With the introduction of the new Sierra EV, GMC now has two all-electric pickup trucks in its lineup. It will join the larger-than-life Hummer EV at GMC dealerships in early 2024, and yes, it can crabwalk.
It’s also quite powerful, but all of that comes at a hefty starting price of $108,695. Less expensive Sierra EV models will be available in the future, but it all starts with the Denali Edition 1 shown here.
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The truck is a unibody design, similar to the Silverado EV, with the Ultium battery pack integrated as a structural part of the vehicle. It has a range of 400 miles on a full charge and can fast charge up to 350 kW with 800V DC capability, adding 100 miles in 10 minutes. If you need that juice for an emergency, GMC claims the Sierra EV can power a house’s “essential necessities” for 21 days if you have the necessary equipment.
The Sierra is only available as a crew cab pickup with a bed that is just shy of six feet long. It, like the Silverado EV, has a midgate that opens up the interior, allowing for nine feet of floor space. There’s also the MultiPro tailgate, which folds down to provide nearly 11 feet of total floor space. The Sierra EV has a Power Station Pro that provides 10.2 kW of off-board power through 10 outlets for job sites or campsites. This system can also be used to charge another electric vehicle.
That’s the basic information, but what about performance and sideways driving? The Sierra EV differs from the electric Silverado in this regard, with an estimated maximum output of 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque – 90 horsepower more than the Chevy. The dual-motor layout always drives all four wheels, and GMC claims the Sierra EV can reach 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds in Max Power mode. The truck has four-wheel steering with Crabwalk mode and an air ride suspension that can raise or lower the rig by up to two inches. It has a towing capacity of 9,500 pounds and a bed capacity of 1,300 pounds.
The Sierra EV Denali differs significantly from the Silverado EV on the inside. The center of the dash is dominated by a 16.8-inch portrait-oriented screen. Behind the steering wheel is an 11.8-inch driver display, with a multi-color heads-up display projecting additional information onto the windshield. As a Denali, it’s adorned with premium materials such as wood and aluminum trim, and it’s loaded with features such as Super Cruise, a panoramic roof, 14 cameras, Bose sound, and a hands-free starting system. Simply climb into the cab while holding the key fob in your pocket and drive away – no need to press any buttons.
For the time being, buyers interested in the Denali Edition 1 can make a reservation at GMC.com. If it follows in the footsteps of the Silverado EV RST, those reservations may be gone by the time you read this.