• Jul 13, 2010
2011 GMC Sierra Denali 3500 – Click above to enlarge

You want the heaviest of heavy-duty pickup trucks and you want to drive in the lap of luxury. If that sounds like you, have we got some great news to share. The 2011 GMC Sierra Denali 3500 pickup truck is now officially official, and the first such unit is currently being tested in tandem by the heavy haulin' folks at PickupTrucks.com and our very own Sam Abuelsamid.

Best of all, come August 16, you'll know exactly the big bruiser Denali compares with its peers. A total of nine Heavy Duty pickup trucks are currently being compared out in Detroit, including multiple models from Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.

While we're waiting for all that data to drop, we can at least consider what differentiates a regular Professional Grade GMC pickup from a Denali: Chrome, and lots of it... from the grille to the door handles to the giant badges; 18- or 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels and an interior swathed in leather and brushed aluminum trim. Other niceties include power-adjustable pedals, a Bose audio system, 12-way power seats, heated steering wheel and heated and cooled seats. Unfortunately, the exterior will only be available in three colors: Black, Stealth Gray and White.

Feel free to brush up on all the details in the original press release from May after the break, and check out the first image of the GMC Sierra Denali 3500 above.

[Sources: GMC, PickupTrucks.com]
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GMC Adds More Denali Models to the 2011 Sierra Heavy Duty Lineup
2010-05-07
o 3500 series (1-ton) Single Rear Wheel and Dually, 2WD and 4WD
o 2500 series (3/4-ton) 2WD joins already announced 4WD

DETROIT – GMC today announces the new 2011 Sierra Denali HD, the first offering of the exclusive Denali line on a heavy-duty GMC pickup, will now be available in both 2500 (3/4 ton) and 3500 series (1-ton) configurations. The new Sierra Denali HDs lead a comprehensively redesigned lineup of 2011 Sierra heavy duty trucks that go on sale this summer – including the most powerful diesel engine in the segment.

Due to positive responses received from consumers, media and dealers to the recently announced 2011 Sierra Denali HD 2500 series, GMC is adding additional Denali variants to the Sierra full-size pickups. Already announced is the 2500 series (3/4 ton), crew cab, 4WD version. Now, a 2WD version of the Denali HD 2500 series (3/4 ton) will be available as well as Denali HD crew cab versions of the 3500 Series (1-ton) for both single rear wheel and dually versions in 2WD and 4WD applications. The 3500 series is also available in standard (6-foot 6-inches) and dually long box (8-foot) versions.

"Our Denali line sets the premium standard for the industry," said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. "We received such an overwhelming response to the new Sierra Denali 2500HD, that we worked quickly and decided to extend the model into the 3500HD series so those GMC buyers can also benefit from blending capability with premium features and styling."

A Vortec 6.0L gas V-8/six-speed automatic powertrain is standard and the new Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel/Allison 1000 six-speed transmission powertrain is available on all Denali HDs. The workhorse Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V-8 is more powerful and durable for 2011, delivering segment-best horsepower and torque – 397 horsepower (296 kW) at 3,000 rpm and 765 lb.-ft. of torque (1,037 Nm) at 1,600 rpm – lower emissions and B20 biodiesel capability that promotes a domestically produced renewable fuel.

The iconic Denali four-bar, chrome grille with round air inlets distinguishes the Sierra Denali HDs on the outside, along with body-color bumpers, chrome door handles, chrome accents and 17- (Dually), 18- and 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels. On the inside they include Denali-specific brushed aluminum trim, power-adjustable pedals, a Bose premium surround audio system and 12-way power seats. Along with an optional heated steering wheel, heated and cooled leather-appointed seating is available. The exterior is offered in three colors: Black, Stealth Gray and White.

All 2011 Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks have the best warranty coverage in America: a five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, plus roadside assistance, courtesy transportation and other features that provide assurance that GMC backs its trucks for everything the road offers.
Show full PR text
GMC Adds More Denali Models to the 2011 Sierra Heavy Duty Lineup
2010-05-07
o 3500 series (1-ton) Single Rear Wheel and Dually, 2WD and 4WD
o 2500 series (3/4-ton) 2WD joins already announced 4WD

DETROIT – GMC today announces the new 2011 Sierra Denali HD, the first offering of the exclusive Denali line on a heavy-duty GMC pickup, will now be available in both 2500 (3/4 ton) and 3500 series (1-ton) configurations. The new Sierra Denali HDs lead a comprehensively redesigned lineup of 2011 Sierra heavy duty trucks that go on sale this summer – including the most powerful diesel engine in the segment.

Due to positive responses received from consumers, media and dealers to the recently announced 2011 Sierra Denali HD 2500 series, GMC is adding additional Denali variants to the Sierra full-size pickups. Already announced is the 2500 series (3/4 ton), crew cab, 4WD version. Now, a 2WD version of the Denali HD 2500 series (3/4 ton) will be available as well as Denali HD crew cab versions of the 3500 Series (1-ton) for both single rear wheel and dually versions in 2WD and 4WD applications. The 3500 series is also available in standard (6-foot 6-inches) and dually long box (8-foot) versions.

"Our Denali line sets the premium standard for the industry," said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. "We received such an overwhelming response to the new Sierra Denali 2500HD, that we worked quickly and decided to extend the model into the 3500HD series so those GMC buyers can also benefit from blending capability with premium features and styling."

A Vortec 6.0L gas V-8/six-speed automatic powertrain is standard and the new Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel/Allison 1000 six-speed transmission powertrain is available on all Denali HDs. The workhorse Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V-8 is more powerful and durable for 2011, delivering segment-best horsepower and torque – 397 horsepower (296 kW) at 3,000 rpm and 765 lb.-ft. of torque (1,037 Nm) at 1,600 rpm – lower emissions and B20 biodiesel capability that promotes a domestically produced renewable fuel.

The iconic Denali four-bar, chrome grille with round air inlets distinguishes the Sierra Denali HDs on the outside, along with body-color bumpers, chrome door handles, chrome accents and 17- (Dually), 18- and 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels. On the inside they include Denali-specific brushed aluminum trim, power-adjustable pedals, a Bose premium surround audio system and 12-way power seats. Along with an optional heated steering wheel, heated and cooled leather-appointed seating is available. The exterior is offered in three colors: Black, Stealth Gray and White.

All 2011 Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks have the best warranty coverage in America: a five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, plus roadside assistance, courtesy transportation and other features that provide assurance that GMC backs its trucks for everything the road offers.


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      wagnerarsene
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is possible that you send me more information, pictures and catalog from the 2014 GMC Denali Crew Cab Long Bed Dualy with Duramex engine and when possible a price idea
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTH, if HP & Torque Reign Supreme in the diesel world, why are these trucks burdened with a somewhat underpowered 6.0L V8 gasoline engine (with less power than Ford's Raptor or Fiat's smaller 5.7L Hemi).

      Put the more powerful 6.2L YOU ALREADY MAKE under the hood it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm...not feelin' it...maybe I don't have enough of an inferiority complex to justify these super fancy mega trucks.

      Probably improve mileage by 1-2 mpg just by cutting down those unneccessarily huge dually fenders. Honestly, 2500/3500 trucks don't need to be as big as they are to get the job done...it's just a pissing contest. My truck is bigger than your truck..........
        • 4 Years Ago
        I take it you've never been to a equestrian show, or seen one of these at a marina towing a boat the size of a house?

        There are people who live the life of luxury and need a big truck to haul stuff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The guys that buy HD pickups...actually need them. There is no casual truck buyers in the HD segment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No...MY truck's bigger than YOUR truck. Your truck is puny and insignificant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        There are plenty that do use their trucks for work, but those won't be the Denali models. This is indeed for the 'mine's bigger' crowd, the next family runabout when the H2 ceases production.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Liar. I know a few. They do it so they can tell their friends that their truck is more badass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      White interior - I love it! Ads that special touch of class to your 7,300lb truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ohhhh - exterior. I thought it said interior would be offered in white. Teach me to get excited and let my fingers run wild.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if I want a big work truck, why would i want leather and chrome and jack up the price for not? This is another GM Faux pas marketing that out of touch with the masses.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Out of touch with the market? Clearly you don't understand that people by trucks for more than just fleet/work vehicles. People still pull trailers and work with them personally- yard work, pulling horse trailers, racecar/toy haulers, campers. People like to have a vehicle that looks good and rides well- not everyone buys base model trucks with vinyl floors, no A/C and manual windows.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hideous, as always!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I'd go with the Ford. It's much more aggressive in the styling. These GMC/Chevies (whoops, I mean Chevrolets) are just too vanilla for me. I want that GEO Metro holding up the fast lane in front of me to be afraid to look in their mirror. I just don't think the GMs have that. Or a man step.
      • 4 Years Ago
      On a truck like this...who needs more than those three colors?

      Just my opinion...maybe I've had way too many silver cars...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not that I want this to happen or anything, but a Cadillac version of this beast would probably sell like CRAZY in the 'hood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know why you got low-ranked for that... Add an air suspension, 26-inch chrome rims and a 10 sub sound system preset with Kanye West in the order guide, and every ghetto in the US will have 10 of these.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm very interested in the next Explorer, but anything with a "teaser" reveal buildup better be damned good looking. Ford better not let us down on this one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wrong post, you want the next story after this one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My apologies. Blame it on Autoblog's "unique" comment system...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can only imagine how expensive this truck will be with that package
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I had a need for such a beast this thing would be at the head of the pack. Nice Truck. Tough choice between this and the Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great looking Turbo Diesel truck that I would love to pull my trailers (1 at a time) with, but can GM please hire someone NEW to style their HD duallie wheels.
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