Reservation slots for the 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 are gone. As is the case with just about every vehicle that can be reserved, regardless of cost, there weren’t enough slots to satisfy the initial rush. Carscoops noticed the situation first, getting confirmation from GMC that the only avenue remaining for now is to get on a waitlist. GMC’s page for the Sierra EV affirms the same, declaring “Reservations are currently full” for the Denali Edition 1. Doing so meant putting down a $100 refundable deposit, a nominal sum that anyone could back out of, but we know by now that market conditions mean between reservation holders and the waitlist there are plenty who will conclude the transaction. Duncan Aldred, head of GMC and Buick, said so himself, telling Automotive News“It’s pretty amazing. A few years ago, when we were planning Hummer, the amount of vehicles sold over $100,000 in the entire industry was not that many. Now, that has radically changed in the last three years. There’s been a rapid increase in vehicle prices and there’s been an even quicker rise at the top end. We expect to sell out really quite quickly.”
The Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 comes loaded with quilted seats, real wood trim, Super Cruise, and two motors making a combined 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque, and starts at $108,695. We don’t have a number to put to the phrase “sell out,” though. As GM did with the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Silverado EV, reps wouldn’t divulge production caps. Aldred did admit that the reservation number is below 10,000.
Two more Sierra EV trims are coming, but they’re not due until 2025. That starts with the base Elevation trim bringing an MSRP around $50,000. Note, that MSRP is the prediction now. Three years is a long way away. When reservations open to the public for the standard Sierra EV Denali expected in 2024 and the following thanks, GMC plans to keep a tight lid on the pot. Remember, with the Hummer EV, GMC took so many reservations that current production rates mean the automaker won’t clear the list for years. Production rates will climb, certainly. However, GM builds the pickups and its Cruise Origin delivery vehicle at its Factory Zero, and there are already 110,000 Silverado EV reservations alone to get through. Aldred told AN that to prevent a repeat with the Sierra EV, “We’ll invite our Denali owners to a private [showing] and to reserve one, and then open it up to public reservations up to a limited number.”