Over in the States, luxury full-size pick-up trucks are A Thing. Indeed, the market has grown ten-fold in the last two years.
And why not? Just because you need a truck doesn’t mean you should go without S-Class-alike levels of luxury and gadgetry. General Motors brand GMC was a pioneer of luxe-trucks, launching its poshed-up Denali trim package all the back in 1999.
The big GMC Sierra Denali now accounts for 15.5% of sales in the niche, but GMC wants to grab a bigger share of the market. Which leads us to this, the GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Edition.
That long-winded name brings with it 22in wheels, a sunroof and chrome towing eyes; powered, slide-out steps to get into the load bed; lane-keeping assist, trailer brake controller and automatic headlights.
Might not sound like much, but those additions are pretty much the only things the Denali doesn’t have as standard. Its kit cupboard overflows with electric this and heated that, buttery-soft leather upholstery and a high-grade infotainment system.
The GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Edition is only available in middleweight Sierra 1500 form, which has a maximum payload of 790kg and a towing capacity of over five tons. Power is from a choice of 5.3- and 6.2-litre V8s. Obviously, you want the bigger motor, which produces 420bhp and 460lb/ft of torque. Just don’t ask about fuel consumption.
Both engines are attached to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and weapons-grade four-wheel-drive.
GMC hasn’t announced pricing for the Ultimate Edition; given the Denali range starts at just over $50,000 (around £33,000), we expect to cost about $60,000 (£39,000). Which is incredible value, just in terms of the amount of material you get for the money.
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By Only Motors