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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