2019 GMC Sierra

Motor Trend (USA) - - Intake - Alisa Prid­dle

A car­bon-fiber pickup bed, a slick tail­gate that does all but make you break­fast, apps to mon­i­tor your trailer—wel­come to the 2019 GMC Sierra. It’s way more than a Sil­ver­ado with bet­ter seats.

The Sierra shares the Chevy's up­dated 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 en­gines and its new 3.0-liter I-6 tur­bod­iesel. The V-8 en­gines have stop/ start tech­nol­ogy and cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion tech­nol­ogy. The avail­able 6.2-liter and the diesel en­gines are paired with a 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, and the 5.3-liter is mated to GM’S eight-speed. No V-6 has been an­nounced.

For an im­proved ride, the Sierra De­nali has an ex­clu­sive Adap­tive Ride Con­trol sus­pen­sion sys­tem with sen­sors to mon­i­tor the road. The sys­tem is able to make ad­just­ments in real time.

The party trick is the six-po­si­tion Mul­tipro Tail­gate, stan­dard on De­nali, SLT, and new AT4 mod­els. It fea­tures a smaller gate within the top half of the main gate, which has a flip-up load stop to keep gear from slid­ing off when low­ered. The load stop serves as a step or seat when both gates are opened, and a grab han­dle in the bed makes it eas­ier to climb in and out. With the main gate up and the mini gate down, it’s a stand­ing-height work­sta­tion. Ev­ery­thing opens with a push of a but­ton on the tail­gate han­dle or key fob.

In a first, GMC of­fers a car­bon-fiber com­pos­ite pickup box called Car­bon­pro, re­plac­ing the stan­dard steel in­ner pan­els. The rest of the bed con­tin­ues to be made of steel, but it’s a re­vised al­loy that GMC says is 50 per­cent stronger. It is 62 pounds lighter than a com­pa­ra­ble steel ver­sion and is part of GM’S mixed-ma­te­rial strat­egy, which in­cludes alu­minum for the doors, hood, and tail­gate and steel for the fend­ers, roof, and stan­dard cargo box. De­spite be­ing larger in ev­ery di­men­sion, the new Sierra has chopped 360 pounds, give or take, from its pre­de­ces­sor.

The 2019 model of­fers a new Pro­grade Trai­ler­ing Sys­tem and app with a pre-de­par­ture check­list, main­te­nance re­minders, trailer light test, trailer elec­tri­cal di­ag­nos­tics, trailer tire pres­sure and tem­per­a­ture mon­i­tor­ing, and a trailer theft alert.

In­side, the Sierra is claim­ing best-in-class front head- and legroom and adds al­most 3 inches of rear-seat legroom. The stan­dard 8.0-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen has been up­dated and of­fers a 360-de­gree cam­era. The head-up dis­play is now mul­ti­color, and there’s a du­al­func­tion rearview cam­era/ rearview mir­ror to al­low an un­ob­structed view if the back of the truck is blocked by peo­ple and cargo.

The 2019 Sierra De­nali and SLT will go on sale this fall.

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