Since we’ve already seen the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado it was only a matter of time before the GMC Sierra was also unveiled officially – and now the cat is finally out of the carbon fiber bag.
General Motors is certainly looking to bring new “weapons” into the pickup war that’s been going on for decades in America – the Chevrolet Silverado arrived at NAIAS in January with a massive weight reduction, enhanced dimensions and a very functional bed. Oh yes, and the first diesel option for the series. Now the GMC Sierra is joining the party, and the sibling is playing the geeky-techy brother part, arriving with a raft of cutting-edge technologies, such as the industry-first optional carbon fiber bed. The standard SLT and luxurious Denali will be arriving first, at dealerships across the US this coming fall.
Ford’s F-150 has the aluminum construction, the 2019 Sierra now arrives with the optional carbon fiber bed – something never before seen in a pickup truck. It’s actually a composite construction, getting the lightweight carbon composite for the bed’s inner panels and floor. The parts shave off 62 pounds (28 kilograms) off the weight of the standard steel components and GMC also promises “best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.” The GMC Sierra treads in the footprints of the Silverado for the weight reduction – reaching a 360-pound (163 kg) diet over the predecessor. Practicality is also top notch – the truck features a standard MultiPro Tailgate, complete with step and handle for easier bed access, as well as standing workstation functionality on the job.
Trailering is also a big part of trucking with such pickups – GMC premieres a new Trailering App that will see the user remotely check the trailer lights, check the electrical diagnostics, and see the trailer’s tire pressure using just a smartphone. There’s also a hitch guidance system with a rearview camera and automatic electric parking brake, along with side view cameras and a trailer-mountable camera. Moving inside, the Sierra is laden with new technologies and features – the Denali trim has a standard eight-inch infotainment system with navigation and an optional multi-color head-up display. Engine choices include a 6.2- or 5.3-liter V8 and also a 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel, the latter and the top petrol choice being mated to a 10-speed automatic.
GMC also promises the Sierra will be among the safest options – with a full array of driver assistance systems, including blind zone alert, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. Luxury is also on the menu – the Denali comes with high grained leather with contrasting stitching, open-pore wood, and also exclusive features such as Adaptive Ride Control. In terms of styling, GMC is going all-LED on the Sierra – there’s a “light blade” for the daytime running lamps, and the LED technology is also used for the headlamps, taillamps, fog lamps and other illuminative elements. A workhorse is no workhorse anymore – the Denali comes with 22-inch Ultra Bright aluminum wheels but even the SLT model comes with its own 22-inch dark aluminum wheels, complete with chrome accents.