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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Truck - Overview

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Overview

What Changed for 2009:

  • New 6-speed automatic transmission paired with V-8 engines
  • E85 flex-fuel capability on 6.2-liter V-8 engine (SLT crew cab and Denali)
  • New XFE model offers increased city/highway fuel economy
  • New-design 18- and 20-inch wheels on Sierra 1500
  • Heated/cooled perforated leather seats on Denali
  • OnStar 8.0 with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and new Destination Download
  • Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity for hands-free calling
  • XM satellite radio with new NavTraffic feature
  • Rearview camera system on extended/crew cab models
  • Hybrid gets new exhaust system and resonator
  • New exterior colors
Overview
For 2009, GMC enhances the Sierra lineup with a new 6-speed automatic transmission paired with V-8 engines (except the 4.8-liter V-8 engine), adds a more powerful E85-capable 6.2-liter engine to the SLT crew cab, OnStar 8.0, Bluetooth connectivity and rearview camera system on extended and crew cab, and new 18- and 20-inch aluminum wheels. An XFE model is due in the fourth quarter of 2008, promising 1-mpg greater fuel economy in city/highway driving than non-XFE models. New exterior colors include Midnight Blue Metallic and Carbon Black Metallic on Sierra 1500 and Steel Gray Metallic and Sonoma Red Metallic on Sierra Denali. The Sierra Hybrid model delivers a 25-percent overall fuel-economy improvement plus a 6100-pound towing capacity.

Model Lineup
For 2009, the full-size GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra Denali and Sierra Hybrid pickups offer several trims and combinations to suit consumer needs. The Sierra 1500 is available in Work Truck, XL (crew cab only), SLE and SLT trims, and in 2-wheel drive (2WD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD). There are three cab styles: regular, extended and crew cab, and three cargo box lengths: 68 inches (short), 78 inches (standard) and 96 inches (long). Work Truck and SLE models come in a "pure pickup" interior with larger controls and easier-to-open door handles; standard 40/20/40-split front bench seat with fold-down armrest and storage compartment; and large-capacity "double" glove box integrated into the instrument panel. The SLE has standard cloth seats (available on Work Truck). New SLT standard equipment includes remote vehicle start; Bluetooth connectivity; heavy-duty trailering package; 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels; automatic-locking rear differential; and a 6-speed automatic transmission with heavy-duty cooling. Other SLT standard features include a Bose speaker system; heated windshield washer system; leather seats; and a heated, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat. Crew cab SLT models add a rear-seat audio system and a standard stadium-style rear seat with a 60/40-split design that can be easily folded up for an uninterrupted load floor.

The 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is a distinct model, with performance and luxury features inside and out, including nuance leather-covered front and rear seats; heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats; Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood grain accents; wood grain-trimmed unique center console; EZ Lift tailgate; and a Bose premium speaker sound system. The Denali is offered in five exterior colors and interior colors that include all-Ebony and an exclusive Cocoa/Light Cashmere.

The Sierra All-Terrain model, based on the Z71 Off-Road package, has special Rancho Tenneco shocks with red letters; unique 4-bar grille; "ALL-TERRAIN" badges on the front fenders and carpeted floor mats with "ALL-TERRAIN" logo; exclusive leather interior appointments; 18-inch chrome wheels; heavy-duty trailering; body-color door handles and body-color side moldings with chrome accents; full-function body-color outside mirrors; unique brushed aluminum-accented instrument panel, center console and switch trim plates; Ebony cloth seating; and available two-tone leather seat color combinations (SLT only). The Sierra All-Terrain comes in six exterior colors, including Sonoma Red Metallic, new for 2009.

The Sierra Hybrid is available in a crew cab body style only, in both 2WD and 4WD. Standard equipment includes electronic stability control; locking rear axle; trailering package; 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels; power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with fully-blended regenerative braking control and 4-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS); and traction control. The Sierra Hybrid can tow up to 6100 pounds (in 2WD).

Options on the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 include a power sliding rear window; rearview camera system; touch-screen navigation radio system; power-operated sunroof; XM satellite radio with NavTraffic feature; DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system; integrated trailer brake controller; leather seats; and various equipment packages.

Powertrain
The 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup is powered by a family of Vortec engines featuring advanced technologies such as Active Fuel Management (AFM) cylinder deactivation, variable valve timing (VVT), and flex-fuel (capable of operating on E85, gasoline, or any combination of the two). The engines include a 4.3-liter V-6, rated at 195 hp at 4600 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. of torque at 2800 rpm; 4.8-liter V-8, rated at 295 hp at 5600 rpm and 305 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm; two iron-block 5.3-liter flex-fuel V-8 engines (LMG, LY5) with AFM that are E85-capable, rated at 315 hp at 5200 rpm and 338 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm; two aluminum-block 5.3-liter flex-fuel V-8 engines (LC9, LH6) with AFM and the same horsepower/torque ratings; 6.0-liter V-8 engine with aluminum block and cylinder, AFM and VVT, rated at 367 hp at 5600 rpm and 375 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm (available on SLE and SLT extended and crew cab models with enhanced trailering package); and a 6.2-liter V-8 engine (now available on SLT crew cab models, including All-Terrain) with E85 flex-fuel capability, aluminum block and VVT, rated at 403 hp at 5700 rpm and 417 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm.

EPA-estimated fuel-economy numbers are as follows: in 2WD, the Sierra 1500 with 5.3-liter V-8 engine with 4-speed automatic and 6-speed automatic transmissions gets 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway, while in 4WD, it's 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway (4-speed automatic transmission), and 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (6-speed automatic transmission). The FFV versions of this engine get 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (4-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions) on gasoline in 2WD, and 11 mpg city/15 mpg highway, and 10 mpg city/15 mpg highway (E85, 4- and 6-speed transmissions, respectively). In 4WD, the numbers are 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway (gasoline) and 10 mpg city/14 mpg highway (E85) with the 4-speed automatic, and the 6-speed automatic achieves 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway (gasoline) and 10 mpg city/15 mpg highway (E85). Reportedly, the new XFE model due in the fall of 2008 will get EPA-estimated fuel economy of 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway. The 6.0-liter, non-hybrid engine gets 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway in 2WD, and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway in 4WD. The 6.2-liter FFV engine in 2WD gets 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway (gasoline), and 10 mpg city/14 mpg highway (E85), and in 4WD, the numbers are 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (gasoline) and 9 mpg city/14 mpg highway (E85).

The GMC Sierra Hybrid has the patented GM 2-mode hybrid system with advanced Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT), 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS), 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine with AFM, and late intake valve closing technology. The 6.0-liter Hybrid (2WD) gets 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway, while in 4WD, the numbers are 20 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

GMC Sierra engines are mated to electronically controlled automatic transmissions, including the 4L60 with the 4.3-liter and 4.8-liter engines, and the new, fuel-saving 6L80 6-speed automatic transmission with the 5.3-liter, 6.0-liter and 6.2-liter engines. A maximum trailering package for extended cab models includes: a heavy-duty, 9.5-inch rear axle; locking differential; heavy-duty cooling system; and othe

Available Trims for the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Work Truck 4 speed automatic $19,375 195-hp / 4.3L 6-cyl 15/20
SLE 4 speed automatic $26,905 295-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 14/19
SL 4 speed automatic $28,020 295-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 14/19
Xtra Fuel Economy 6 speed automatic $33,275 315-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 14/20
SLT 4 speed automatic $34,860 315-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 14/20
Denali 6 speed automatic $40,870 403-hp / 6.2L 8-cyl 13/19

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