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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Powertrains

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. 

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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

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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Comments

Looks pretty good so far. The tailgate in a tailgate is brilliant, especially since I see trucks with aftermarket fifth-wheel tailgates with the dip. I guess if you need to hook up the mini gatebwould have to be slightly larger.

It was funny that they mention the carbon bed is made from recycled material. That's not my main concern on a $60K+ truck lol. Also, scrap steel and aluminum is recycled. So what is the big deal, GM?

That is not a 5th wheel tailgate, although it will help on the long bed trucks. but there is no way a 5th wheel trailer can be towed with a 5.5' bed. A 6.5' bed is about as short as you can go with a 5th wheel, even then a slider is needed on many applications.

With that said, they redefined the tailgate step in a way that is so much better than anything ever imagined. The Silverado doesn't get this option, but most likely will at a later date.

This video demonstrates the multiple functions of the tailgate. This is not a simple copy of the man step. It's like the Swiss army knife of tailgates and actually very useful. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9KEXVWKwp9U

YUK. The TG is a funny one, with that new man step that everyone complained about with Ford, this new man step takes the cake, although I do like that feature. exterior very nice, inside not so much.

-CT

@ crunchtime

Take a sec and watch the video I just posted. This is so much more than the man step ever dreamed of being. At first I was scratching my head but this is actually very usefull and well thought out.

Tailgate Info
https://jalopnik.com/heres-exactly-how-the-2019-gmc-sierras-six-way-tailgate-1823447722

Tony, manufacturers been building cars from recycled materials since at least 90's. ford even advertised that 96 taurus was built from recycled materials, and 2015+ F series, thats why it's even nicknamed (recycled) "beer can"

Tony, manufacturers been building cars from recycled materials since at least 90's. ford even advertised that 96 taurus was built from recycled materials, and 2015+ F series, thats why it's even nicknamed (recycled) "beer can"

Looks like an Edsel front end

Thanks Taylor. The tailgate was confusing me until I watched the U Tube video. This has many functions. The Ford step has one.

I couldn't really see how the second tier was supported inside the bed but it looks like some flip dog's in the bedsides.
They will probably offer a custom toolbox that mesh's with the design.

I could get by with a short bed with this and that changes the parking issues.

@ Taylor

Watches video. Thanks. The new tailgate is a game changer. So many things u can do with it. I was hauling 8 pieces of drywall this week for remodeling and would have loved to flip half gate down and put up the stopper to keep it from sliding. Awesome job GM

Now power figures please!!

https://jalopnik.com/
They have a 1 minute video showing the tailgate configurations.

Ooops I didn't see the 2nd page of the blog, so someone beat me to it.

The tailgate innovation is brilliant. Sure glad that they retained the corner steps. Access to the bed could not be anymore convenient. I know there is a lot of talk about both new upcoming GM twins. GM should have waited and presented both new trucks closer to the on sale dates. People are already talking about picking up one of these new trucks ASAP. This will put pressure on sales of the current models.

Looks 1000 times better than the ugliest truck around the Chevrolet Silverado !!!

RAM still looks the best ! GMC,Ford,Nissan,Toyota and far behind Chevy Silverado..Oh the new Ranger is as ugly as the Silverado !!

I just cant believe how ugly the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is...GMC will outsell Chevy !! Unless Chevy is $10,000 plus cheaper than the GMC !!

Ford isnt bad but its looks go back to 2004 and 1997 for the H.D with minor styling changes !

THE MORE I LOOK AT THE GMC,THE UGLIER IT GETS !!!

RAM hands down best looking truck !! Then Ford,Nissan,Toyota,GMC then Chevy and the new Ranger is as ugly along with and a multiple tie for ugliness with Ridgeline,Tacoma,GM small truck twins and Nissan...

Trucks are UGLY these days !!!!

RAM looks the best !!!

Ford isnt bad but the head lights ruin the truck as well as the aluminum and 6 cyl gas hogs !

Yeah,eco-boosts are gas hogs they suck more fuel than a V-8 albeit in a lighter truck !

Twin Turbo the 5.0 L,307 cubic inch V-8 !

**Note to Ford guys the 5.0 isnt a 302,its a 307 !! The 5.0 isnt the same old 5.0 of yesterday as most think,funny how ignorant you are.

FYI : the Dodge RAM 5.7 isnt a 350 its a 345 cubic inch the Toyota 5.7 is a 347 cubic inch ! People dont know this...Uneducated !!

Trucks are UGLY these days !!!!

RAM looks the best !!!

Ford isnt bad but the head lights ruin the truck as well as the aluminum and 6 cyl gas hogs !

Yeah,eco-boosts are gas hogs they suck more fuel than a V-8 albeit in a lighter truck !

Twin Turbo the 5.0 L,307 cubic inch V-8 !

**Note to Ford guys the 5.0 isnt a 302,its a 307 !! The 5.0 isnt the same old 5.0 of yesterday as most think,funny how ignorant you are.

FYI : the Dodge RAM 5.7 isnt a 350 its a 345 cubic inch the Toyota 5.7 is a 347 cubic inch ! People dont know this...Uneducated !!

I wish the headlights were different to separate them from Ford, man they are close to the fords for sure.

-CT

@ CT

How do they need to seperste themselves from Ford??? They are C shaped for GMC.. Thy are caring it over from the 16, 17, and 18 models. Not sure hownu see any Ford in this.

Sounds like the ford guys are jelous. The ford's have such a goofy looking front end

The Silverado looks a lot better than the old one. The styling still is not perfect. The Sierra looks ok. The grill is way to big. It would have to be body colored for me.
The new Ram 1500 has everything going on. In my opinion the 2019 Ram is the best looking truck.

Damn, that's a good looking truck. The current GMC truck is the best looking fullsize on the market and they just insured that will continue into the foreseeable future.

I have read that carbon fiber does not rust or rot but is very vulnerable to UV rays and will not last long in sunny places (as little as 3 years before dulling and starting to degrade), and it will not dent but it will shatter. Are the older roadsters starting to have body panel problems? Supercars are only concerned with weight and looks and are pampered. Normal cars are usually left in sunny parking lots all the time and need to be more durable... hmmm was it really wise to use such a flimsy material? Carbon fiber can not be repaired so will we have to be replacing disintegrating body panels every few years? very pricey...

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There is a good video on TFLTRUCK about the tailgate.... For those whining about it's uselessness...
I do still think it's over engineered though..

You can count on this being the first $70k half ton truck!

The 70k ceiling has already been cracked by the 2018 F150 Limited and Raptor. I can’t see me ever paying that much for a 1/2 ton truck, regardless of brands or what distractions it has... I mean options.

I like the redesign, will reserve judgement on “looks” until I actually see one in person. I do like the tailgate, I don’t like the placement of the assist handle exposed in the bed side, I’d tear that up pretty quick dragging stuff in and out of the bed. Folks that do purchase trucks with this option need to purchase a good tailgate lock, can you imagine the replacement cost of that tailgate 😳. (Yes, I realize the tailgate locks with the keyfob, I’d still install some sort of additional theft protection ).

All in all, good job by GM, they’ve integrated some very useful new options on this redesign. Not sure if I would like the dynamic skip fire, the GM small blocks do well enough economy wise already without that, that option is just an added complication IMO.

With the GM twins and the new Ram, 2019 will be an exciting year for truck buyers.......this coming from a Ford guy.

For any one asking about the tailgate, jalopnik did a nice piece explaining it and the functions uses it could be used for.

The pic's are of the Denali and it always has a dedicated grill that is different from the other 1500's. A little more negative space will bring out the signature 3 bar look.
I also prefer the chrome lower bumper in other site's pic's.

I still haven't seen any explanation how the LED Fog lights get under the fog from that height.

Great looking truck!!! Bold exterior and very thoughtful in the tailgate design for people who actually use the bed . The only thing i would have loved different on this truck would be the info center. Can’t believe they didn’t go with a larger screen. Overall i would like a 19 Denali with the 6.2L. I expect around 450hp and 490Lbs. Torque

@Stevadore,
I like the Denali trim, always have, but as with all other brands “Premium” trim levels, damn they can get expensive.
As I stated earlier, I think GM upped the ante with this redesign, a lot of useful features, same as the new Ram. Can’t wait for all these new models hit dealerships.....

On a side note, we have a local dealership that sells Ram, Ford and GM.....my wife HATES that place.....about like her dragging me to Bed, Bath and Beyond..LOL
Anyway, it’s a great place to get them side by side and compare.

@GMSRGREAT
I know there is a lot of talk about both new upcoming GM twins. GM should have waited and presented both new trucks closer to the on sale dates. People are already talking about picking up one of these new trucks ASAP. This will put pressure on sales of the current models.

I couldn’t agree more, current sales data already reflect that. My current truck is a 2016 F150, but if I was in the market, I’d wait a few months with the new redesign from Ram and GM, But, as new trucks hit the lots, I think we’ll see very good incentives on the 2018’s.
It’s amazing how far advanced all brand trucks are these days, they’re sure making the decision process harder though!

Nice looking truck except for the weird boxed edge on the exterior of the driver and passenger side front doors. I don't care for the crease on the new 2019 Silverado front fender either.

nice truck, great looking truck

too bad my local GMC-Buick Dealer has the worst reputation in town

Fifth wheel towing on a half ton that only offers a short bed? How do you mount the rails for the fifth wheel hitch on a carbon fiber bed?
Hauling dirt and gravel is going to be problematic jamming all those inner panels and hinges. Even my “man step” in my fords get occasionally jammed up with debris.
But that being said the Denalis parked in my neighborhood are always getting meticulously waxed and washed by their owners, it’s a lifestyle truck.

The one two knock out punch from GM is now here! Fordtards are now in their corners sucking on their thumbs crying for mommy! Not only now do we have a bumper step to use with the gate up. We have a tailgate step with so many uses, it makes Ford's girl step look like something from 1834. Ford's girly step is dated and out gunned! LMBO!!!!!!!!!

"Then Ford,Nissan,Toyota,GMC then Chevy and the new Ranger is as ugly along with and a multiple tie for ugliness with Ridgeline,Tacoma,GM small truck twins and Nissan..."

Pretty much everyone except yours.
You can change back into Chingone now so we can skip over you to read worthy posts.

@dale milner
yes, more good uses for that little tailgate.

Looks pretty good.

I think that GM has taken a significant step back on the exterior design of the Silverado and the Sierra. Something is just a little off on the exterior design of the Silverado with how big the truck is now. The front end is too large, the tail lights look a little off, and the side of the truck bed is way to high off the ground. It is difficult for the average person to reach over the side of the truck to grab something out of the bed. As for the GMC, the front looks way to much like that of a crossover/small SUV. It takes some of the character out of the truck. As for the interior, I like the simplicity of the center console and the button layout on and around the steering wheel is much better. The heads up display is a fantastic addition!

I LIKE THE NEW TRUCK STILL WISH THEY WOULD GO TO A CONSOLE SHIFT ON THE 1500.

I HAVE A 16 MODEL SILVERADO HIGH COUNTRY IF THE 19 IS LONGER BY MORE THAN 6 INCHES IT WILL NOT FIT IN MY GARAGE.HPOE NOT BECAUSE I REALLY WANT ONE.

Do they offer a Sierra w/o chrome and a 6.2L? 6.2L still require premium for posted #s?

Great ideas, I just hope they last. I think that the MultiPro tailgate should have been on the Chevy (more work-related feature) and the auto-drop/raise tailgate on the GMC (more luxurious feature). I also think that the CarbonPro bed should be standard on GMC (not optional). GM has released amazing optional features in the past that ultimately flatlined due to price and marketing - Pro-Tec bed and Quadrasteer. They both had so much potential. And Pro-Tec was more or less the same thing as CarbonPro. But they were expensive for the time and therefore overlooked. Were they perfect? No, but it was a hell of a starting point. Imagine where they'd be now after more than a decade of fine-tuning. A reliable 4-wheel-steering truck with a bed that didnt' rust? Yes please! The same thing happened with the Kinect for Xbox for all you gamers out there - too expensive and too optional.

Why didn’t they Yale a cue from the HD and make the fenders out of carbon fiber and the bed steel? Seems backwards... As for the aluminum Ford bed, when something punctures the bed and subsequently the fuel tank under it and there is a fire - total recall!



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