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Wow features, $107k price for 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1

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GMC’s entry into the electric truck market is starting with putting its best foot forward with the well-known Denali name, subtle yet luxury-like exterior styling, trick tailgate and midgate to accommodate longer items, 400 miles of range (besting the rival Ford Lightning with 320 miles at best) and more. While the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 also comes with a high price, there is a lot more to talk about this truck as well as to consider when cross-shopping the new Silverado EV.

Key highlights for 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1

The 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali is breaking ground for the brand by offering a variety of firsts. These include:

Power and charging 

  • GM-estimated range of 400 miles on a full charge  
  • GM-estimated 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque in Max Power mode  
  • Onboard Power Station Pro with up to 10.2kW of off-board power
  • 800 Volt DC Public Fast Charging capable at up to 350kW, enabling up to 100 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes

Technology galore  

  • 16.8-inch-diagonal freeform infotainment touchscreen 
  • Trailering-capable Super Cruise6 hands-free driver assistance technology on more than 400,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada  
  • Customizable drive modes, including Max Power mode, which enables 0-to-60 MPH acceleration in less than 4.5 seconds (GM estimate)  
  • Air Ride Adaptive Suspension that both enables a more comfortable ride as well as the ability to raise or lower the truck by approximately 2 inches  
  • EV-enabled propulsion technologies including Regen on Demand Braking, OnePedal Driving and 4-Wheel Steer with CrabWalk 

New versatility

  • GMC-first MultiPro Midgate expandable bed offers room for hauling longer items, while still enabling room for a rear-seat passenger  
  • eTrunk increases cargo room capability with lockable, weatherproof compartment at the front of the vehicle  
  • Up to 9,500 pounds max towing capacity 

Luxury interior materials

  • Authentic premium materials including grain-matched open-pore wood (including a wood veneer induction wireless charger), aluminum, etched stainless steel
  • Bold, all-new design features including a panoramic fixed glass roof  
  • All new interior layout with a streamlined dashboard including luxury-like attention to detail like the seat stitching

What’s it like in person?

We had the opportunity to see this truck in person prior to the unveiling, and the pictures don’t do it justice.

First, the exterior grille looks more luxurious, and the glowing GMC logo really stands out. Also, the lack of bright chrome blends well with the black accents giving it a luxury feel without an overabundance of shiny metal. 

The design carries well through the sides and it both looks like a capable truck as well as a night on the town vehicle. It seems taller and wider than a Sierra 1500 model, and the large tires add to this sense of size.

Along the rear, the MultiPro tailgate is a big winner in my book, and the versatility of the full or split 60/40 midgate should be a favorite feature with the bed allowing for much longer items to be stored without sacrificing a second-row passenger seat when needed. Plus, you can store drywall or other such materials in the bed, and with a tonneau cover, you would have covered storage similar to 14-foot trailer — much longer and wider than a typical gas Sierra 1500.

Inside, the dash layout looks more streamlined, and the large vertical screen definitely stands out. Visibility seems better with this truck, having all the screens at the same level. And in the short time we spent with this truck, the seats seem to be very comfortable. 

While we haven’t driven it yet, we’re pretty eager to feel the performance and play around with the 4-wheel steer to see just how much easier this truck is to park versus a gas Sierra 1500. Plus, the CrabWalk is always a fun party trick.

GMC says it plans to deliver the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 in early 2024. There will be an Elevation and AT4 model announced closer to the launch with starting MSRP around $50,000, not including DFC.

It will be built at GM’s Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly along with the GMC Hummer pickup and SUV in Lake Orion, Michigan.

Reservations for the 20234 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 became available Oct. 20, 2022, at 5 p.m. EDT at www.gmc.com.

The bottom line

This is a bold move by GMC, shocking customers by both the price and the features. While 400 miles of range and the quick-charge time for DC Fast Charger should reduce some range anxiety for many, it is going to be interesting to see how this truck is received by consumers. Would you just buy a GMC Hummer at this price? Or are people going to wait to see what the other models, like the Elevation and AT4, will offer?

My guess is this will be “sold out” quickly.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. David Middleton October 30, 2022

    American people are the most stupid people on the planet to pay 107k for a electric truck or any truck for that matter

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