will be able to provide 420 hp and 450 pounds of torque.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD USA

The fuel consumption rating will depend on the choice of engine you decide to choose. The 5.3L engine will give a rating of 23 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highways. The second one, 6.2L V8 engine will give 20 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway.

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD front side

2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD price and release date

The official launch details of the new 2016 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD have not yet been announced as yet but we can speculate the release date to be somewhere around the first half of 2016.

The pricing details on the other hand are still under wraps but since the current model retails at $55,000, the new model will most probably have a price increment to $65,000 depending on the engine type or trim level you choose.

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