SEMA 2007: GMC Sierra HD Denali On Deck
By: Mike Levine Posted: 10-30-07 11:45 PT
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Of all the concepts GM brought to SEMA this year, the GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty is the closest to a production truck. How close? Sierra Brand Manager Lorraine Babiar slyly tells, "I think you'll be seeing this truck somewhere. I can't tell you specifically when, but I can tell you that the light duty Denali is doing really well and this truck would fit right in with our three-quarter ton mix."

GMC is looking to tread into Ford's turf in HD pickups, where Ford's high-end King Ranch edition F-250 and F-350 trucks are popular sellers.

But Sierra Denali isn't the same style as the laid back, 'Cattle Baron cruising his ranch' feel of the of the King Ranch. This truck is luxury urban street fighter meets Joe plumber.

The Denali HD has a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 under its hood but Ms. Babiar says a production version would likely do the Denali treatment to the the 6.0-liter gas engine, too. No all-wheel-drive version though. HD Denali would only come as traditional 2WD or 4WD, to keep the truck rugged.

One of the strictly concept components featured on this truck is a slick electric sliding tool and tackle box in the back of the bed. An operator can flick a switch at the back of the bed and the storage compartment floats right up to the tailgate.

The interior has custom leather seats and a suede headliner. Ms. Babiar says a production version would use the same leather seats as the light duty Denali. We're betting suede wouldn't be an option either.

Expect a price starting in the mid-$50Ks for the gas version and upper-$50Ks for an oil burner.

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