2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Spied on the Freeway

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With the debut of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the GMC debut of the Sierra 1500 should be close behind. We're hearing that it might show up at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show in February, but if things keep going at the breakneck pace we've seen, the Sierra debut could be even sooner. Regardless, our spy shooters are seeing more camouflaged GMC pickups testing in different parts of the country. The shots here were taken on the slow-moving roads and freeways of Los Angeles. Here's what our spy photographers sent us.

"This is the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, caught while testing in Los Angeles.

"Like the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado that bowed at the Detroit auto show, the Sierra will get a major redo for 2019 with a significant revision that keeps some conservative looks, but adds new technology and refinement. For the GMC, a blocky, upright grille and unique light setup will run in contrast to the Silverado's new rounded, carlike face.

"But like the Chevy, the GMC will likely get two gas engines, a modified version of the small-block 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8. The 6.2-liter and an all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder will benefit from stop-start technology. It's likely base models will continue with a six-speed automatic and go up to a 10-speed auto on higher trim levels. Also reserved for higher trims will be a power tailgate.

"The Sierra should go on sale in the second half of 2018."

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Comments

Looks better with the wraps than the ugly Chevy does without them.

@Robert

You got that right! That Chevy is awful!

Some freeway...

Same old square wheel wells...

While I understand the reason for the air vents that are along the sides of the front bumper - they are going to be serious snow/ice/slush catchers

@oxi
I respect your opinion, but think about this:

GM trucks have had rectangle wheel wells since 1973. With the exception of the "67-"72 trucks, they had elongated rectangular wheel wells even before that! That's a signature of them. Ford and Ram have round wheel wells and that's good for them but a GM truck should look like a GM truck and not what Chevy has done to the Silverado or rather I should say the Chevyota Tundarado.
I don't know if you like GM trucks or not and that's fine if you don't, that's not the point, the point is, and I think some other GM truck buyers/fans would agree; is that with the rectangle wheel wells, GM had it's own signature look and now, with this new fiasco coming out that look is gone.
Hopefully the GMC will keep the GM look for those loyal legacy buyers who loved what a GM truck looked like.

In the mean time, round wheel wells on Ford and Ram look good!

Tundrado 1500

I just hope the headlights are not like the new Fords, talk about ugly....

Chevyota Tundorado!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That a good one.

Hopefully the healights don’t look like the ford ones cause they “ONLY” look good on FORD.

Looks the same as the other bran new 2019 truck from GM. Where is the turbo 6 cylinder gas engine?

-CT

Oh thank goodness they kept more of the signature GM elongated wheel well top. Makes for a more aggresive look from the side.

Old GM Guy,

Good luck putting larger tires on a new GM!

One of my direct reports has a diesel Silverado, and that thing is huge when compared to my 2016 Tacoma.

He lifted his but my 2016 stock Tacoma has larger tires and more ground clearance which is the result of those square wheel wells.

When you have proper wheel wells, you can tuck larger tires underneath no problem! Gives you better ground clearance and a better look for your truck!

While I understand the reason for the air vents that are along the sides of the front bumper - they are going to be serious snow/ice/slush catchers
Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jan 24, 2018 8:52:46 AM

I can imagine all sorts of branches or such snagging that vent while offroading and tearing that fender out... tsk tsk.. Maybe it's meant to never go offroad...

While I understand the reason for the air vents that are along the sides of the front bumper - they are going to be serious snow/ice/slush catchers
Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jan 24, 2018 8:52:46 AM

I can imagine all sorts of branches or such snagging that vent while offroading and tearing that fender out... tsk tsk.. Maybe it's meant to never go offroad...

Wow wish I had x-ray vision....just because the camo over the wheel wells are squared off dose'nt mean they are that way under it. And how do you know the snow/slush will catch in those vents when we don't have enough of them on the roads to tell that. I live in Canada and around here we get our fair share of snow...friend in another close city has new duramax with hood scoop...says he has had no problems yet with rain and snow getting in there so until we see them actually on the road in those conditions how can one say that. Oh I have heard there are crystal balls out there and some lucky people have them.

Those are the strangest wheel wells I have ever seen, why would they make them half round and half square????? The lights look cool, it'll be interesting to see what it looks?

Looks the same as the other bran new 2019 truck from GM. Where is the turbo 6 cylinder gas engine?

-CT

Posted by: crunchtime | Jan 24, 2018 10:03:03

Turbo gas V6 was superseded by the NA V8.

Clearly, the GMC will continue its reign as the best looking full size truck on the market. The Silverado will be a close second followed by the Ram, Tundra, Nissan and the remaining bland looking cookie cutter trucks.

I love the amount of choice GM provides. On the other hand, just 1 choice and only 1 engine choice from Ford. That's all you get when you rush a trash motors product to market. Get ready for all the exhaust smoking 2.3 ecoboost complaints!

Go GM!

Ford didn't have truly round wheelwells until 1987. Dodge/Ram didn't have them until the 2002 redesign. It's really not that big a deal unless the rest of the truck (like the current Silverado/Sierra) overemphasizes the wheelwells with equally square fenders and body lines.

More developmental $ down the drain. Instead of making two trucks with two cookie cutter interiors and front ends they could have made one great one for the Silverado line. Oh well.

Their are already pictures of the new Sierra that have been leaked weeks ago.

https://www.google.com/search?q=2019+gmc+sierra&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjOndj3nfHYAhVOjK0KHTlUAi8Q_AUICigB&biw=1829&bih=883#imgrc=xQoUDy1dCHT1LM:&spf=1516818687056

No need for a turbo 6 when the v8's outperform the turbo 6 and all more reliable and able to withstand TRUCK DUTIES!!

What I am very skeptical about is that if you look at headlight area, its going to look like the new Terrian's headlights. I'm not a fan of the new terrains front headlight area or fascia!

@ Joe

If that is the truck!! I am super excited!!! Its headlamps basal area is more rounded, instead of jagged curved headlight area that's on the terrain!

I to thought the chevy looked like a Toyota
But when Toyota came out with their new truck a few years ago.. I thought the same thing
If you compair the 19 to the 18 Chevy you will see all the body lines from the 18 in the 19.
The new design is evolution of the current trucks
The squared off wheel opening is a GM thing.. but look at the new Ram.. no longer round. I wish chevy would have gone to the wheel openings of the 88 trucks
But finally GM went back to the bigger bed design and away from Ford's.
I like the new design... the front end needs work but it looks like a chevy

While I understand the reason for the air vents that are along the sides of the front bumper - they are going to be serious snow/ice/slush catchers
Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jan 24, 2018 8:52:46 AM

I can imagine all sorts of branches or such snagging that vent while offroading and tearing that fender out... tsk tsk.. Maybe it's meant to never go offroad...


Posted by: uh huh | Jan 24, 2018 10:32:24 AM

Haha. Talk about putting your foot in mouth, the pic without camp shows no vents, but fog lights instead. How about commenting after you know what the truck has or hasn't. The wheel wells are nicely shaped, unlike the Como making it look like a Tacoma wheel well. Anyway, the truck looks very classy, more of a luxury truck.

I'm sure this truck will make Ford look like outdated junk too. It's a 1 2 3 smack down on Ford xD.

While I understand the reason for the air vents that are along the sides of the front bumper - they are going to be serious snow/ice/slush catchers
Posted by: Grnzel1 | Jan 24, 2018 8:52:46 AM

Are you kidding me? Have you seen the active air dam on the 2019 Ram? It looks like a retractable snow plow.

Also, if you're so concerned about clogging up air curtains with snow and slush, why haven't you been criticizing Ford's air shutter system?

https://images.hgmsites.net/med/ford-f-150-wind-tunnel-testing_100518951_m.jpg

Looks like those shutters would freeze up and get plugged with serious snow and ice. I could even see the plastic linkages getting damaged if the shutters tried to open up.

I thought the same thing about that whole Chevy air foil fender mess.

I can picture those things getting ripped plum off the truck.
I am betting plastic clips are all that is holding those things in place on the new Chevy.

I really hope those awful looking air foil fenders are not lurking under that camo of this GMC. It like maybe the GMC skipped that mess.

I really liked just about everything I saw on the new Chevy except those awful front fenders.

If you look at the pictures without camo in the link posted by Joe, you will SEE the GMC does not have any vents, there are fig/ driving lights there. Been pics out for weeks of new GMC. Looks very good.

The new GMC actually looks pretty good I saw one picture online and it was very good looking much better than the Ford and a pretty neat upgrade to the existing GMC Sierra. I own a 2015 GMC Sierra Denali and love the look the new one coming out is better looking and has a very menacing look about it. I wish I could post the picture I have but I'm not sure if I can do it on this blog

Anybody know if I can post a picture on here?

you can copy and paste the link to the .jpg if you know where the picture is. i've seen the picture you're talking about. it's a great looking truck overall.

I really hope those awful looking air foil fenders are not lurking under that camo of this GMC. It like maybe the GMC skipped that mess.

Posted by: Fleetguy | Jan 24, 2018 4:41:01 PM

Looking at the leaked picture of the Sierra, you can see air intakes on the inside of the daytime running lights.

Looking forward to more on the turbo diesel and the coming half ton diesel wars.

At least there will be 1 modern engine in the chevy/GMC 1/2 ton lineup.

Where is the turbo 6 cylinder gas engine? ...Posted by: crunchtime | Jan 24, 2018

If you already have world-class V8 truck engines with cylinder deactivation (GM and RAM do!) you don't need to even go down that road.

If you think those will catch junk, go look underneath every Ford Ecoboost SUV and you will see an air duct underneath the sand plate that is supposed to help cool the engine. My wife ripped the thing off in going 5 mph through a flooded city street

The headlights look very close to the '18 Ford Expedition

The wheel well openings appear to have some sense of styling and are not just a simple "trace the tire profile" approach as some competitors do.

That pic on line people are talking about appears to be a drawing not an actual picture. I bet it is close but it seems the drawing is likely off a bit in the headlight area. Those lights don't really look like the ones you can see through the Camo on the spy pic shown in this article.

That pic on line people are talking about appears to be a drawing not an actual picture. I bet it is close but it seems the drawing is likely off a bit in the headlight area. Those lights don't really look like the ones you can see through the Camo on the spy pic shown in this article.

Posted by: Fleetguy | Jan 25, 2018 12:38:49 PM

You must be looking at wrong photo. The truck in the posted link https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://gmauthority.com/blog/gm/gmc/sierra/2019-gmc-sierra/&ved=2ahUKEwiR1v3h8vPYAhVCVWMKHS4WDKAQFjAZegQIDRAB&usg=AOvVaw32AnNmieM3bbPDOKMustRf is the real deal

The new Rams are going to kill these ugly Silverados (I don't expect better for the still unkown 2019 Sierra).

When will they put A/C vents in the center consul again.
This is the only p/u without them. Even the small SUV’s
Have them. The under seat vents do not work very well, especially in Florida.
If I was the development manager I would be embarrassed
Especially calling myself Professional Grade.
Please get it fixed.

I wish to see big changes on this new truck.



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