We’re seeing a lot of new trucks lately, and since we’re fans of this segment, the more the merrier we say. And, we’ve been feeling very merry ever since laying our eyes on the updated Sierra Denali 2500HD because it looks awesome – even though this is one of the mildest refreshes we’ve ever seen.

The most eye-catching feature of the new premium heavy-duty truck is the bonnet which now gets a functional scoop. And that really is about it for the exterior which looks unchanged to the 2016 model. No, it doesn’t take much to please us… The Denali trim features a massive grille and projector beam headlights (with LED daytime running lights) while the wheels, side steps and everything else seems to be a carryover. The “bold hood design hints at what lies beneath,” GMC says. That means there’s a new engine to get excited about; the 2500HD has two options one of which is the tired yet still tough 6.0-litre V8 that produces 360 horsepower at 5,400rpm. The other is a 6.6-litre V8 Duramax turbodiesel good for 397 horses and judging by the Duramax turbodiesel badges on the revised truck, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that it might be getting a new and more potent turbodiesel (mated to an Allison automatic transmission) but we’ll have to wait and see.

There’s no news yet on the interior but we reckon that it will probably be similar to the previous model too since it was already significantly updated last year but regardless, the newbie should close the gap a little on its competitors such as the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Ram 2500.