he team from GMC wowed an audience of global journalists March 1st when it debuted the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra. Arguably, its bold, aggressive style makes its sibling the Chevrolet Silverado look tame. Besides inviting the press, GMC live-streamed the lau
The all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500
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First, GMC’S styling is bolder than an MMA cage fight, all upright and stern-faced, accented by a repeated falling (or rising) line and bright, sophisticated grillework. For instance, the line extending from the taillight drops into the front wheel well, pulling the eye both forward and to the rear to add shape and dimension. An echoing line is seen pulling from the front window of the crew cab to where it sweeps up into the rear window trailing edge. It’s a subtle way of adding style without detracting from pure boldness.
GMC wisely kept its signature C-shaped DRL surrounds at the headlight bezels, and uses grilles to differentiate between models. Note the ribbing details added to the SLT’S bar separators. Denali gets more grille than an ’05 rapper, almost enough to limit air flow!
Inside, neither Bentley nor Land Rover does a better job of doting on their owners, and that’s just the volume SLT model. Denali, GMC’S most luxurious and popular model, wraps its passengers in pebble-grained leather seats with hand stitching. The open-grained wood used on the console and door panels is natural, a true building block of luxury. GMC says all materials are authentic. The cabin is luxurious, yes, yet filled with useful tech. The all-new infotainment system is modeled after smartphones, and it can throw the information of your choice up to a 3x7-inch Head Up Display to keep your eyes on the road. Few ultra-luxury brands do as well.
Like its sibling, GMC used mixed materials in construction of the body and panels, aluminum for the swing panels and steels of different strengths for the chassis. Engineers claim mixed material use shaves 360 pounds off the curb weight. That directly relates to fuel economy. To make the structure stiffer, use of structural adhesives has massively increased, from 38 feet to 124 feet. We’ll break down the High Strength Steel content and how placement affects light-
weight construction, crash resistance and quietness in a later story.
There are other interesting and novel improvements in the all-new 2019 Sierra, like using the rear seat back—attached to the rear panel—as a sound barrier. There’s an improved trailer control system that delivers video to the infotainment screen. It’s primarily aimed at first-timers and those who tow only occasionally. Sierra also uses an improved magnetic ride control system (once a GM exclusive, the rheological control system is now used by several luxury automakers, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Land Rover among them). The updated system responds within 0.2 milliseconds to road surface imperfections. This delivers ride isolation and adds control over body pitch and roll.
You’ve likely seen Chevrolet’s anti-ford bed strength advertisements. While the standard load bed for Sierra is similar upgraded-for-2019 High Strength Steel, GMC went even further by offering a carbon-fiber load bed option. GMC says it’s even sturdier than that HSS steel bed, plus it’s corrosion resistant and 62 pounds lighter. While many said a carbon-fiber bed was impossible, GMC engineers, working with a suppli- er, took seven years to develop the new bed, and it is made of short-fiber, recyclable Nylon 7 in terms of construction.
Oh, there’s more. GMC’S exclusive Pro Tailgate folds six different ways to provide a broad step-in, a barrier for things that slide backwards, a computer desk and more. It will be standard on SLT and Denali.
We think these features, together with the soon-to-come 3.0L inline Duramax diesel engine, deliver what the GMC slogan has long promised, that they are Professional Grade—now with an added Premium Grade touch. UDBG
Mark Reuss, General Motors vice president and global product guru, introduced the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra Denali in Detroit, March 1, 2018. The GMC Sierra event was packed with journalists crawling all over the new Sierra like ants at a picnic.
Like the proverbial Swiss Army knife, GMC offers a tailgate that has six uses, among them an office desk and wide step-up into the bed. As an industry first, the 2019 GMC Sierra offers a carbon-fiber bed option. Sturdier, according to GMC, and absolutely corrosion-proof, it is also recyclable. With its C-shaped DRLS continuing, GMC Sierra kept one of its more distinctive features. You’ll know it’s a GMC following you.
We find the 2019 GMC Sierra even bolder than its sibling. Note the subtle upswept line from the front window ledge to the rear widow trailing edge. A similar line sweeps from the taillight, past the front door panel and down to the wheel well.
Sierra’s carbon-fiber bed is multi-part, constructed with interior-bed carbon fiber panels supported by aluminum, steel and glass fiber composite.