2014 GMC Sierra Denali available with new 6.2-litre V8
We've discussed the relative importance of GMC products in Canada before, but essentially, that division does buckets more business relative to sister Chevrolet than down in the US. Sierra outsells Silverado by a wide margin in Canada while south of the border, about nine Chevy's are sold to every GMC.
That helps explain why details about the new 2014 Sierra Denali, GMC's full-lux pickup, are pretty important. Perhaps the most intriguing are the estimated power levels from the 6.2-litre V8, which GM says 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. And much like the 2014 Corvette Stingray, there's a very good chance that those will be raised even higher after going through its official SAE testing. These new-generation pushrod V8s all feature direct injection and variable valve timing to reach these high levels, along with active fuel management that can shut off half of the engine's cylinders when they aren't needed.
Perhaps the most interesting thing is that for the first time the Denali will share its engines with the rest of the Sierra line. That means 'base' Denali models will also use the 355-horsepower 5.3-litre V8 with the 6.2 as an option. Previously, Sierra Denalis were the only vehicles outside of Cadillac that had access to the old 6.2, which meant there were genuine performance reasons to buy one rather than just the interior and exterior upgrades.
For 2014, the Sierra Denali gets things like projector headlights, a unique chrome grille, chrome exhaust tip and 20-inch wheels, along with Denali badges all over the place. The interior gets heated-and-cooled leather seats, plus more badges on the heated steering wheel, sill plate, seats and the "real" aluminum trim. Tech geeks will appreciate the exclusive eight-inch gauge-cluster-mounted screen that's completely customizable, in addition to the eight-inch Colour Touch radio with standard navigation.
Options are limited to an off-road package with Rancho shocks, hill-decent control and more, and a driver alert package with lane-departure warning, forward collision alert and the vibrating 'safety' seat system found in the Cadillac XTS.
With increased competiton from high-lux pickup rivals from Ford, Ram, Toyota and now Chevrolet with its new High Country trim, has GMC done enough to keep the Denali's appeal? Do you agree with Denali using the same engines as regular Sierras or should it have an exclusive powerplant to help explain some of the additional cost? Let us know in the comments.