What to Love About the GMC Sierra LineupBlog Jun 21th, 2018
With its rugged and capable muscle, masterfully paired with premium appointments and a bold appearance, make the 2018 GMC Sierra a pickup that turns heads and commands attention on the road or the job site.
2018 Sierra 1500
The 2018 Sierra 1500 is a light-duty workhorse with a powerful presence. Built via the brand’s “Professional Grade” mantra, the baseline Sierra ½ ton is features angular accent mouldings and big, bold grille designs and a plethora of advanced features like signature LED headlights, taillights, and cargo box lighting – as well as IntelliBeam technology that automatically adjusts high beams according to oncoming traffic.
It’s not just a pretty face, either. The Sierra 1500 comes with a slew of available and standard features to push your driving, towing, hauling, and adventuring experience into new territory. Options like available hill descent control, trailer sway control, hill start assist, an integrated trailer brake controller, and rear vision camera make this formidably sized truck a surprisingly accommodating daily driver.
Built of roll-formed high-strength steel in the bed mean a professional grade durability factor, coupled to DURAlife brake rotors and remarkably innovative bed options turn the Sierra 1500 into the whole package. Bed options include available CornerStep rear bumper, available spray-on bedliner, available remote bed-locking power gate, and LED cargo box lighting.
Power comes from the available 355 horsepower 5.3L EcoTec3 5.3L V8 offering the best in-class fuel efficiency of any full-size pickup, rated at an impressive 14.1L/100km city and 10.6L/100km Highway. Capability numbers come in at a powerful and a beefy 420 horsepower and 460 lb/ft or torque from the available 6.2L aluminum block EcoTec3 V8 – more than any other pickup on the market.
The interior is plush and refined, benefiting from exceptional storage space, available heated/ventilated seating, wireless charging station, USB ports and a 12V outlet, and a unique locking under-seat compartment on the SLE trim level with bench seating. The staggering quiet of the Sierra’s cabin is made possible thanks to triple door seals, hydraulic body and engine mounts to reduce vibrations, and an available Bose Active Noise Cancellation system to limit road/engine noise.
2018 Sierra 2500HD
Nearly ⅔ of the entire 2500HD cab structure is constructed from high-strength steel making the bulk of passenger and driver space a fortress of strength and quiet. The 2500HD also benefits from high-strength steel components in its box-frame rails and major cross members. The 2500HD also comes equipped with its own unique styling, complete with wheels, front fascia, HID projector beam headlights, and a hood scoop on Duramax Diesel equipped models that not only looks incredible, but helps increase power and performance with cooler airflow.
Speaking of power, the 2500HD comes with a slew of power plant options including the 6.6L Duramax Diesel, rated at a mind-blowing 445 horsepower and 910 lb/ft of torque. The engine is capable of trailering a monstrous 18,100 pounds, made possible by innovative trailering/hauling tech like hill start assist, trailer sway control and traction control, as well as integrated trailering tech from Duramax and digital steering assist to adapt steering input depending on our hauling situation.
2018 Sierra 3500HD
Let’s say that maximum towing and hauling is your everyday routine – then the 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD is the right tool for the job. Equipped with the same 6.6L Duramax Diesel power plant as its 2500HD cousin producing 910 lb/ft of torque, the increased strength and stability of dual rear-wheels and strengthened suspension components means an unwavering maximum trailering capacity of a staggering 23,300 pounds and a maximum payload of up to 7,153 pounds.
The 3500HD features all of the same trailering tech innovations as the 2500Hd, including Duramax integrated trailering technologies, digital steering assist, and trailer sway control – and comes with secondary available features like front and rear park assist.
Inside, the same cabin quieting technologies can be found, paired with luxurious premium features like available leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel, rubberized vinyl flooring, and an available 4G LTE wi-fi hot spot.
2018 Sierra Denali
Professional Grade is the epitome of GMC’s Denali sub brand. Named after the tallest peak in North America, the Sierra Denali lineup is available as a trim level on the 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD models, bringing unrelenting opulence into the cabins of some of the most dependable workhorses on the road today.
Some of the unique styling attributes only features on Denali models include:
- 20” ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels / available 22” aluminum wheels with premium paint and chrome inserts
- Chrome door handles, mirrors and side mouldings
- Body colour matching bumpers
- 12-way adjustable driver’s seat
- Magnetic ride control
- Dual density foam seats
- Valved exhaust system to reduce engine noise in the cabin / available Bose active noise cancellation system
- Aerodynamic exterior rear-view mirrors to reduce road and wind noise. Contrasting stitching
- Soft touch instrument panel
- Perforated leather-appointed seating
- Brushed aluminum trim and premium interior appointments
The tech offerings in the Denali lineup are nothing short of jaw-dropping. The platform features an 8-inch diagonal colour touch infotainment system with enhanced-language voice command, MyMedia connectivity to connect media libraries with multiple different devices, wireless charging station, MyGMC app to integrate connectivity and allows for remote starting/stopping, locking, and location features, as well as customizable Favourites, allowing passengers to showcase their favourite music, destinations, and contacts.
As the upscale cousin of the Chevrolet Silverado, the SIerra comes to play with its own unique personality and features for 2018 that help carve out its place among the greats. With a comprehensive GMC Sierra lineup to choose from, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is when you can take delivery.