2019 GMC Sierra 1500: Spied

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We've seen several spy photos of fully camouflaged 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s during the last several months, but we haven't seen the equally important GMC Sierra half ton — until now.

Here's the latest from our spy shooters in the field after a successful stalking session:

"We got our best look by far at the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, thanks to this new prototype caught testing in a revealing, body-hugging graphic wrap.

"The 2019 Silverado 1500 dropped to this level of camouflage a couple weeks ago, and now the next Sierra 1500 pickup has shed some of its coverings. With only thin mesh on the headlights, little is left to the imagination. It looks as though there will be greater styling differences than ever between the GMC and Chevrolet half tons.

"While there seem to be several carryover design elements on the new Sierra's face, the bottom of the grille gets a new shape with two lower 'teeth' at the outer bottom corners and a raised section spanning the central edges.

"The headlights look to be upgraded, complex units, with exposed bodywork between the middle portion of the headlights and the grille — similar to what we've seen on the latest GMC Terrain SUV. The C-shaped (and reverse C-shaped) LEDs' arc defines the outer edges of the headlight cluster. Vertical foglights are prominently tucked beneath the headlights, housed in pentagonal insets at the outer edges. The bumper gets a two-tiered effect as it accommodates the foglight housings.

"While the new wheel arches look softer and less defined than on the current Sierra half ton, the 2019 truck gets a sharply chiseled character line that creates a beveled edge along the length of the truck bed and windowsills, and then slopes downward as it approaches the door-mounted wing mirrors.

"The tailgate design looks clean and tidy, but the prototype has an odd camo-wrapped protrusion, suggesting that the Sierra will be graced with a prominent rear badge. Perhaps the massive pop-out lettering seen on some Ram trucks will get a competitor on this GMC pickup. The tailgate shape suggests a raised portion on the center section, suggesting a unique shape to the tailgate."

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Comments

Much better DRL's then the Silverado, with the camo this truck's silhouette looks similar to the current generation Tundra.

they should shoot the designer at GMC who keeps making the grille even larger. Take a glance at the great Sierra's from 20 years ago for inspiration.

Not overstated, just right.

The new grille looks like GMC is trying to out-Ram the RAM

It does not work for me. Ditto the latest generation of the Yukon. Like a beautiful woman wearing too much makeup.

WoW!, This truck is already better looking then the F-150 with their new mini van front end, just hope the wheel wells are going to be the same, not higher at back then front, and hope they didn't listen to the 3 people complaining that they were to square,

The front end looks like the previous generation F-150. The tailgate is really tall, kind of curious what they are doing with the bed they are suppose to have some kind of new bed technology.

Why are the fog lights directly under the headlights? Looks really weird.

@Andy good catch I also noticed the bed looks a lot higher than the current version, maybe GM is trying to increase bed volume to surpass other manufactures? It is already too difficult to reach into the bed from the side of today's trucks.

This looks really good!

Bob is right. Everyone knows that fog lights should be as close to the ground for best effect.

Looks similar to the F-150, the outlines in the led headlight look very close to the F-150. I'm not really sure what they are going after here, I guess I will need to see it without camo and up close.

-CT

@Jhawk Dead On with that observation! Why can't they lower the belt line on these things. Bedsides are too high and windows too short!

Those Fog lights are part of a new design...some shine slightly to the side and some down...could also be two part...daylight and fog orange/yellow/ Looks like there may also be a step integrated into the box just back of the rear door to reach over the box. I have an extended running board on mine that goes all the way to near the rear wheel...makes it easy to reach over the side. Hmm looks like possibly a hood scoop of some kind...see the dip in center of the lower hood.

No F-150 copy, take the camo off and those headlights probly don't dip down, fog lights are most likely still covered up, those might be turn signals, take a look at a 2018 f-150, double headlights like chev has had for years,

OMG!......it’s so......UGLY!

those have to be the fog lights . The turn signals are most likely located in the headlights near the grill or the DRL is a switch back that functions as the turn signal also (like the current Sierra now).

It is very weird for GM to mount the fog lights that high, seems like they are aux lights more so than fog lights.

I bet when Ford and Ram engineers see these new GM trucks they have to change their pants, then the looks of their trucks

The rear roof slopes down in the back like a sedan or coupe, hopefully it does not cut down on rear headroom.

"I also noticed the bed looks a lot higher than the current version, maybe GM is trying to increase bed volume to surpass other manufactures? It is already too difficult to reach into the bed from the side of today's trucks.
Posted by: Jhaw"

I agree, I parked by a late model GMC 2500 recently and the bed rails were the same height as the roof of my 84 Nissan. I could barely even see in the bed. The reason that I was driving my Nissan instead of my F150 is that the Nissan is much easier to get stuff in and out of the bed and it was just a short errand. I saw a new Colorado last night and since I have been thinking about getting one to replace the 34 year old Nissan I took a good look at it. I could not get my arm over the rail and reach the bed floor in it. I hope that the new Ranger is not as tall. I need a farm tool, not a look impressive truck. I need to do some fencing so I guess that am going to go load up the old Nissan and take it out in the field. The new trucks are nearly useless without taking a ladder everywhere you go and Gators don't have a big enough bed. Maybe if I get a Ram with air suspension it would kneel low enough for me to use.

@walt

2 words

a. utility
b. trailer

Interesting differences from the Silverado. Wheel wells pretty good with the action toward back. Nice touch. This grill, I don't like so much. But overall a good looking pickup. Both new GM pickups a big improvement.

Has a Titan Esq look too it. That front end is huge
Now what about the engines???????

It looks like a snub nose, short hood and flat front end.

Now what about the engines? Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 13, 2017

They would be crazy to change the engine menu, except to offer more (and larger) V8s.

Presently GM outsells the competition. The competition seems to be adrift with their engine offerings. Offering a half ton diesel would just take sales away from the 3/4 ton Sierra. Offering a turbo six like the Ecoboost would drive customers away. They already have the best base engine in the half ton space. Why change anything?

"Offering a turbo six like the Ecoboost would drive customers away."
-papajim

You make zero sense.

Hopefully they do add other engines, some us would like to see some turbo v6's offered by GM. Since Ford leads the pack in halfton + sales, I would say many customers of theirs agree. To not offer anything other than the big v8 and the 5.3 only helps existing customers, but will not bring new customers in.

-CT

@CT

They don't need to add a turbo six. There V8's perform better than Fords turbo six's. Its absurd to think that a small displacement engine can last as long as an engine with double its displacement. Ford is crazy to think this, and if GM goes this route, I'll keep my 17!!

KEEP THE LINEUP.....Add about 50HP/TQ to each.
Have 5.3L and 6.2L get 10 spd
Allow 6.2L to be offered more widely to lower trims
Have 4.3L get the 8 spd.
Have rear heat vents, and heated/cooled rear seats.

TNT- I have the current 5.3 in my truck, if they did what you suggest above, I agree. But hey, this is GM, they will most likely not do that. I have driven the Fords through my job, and there is no lag in those ecoboosts, they feel much more solid than my 5.3, although to be fair, mine is 10 years old too. I like options when I go to buy my new truck, if they offered your suggestions, I would run to the dealership.

-CT

"Offering a turbo six like the Ecoboost would drive customers away."
-papajim

You make zero sense.

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Nov 13, 2017 12:27:40 PM

GM truck customers have been spoiled with everyday dependable small block V8 power. It is unfortunate that the widely known poor reliability issues associated with the ecoboost has smeared other manufactures efforts at offering such a set up.

GMS- not sure what you mean by spoiled, I have not been spoiled as you stated. Although again, I do like the 5.3, but power wise it has quite a bit of lag-meaning push the pedal, wait for it-then take off. Once you are off the power band feels nice. The v6 turbos have no lag what so ever. I would love to see GM put a v6 turbo in their truck.

-CT

@CT

Did you just say that your 5.3 is ten years old?

Papa-yes.

-CT

The four speed auto in those trucks was a pretty good unit but does not compare in performance to the modern multi-ratio trans in responsiveness and acceleration in low gear. You knew that.

@Walt --The Ranger will most likely have a higher bed. I know what you mean that is one reason I like my S-10. As for a trailer I understand. My subdivision laws prohibit having a trailer unless you store it in the garage. Also where I live you have to pay licensing fees and register a trailer. Maybe fees would not be bad for an older trailer but where I live licensing fees are based on value. I would look at the Colorado but if your Nissan is still running and the body is good it might be best to keep it. I wouldn't listen to papa jim. I would base my decisions on what works best for you. Papa is retired and living in Florida so what works for him doesn't necessarily work for everyone. That is one reason I will not tell others what truck works best for them because what they need and want could be different than what I need.

@Walt --The Ranger will most likely have a higher bed. I know what you mean that is one reason I like my S-10. As for a trailer I understand. My subdivision laws prohibit having a trailer unless you store it in the garage. Also where I live you have to pay licensing fees and register a trailer. Maybe fees would not be bad for an older trailer but where I live licensing fees are based on value. I would look at the Colorado but if your Nissan is still running and the body is good it might be best to keep it. I wouldn't listen to papa jim. I would base my decisions on what works best for you. Papa is retired and living in Florida so what works for him doesn't necessarily work for everyone. That is one reason I will not tell others what truck works best for them because what they need and want could be different than what I need.

Papa- yes, and stated that I understand it is an older 5.3. I have read that the issue with lag still remains with the current version.

-CT

I have read that the issue with lag still remains with the current version.

@CT

This statement is a far cry from having direct experience such as you had with your 10 year old 5.3

An Ecoboost with a four speed would be nowhere near as responsive as it should be with a six speed or 10 speed.

@Jeff S

Having raised some daughters I have direct experience with teenagers and PMS. And you sound like a whiny girl with her cramps. Let it go.

Seriously. Just try being right on the facts once in a while and see if you can do it without making the rest of us read through so much mushy prose.

Try to imagine only having ten seconds to get your point across.

@crunchtime --Most of the manufacturers are going to turbo engines and there is a good chance that eventually GM and Ram will do the same if current mileage standards are not changed. Turbo charging is one way that manufacturers get the power out of smaller engines while meeting the new efficiency standards but for many they are not likely to meet the Department of Energy standards especially when towing and hauling and those who like to accelerate quickly. Once the turbos kick in the fuel economy goes down. Even Honda is replacing V-6 engines on the Accord with turbo 4s. Not saying I am in favor of turbo 4s and 6s but it seems to be what many manufacturers on going for. There are pros and cons when it comes to turbos but unless things change it seems to be the future of ICE engines.

@papa jim--I would like to see you climb in the bed of a modern day pickup. You are older than I am and probably not in as good a shape. You are mostly yap like a little dog that barks and nips at ones ankles. More bark than bite.

@papa jim--I would like to see you climb in the bed of a modern day pickup. You are older than I am and probably not in as good a shape. You are mostly yap like a little dog that barks and nips at ones ankles. More bark than bite.

@papa jim--I would like to see you climb in the bed of a modern day pickup. You are older than I am and probably not in as good a shape. You are mostly yap like a little dog that barks and nips at ones ankles. More bark than bite.

papa jim--I would like to see you climb in the bed
Posted by: Jeff S | Nov 13, 2017

@Jeff S

that is sick!

You are a reprobate! I will not dignify your ugly impulses with any further replies.

Maybe you can satisfy your filthy desires out at some highway rest area but please keep your dreadful comments away from PUTC

the website is blocking valuable debates again.

@papa jim--You must need professional help. Nothing I said even implied anything ugly. It is very difficult to climb in the bed of most modern pickups without a ladder or a step. You need to get a life.

Getting back to the subject at hand hard to judge what this pickup looks like with the camo but it is most likely conservative and will appeal to the traditional truck buyer. GMC has had very tasteful and conservative styling.

Bring back the stone blue damit

Bring back the blue damit

Bring back the blue damit

@papa jim--I would like to see you climb in the bed of a modern day pickup. You are older than I am and probably not in as good a shape. You are mostly yap like a little dog that barks and nips at ones ankles. More bark than bite.

Posted by: Jeff S | Nov 13, 2017 3:17:51 PM

I agree with Jim. That was an ugly personal attack by Jeff S.

The v6 turbos have no lag what so ever. .......
-CT

Posted by: crunchtime | Nov 13, 2017 2:18:23 PM

No lag! Are you sure about? Do you even understand how turbos work?

@papa jim & Chris--Anything to keep an argument going. Must be very bored.



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