Spied: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

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From the looks of it, GM is close to wrapping up final testing on its fully refreshed half-ton pickup trucks, due out in late 2018. We've seen a few Chevrolets already and are likely to see some hot-weather tow testing of the same trucks in Death Valley this summer. It's possible we'll see a few new Ram 1500s out there as well.

What we have here are spy shots of what looks to be the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. Here's what our photographers had to report:

"We just got our first definitive look at the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup, thanks to this prototype caught testing at GM Proving Grounds.

"The next-generation Sierra half ton — caught here as a crew cab — will share its platform with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, as always. The camouflage on this prototype looks similar to the camouflage on Silverado prototypes caught in February. GM has tried to get clever and disguise its next-gen full-size trucks to look like camouflaged Ford F-150s, but don't be fooled by the phony oval designed into the front — this is no Ford. We can also see that this truck has a different LED signature in its headlights when compared to our earlier shots of the Chevy half ton.

"Our automotive analyst sources at AutoPacific tell us that this new Silverado is accelerating GM's efforts to create an aluminum-intensive body to match and/or better compete with the Ford F-Series pickups. The next-gen truck — reportedly being developed with the internal code name T1XC — is expected to reach the market in late 2018 as a 2019 model. Our sources tell us that GM has made great efforts to refine its production processes with these lightweight materials, and promises a lighter, stronger and more efficient truck than its competitors.

"It will be interesting to see how the next Silverado stacks up against the F-150, and how GM will spin its current criticism of aluminum intensive trucks (as born out in the recent 'Bed Wars' commercials) when it has something similar of its own."

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Exhaust tips from the "Atlas" Ford F150 prototype done a couple of years ago. About time GM does something about the their exhaust. Going back years even the Cadillac had ugly exhaust with those big mufflers hanging down. GM designers seems to always forget about the rear view when it comes to overall look. Maybe I am picky but you pay good money so the "Whole" vehicle needs to flow and look good.

Just like the Silverado spy shots -- I hope GM does NOT do those rear exhausts. While dual exhaust coming out the rear looks cool it is useless on trucks. Anybody that uses their bed doesn't want the hot exhaust blowing on them when they are climbing on the rear bumper or loading and unloading the bed.

"Anybody that uses their bed doesn't want the hot exhaust blowing on them when they are climbing on the rear bumper or loading and unloading the bed."

Here's an idea: cut the car off.

Plus a lot of people put aftermarket dual exhaust pipes on their trucks on the side or the rear. So the dual exhaust concept will spare people a trip to the accessories shop.

If GMC and Chevy find a way to lop 1000 pounds off of the curb weight of their half ton crew cab trucks, Ford will be forced to go back to the drawing boards.

If they go the aluminum body route and do NOT deliver a huge advantage in reduced weight, it will be a real bad move.

I hope GM is smart about this. We'll see.

Ram has the best looking rear exhaust outlets. Rectangle or parallelogram is cool provided the symmetry is appropriate. Clearly - my opinion only....

I would imagine they will pick where they want the aluminum for weight saving and not use it where they want the benefit of steel.

I know the fanboys will be out in force but there are good reasons why aluminum is not used in some applications. GM was one of the first to spot weld aluminum in automobiles and now apparently can weld aluminum and steel.

Hopefully glue and rivets don't become the new standard of body assembly.....

Speaking of symmetry, It's hard to hide those hideous square fenders.lol

The next gen Ford killer from GM! Love it!

This truck isn't killing anyone. This is the truck that was supposed to show up at the 2013 Detroit Autsho Show. The current GM was supposed to show up at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.

sure its a GM? dont see the low slung frame typical of GM trucks, or maybe they finally fixed that, sure looks like an F150 though, good disguise GM. mirrors definitely look like a GM and the swoop down near the mirrors from ford is missing

I like the comment about the bed wars. I can't decide which was better; that Honda was the real winner or as the writer said that we now get to watch GM eat crow. My guess is that GM won't mention it and will expect all of their customers to have short enough memories that it won't matter.

Guess what, the lighter you go the less stable it is for towing. Every review of the F150 towing heavy loads says it gets pushed around. It a selling gimmick.

JUNK LIKE ALWAYS.

GM is attempting to disguise this truck as a Ford because they know their trucks are ugly and no one wants them. Unfortunately, once the camouflage is removed, everyone will see this pig with lipstick and the gig will be up.

GM is attempting to disguise this truck as a Ford because they know their trucks are ugly and no one wants them.
Posted by: David | Apr 10, 2017 5:15:47 PM

@David

Really? No one wants them?

Regular visitors to this web site know that in fact GM outsold Ford (pickup trucks) the last 2 years in a row. A margin of about 100k units. Some will quibble and say that GM needed two brands to do it, then some GM guy like me will retort that Ford's totals included vehicles that aren't really pickups and the food fight starts again.

The new GMC Sierra will not sell as many as the F150. You don't need a crystal ball to figure that out, but the combination of GMC and Chevy will outsell Ford again this year and probably next. Truck buyers are very brand loyal.

Class dismissed.

The food fight begins because you don't realize GM needs 2 (Chevy + GMC) brands and 4 different models (Silverado, Sierra, Colorado, Canyon) to beat Ford's 1 brand/1 model (Ford/F-Series).

"but the combination of GMC and Chevy will outsell Ford again this year and probably next."

I don't know about that. Regular visitors to this web site know that Ford's 1 brand/1model outsold all of GM 4 different models 2 out of 3 months in 2017.

I wouldn't want a truck any lighter then the current GM trucks, the lighter the truck the less stable it is pulling heavy trailers.

Papa Jim's post gets 4 Pinocchios.

We can all agree that GM sells more trucks. But GM needs 4 series of trucks. Ford needs just 1.

Last couple of years Ford lost about 100,000 in volume with change overs.

If my calculations are correct GM is only selling about 2,000 more trucks than Ford this year.

It's not that impressive when you add up all the different series to beat 1 from Ford.

GM is attempting to disguise this truck as a Ford because they know their trucks are ugly and no one wants them. Unfortunately, once the camouflage is removed, everyone will see this pig with lipstick and the gig will be up.
Posted by: David | Apr 10, 2017 5:15:47 PM

No Ford just paid GM big bucks to show a test truck that doesn't burn to the ground for once! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FS6oBuMxxU

I really like the looks of the GMC trucks of the past generations. GMC is a great truck and reliable as heck. Ram and Ford also make a good truck , so pick your style and go with it.

@papajim--Honda sells more trucks.

Dave's post on Ford is backed up by information by Ford employees on BOF. As for GM, in addition to the extensive use of aluminum, PUTC also confirmed GM will have extensive use of rivets and adhesive. You know what they say. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Ford wins again.

GM recently invited journalists to its Technical Center in Warren, Mich., to get a look at one area in which the company is focusing its efforts: lightweighting. This isn't a euphemism for not being able to hold your liquor; this is an all-out effort by the entire company to lighten new cars and trucks under development. It requires effort at every step of vehicle development — from goal setting and determining how a vehicle needs to perform, to computer modeling and material selection, to manufacturing methods and designing special tools. But most important is drumming home the idea to the hundreds of engineers tasked with developing new vehicles that every gram matters.

To accomplish GM's lightweighting goals, engineers use computer-aided simulation to design pieces of the vehicle's structure out of different metals to see how they'll perform before any parts are built. Smaller efforts such as scalloping the edges of welds and punching lightening holes in structural panels save small amounts per part, but add up to big savings for a whole vehicle. Extensive use of aluminum, several kinds of high-strength steel and magnesium allows for more creative part consolidation, while new bonding techniques are replacing welding with structural adhesive (yes, glue) and rivets.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/05/gm-showcases-strategy-to-make-new-vehicles-lighter.html

So funny listening to the FORD fans squirm in their commenting. GM needs 2 of these and 4 of those to out sell 1 of Ford. Are you Ford guys blind? GM has 2 designs of full size trucks. Ford has 2 designs of full trucks. Where's the confusion. With respect to the mid size trucks, Ford is following GMs lead on that one too. To summarize : GM builds trucks, Ford builds trucks, GM sells more trucks. Any questions?

Gmsrbad not lately. All GM trucks sale have tanked.

Ken article about R and D, nothing was finalized. Also

" Even welding is getting attention from GM's research and development groups; the company says it's found a way to successfully spot-weld aluminum to steel — something never before accomplished in an automotive application."

@gms, sorry you have to continue to defend lack luster additions to a really old out dated truck, I know your a chevy guy so the chevy will be identical to this one in the pic. Since they are clearly showing they are chasing Ford and not leading them. Whats the excuse now that they are going to try to rip off the military grade Ford?

One thing to note, it would be nice to see these with round wheel wells, maybe its just the cover, but even i would compliment round wheel wells as making that truck look good.

And while Ram is milking well over 8 years on its current chassis, you have the other side of the coin hear, GMC will only have about 5 years on its current truck before they move to the new design.

That's a lot of spend enough money that they don't even have, but then, consider that they have to give them away right now.

Maybe it would help if they didn't pick a song for their commercials called Eminence Front? I mean, it is an awesome Who song, but who wants to say that your truck is an Eminence Front and that it it is a put on?

@ TRX-4 Tom | Apr 11, 2017 8:55:13 AM:

Sierra and Silverado are mechanically identical. Cab interior design differences are nothing more than material selection. Exterior differences consists of a different die stamp for fenders and hoods. Ford has had two completely different truck designs for the past 20 years. They are now realizing that is very expensive and are now sharing the same cab for both little sister F-150 and big sister super duty. Ford runs F-150 model cycles for about ten year's with mediocre updates every 5 years.
GM runs complete redesign model cycles every 6-8 years. That's what it takes to be an industry leader.

Chevy with an Oval. That's kinda funny. Hopefully they catch up but if you look at a the last 40 years I don't see them advancing beyond their #2 status.

@gms, nice explanation on why chevy and GMC are not number 1.....and wont be at the current pace, calling a very minimal update every 6-8 years is horrible business(see sales number continue to decline), also add to the fact that their updates Ford has already done, again this points to someone who is clearly following.....not good, sorry you have to continue to defend these guys.....

http://blog.caranddriver.com/how-gm-is-saving-serious-weight-in-its-vehicles-now-and-in-the-future/

Very little mention of glue and rivets. A lot of talk about patented spot weld processes.

Try and quote articles that aren't written by known Ford fanboys, aka Mark Williams. His bias is widely known.

@johnny, sierra gms, all the same, funny you mentioned that,lol

The whole Atlas was a rip off of the 2012 Sierra All Terrain 2500 Concept. Look at the window shape, Ford basically ran with it. Anyone who can't see Ford has had a crush on GMC trucks for a long time is in denail.

The whole Atlas was a rip off of the 2012 Sierra All Terrain 2500 Concept. Look at the window shape, Ford basically ran with it. Anyone who can't see Ford has had a crush on GMC trucks for a long time is in denail.
Posted by: Mike | Apr 11, 2017 5:27:17 PM

True
But they always find a way to make it look ugly.lol
That GMC was one badass looking truck.

When the 2019 GM full size twins debut, they will continue in their leadership role of superior engine tech, towing and carrying capability, not to mention cutting edge style.

Window shape of the Atlas is the same as the Superduty dating back since 1999.

You all are f'ken drunk.

@gms, when they debut? It will be like any other, nothing new, and Ford has already done it.....Sorry you have to try to talk up the twins, its sad.

Posted by: Nitro | Apr 12, 2017 10:23:11 AM

You will need to step up your defense of Ford in 2019.

Just like the Silverado spy shots -- I hope GM does NOT do those rear exhausts. While dual exhaust coming out the rear looks cool it is useless on trucks. Anybody that uses their bed doesn't want the hot exhaust blowing on them when they are climbing on the rear bumper or loading and unloading the bed.
Posted by: sk | Apr 10, 2017 11:40:31 AM
What.....look at Ram's had it for years....never a complaint

What I hate about every make/modle of vehicle with square exhaust tips ,is that round pipes go into a square tip..look into the tips you see round exhaust..

Another thing people think every vehicle has duel exhaust...NOT..just because you have 2 exhaust tips out the back doesnt mean it has duel exhaust...

4 and 6 cyl cars,suv's people call duel exhaust are actually single exhaust with duel tips....

What I hate about every make/model of vehicle with square exhaust tips ,is that round pipes go into a square tip..look into the tips you see round exhaust..

Another thing people think every vehicle has duel exhaust...NOT..just because you have 2 exhaust tips out the back doesnt mean it has duel exhaust...

4 and 6 cyl cars,suv's people call duel exhaust are actually single exhaust with duel tips

You will need to step up your defense of Ford in 2019.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Apr 12, 2017 10:49:59 AM

HAHAHA!!!...it's funny when GMSUCKS admits himself shaky GOVT motor has nothing new to offer for 2 more years...

What.....look at Ram's had it for years....never a complaint

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From the Ram forums.....

Stay away from the rear exit especially since that exhaust is hitting your trailer and probably making it black.

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Pipes out the back suck for towing for the reason you listed. Plus they tend to get the trailer dirty. Side exit or dumped is best for towing.

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(if I could would love to be able to stand) next to bed to get something out of it without having hot exhaust gas pouring out

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rear is real bad for echoing while towing side is best for stopping that, mine will soon be out the side

Hopefully glue and rivets don't become the new standard of body assembly.....

Posted by: andrwken | Apr 10, 2017
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Adhesives are way better then rivets or welding,welcome into modern world

https://youtu.be/VjCYCmtEIpQ

https://youtu.be/TKHO-ygCGwc

HAHAHA!!!...it's funny when GMSUCKS admits himself shaky GOVT motor has nothing new to offer for 2 more years...

Posted by: Lionel | Apr 12, 2017 2:38:35 PM

Like shaky Ford has anything more than a new grille in the next 2 years. I wonder if Ford will be offering a mid size before 2019. NOT! HAHAHA!

GM will always be the second fiddle and live in Ford's shadow. When you think of great American companies, people around the world think of Ford. Ford is an American icon. GM not so much.

Adhesives are way better then rivets or welding,welcome into modern world

https://youtu.be/VjCYCmtEIpQ

https://youtu.be/TKHO-ygCGwc

Nice videos but really don't pertain to how adhesives will outperform spot welds. The first video is a pull test comparing adhesive to bolts, not spot welds.

The patents and effort to spot weld dissimilar metals would not have been worth it if a simpler better process was not achieved. Light weighting the vehicle without huge retooling or process changes would seem to be the ultimate goal here, not who has better adhesive or "military grade metal".

The bragging rights will ultimately be who can build a lighter truck that doesn't fall apart when its 10 years old, correct?

Are you sure this is a GMC? It looks more like a Ford especially with the oval badge on the grill and the swoop on the front side window.

Like shaky Ford has anything more than a new grille in the next 2 years. I wonder if Ford will be offering a mid size before 2019. NOT! HAHAHA!

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Apr 12, 2017 8:29:51 PM

@ GMSUCKS; we all know who's following who...HAHAHAHAHA!!!

I know, it sucks to keep defending the shaky twins but hey maybe shaky GOVT motors next attempt 2019 will finally be competitive & meanwhile Ford will be two-three steps ahead...again;

Keep following the leader for 41 yrs & counting :-))

Like shaky Ford has anything more than a new grille in the next 2 years. I wonder if Ford will be offering a mid size before 2019. NOT! HAHAHA!

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Apr 12, 2017 8:29:51 PM

@ GMSUCKS; we all know who's following who...

Posted by: Lionel | Apr 13, 2017 6:55:42 PM

Recognizing that GM is the real truck leader is a good first step.



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