2019 GMC Sierra
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.