While the all-new Chevy Silverado 1500 debuted early in the year for the more premium twin, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 we waited a bit longer. However, it was worth waiting. The redesigned, light-duty Sierra is lighter, larger and techier. The model uses the same chassis, running gear and engine options as the corporate twin the Chevy Silverado 1500.
On the other hand, the Sierra distinguishes itself with unique and more conservative styling plus adds a few innovations. The model introduces the carbon fiber bed and MultiPro two-piece, tailgate. The interior boasts more comfort and comes techier than before. There is also the high-luxury Denali trim to round the thing up.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500: Stylish, Larger, Lighter
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 distinguishes itself further from the twin Silverado 1500 when it comes to the styling but GM’s trucks share the chassis, suspension and engine options. The new frame utilizes more high-tensile steel and that makes it more rigid and lighter in the same. The new light-duty Sierra is up to 360 pounds lighter. Contributing to the weight loss is also the aluminum used for the hood, door and tailgate. However, GMC went even further and offers optional cargo fiber bed which also saves 62 pounds compared to the steel version.
When we speaking about the cargo bed, GMC also introduces more exclusivities like the so-called MultiPro tailgate. The new two-piece tailgate design features functionalities such as the push button open, multi-level, six positions and other clever things.
Styling wise, the new Sierra 1500 has a more conservative look than the twin truck despite models have similar side body sculpting with the dynamic character line and less swollen fenders. What defines the look of the new Sierra is massive and now curvier GMC grille. Smaller headlights units with attractive C-shaped LEDs flank the grille which again varies depending on the trim option. The tailgate also looks more modern as well the taillights with the new graphics.
Interiors of the new Sierra are roomier and techier than ever. The Crew Cab versions now have three inches more of the rear-seat legroom. The rear seats also include fold-down pockets where you can place a tablet or the laptop. The driver also has the higher position.
The new Sierra also has more tech features and equipment than before. The latest infotainment system is used and available with 8-inch touchscreen and it can display new apps for diagnostic functions, tire pressures, easier trailer hooking, etc. The Sierra also has the head-up display option which Silverado doesn’t offer. It will also offer features such as the Surround Vision, active safety systems, better voice recognition, wireless charging and much more.
The Denali trim will top the lineup and offer stitched leather upholstery, unique grille, more chrome inside and out, 22-inch wheels, carbon fiber bed, MultiPro tailgate, adaptive dampers, etc.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500: Power options
As it is the case with the chassis and suspension, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 also shares the engine options with the Chevy Silverado 1500. GM hasn’t revealed the power and torque numbers but the Sierra will exploit upgraded engines including the turbodiesel option.
A 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines will appear again. Both engines have improved designs and use stop-start and Dynamic Fuel management technologies. The engines can now shoot down one to eight cylinders to improve the efficiency as much as possible. A new 10-speed automatic transmission will also help while the 5.3-liter engine will use GM’s 8-gear unit.
The Sierra 1500 will go with the turbodiesel engine as well. However, this won’t be available initially. It will be a 3.0-liter inline-6 turbodiesel combined with the 10-speed automatic. Sources claim it will be the strongest among rivals.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500: Arrival, Price
The redesigned, light-duty 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 will hit the market this fall. Closer to the launch date we will know the pricing. But we don’t expect big changes.