We've just heard from our connections that the next-generation GMC Sierra Denali has been spotted out and about. Here is what they had to say about it:
We caught a prototype of the next GMC Sierra Denali in the middle of a test convoy full of the next-generation 2014 GM trucks. Amid the trucks, two of the prototypes were still wearing some front-end camouflage — and behind that camouflage was a new grille treatment that looks consistent with Sierra's top-end Denali trim.
These shots make us think the Denali will continue into the next-generation Sierra, offering a level of luxury perhaps even more important to GM buyers now that the Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup is going away. Until GM confirms a future pickup truck for the Cadillac modelrange, this Denali will likely be the most luxurious truck offered throughout the GM brands.
The front grille shows an opening devoid of horizontal slats and made entirely of perforated, billet-style design patterns. The grille looks like it's done in a matte finish on this prototype, but we expect something fully chromed in its final, showroom trim.
The Denali's interior will likely improve on the materials used in standard GMC Sierras. Besides different badging, we expect all of the exterior visual changes to be found on the front fascia. The Denali prototype in our photos was clearly utilizing Rancho shocks, adding something a bit more than showy chrome and leather to the Denali's option sheet.
While we haven't heard any specifics on the official debut of the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali, the 2012 New York International Auto Show hosted the debut of the GMC Terrain Denali, so we wouldn't be surprised to see this Sierra Denali hit the 2013 New York auto show in a couple weeks.
No doubt there will be more news about the expanding GMC lineup as we get closer to our chance to get behind the wheel of the new trucks later this summer. Stay tuned.