Update: Chevrolet announced that the Silverado EV RST’s maximum output is now estimated at 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque, matching the performance of the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1. The RST was previously listed at 664 hp in this article, which has now been corrected.
With the debut of the new Sierra EV, GMC is in a curious position two all-electric pickups in its portfolio. Scheduled to arrive in early 2024, it will join the larger Hummer EV at GMC dealerships, and yes, it can crawl.
It’s also quite powerful, but with all that comes a not inconsiderable starting price of $108,695. Cheaper versions of the Sierra EV will become available eventually, but it all starts with the ornate Denali Edition 1[ads1] seen here.
Like its Silverado EV sibling, the truck is a unibody design with the Ultium battery pack integrated as a structural part of the vehicle. Delivering 400 miles of range on a full charge, it can fast charge up to 350 kW with 800V DC capacity, providing 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. If that juice is needed in an emergency, GMC says the Sierra EV can power the “essential necessities” of a house for 21 days — assuming you have the necessary equipment to hook it all up.
The all-electric Sierra is only available as a crew cab pickup with a bed that’s just six feet long. Like the Silverado EV, it has a midgate that opens up the interior and expands the floor space to nine feet. There’s also the MultiPro tailgate that folds down, creating nearly 11 feet of total floor space. For workplaces or campsites, the Sierra EV Power Station Pro provides 10.2 kW of external power through 10 outlets. This system can also be used to charge another electric car.
That’s the general boilerplate stuff, but what about performance and sideways driving? The Sierra EV has an estimated maximum output of 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque, which we’ve learned is now equal to the peak output of the Silverado EV RST. The dual motor setup always drives all four wheels, and in Max Power mode, GMC says the Sierra EV can hit 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. Four-wheel steering with Crabwalk mode is available, and the truck has an air suspension that can raise or lower the rig by as much as two inches. It can tow up to 9,500 pounds and carry 1,300 pounds in the bed.
Inside, the Sierra EV Denali differs quite a bit from the Silverado EV. A 16.8-inch portrait-oriented screen dominates the center of the dashboard. An 11.8-inch driver display sits behind the steering wheel, with a multi-colour heads-up display providing even more information projected onto the windscreen. Being a Denali, it’s dressed up with premium materials, including wood and aluminum details, and there are plenty of features like Super Cruise, a panoramic sunroof, 14 cameras, Bose audio and a hands-free start system. Simply climb into the cab with the key fob in your pocket and drive away – you don’t need to press a start button.
It’s important to note that everything mentioned here applies to the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, which is the flagship of the line with its six-figure sticker price ($107,000 plus $1,695 destination to be specific). It is scheduled to reach dealerships in early 2024, with the Sierra EV AT4 and Elevation trims following for the 2025 model year. GMC says Sierra EV models will be offered in the $50,000 range, but for now it’s unknown what that trim will be and when it will arrive.
For now, buyers interested in picking up the Denali Edition 1 can make reservations at GMC.com. If it goes anything like the Silverado EV RST did, those orders may already be full by the time you read this.