UPDATE 10/25: The 2024 Sierra EV Denali pickup, Edition 1, sold out within a day of its announcement. GMC took reservations for an undisclosed number of spots on its website and asked for a refundable deposit of just $100. Interested customers can sign up on a waiting list(Opens in new window) for updates on when bookings reopen.
Original story 10/21:
The race for a high-range, high-power pickup truck to satisfy the EV-resistant purists is on.
The 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 pickup truck will have 400 miles of range, compared to just over 300 miles on a Rivian RT1 electric truck and 240 miles on the Ford F-150 Lightning. It also packs some serious power into its massive frame, delivering 754 horsepower and 785 lb-ft of torque in max power mode.
“It leaves nothing on the table when it comes to towing, towing and overall power,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC.
Price and competition
At $107,000, the GMC Sierra EV pickup will be among the most expensive electric vehicles when it hits the market in 2024. At that price, it will compete most directly with the Rivian RT1 and GMC’s own Hummer, both of which are around $100,000 depending about tuning and adaptations.
But while GMC plans to launch the Sierra EV with the fully loaded 2024 edition, two slimmed-down trims will follow: the AT4 and the Elevation. The Elevation will start “in the heart of the truck market, around $50,000,” a GMC representative told PCMag.
The three models of the Sierra EV pickup: 2024 Denali, 2025 AT4 and 2025 Elevation.
The interior of the 2025 Sierra Elevation. (Credit: GMC)
Pickup shoppers looking to spend around $50,000 will have plenty of choices in 2024 and 2025. That’s about how much the base model 2022 and 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning costs, as well as the all-new 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, 2024 RAM pickup(Opens in new window)and the Tesla Cybertruck (if not delayed againit is).
For those worried about parallel parking the Sierra EV, or easing it in and out of smaller spaces, the pickup will have the ability to “crabwalk,” or turn its “rear wheels in unison and at the same angle as the front wheels, allowing diagonal movement of the vehicle.” (The Sierra could challenge the Tesla Cybertruck to a crab walk, as it will have the same capacity.)
The truck’s performance has a “max power” mode with 754 horsepower, 785 lb-ft of torque and 0 to 60 acceleration in less than 4.5 seconds, GMC estimates. That’s pretty quick for this large vehicle, as the $300,000 Cadillac sedan EV will do the same thing in 3.8 seconds — a small difference for a much smaller and more expensive vehicle.
At first glance, drivers will notice the truck’s huge bed, which allows for 11 feet of storage, GMC says. Combined with the truck’s “haul mode” and “off road” settings, it will be handy for large haulage and commercial work.
GMC positions the vehicle as a powerful, mini tow truck, with up to 9,500 pounds of max towing capacity. Although keep in mind that the premium trim of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning, which is around $75,000, can reach up to a 10,000-pound towing capacity, MotorTrend reports(Opens in new window). That’s over $25,000 in savings if towing capacity is your biggest concern.
“The GMC-first expandable MultiPro Midgate bed offers room to carry longer items, while providing room for a rear seat passenger,” says GMC.
Dash screen and self-driving software
The Sierra’s 16.8-inch infotainment-rich touchscreen rivals the 17-inch screens on Teslas.
As for self-driving, the Sierra will have Super Cruise, a “hands-free driver assistance technology [that can drive] on more than 400,000 miles of compatible roads in the US and Canada,” says GMC. It’s also “towable.” Since GMC didn’t include too much information here, it’s likely that self-driving isn’t a major difference.
Interior look and feel
The truck promises to be a luxurious ride with premium seats and plenty of legroom. You can lower it 2 inches for easy access, or raise it the same amount to feel more like you’re sitting up on a throne.
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The seats are made of premium materials, “with exceptional attention to detail – from seat stitching that invokes the bold lines of the truck’s profile to a streamlined dashboard,” says GMC.
The dashboard has premium wood materials as well as a wireless charger. Overhead is the roof made of panoramic fixed glass.
Battery and range
The biggest reason for the truck’s steep price tag is likely the oversized battery capacity, which results in a range of 400 miles. (The 2024 Chevy Silverado will also have a 400-mile range.) That’s a rapid development for the industry, as no truck on the road today has that high of a range, with the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian RT1 at 200 to 520 miles, depending trim.
The Sierra and Silverado, both GM-owned, will use the brand’s proprietary Ultium battery platform and accompanying Ultium Charge 360 app to locate chargers and monitor in-vehicle power levels. When using 350 kWh public fast chargers, the Sierra can pull up to 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes, which GMC claims is “the best charging capacity in the EV truck segment.”
Socket to connect non-vehicle devices for bi-directional charging. (Credit: GMC)
The Sierra will also feature bi-directional charging, meaning the charge stored in the battery can be used as a generator to power tailgates, camping gear, phones and the like.
“[The Sierra EV] has the ability to put out 10.2Kw of power, which is enough to run the most important devices in a well-equipped home for up to 21 days, GMC told PCMag.
It will be one of only a few vehicles with bi-directional capability; The Ford F-150 Lightning also supports it. GM plans to make bidirectional charging a revenue stream for vehicle owners by allowing them to sell stored power back to utility companies during times of high consumption.
Year model: 2024
Mile range: 400 miles
Charging time: 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes when DC fast charging
Dash screen size: 16.8 inches
Self-driving capability: Limited driver assistance features with SuperCruise
Trunk Size: 11 feet of storage capacity in the truck bed, including the front trunk or “frunk”
Horsepower: 754hp in maximum power mode.
Torque: 785 lb-ft in max power mode.
Time to go 0 to 60: 4.5 seconds
Battery warranty: Probably the same 8-year warranty as the Hummer EV
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