Fully-loaded GMC Sierra electric pickup truck will lock horns with the F-150 Lightning

After GM announced the Chevrolet Silverado electric in April 2021, it was only a matter of time before an equivalent GMC electric pickup came into focus. On December 15, 2021, the company introduced a GMC Sierra electric, revealing its plan to launch a budget electric pickup.

Design

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GM has released a teaser of the GMC Sierra electric that partially reveals the front-end. The company has said that the model is in GMC’s premium Denali trim. The company has opted for an attention-grabbing design but with a clean and minimalist theme. The clean styling on this EV is nothing new to the world of electric vehicles, but it is new territory for GMC Denali models.

The GMC Sierra electric pickup truck features a bold headlight design, a smooth, closed surface in place of a traditional radiator grille, and a pronounced power bulge in the center of the hood. The faux upper grille and GMC logo have illumination on them, but we are most likely looking at a concept model, and the production version might have a toned-down design.

GMC Sierra Electric Denali front fascia teaser
The GMC Sierra EV should feature a unique front-end that is cleaner and more aerodynamic than that of the gasoline model. Image Source: GM

We expect the interior to have considerable changes compared to the gas-powered truck. The electric variant of the truck should have a highly digital cabin with a fully digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system. It will measure larger (diagonally) than the gas-powered truck’s 8-inch display.

Platform

The GMC Sierra electric will use the Ultium platform and should come in retail and fleet versions. Expect multiple technical configurations with different battery packs capacities and power and torque outputs. The battery packs should have an operating voltage of around 400 V. The total energy contained in the largest battery pack should be well over 100 kWh, enabling a GM-estimated range of 400+ miles. Expect 200 kW to be the maximum charging power for fast charging.

Release Date

GM will likely unveil the first GMC Sierra electric at the Consumer Electronics Show that will take place from January 3-8, 2022. The company will retail it only in the the Denali trim.

GM plans to manufacture the Silverado electric at the Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan next year. GMC is expected to make the electric version of the Sierra alongside the Silverado-e. This would be the second GMC electric pickup after the Hummer EV.

GMC’s Ford F-150 Lightning rival could go on sale in spring 2023, a few weeks after the Silverado electric is at dealer showrooms.

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