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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Preview

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Preview

By Christian Wardlaw, March 01, 2018

Fast Facts:

  • Redesigned light-duty full-size pickup truck
  • Larger, lighter, and more efficient than before
  • Roomier interior with more space for everyone
  • Improved utility and functionality
  • Next-generation infotainment system
  • New driver-assistance and collision-avoidance technologies
  • Innovative cargo-hauling and trailer-towing features
  • Announced engines include a pair of V-8s and a turbodiesel 6-cylinder
  • On sale in fall 2018

A new family of full-size light-duty pickup trucks is coming from General Motors. The company introduced the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earlier in 2018, and now it has unwrapped the redesigned 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in SLT and Denali trim levels.

Full details for the entire range of 2019 Sierra trims are not yet available, and that includes official engine specifications related to horsepower, torque, towing capacity, and payload capability. The truck doesn’t go on sale until fall of 2018, and GMC says that final numbers in these critical areas will be available closer to that time.

In the meantime, what follows is everything we know about the new 2019 Sierra 1500.

Exterior Features
As the “professional grade” version of GM’s full-size pickup, the 2019 Sierra gets a bolder appearance. The grille is utterly massive, and in both SLT and Denali trim features enough brightwork to blind airline pilots on approach to local airports.

The grille is framed by new LED headlights with C-shaped light blade running lights, a motif repeated at the rear in the standard LED taillights. Trapezoidal wheel wells help to distance the new GMC Sierra from its Chevy Silverado sibling, and buyers can fill them with wheels sized up to 22 ins. in diameter.

Bodywork is a mix of steel and aluminum. To shed about 300 lbs. of weight, GMC uses aluminum for the hood, doors, and tailgate. Cargo boxes remain composed of roll-formed steel that is 50% stronger than before. Denali trim can be upgraded with a new CarbonPro box that replaces the inner bed walls and floor with carbon-fiber composite for maximum durability.

Another new feature is a MultiPro tailgate design that opens in two different ways for improved utility, and includes an integrated step with an assist handle. It can even be used as a standing workstation on a job site.

Interior Features
In reference to the crew-cab style that GMC revealed, the 2019 Sierra is larger inside, offering what the company characterizes as best-in-class front headroom and legroom, and boasting a 3-in. stretch in terms of rear legroom. The seating position is taller, too, and GMC has improved interior storage space with this redesign.

Upgrade to Denali trim for luxurious interior materials. They include premium leather upholstery, genuine open-pore wood trim, and dark-finish aluminum.

Under the Hood
GMC has officially announced three different engines for the 2019 Sierra. Two of them are V-8s, both equipped with Dynamic Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation technology that allows them to operate on a variable number of cylinders depending on the demands of the situation. For example, when coasting down a hill, the engine might use just one cylinder. When towing a load up a hill, all eight will be active.

Both the 5.3-liter V-8 and the available 6.2-liter V-8 are considered to be new versions of the Sierra’s existing powertrains. The all-new engine choice is a turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder diesel. An 8-speed automatic transmission is included with the 5.3-liter V-8, while the 6.2-liter V-8 and the turbodiesel receive a new 10-speed automatic.

As this preview was written, GMC had not announced final horsepower and torque ratings for any of the new Sierra’s engines. Likewise, maximum towing and payload numbers were yet to be determined.

With the redesigned 2019 Sierra, GMC is improving the truck’s available safety features. In addition to services offered through OnStar, such as automatic collision notification and Teen Driver programmable drive settings and monitoring, the new Sierra can be fitted with forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring systems.

A next-generation, IntelliLink infotainment system is standard for the new Sierra, and it is available with an 8-in. touch-screen display. GMC says the system features faster response to inputs, improved voice-recognition capability, new graphics, and more. Navigation is available, and the system will offer Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and OnStar subscription services with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Numerous cameras can be located around the truck’s perimeter to power various systems. They include a Rear Camera Mirror that the driver can zoom and tilt for a better view, a surround-view camera display, and a Hitch Guidance with Hitch View system to make it easier to connect a trailer to the truck.

Once the trailer is hooked up, the Sierra’s owner can consult the ProGrade Trailering System before setting off on a journey. It includes a pre-departure checklist, trailer electrical diagnostics and a trailer light test, and trailer tire-pressure and temperature monitors, among other features. Owners can access this data using a myGMC smartphone app, too.

As a part of OnStar services, the new Sierra is available with a Trailer Theft Detection system. If this feature determines that a trailer has been disconnected from the truck, it sends the owner a text message and a mobile alert to warn him or her that someone might be trying to steal the trailer.

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