From job-ready Work Truck models to the unique combination of performance and luxury that is the Sierra Denali, the GMC Sierra lineup is one of the broadest in the industry. Powerful Vortec-based powertrains, backed by fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmissions, help Sierra models deliver among the industry’s best fuel economy and performance – all with responsive ride and handling traits, and an exceptionally quiet driving experience.
A special Sierra XFE crew cab model is EPA-rated at 22 mpg on the highway. The Sierra Hybrid model returns for 2011, too, offering a 25-percent improvement in overall fuel economy, along with Sierra’s traditional capabilities – including a 6,200-pound (2,812 kg) towing capacity. Please see the separate Sierra Hybrid release for complete details and specifications.
For 2011, changes to the Sierra lineup are include a new Gray Green Metallic exterior color, OnStar 9.0 and enhancements that reduce wind noise.
Sierra 1500 is available in several trim packages, including Work Truck, SL (crew cab only), SLE and SLT, along with 2WD and 4WD configurations. Three cab styles – regular, extended and crew cab – and three cargo box lengths – 5 foot 8 inches, 6 foot 6 inches and 8 foot – are offered. All models except the Work Truck model come with a distinctive chrome hood molding.
Standard equipment on the uplevel SLT models includes heavy-duty cooling; automatic locking rear differential; heavy-duty trailering package; 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels; remote vehicle starting system; and Bluetooth connectivity for phones. SLT models also come with a chrome front bumper with a body-color top cap.
Sierra All-Terrain returns for 2011. This unique model is based on the popular Z71 Off Road package and offers a distinctive, eye-catching combination of style and refinement. It is outfitted with special shocks, unique four-bar grille, exclusive leather-appointed interior, 18-inch chrome wheels and more (see Sierra All-Terrain section below).
The Sierra Denali also returns. It’s a truck that fuses performance and unmatched luxury, with features that elevate its performance and design – including a 6.2L all-aluminum V-8 engine with E85 FlexFuel capability, variable valve timing and a six-speed automatic transmission.
A family of 17-, 18- and 20-inch factory-installed wheels and tires is available throughout the Sierra range. Bright-finish 22-inch wheels are available as a dealer-installed option.
Spacious, refined interior
Sierra models are spacious with generous storage space. Sierra Work Truck and SLE come with a “pure pickup” interior that features larger controls, and door handles that are easy to use with gloves. SLE models are equipped with a standard 40/20/40-split front bench seat that features a fold-down armrest and storage compartment.
A large-capacity “double” glove box is integrated into the instrument panel on Work Truck and SLE models. Cloth seats are standard on SLE models and available on Work Trucks; leather seating is available on SLE models. Work Truck models are offered in a Dark Titanium interior color; SLE models are offered in an all-Ebony interior color, or Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Ebony/Light Cashmere combinations.
SLT models feature a luxury-inspired interior with unique instrument panel, door panels, larger-capacity center console and other distinct trim. A heated, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather seating surfaces and Bose speaker system are standard. Crew cab SLT models add a rear-seat audio system. SLT interior color schemes include all-Ebony, Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere combinations.
A stadium-style rear seat with a 60/40-split design is standard on crew cab models and available on extended cab models. It can be easily folded up to provide an uninterrupted load floor. Alternatively, either section of the split seat can be stowed independently, allowing room for both cargo and a rear-seat passenger. Entry to the rear seat/storage area of extended cab models is easy with rear access doors that open 170 degrees.
A variety of useful convenience items are available on SLE and SLT models, including a touch-screen navigation radio, power-operated sunroof, power-sliding rear window and XM Satellite Radio. A rear-seat entertainment system is available on crew cab SLE and SLT models, and all models are available with a variety of radio systems. XM Satellite Radio is standard on all models.
Responsive driving experience
Sierra models’ stability and driving confidence come from a boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Five suspension systems are available, each tailored to suit specific driving requirements. They include:
Z83 – Delivers a solid, smooth ride with 35mm-piston, twin-tube shocks and a 32mm front stabilizer bar
Z85 – Designed for enhanced handling and trailer towing, with 46mm-piston, monotube shocks and a 34mm front stabilizer bar
Z71 – Delivers enhanced off-road capability; features 46mm shocks, off-road jounce bumpers and a 34mm front stabilizer bar; the package also includes a skid plate, heavy-duty air cleaner and Z71 decals on the rear fenders
Z60 – Designed for maximum street performance and offered with 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and monotube shocks
NHT – Designed for maximum towing capacity.
GM’s sophisticated StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps mitigate the occurrence of rollover events; it is standard on all models except with the 4.3L V-6 – and is a segment exclusive. Partnered with an improved, high-capacity brake system and four-channel, four-sensor electronic brake controls, the system provides more precise, controlled ABS stops, as well as enhanced traction/yaw stability.
An integrated trailer brake controller is available on regular cab, extended cab and crew cab models. It is integrated with the ABS system, and provides immediate and measured brake force signaling to the electric-controlled trailer brake system. There is no requirement for external and/or aftermarket brake control systems. The brake controller switch is conveniently mounted on the lower-left section of the instrument panel.
Advanced technologies such as Active Fuel Management (AFM) and variable valve timing (VVT) help the Sierra lineup deliver a great balance of performance and fuel efficiency. FlexFuel engines are available – and partnered with fuel-saving AFM – giving customers the choice of powering their truck with E85 ethanol, gasoline or a combination of both fuels. Engine availability includes:
4.3L V-6 (LU3), rated at 195 hp (145 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (353 Nm)
4.8L V-8 (L20), with iron block; rated at 302 hp (225 kW) and 305 lb.-ft. of torque (414 Nm)*
5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LMG), E85-capable with iron block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (455 Nm)*
5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LC9), E85-capable with aluminum block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 338 lb.-ft. of torque (458 Nm)*
6.2L V-8 (L9H), E85 FlexFuel-capable with aluminum block and variable valve timing, rated at 403 hp (300 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm)*. This engine is standard on Sierra Denali and available on SLT crew cab and extended cab models (including All-Terrain).
The engines are backed by proven Hydra-Matic electronically controlled automatic transmissions, including the 4L60 four-speed automatic and the fuel-saving 6L80 six-speed. The six-speed is standard on models equipped with the 5.3L and 6.2L engines.
Sierra delivers a perimeter of safety protection, starting with a strong frame and body structure. Technology features that support and enhance safety include StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, seat-mounted side air bags, head curtain side air bags and safety belt pretensioners that activate during a rear-end crash. The seat-mounted side air bags and head curtain side air bags are standard on all models.
All retail models come standard with the new OnStar 9.0 system, with a one-year service plan that includes Automatic Crash Response and Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
Sierra Denali details
The Sierra Denali is offered in 2WD and AWD configurations. It is powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine, rated at 403 horsepower (301 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm).* The engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. Also, the 6L80 has a “tap up/tap down” capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the column shifter.
Sierra Denali also features a 9.5-inch rear axle (2WD) or 8.6-inch rear axle (AWD) with 3.42 gears and a locking rear differential. The specially tuned Z60 suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak, skid plates and tow hooks are standard. Eighteen-inch polished aluminum wheels are standard, and unique 20-inch factory-installed chrome-finish aluminum wheels are available. The wheel designs are not shared with other Sierra models.
An iconic, Denali-specific chrome grille makes the truck instantly recognizable. Additional chrome trim and body-color bumpers further distinguish it. Sierra Denali also offers a unique combination of interior style and luxury, including standard nuance leather-covered front and rear seats, with heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, as well as leather trim throughout. A Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel, which features wood grain accents and a host of auxiliary controls, is standard.
Denali models also feature a unique center console, enhanced interior bright work and detailed, highly finished embossed sill plates that greet passengers when they open any of the Sierra Denali’s doors. The unique center console has wood grain trim that conceals the lid and cupholder pockets, creating a more finished and refined appearance. In addition to a full complement of standard amenities, Sierra Denali offers such exclusive features as an available heated steering wheel and heated/cooled seats. Interior colors include all-Ebony and an exclusive Cocoa/Light Cashmere combination.
Standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, rollover-capable head curtain air bags, power-adjustable pedals, electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers, remote starting system, EZ Lift Tailgate and Ultrasonic rear parking assist. From an entertainment standpoint, Sierra Denali comes standard with an AM/FM MP3-capable radio with a six-disc in-dash CD changer, Bose premium speaker sound system, rear-seat audio and XM Satellite Radio.
Optional features include a rearview camera system, XM Satellite Radio NavTraffic feature, power-sliding rear window, navigation radio system, power sunroof and a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system.
The Sierra All-Terrain builds on the dynamic Z71 Off-Road package with a roster of stylish, refined and capable features that combine to create a unique truck that’s ready for anything. The All-Terrain is available on extended cab standard box and crew cab models with SLE (with bucket seats) or SLT trim and in either 2WD or 4WD.
Product details include:
Z71 Off-Road package with skid plates, locking rear differential and high-capacity air cleaner
Standard 5.3L V-8
Optional 6.2L V-8 with E85 FlexFuel capability on SLT crew cab models
Heavy-duty trailering package
18-inch chrome aluminum wheels
Unique Rancho Tenneco shocks; white with red letters
Body-color side moldings with chrome accents
Unique four-bar horizontal grille insert with chrome grille surround
“ALL-TERRAIN” badges on the front fendersFull-function outside mirrors in body color
Body-color door handles
Ebony cloth seating
Exclusive two-tone leather seat color combination (SLT only)
Unique instrument cluster with brushed aluminum accents for instrument panel, center console and switch trim plates
Carpeted floor mats with “All-Terrain” logo and unique sill plates.
The best warranty coverage in America.
All 2011 Sierra 1500 and Sierra Denali models come with the best warranty coverage in America: a five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, plus roadside assistance, courtesy transportation and other features that provide assurance that GMC backs its trucks for everything the road offers.
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MSRP: $39,125 – $42,275
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