The GMC Sierra Denali full-size pickup truck goes electric. The automaker teased the primary picture of the upcoming EV a lot in the identical approach it did with the Hummer EV truck — by solely exhibiting off its entrance finish.
The square-shaped nostril of the truck is ready off by L-shaped headlights and an illuminated brand within the center. The large grille on the fuel equal has been smoothed out — a transparent indication there isn’t a inside combustion engine beneath this hood in want of cooling. And it seems we’ll be getting some type of lighting system that signifies when the car is charging, very like the Hummer EV.
Aside from that, particulars are slim. The electric Sierra will solely be accessible in GMC’s common Denali trim, it’ll run on GM’s Ultium electric car battery platform, and will probably be assembled at GM’s Manufacturing unit Zero in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. The truck can be unveiled subsequent 12 months however received’t go into manufacturing doubtless till early 2023, much like the Chevy Silverado EV.
The Silverado will make its public debut on January fifth on the 2022 Shopper Electronics Present (CES) in Las Vegas. When it comes out, will probably be one of many flagship automobiles within the firm’s a lot bigger $35 billion push into electric automobiles, in addition to the primary electric truck for the automaker’s Chevy model.
However once they inevitably hit dealerships, each the Silverado and Sierra Denali will discover the market pretty crowded. The Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, and presumably the Tesla Cybertruck are anticipated to achieve prospects in larger numbers in 2022. GM’s electric truck manufacturing will lag behind the F-150 Lightning, which is predicted to start out in spring 2022. (Ford not too long ago shut down reservations for the F-150 Lightning after receiving almost 200,000 orders.)
The Sierra is one in every of GMC’s hottest vans, with gross sales rising 40 p.c 12 months over 12 months within the second quarter of 2021. It’s additionally one of many automaker’s largest and most dangerously designed vans, with a excessive hood and square-shaped entrance finish that will increase the scale of the car’s entrance blindspot. Trucks with larger bodies and higher carriages imply pedestrians usually tend to undergo lethal blows to the top and torso. And better clearances imply victims usually tend to get trapped beneath a dashing truck as an alternative of pushed onto the hood or off to the aspect.