2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Guide

The Denali HD has always been a status symbol amongst truck owners. It’s been the pinnacle of GMC trims for years, boasting the most luxury and high-end features of any GM truck, or any truck for that matter. Despite the Denali’s long reign as the top trim option, 2024 marks the beginning of a new dynasty. The Denali HD is knocked off its pedestal and replaced by the new 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD Denali Ultimate.

The 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD Pickup trucks just reached a new level of luxury and grandeur with the introduction of the all new Denali Ultimate trim package. The Denali Ultimate trim level features a myriad of unique interior and exterior features that outshine even the prestigious Denali trim. They also offer numerous technology upgrades as standard features, many of which are paid upgrades on other trim levels. In this post, our 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD Denali Ultimate Guide, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about the most luxurious truck GM has to offer.

2024 GMC SIERRA 2500HD Denali Ultimate

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD & 3500HD Denali Ultimate Highlights

The 2024 GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate is the perfect truck for consumers seeking all the bells and whistles. It delivers maximum comfort and an unparalleled driving experience. This is largely due to its impressive interior featuring an upgraded entertainment center and countless technology upgrades that make it easier and more comfortable to drive, no matter what the situation you find yourself in. An enhanced exterior also contains numerous separating attributes, making it easy to distinguish this model against its fellow, less luxurious GMC trims. GMC Sierra HD trucks with the Denali Ultimate trim also come standard with GM’s most capable Diesel engine to date, the L5P Duramax V8 Diesel engine.

GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD Denali Ultimate Highlights (interior)

Highlight #1: An Interior to be Proud Of

The new Denali Ultimate features a Alpine Umber interior that is appropriate for an ultra-luxury model.

Highlight #2: An Exterior that Stands Out

The Denali Ultimate has a number of exterior features that separate this model from other, less luxurious trims.

2024 L5P Duramax Diesel V8 Engine

Highlight #3: Standard High Capabilities

Denali Ultimate HD trucks feature a standard powertrain upgrade, receiving the powerful 6.6L V8 L5P Duramax Diesel engine. This is GM’s premier powertrain and the perfect engine for those seeking a capable towing machine.

2024 GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate Performance

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickup trucks equipped with the Denali Ultimate trim are the only truck in GMC’s lineup that come standard with the 6.6L L5P Duramax Diesel engine, producing 470 horsepower and 975 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to the latest 10-Speed iteration of the Allison Automatic Transmission. This combination provides a smooth and comfortable ride whether you’re driving loaded or unloaded. It’s only fitting that the most premium trim level GMC has the most premium powertrain pairing that they have as well.

2023 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Towing a Trailer
Picture taken from the GMC Media Website.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Towing Specs

Improvements made to both the powertrain and the vehicle itself help increase some of the 2024 GMC HD trucks’ tow capacities compared to last years models. For example, the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab model now has a max conventional tow capacity of 20,000 lbs, an improvement of 1,500 lbs compared to last years model. Max gooseneck/fifth-wheel tow capacity also improved for Crew Cab 2500HD models to 21,900 lbs. Of course, these numbers are the max available numbers when the vehicle is chosen with the Max Tow Package, 2WD, and likely a more basic trim package.

The Denali Ultimate trim package includes a standard crew cab configuration, 4WD drivetrain, and the 6.6L L5P Duramax Diesel engine. This means on a 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate, you will have at best a max conventional tow capacity of 20,000 lbs, a max gooseneck/fifth-wheel tow capacity of 21,600 lbs, and a maximum payload of 3,576 lbs.

It’s important to recognize that these are max towing figures. Your actual max tow capacity or payload capacity could vary. Check your owner’s manual for more information.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Interior

When viewing the Interior of the Denali Ultimate trim, one thought comes to mind, “attention to detail”. It’s immediately apparent that GM’s design team dedicated significant effort and time to develop an incredible final product.

2024 GMC SIERRA 2500HD DENALI ULTIMATE INTERIOR

More Luxurious Cabin Designed with Premium Materials

Compared to the previous pinnacle luxury model, the 2023 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali, or even this year’s 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali, the Denali Ultimate brings GMC trucks to an entirely new level of luxury and grandness. Unique to the Denali Ultimate, it contains an exclusive Alpine Umber interior. Full-grain leather, a natural leather that’s often considered the highest quality leather, is used throughout the cabin. It’s used in the seats, door panels, and the center console. Open-pore Paldao wood is found on much of the interior trim, some of which is engraved with topographical map patterns of Mt. Denali’s Summit.

The full-grain front and rear seats, along with the center console lid, are adorned with the prestigious Denali Ultimate badge. Front passengers benefit from new 16-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats. The truck’s door panels also feature full-grain leather paired with etched stainless-steel speakers. A premium Microsuede is found on the headliner, visors, and A- and B- pillar trim. Even the pillar trim handles are wrapped with leader.

A Display That Finally Competes

A major frustration point for consumers with GM’s heavy duty trucks over the past few years has been their disappointing center display and gauge display when compared to competitors’ trucks. They offered a significantly smaller screen size, only 8″ diagonally, and a very basic design. When compared to the Ram HD or Ford Superduty 12” Center Displays with highly intuitive gauge clusters, to say GM was lacking would be an understatement.

That all changes for GM’s 2024 Heavy Duty trucks. The 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate trucks, along with other trims, will now feature a 13.4” infotainment touchscreen, breaking the tie between Ford and Ram and effectively taking the crown for largest center display. It also features the coveted “split-screen” capability, allowing you to control two separate things at the same time.

In addition to a massive center display screen, a 12.3” digital instrument cluster, offering greater insight into vehicle operation is also added. A multi-color 15” head-up display is also standard on Denali Ultimate models and allows you to keep your eyes upwards and on the road.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Gauge Cluster and Center Display Screen
GMC Trucks received a much needed interior overhaul. New 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD trucks have an available 13.4″ center display, 12.3″ digital instrument cluster, and a 15″ head-up display.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Interior Highlights

Attention to Detail is Evident

Throughout the cabin of Denali Ultimate GMC trucks you will find custom engraved topographical maps of Mt. Denali, the highest point in North America, and one of the world’s tallest mountain peaks.

Open-pore Paldao Wood etched with Topographical maps of Mt. Denali found in the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate
Denali Ultimate Badges on Interior Seating

Premium Materials and Badges to Prove it

Premium materials are used throughout the cabin of Denali Ultimate trim trucks. Full-grain leather, widely considered the best quality leather, is used throughout the cabin along with open-paldao wood trim. Denali Ultimate models are uniquely branded with badges like those pictured here.

2024 GMC Sierra GMC 2500HD Denali Ultimate Exterior

Just like other aspects of the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD Denali Ultimate, the exterior features unique characteristics that draw a distinction from other GMC Sierra HD trims. Denali Ultimate GMC Sierra HD trucks sport a signature Denali front grille, lower Skid plate, and GMC badging in an exclusive Vader Chrome. Redesigned LED projector headlamps offer better visibility, a sharper appearance and feature signature lighting with animated sequences. Denali Ultimate models also have unique fender badges featuring topography of Mount Denali, an attribute shared with the interior trim.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Exterior

Other exciting external characteristics of the Denali Ultimate trim include power-retractable Assist Steps with LED perimeter lighting and bright accents. GMC’s Multipro tailgate also contains a standard Kicker Audio System included.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Exterior Color Options

The GMC Sierra HD pickup truck, when purchased with the Denali Ultimate trim, is available in 7 different exterior colors. The standard color is Summit White. Every other color requires an upgrade. Onyx Black, Sterling Metallic, Downpour Metallic, Redwood Metallic, and Titanium Rush Metallic all come at an upcharge of $495.00. White Frost TriCoat is a $1,095.00 upgrade.

GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate Exterior Highlights

GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate MultiPro Tailagate with Kicker AUdio sound SYstem

Six-Way Multi Pro Tailgate with Kicker Audio System

GMC one-upped themselves with their new six-way MultiPro Tailgate. Denali Ultimate models will now feature a standard Kicker Audio system within their MultiPro tailgate. It’s a must have for tailgaters and campers alike.

The Introduction of Vader Chrome

In contrast to the bright Chrome found on the Denali HD, the Denali Ultimate features a darker Vader Chrome.

Vader Chrome Grille 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate
Denali Ultimate Headlights

Upgraded Headlights

Front LED headlights with a large LED strip provide impressive visibility at night and better aesthetics than standard halogen headlights with reflective housings. These headlights also feature animated sequences.

What’s Missing? What Features does the GMC Sierra 2500HD Not Have?

With all of the features the new 2024 GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate contains, it’s hard to ask for more. That being said, there is always room for improvement. Here are a couple of features we would love to see be added in future models.

Features We’d Take From the Ford Superduty

One of my favorite features on my personal truck, a 2022 Ford Superduty Lariat, is the panoramic, twin-panel moonroof. When you have kids, especially one who’s fascinated with airplanes, its a great occupier and distraction. It also gives your truck an open, almost convertible feel and makes the space feel bigger inside the cabin. It’s the truck equivalent of an open floor-plan in a new home.

Another characteristic I’d take from Ford is an upgraded powertrain offering. While the Denali Ultimate comes with a standard L5P Duramax Diesel engine, it’s still the same Diesel engine that you can get in the base Pro trim. In contrast, the new 2023 Ford Superduty Limited features an upgraded High-Output 6.7L Powerstroke V8 Diesel Engine that offers 25 more horsepower and 150 lb-ft more torque than the base 6.7L Powerstroke V8 Diesel engine. It’s a further differentiator between trim levels. When you’re paying for the top trim, you expect it to be substantially different than the models below it, especially when it boasts a name like the “Denali Ultimate”.

Features We’d Take from The Ram HD

The last feature we’d like to see added is an air suspension. The 2023 RAM HD offers an impressive auto-leveling air suspension that automatically levels the truck according to the load connected. This provides an outstanding feel and level of comfort when towing. It doesn’t just make the ride more comfortable when towing however. Heavy Duty trucks are notoriously stiff, especially when you get heavy duty suspensions on trucks like the 3500HD models with heavy duty rear leaf springs. The air suspension also provides an improved feel when driving unloaded.

For truck owners that don’t require a heavy duty towing machine, Ram HD trucks also offer a coil spring rear suspension. While it doesn’t give you the same towing capacity, it makes for a less stiff rear end and a more comfortable ride.

When you’re paying for the top trim, comfort is obviously a serious motivator and area of importance for you. You’re likely going to be spending a lot of time in your truck. For that reason, we feel like an upgraded suspension such as an air suspension would be a serious improvement and sought-after feature that could make the Denali Ultimate even better.

Overall Thoughts on the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate

Without a doubt, the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate is by far the most impressive GM heavy-duty truck to date. It’s a truck that makes a statement and shares more in common with a luxury BMW or Mercedes car than most other heavy-duty trucks.

GMC trucks in the Denali Ultimate trim boast an impressive array of features that give the driver more connectivity and confidence to handle any driving situation. They have an ultra-luxurious interior made up of premium materials and astounding finishing touches that really display the level of thought and attention to detail that was put into these trucks. A matching impressive and imposing exterior also offers that “wow” factor every truck owner looks for. It does it all stock too! I can’t even imagine how good these trucks will look after a couple of aftermarket upgrades like a suspension lift or larger tires are added.

Overall, the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate overshadows the Denali HD by a significant margin. If you’re in the market for a GM truck, the Denali Ultimate should definitely be on your radar.

How to Buy the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate

GMC Sierra HD trucks in the Denali Ultimate trim are available for order in the first quarter of 2024. They should be hitting dealerships throughout the United States in Quarter 2 or Quarter 3. MSRP for a GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate truck starts at $93,795.00.

To customize or build the perfect GMC HD truck with the Denali Ultimate trim, or any other GMC HD truck like the brand new 2024 GMC Sierra HD AT4X, visit GMC’s website below. You can spec out your ideal truck and browse the large variety of options and packages that are available.

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD & 3500HD Denali Ultimate FAQs

How much does the 2024 GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate Cost?

Pricing on the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate starts at $93,795. 2024 GMC Sierra 3500HD DRW pricing starts at $100,695.

When will the 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate be released?

The 2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali Ultimate now available for ordering and purchase. It became available in Early 2023.

What Colors is the 2024 GMC Sierra HD Denali Ultimate available in?

The 2024 GMC HD Denali Ultimate is available in Summit White, Onyx Black, Sterling Metallic, Downpour Metallic, Redwood Metallic, Titanium Rush Metallic, and White Frost TriCoat.

What is the Denali Ultimate Package?

The Denali Ultimate trim package is the newest and highest trim package available on the GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500HD, and Sierra 3500HD trucks. It offers more features and luxury options than any other GM truck available, even compared to the Denali model.

What is the difference between the Denali and the Denali Ultimate?

The Denali and the Denali Ultimate are two separate trim levels available on GMC trucks. While the GMC Denali has been available on GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500HD, and Sierra 3500HD trucks for many years now, the Denali Ultimate is the new top trim in GMC pickup trucks. It comes with more features, luxury options, and contains more premium materials than any other GMC trim. It also comes with a higher price tag.

What standard features do you get with the Denali Ultimate trim?

– Standard 6.6L L5P Duramax V8 Diesel Engine
– Upgraded Interior featuring full-grain leather and open-paldao wood
– Enhanced Exterior Featuring a unique Denali Grille and Vader Chrome Trim
– 16-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats
– 12-speaker Bose Premium series Sound System featuring Centerpoint surround technology
– Rear Camera Mirror
– 15″ Head-Up Display, 13.4″ Center Entertainment Display and 12.3″ Digital instrument cluster
– Power Sunroof
– Six-way MultiPro Tailgate containing a Kicker audio system
– Power assist steps

SOURCES:

  • The Ultimate Heavy Duty: GMC Introduces its Most Luxurious, Advanced and Capable Sierra HD Ever. (n.d.). media.gm.com. https://media.gmc.com/media/us/en/gmc/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2022/oct/1006-sierra.html
  • Model Overview | 2024 GMC Sierra HD | Full-Size Pickup Truck. (n.d.). https://www.gmc.com/trucks/sierra/2500hd-3500hd

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