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ENGINEERING EXPLAINED: 2017 GMC SIERRA DENALI

We asked Jason Fenske, the engineer behind popular YouTube channel “Engineering Explained,” to walk through the 2017 Sierra Denali HD in order to help illustrate what features help set it apart from any other heavy-duty pickup on the market.

The capability of a true professional-grade heavy-duty pickup isn’t strictly limited to hauling heavy payloads or pulling large trailers. In the case of the new 2017 GMC Sierra Denali HD, it’s about pairing such immense capability with equal amounts of styling and interior refinement.

We asked Jason Fenske, the engineer behind popular YouTube channel “Engineering Explained,” to walk through 2017 Sierra Denali HD in order to help illustrate what features help set it apart from any other heavy-duty pickup on the market.

 

EXTERIOR
Sierra Denali HD’s bold, muscular exterior clearly communicates the power and strength that lie beneath the sheetmetal, but in traditional GMC fashion, the details make the difference. On Sierra HD Denali, those details include a bold, distinctive Denali signature grille, which is flanked by projector headlamps with C-shaped LED signature lighting.

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HOOD SCOOP
Although it plays a part in Sierra HD’s bold styling, the hood scoop found on diesel-equipped Sierra Denali HDmodels is more than mere form – it’s incredibly functional. In fact, it’s a key piece in the advanced induction system coupled to the new, available LQ5 Duramax Diesel 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8, which produces 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft.

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TRAILERING AND HAULING
If you’re planning pulling a large trailer, the Sierra Denali HD is more than ready. In addition to a standard Class V receiver hitch and integrated trailer brake controller, the Sierra Denali HD is also available with a 5th Wheel/ Gooseneck Prep Package, which seamlessly incorporates the hitch platform hardware underneath the pickup box.


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CAMERAS
Seeing is everything – especially when it comes time to maneuver into a tight parking spot or perfectly position a large trailer. From available factory-installed front- and rear-facing cameras to the available dealer-installed accessory Echo Master Trailering Camera System, the Sierra HD helps give you a new perspective.

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INTERIOR
Sierra Denali HD has an interior as equally impressive as its powertrain and capability. Premium materials, like real, brushed aluminum trim, soft-touch dash trim with contrasting accent stitching, perforated leather-appointed seating, and other unique touches easily set Denali apart from other trucks. Those upscale appointments are paired with advanced technology, including a configurable 8-inch Driver Information Center within the gauge cluster, and an 8-inch diagonal IntelliLink infotainment system1, complete with navigation2, Bluetooth3, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatability4.

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