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The 2011 GMC Sierra Denali is a winner!


What do you get for the truck that has everything?

How about a set of mud flaps?

That’s about the only feature that doesn’t come standard on the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali 2500, a heavy-duty pickup with four-doors and a crew cab with all the creature comforts.

The 2011 Sierra 2500 in Metallic Blue

The Denali is the kind of truck you can muddy up in the daytime, drive through the car wash on the way home and take out to the country club at night without apologies to the valet parking attendant.

“The new Sierra Denali HD is the latest expression of GMC’s Denali philosophy of blending capability with premium features and styling,” said Lisa Hutchinson, GMC product marketing director. “It is a premium tool that offers many comfort and infotainment features, along with a maximum towing capacity of 21,700 pounds with the more powerful Duramax diesel.”

 

While luxury car drivers are unlikely to trade in their Cadillacs for the Denali, ranchers and construction managers who want to ride in style will probably see the $58,144 window sticker as a reasonable price of entry for such a versatile and durable vehicle.

The Denali is one of myriad versions of the full-size Sierra, which comes in light or heavy-duty capacity. The trucks that are sometimes referred to as half-ton pickups carry 1500 designations from General Motors, while those in the three-quarter-ton category are designated 2500. There is also a one-ton 3500. The tonnage once referred to the payload capacity of the trucks, but that terminology is no longer accurate. At 2,631 pounds, the payload of the rear-drive Sierra HD is well beyond three-quarters of a ton.

GM claims towing supremacy over its two major rivals, the Ford Super Duty and Dodge Ram HD as well as best-in-class payload.

The 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 polished forged aluminum wheels. Color choices include black, white and gray.

Interior Denali signatures include 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 as an option.

Among the safety features, a new “smart” exhaust brake provides greater control on grades and reduced brake pad wear. Other features include trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking, intelligent brake assist and larger brakes.

Sierra frames have increased cross sections and use more high-strength steel for greater durability, higher towing capacity and improved ride and handling. Larger engine and transmission mounts, coupled with a 125-percent-stiffer front frame structure, provide greater vibration control.

The 2500HD models feature a two-stage rear leaf-spring design, while 3500HD models have a three-stage design.

A revised steering system is designed to support the trucks’ greater front gross axle weight and it also enhances driving. However, making a U-turn in a truck with a 153.7-inch wheelbase is not advisable in heavy traffic. You might need to jump the curb.

The 2011 GMC Sierra Denali is definitely a winner!  Check out all our inventory at www.coulter-tempe.com.

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January 20, 2011 - Posted by | GMC Trucks | , , , , , , ,

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