We often see and hear a lot of hype about new vehicles before they start to appear on the roads of Yellowknife and elsewhere, but many fail to live up to that hype. However, it’s hard to believe that could happen with the all-new 2024 GMC Sierra EV, especially when you dig below the surface and check out the detail. If you have doubts about electric powertrains being the future for full-size pickup trucks, the all-new Sierra EV will put them to rest.
Even at first glance, you know there’s something different about the 2024 GMC Sierra, but it’s not entirely obvious what it is. The real giveaway is the lack of a mesh grille at the front, which clearly shows that Sierra doesn’t have an internal combustion engine that needs cooling under its hood. The aesthetic is different, but not enough to scare the horses. The Sierra EV looks like a modern take on the traditional full-size truck format, rather than something quirky or odd. An LED backlight surround and backlit GMC logo on Denali Edition 1 models are employed where a grille would typically reside, giving this fabulous new truck some serious presence.
The interior goes down a similar route with a smart, clean, premium, modern, and stylish look throughout the spacious and airy cabin. The dash is relatively minimalist but undeniably dominated by Sierra’s largest-ever infotainment touchscreen in the middle, which serves as the nerve centre for many of the Sierra EV’s onboard systems and complements the thoroughly contemporary digital display cluster for the driver.
Pickup trucks are not the most subtle of vehicles, so you could be forgiven for thinking that swapping internal combustion engines for an all-electric powertrain could result in certain negative compromises. It’s apparent that’s not the case with the all-new 2024 GMC Sierra EV. Rather than being a novelty that you find yourself making excuses for, in many ways, the Sierra EV is an improvement on what we’re used to. The new truck is built on GM’s Ultium electric platform and features a 200-kWh battery pack that GM estimates will deliver a driving range of around 640 km on a full charge.
The dual-motor electric powertrain and e4WD system of the 2024 Sierra EV produces a very substantial 754 horsepower and 785 lb.-ft. of torque. In terms of capability, all that power delivers a maximum tow rating of 4,039 kg and a maximum payload of up to 589 kg.
The electric powertrain is a strong illustration of the cutting-edge technology the 2024 GMC Sierra EV has to offer, but there’s plenty more. How about the onboard Power Station Pro feature, which converts the truck into a flexible mobile power source capable of providing up to 10.2kW of off-board power for all sorts of applications? And then there’s the 800 Volt DC Public Fast Charging capability at up to 350kW, which allows you to add 160 km of range to the battery in as little as 10 minutes.
Other notable features include the five customizable drive modes, including a Max Power mode that lets you get from 0-100 kph in around 4.7 seconds, Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, Regen on Demand Braking, One-Pedal Driving, 4-Wheel Steer with CrabWalk, and the GMC-first MultiPro Midgate. The MultiPro Midgate is an expandable bed that provides extra room for hauling lengthy items but still leaves room to accommodate a rear-seat passenger.
The 2024 GMC Sierra EV is an exciting new model that could change how we think about full-size pickup trucks forever. Numbers will be limited, however, and demand will be extremely high. To avoid joining a lengthy waiting list, get ahead of the game by reserving your 2024 GMC Sierra EV with Yellowknife Motors at 360 Old Airport Rd, Yellowknife, NWT, today, or call us at 867-766-5000 for more information and to register your interest.