2024 GMC Sierra EV Hands-On Preview: Yes, It's Not A Simple Badge Job
It’s big, luxurious, electric, and really impressive.
Somewhere in a warehouse in the Metro Detroit area, GMC invited a handful of journalists to take a gander at its forthcoming Sierra EV offering. I was one of those journalists; although we didn’t get to sit in or paw around too much around GMC’s preproduction example, there’s still a lot that can be learned from an up close and personal look at the truck. Here’s our 2024 GMC Sierra EV Hands-On Preview.
Unique Amongst GM’s EV Trucks
For starters, although the GMC Sierra EV is a sister to the Chevy Silverado EV (just like the non-EV Silverado and Sierra relationship), things at least appear to be a bit more diversified than their gas model counterparts. True, some features like the midgate bed passthrough and the Ultium platform bases are common, but there’s quite a bit stylistically different between the two.
The GMC Sierra EV is big, like, so big it almost didn’t fit in the studio that GMC had it in. I’m glad I brought my 15-50mm lens, my trusty 55-200mm lens wouldn’t have enough space to get good shots of the truck. Although big, the Sierra EV isn’t completely massive, like its sister truck, the GMC Hummer EV. The Sierra EV is about as long and tall as the GMC Hummer, at least visually, but it is narrower. GMC representatives insisted that although the two trucks share a brand name and platform, the GMC Hummer EV is more of a “super truck” halo car, whereas the Sierra EV is just an everyday truck.
Ultium Platform Makes Another Appearance
Still, the Silverado EV, GMC Hummer EV, and Sierra EV all use an iteration of GM’s Ultium platform. A GMC representative said that the Ultium platform’s design allowed for a rethinking of body and chassis rigidity. “It is too hard to put a battery between the frame rails without compromising rigidity,” said a GMC representative when asked why the GMC Sierra EV simply isn’t an ICE-powered Sierra with a battery added.
In the front of the truck, a new iteration of the GMC corporate front fascia sits up front. The running DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) are on the main face, but the actual high and low beams are mounted low, in the bumper. In the small crescent shape, a battery charge indicator is there to inform the driver what state of charge the battery is at, just from the outside. Integrated into the rear is another set of state-of-charge indicators.
2024 GMC Sierra EV Hands-On: A Real Truck
GMC representatives told us they didn’t want to create a truck that was a compromise from its gas-powered offerings. Meaning, it still offers the performance, range, and attitude of its traditional offerings. The Sierra EV has a “true truck profile.” From its side view, it definitely looks more buxom compared to the comparatively softer-styled Chevy Silverado EV.
GMC was mum about the specifications of the capacity of its front trunk, but at least visually it seemed like a spacious place to put a lot of knickknacks. The Preproduction’s front trunk wasn’t powered, but the representative assured me that the production model is power operated. Inside the trunk, were two drains, and a 120V plug outlet. Any sort of 240V tool, would need to use the power outlet installed in the bed.
Almost a 6′ Bed
We couldn’t see the rear with the tailgate up, but GMC’s blow-up surfboard was a great illustration of how long the bed is. The official specs say the bed is 5’11” long, but when the midgate is open, expands to effectively a 9’1” capacious bed.SEE ALSO: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST Hands-On Preview: 5 Cool Features of Chevy’s Upcoming Electric Pickup
2024 GMC Sierra EV Hands-On: Upscale Interior
Also, we weren’t allowed to sit in the interior during our 2024 GMC Sierra EV Hands-On preview. But we could pop our heads in for a gander. Inside, the dashboard is markedly different than the Silverado EV, with a big long screen taking up most of the real estate inside. This was a preproduction model, so things may not be 100% finalized, but inside the Sierra EV has a decidedly upscale appearance, that’s a little more utilitarian than the Silverado EV.
The GMC Sierra EV will make its way to dealerships in early 2024 in the Denali Edition One form. By the end of 2024, GMC says the off-road AT4 and Elevation trims will make their way to dealerships. Currently, reservations for the Sierra EV went live the moment the vehicle was revealed on October 20.
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