2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Redesigned light-duty full-size pickup truck
  • Larger, lighter, and more efficient than before
  • Roomier interior with more space for everyone
  • Improved utility and functionality
  • Next-generation infotainment system
  • New driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies
  • Innovative cargo-hauling and trailer-towing features
  • Announced engines include a pair of V-8s and a turbodiesel 6-cylinder
  • On sale in fall 2018


Introduction
A new family of full-size light-duty pickup trucks is coming from General Motors. The company introduced the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earlier in 2018, and now it has unwrapped the redesigned 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in SLT and Denali trim levels.

Full details for the entire range of 2019 Sierra trims are not yet available, and that includes official engine specifications related to horsepower, torque, towing capacity, and payload capability. The truck doesn’t go on sale until fall of 2018, and GMC says that final numbers in these critical areas will be available closer to that time.

In the meantime, what follows is everything we know about the new 2019 Sierra 1500.


Exterior Features
As the “professional grade” version of GM’s full-size pickup, the 2019 Sierra gets a bolder appearance. The grille is utterly massive, and in both SLT and Denali trim features enough brightwork to blind airline pilots on approach to local airports.

The grille is framed by new LED headlights with C-shaped light blade running lights, a motif repeated at the rear in the standard LED taillights. Trapezoidal wheel wells help to distance the new GMC Sierra from its Chevy Silverado sibling, and buyers can fill them with wheels sized up to 22 ins. in diameter.

Bodywork is a mix of steel and aluminum. To shed about 300 lbs. of weight, GMC uses aluminum for the hood, doors, and tailgate. Cargo boxes remain composed of roll-formed steel that is 50% stronger than before. Denali trim can be upgraded with a new CarbonPro box that replaces the inner bed walls and floor with carbon-fiber composite for maximum durability.

Another new feature is a MultiPro tailgate design that opens in two different ways for improved utility, and includes an integrated step with an assist handle. It can even be used as a standing workstation on a job site.