Following the introduction of the GMC Hummer and Chevrolet Silverado EV siblings, it was only a matter of time before the GMC Sierra EV appeared. The sharp electric Sierra debuted this week with a powerful 754-hp electric 4WD. The impressive Denali Edition 1 gets rear-wheel steering, crab-walking athleticism and MidGate-powered expandable bed versatility to meet the needs of all types of pickup drivers. At over $100,000, the first edition is priced into Hummer territory, but the electric Sierra family will eventually grow to include a base model that costs less than half that.
For now, GMC is focusing on the flagship Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 which will be the first in the family to launch in 2024. It mentioned the down-line AT4 and Elevation trims during the debut but only to show some select interior and exterior images and confirm that these models will to appear for MY2025.
No matter which Sierra EV exterior trim we zoom in on, the new truck strikes us as the most attractive large electric production pickup yet. The Sierra EV sticks closer to the ICE styling template, unlike the drastically redesigned Silverado EV. The boomerang headlights on the wide, upright Sierra EV front end are similar to those on the ICE truck, albeit part of simplified lighting clusters. The large grille shares the general shape of the ICE truck grille but is filled in by a solid panel with bold “GMC” branding rather than metal mesh.
Instead of copying and pasting the standard Sierra flanks onto the EV version, GMC designers create a slightly new look that feels just as beefy and strong. The rugged, smooth beltline matches the lower trellis-like definition that drops down and back from the front fender to create a rugged, powerful aesthetic. The upright rear cab wall completes a silhouette that looks the part of a full-size workhorse.
As on the Silverado EV, the Sierra EV’s bed measures just under 6 feet (1.8 m), a “tweener” for a full-size Sierra, which traditionally has bed options of 5.5 and 6.5 feet (1.7 and 2 m). ). However, that doesn’t mean the truck offers less than 6 feet for hauling cargo. GMC follows Chevy in adding an adjustable MultiPro Midgate and 60/40-folding second-row cab seats to extend bed length in conjunction with a MultiPro tailgate. It gives owners the ability to create 9 feet (2.7 m) of cargo-swallowing bed floor with the tailgate closed or 10.8 feet (3.3 m) with it open.
The multi-position bed/cab design can even accommodate a rear seat passenger on one side and through cargo on the other. An optional tonneau cover adds lockable security over cargo, and the front “eTrunk” provides another spacious lockable cargo area complete with dual floor wells and a 120-V outlet.
The Denali Edition 1 gets near-Hummer levels of power, promising up to 754 hp and 785 lb-ft via a front- and rear-engine e4WD engine. Those output numbers come when the driver dials it into “Max Power” mode, but for the average commute or work task, he or she will likely want to dial it back and drive more economically toward the estimated 400 miles (644 km) of range. Max Power mode also opens up an estimated 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) run in just under 4.5 seconds.
Like the Silverado EV launch edition, the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 has standard four-wheel steering. It also gets the CrabWalk capability made famous by the Hummer EV. The adaptive air suspension allows drivers to adjust ride height by up to 2 inches (5 cm), creating a plush ride through the gamut of undercarriage conditions that any good truck will encounter.
The Edition 1 also comes loaded with SuperCruise driver assistance for hands-free autonomy, with or without a trailer. The feature is supported on more than 400,000 miles of US and Canadian roads. Max towing is rated at 9,500 lb (4,309 kg), just shy of the Silverado EV’s 10,000 lb (4,535 kg), while max payload sits at the same modest 1,300 lb (590 kg).
GMC says the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 can charge 100 miles (161 km) of battery in about 10 minutes with its 350 kW 800V fast charging capability. Available power export options allow the truck to send out 10.2kW of power via 10 built-in outlets to power work tools, charge electronics, run camping equipment and even charge a separate electric vehicle out in the field off the grid. When properly equipped with Ultium truck and home add-ons, GM estimates the battery-packed Sierra can supply a home’s electricity needs for up to 21 days, serving as a backup generator.
The Denali Edition 1 features a high-spec interior under a panoramic glass roof that includes open-pore wood moldings, aluminum accents and quilted seats. A huge 16.8-inch tablet-style infotainment screen sits high on the center console, while a fully configurable 11-inch digital instrument cluster and 14-inch multi-color head-up display keep important information directly in the driver’s line of sight. GM’s Ultifi software platform promises OTA updates and feature additions.
The $107,000 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 can be reserved now, but deliveries won’t begin until early 2024. The AT4 and Elevation models will follow for the 2025 model year, and lineup prices will start around $50,000. .. after much of the fancy tech and equipment disappears from the standard features list. Both prices are before the destination charge, which costs $1,695 as of today.
Sierra EV trucks will be assembled by domestic and global components at both the Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck and Lake Orion assembly facilities in Michigan. GMC is saving the details of the lower levels for a future announcement closer to the start of production.
See more of the new Sierra EV in the two-minute video below and in the gallery, which includes a couple of other shots of both the AT4 and Elevation models.
First Ever GMC Sierra EV Denali | “The Denali of Electric Cars” | GMC