These are our favorite features of the new GMC Sierra Denali Pickup

Over the years, Pickup trucks have reinvented themselves from being considered solely workhorses for transportation to being versatile machines, changing roles from being a personal SUV to being a family vehicle and of course towing equipment as needed. Pickup trucks have remained popular for their versatility and sheer robustness, based on 2020 data, 3 of the 5 best-selling vehicles in the US were pickup trucks, showing that pickups will remain an important part of the car culture for the foreseeable future.

GMC takes the pickup even further by promoting the concept of luxury trucks and repositioning the Sierra line as a premium entry into the pickup market, which clearly sets it apart from its low-cost cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado. Consequently, the GMC Sierra Denali is packed with advanced gadgets and features that make it feel more like a sophisticated and comfortable SUV than a regular pickup. These are our favorite features of the new GMC Sierra Denali Pick up.

8 Larger cargo bed

What is a pickup without a load box? Frankly, the advantage of a pickup for its owner can literally depend on the size of the cargo box, and in recognition of the varying demands on the cargo box sizes for different drivers, GMC offers Denali with a cargo box starting at 5.8 feet to the extra long option at 8 feet in length.


7 Six-function Multipro tailgate

Having a pickup with a spacious cargo box is not enough nowadays, the ability to interact with the payload after being loaded into the truck is just as important and the tailgate has been a way to improve that accessibility for manufacturers. Sierra Denali’s tailgate is designed to perform six different functions including acting as a primary gate, it has a built-in load stop to secure long objects, part of the tailgate can be opened to create a step into the cargo box that can support 375 pounds of weight. The gate also provides the capacity for the second load level and can also be placed as a workplace in the field. The tailgate’s multifunctionality is really something to admire and definitely a game changer for pickup design in the future.

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6 Adaptive cruise control

Denali is equipped with adaptive cruise control that makes long hauls in the truck a stress-free drive. While the normal cruise control maintains a specific speed while driving and requires the driver to press the brake pedal to brake the vehicle when needed, the adaptive speed control can be used to maintain a specific speed and spacing. Therefore, the car can automatically slow itself down to maintain the specified hatch in traffic and even make the car stop. This not only improves the ease of driving the vehicle but also its safety, as drivers have been known to lose concentration after long periods of engaging the cruise control.

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5 Damping Adaptive Ride Control

Towing or towing heavy loads can make the driving experience difficult because the vehicle’s reaction to the load on the various surfaces and conditions makes it difficult to control the vehicle. The damping adaptive driving control in Denali takes into account the vehicle’s load, suspension position, vehicle speed and driving surface, among other things to adjust the damping suspension to ensure comfortable driving and improved vehicle control.

4 Lightweight Carbon Pro Cargo Bed

Steel is the most common material used for the construction of trucks, but for Denali, GMC used CarbonPro – a carbon fiber composite used in supercars and aerospace applications – to design the cargo box. Due to the light weight of the CarbonPro, the Denali is 62 pounds lighter than it would have been with a steel bed. The material is also very durable and resistant to corrosion and scratches, which gives Denali an advantage over many of its competitors with steel and aluminum beds for which these have been serious problems.


3 Crazy interior space and legroom

As a luxury pickup, the Denali was not designed with interior space as an afterthought, rather the truck is spacious on the inside both at the front and for passengers traveling behind. The legroom of 44.53 inches and the ceiling height of 43.03 inches allow for comfortable sitting for most normal-sized people and are at the upper end of the spectrum for pickup trucks in their class.

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2 DFM cylinder deactivation

Sierra Denali is equipped with 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 and 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engines, but the dynamic fuel management system (DFM) cylinder deactivation means that the truck can only be driven on two cylinders in times of low power, such as when nothing is pulled into the truck and turn off the unused cylinders. This optimizes the engine and improves its efficiency, more impressive is the DFM system’s ability to replace activated cylinders to avoid faster wear of a certain set of cylinders.

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1 15-cameras View System

With a truck, the size of the Denali, maneuvering in tight spaces or parking near other vehicles is definitely a challenge. To assist the driver, the truck is equipped with a camera system that can display 15 different views around the truck.

These include the standard rear view camera with guidelines, traction control view to help with alignment when connecting a trailer. There is also an ariel view around the truck and a front camera view to assist in off-road driving.

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