GMC Sierra Denali 1500 crowned Canada’s Truck King

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The 2019 GMC Sierra Denali.

The new GMC Sierra Denali 1500 has been named Canada’s Truck King for 2019.

The 12th annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, held in Kawartha Lakes in October, invited five judges to test six half-ton pickup trucks.

To test the trucks, judges tow identical 3,175 kg trailers, load 453 kg of payload into the bed, as well as drive the trucks off-road and empty.

Each truck is then rated on a variety of factors, including appearance, occupant environment, noise/vibration/harshness, performance, vehicle dynamics and personal subjective value.

Throughout the two-day Canadian Truck King Challenge, each judge covers more than 800 km in the six trucks, totalling more than 4,000 km of cumulative test driving in various conditions.

Truck ranking

  1. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 (Score: 80)
  2. 2019 RAM 1500 (Score: 78.8)
  3. 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (Score: 77.3)
  4. 2018 Ford F:150 (Score: 73.3)
  5. 2018 Nissan Titan 1500 (Score: 71.3)
  6. 2019 Toyota Tundra (Score: 71)

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Truck King judges noted two unique features included in the design of the 2019 GMC Sierra.

First, is the MultiPro tailgate, which features six functions and positions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the box.

As well, the GMC Sierra is equipped with the CarbonPro, an industry-first carbon-fibre pickup box. The CarbonPro was developed to increase durability, efficiency and functionality while offering best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.

The truck is also outfitted with the ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App that offers a connected comprehensive suite of trailering.

“GMC ignited the premium truck segment 17 years ago with the original launch of the Sierra Denali,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “The next generation 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark in capability and refinement. It exemplifies precision in every detail.”

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The GMC Sierra is equipped with new versions of the 6.2 litre and 5.3 litre V8 engines as well as  an all-new 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine.

The 5.3 litre and 6.2 litre engines feature stop/start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that allows the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

The 6.2 litre and 3.0 litre engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Furthermore, the GMC Sierra features an Adaptive Ride Control suspension system designed to provide with exceptional responsiveness. It employs sensors to monitor road conditions and chassis responses in real time, enabling adjustments to active dampers every 2 milliseconds.