GM Goes Big With the New 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

2019 Sierra_Hero II

Competes with: Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan

Looks like: Has a hint of the GMC Canyon and Nissan Titan

Drivetrain: Reengineered 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission, all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, two- and four-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Denali and SLT trims go on sale in fall 2018

During a relatively quiet press event today in Detroit, GM's other shoe fell. Behold the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck, revealed just a little more than a month after the debut of its sibling, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

As you might expect, many of the GMC Sierra's foundational parts are similar to its Chevy sibling, such as the frame, its basic suspension strategy and overall size; however, the new GMC half ton delivers a unique look along with new technologies and features that will give more upscale buyers plenty of choices.

Outside and In

All 2019 GMC Sierra 1500s will be taller and longer, and a unique grille design will distinguish each trim level. The half ton also will have several new headlight looks. The larger grille and flat-sided front bumper surfaces make the wheels appear closer to the corners, giving the Sierra a more substantial, planted look similar to the Chevy. Add to that the optional 22-inch wheels (standard for the Denali trim) and a host of segment-first technology features, and you can see how GM wants GMC to continue to be its cash-making machine, especially in the Denali trim. Expect GMC to play with special editions, possibly allowing customers to mix and match exterior colors and accessories.

The first thing you notice about the new exterior design is how much attention was given to aerodynamics. Bumper nostrils, hood slopes, roof channels and even the tailgate have small wind-cutting features to help smooth out any rough air that might pass over or around the truck.

As far as interiors go, the Denali trim is the star of the new GMC lineup, benefiting from some of the most polished and premium materials ever used in a vehicle without a Cadillac badge. The Denali features top-of-the-line, large-pebble-grain leather seating, accent stitching, open-pore wood trim and dark-finish aluminum accents. The center console offers new configurations and storage options; it also can be used to charge and hold a laptop or iPad. The rear seats have several new storage bins and a sizable hidden storage bin in each of the seatbacks.

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Under the hood, the GMC Sierra 1500 lineup will share all engine choices available for the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500, meaning the GMC will use the two existing V-8 engines (a 5.3- and 6.2-liter). However, for the 2019 model they'll be available with GM's Dynamic Fuel Management system that allows software to determine the number of cylinders needed — from one to eight — depending on driving conditions. That means depending on the terrain you're driving, the load you're carrying and the sensitivity of your throttle foot, the engine computer can always be saving you fuel.

Additionally, the new half-ton GMC Sierra will eventually get an all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine (similar to the inline four-cylinder Duramax diesel available in the GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado but with two extra cylinders). Finally, the all-new 10-speed transmission will be available as well, first in the bigger V-8 and straight-six diesel, then likely rolled out to more configurations. GM has not released any official power ratings or fuel-economy numbers for its new engines, but executives have already boasted the engines will lead the segment in torque and fuel economy.

Technology and Beds

Among some of the more interesting new technologies debuting on this new pickup is an all-new ProGrade Trailering System that works with a smartphone app to provide owners with towing data such as trailer-light tests, tire and temperature monitoring, and other diagnostics. It's standard on the Denali and SLT. Also, GMC Sierra 1500s will be available with one of the most advanced multicolored head-up displays in the class, as well as an intelligent camera system that can deliver screen views from several angles on the main navigation screen and in the rearview mirror.

Other impressive exclusives include the first-ever use of carbon fiber in a pickup box, providing added strength and weight savings of 60-plus pounds. Called the CarbonPro, the multilayered system (see photo below) will be stronger than regular steel or aluminum beds, and provide more durability, as well as more scratch and corrosion resistance. This bed will feature a new inner wall design to deliver more capacity and tie-down points than anything in its class; it will be available later in the model year. Finally, all Sierra beds will be available with a bed-mounted 110-volt three-prong outlet and a unique tailgate-in-a-tailgate called the MultiPro. Standard on the Denali and SLT, the dual-level tailgate offers more versatility and workspace configurations now matter how you use your pickup; It even works as a great step pad for getting into the bed more easily. 

2019 Sierra_CarbonPro II

Suspension and Safety

The GMC Sierra 1500 Denali has one of the most advanced suspension systems GM has ever offered on a pickup truck. Called Adaptive Ride Control, it will provide a soft ride on smoother roads with slow inputs and will firm up considerably when detecting faster, harsher inputs. Sensors in the electronic shocks at each corner monitor road conditions in real time, responding to changes every two milliseconds. New available safety features for the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali include blind spot warning, pedestrian detection and low-speed forward automatic braking. The new Sierra also will be available with surround-view cameras for safer parking and trailer towing in tight spaces.


Pricing will be announced closer to when the pickup goes on sale in the fall, with the first available Sierra 1500s scheduled to be the well-equipped Denali and SLT trims. Lower trim levels will still be offered on the old frame and body style; however, since those models will be from a the plant producing current-generation Silverado and Sierra pickups, those trims and configurations will be less expensive and less likely to offer many mid- or upper-level upgrades. We should get our first chance to drive the new pickup this summer. Look for a few, more detailed videos on the new Sierra 1500 to come. 

Manufacturer images


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Very impressive stuff! I just wish that they didn't use the same uninspired interior as the Silverado; does this truck a disservice with a really good exterior design and innovations.


They hat ALOT of catching up to do.
Looks like they finally got some of it done.
They better get more of this into the chevy.
Looking forward to more and the tests (especially the I6 3.0 Diesel).

Wow very nice!!
not sure about those wheel well yet

I think I just threw up a bit, I think it is ugly. I love the Silverado looks though.

I think GM messed up what was a good looking truck in the Sierra 1500. Front end Looks just awful.
Yes you did hear me right I said the Sierra 1500 looks good in the 2017/18 model. So much a better looking truck than the Chevrolet Silverado. Still wouldn't buy one after having driven them both.

That’s a ugly as truck just like the chevyota TUNDERADO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Tailgate in a tailgate: The answer to a question nobody asked.

I'm trying to figure out what the tailgate within a tailgate is useful for? All I can figure is it's their answer to Ford's man step. You use it in conjunction with the bumper step to climb into the bed? They will continue to evolve this thing until it is basically the same as Ford's tailgate step. I wonder if Ford patents on the tailgate step are making it difficult to come up with something similar.

Notice that they tried to hide the fact that the tailgate is made of aluminum. Aluminum is a bad word to GM.

That tailgate it doesn’t make any since and since they’re tried to copy Ford. But guess what? FORDS is way better than that garbage.

That tailgate it doesn’t make any since and since they’re tried to copy Ford. But guess what? FORDS is way better than that garbage.

No horsepower bump for the V8s? Just the cylinder deactivation? That would be surprising.

The tailgate is for fifth wheel hook up, fantastic idea.

Chingon, please refrain from posting here.

This GMC is very nice, great upgrades. Great for those towing an RV, and want a premium price.



5th wheel hookup? Well why didn't they just say that was what it is for? I think there must be more to it than that if they made it standard on Denali and slt. It's interesting how vague they are in describing what it is for. Not very many people have fifth wheel trailers.I hope it isn't too easy to accidentally open the mini tailgate instead of the regular tailgate. That would be annoying.

Love the front end and 5th wheel tailgate drop. Seriously looking into a 1500 Denaly with that 5th wheel tailgate drop so I can get a nice 5th wheel. Might even get a Denali 5th wheel. haha.
GM has hit it ut of the ball park with this one. Move over Ram 1500 there's a new heavy hauler in town.

Seems like a lot of complexity for just a 5th wheel hookup given the size of the potential GMC buyers with a 5th wheel. Certianly less common 5th wheel usage on a 1/2 ton. I believe GM must have other reasons for it. Does have Titan elements in the front end. Not bad though. Gotta have V8 power bumps.. hand to face...

I really like it.
But man that's a lot of gadgets.? Should steal a lot of Ford customers that like all the toys but want better reliability.
And IMO. Much better looking.


I thought that you can't get a better looking truck then 17-18 sierra, this one is by far the most beautiful/modern looking truck! And has a REAL "man step" with bunch of other functions to it.

I like how you can fold out part of the tailgate, it seems to make a nice little workbench. (shown in 5th picture down)

Cool think about the 5th tailgate is that if you have a Bakflip or hard type tonoue cover you can drop that little tailgate and stick some 8' 2x4's out and close it back up.
Plus if you're tailgating and have little kids then they can sit on it.

God awful dash , deal breaker for me, it already looks five years outdated , exterior looks good. GM should fire whoever signed off on that.

Wow....just wow. Looks like the Aztec is no longer the ugliest GM product ever.

This should sell some 2018 GMC's. They've ruined a good thing with this hideous new design. People will be flocking to by up the current trucks.

Candelabra grille. A real joke.

What a joke! That tailgate is comedy.


Posted by: Chingon | Mar 1, 2018 3:36:09 PM

Yes, it is. It's so bad that you must post under a different name....because you're too much of a b******


Posted by: Chingon | Mar 1, 2018 3:36:09 PM

Yes, it is. It's so bad that you must post under a different name....because you're too much of a b******

Notice that they tried to hide the fact that the tailgate is made of aluminum. Aluminum is a bad word to GM.

Posted by: Beebe | Mar 1, 2018 2:48:29 PM

Hmm kind of like Ford trying to get ahead of the criticism of their aluminum bed by calling it MILITARY GRADE ALLOY, as if it's not just plain old 6-sieres aluminum alloy, but instead some kind of classified military alloy technology borrowed from a tank or something. In reality that "military grade" alloy is an extremely common alloy found everywhere today.

What a joke! That tailgate is comedy.

Posted by: Frank | Mar 1, 2018 4:50:32 PM

No, this is comedy:

Who the hell tows 5th wheel with a 1/2 ton?


it look like ford truck look old and out off date compare to gm and dodge ,,

Fantastic looking truck!!! Great job. Gorgeous!! 2020 is my next truck!!

Now give me the power figures? Why are they not releasing them

Grown too supersized for me. That front is an even bigger brick than before. But I think they'll still sell a lot because many just like huge fronts. With every generation release of full-size from all 3, I'm becoming more convinced that a midsize is more my speed.

That looks STUPID! Not as stupid as the Chevy but stupid nonetheless.

They need to put the Tahoe/Suburban dash in the higher end trucks, this doesn't look much better then you would expect in a work truck.

No, this is comedy:
Posted by: HD RamKing

HD RamKing - seek help, that was very tasteless.
A quick search can produce the same in every make and model. Each of them also has story of trauma, injury and sometimes loss of life.

Who the hell tows 5th wheel with a 1/2 ton?
Posted by: Ron dieter | Mar 1, 2018 5:56:25 PM
Come on....go to an RV dealer...have a look there are plenty of good sized 5th wheels being made now that fit into half ton tow more heavy fiberglass and wood. You can find 24 and some 26ft models in half ton ratings. I mean jeeez a half ton Ford can haul can it....can't it...I go camping...I see them.

Looks like the truck has fangs. Not sure I like the vampire look.

Well I don,t see adaptive cruise.I guess I will have to go to the lone star.
GM get on the stick and give us more detail.s

Sorry no adaptive cruise no GM truck for me

Didn't read all comments, so unsure if the "what's with the tailgate" question got answered.

Among other things, looks like the setup allows flat loading and securing full 4"x8' sheets of product. Great idea; much welcomed.

Also looks like you got a 12-year-old or two whose emotional lives are too wrapped up in GM vs. Ford vs. their mommies. Ignore them. DO pay some attention to better power from the 5.3, however.

Like the front end. Interior looks better than Silverado due to better materials, and not showing the glove boxes with the 1990's half inch gaps. Interior is growing on me a little, I think it would be much easier to use the switch gear etc. than Ram's giant touchscreen and buttons off to the side. Hate the wheel wells, would rather have the current overly square ones, Silverado looks much better here. Interested to see power/fuel economy numbers, as well as the other engine(s) that were not mentioned yet.

Can you imagine cutting up a carbon fiber bed just to put a fifth wheel plate in so you have a need for the mini tailgate inside the regular tailgate?

This design works for me, will set my sights on the SLT Model with the 6.2 Liter by the Spring of 2019!!

school of Lego / brick design.

If you go to "the other" truck website they show a lot more pictures including a couple with the tailgate in different positions, one of them shows a built in step, the smaller tailgate drops down and then another part drops down revealing a step.

Ugly, looks like Nissans over priced hillbilly cousin with some stupid wheel wells. Keep it

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