More Than a Silverado Clone — GMC Sierra

More Than a Silverado Clone — GMC Sierra

The all-new Sierra also offers Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and Auto Electric Park Brake to help with positioning when hitching.

Sierra's big news of the day has nothing to do with powertrains or suspensions.

The 2019 Sierra is not only bolder, but larger than its predecessor, since it's larger in pretty much every dimension. By using carbon fiber for the pickup box, the GMC Sierra will have a stronger, yet lighter, body structure. No details are being provided at this time about a base or SLE trim.

New versions of GM's existing 6.2- and 5.3-liter V8 engines are listed among available powertrains. The V8s feature the company's new Dynamic Fuel Management system, which let it run on anywhere from one to all eight cylinders in order to improve fuel consumption. The 6.2L and 3.0L engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 Sierra Denali and SLT were both unveiled in Detroit.

Pickup beds usually aren't too exciting but GMC pulled out all the stops and is introducing two new innovations that will be exclusive to the Sierra. It is called the MultiPro Tailgate and it has six unique functions and positions, giving the driver easier access to the truck bed, as well as a standing workstation. Ease of use is enhanced with two buttons on the tailgate handle that allow convenient inner gate release.

More Than a Silverado Clone — GMC Sierra

On the practical front, the short bed offers best-in-class cargo volume of 63 cubic feet.

While almost all Sierra's will still use a steel bed, the CarbonPro option replaces all the inner bed panels with the composite materials to provide "best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance" and a 62 pound weight savings over the standard steel bed, GMC said in its release.

"In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon-fiber box is the toughest and most durable pickup box we have ever made", said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight carbon fiber composite that is 62 pounds lighter that the steel version. Ford, by contrast, went all-in on aluminum when it switched to aluminum-bodied F-150s for the 2015 model year, a move that competitors have not followed. It includes an all-new app that has a pre-departure checklist, maintenance reminders, trailer light test, trailer electrical diagnostics, trailer tire-pressure monitoring, and temperature monitoring. The CarbonPro was developed to increase durability, efficiency, and functionality of the truck. A conventional mirror is also available. According to GMC, the next generation Sierra Denali will once again redefine the premium pickup, with the label Denali denoting the top-of-the line in trim and design. That resulted in a larger, more upright grille, taller hood, and more pronounced take on GMC's C-shaped lighting signature with LEDs everywhere and "light blade" technology providing a more uniform illumination for the daytime running lamps, for an overall more dramatic look. The strategy also incorporates aluminum for the doors, hood, and tailgate, while relying on steel for the fenders, roof, and standard cargo box to shave up to 360 pounds from Sierra compared today's model. The Denali nameplate on the tailgate is a new block typeface.

Inside, the crew cab adds nearly 3 inches of rear legroom, and the second-row seatbacks hide storage spaces suitable for laptops, umbrellas and other things you might need hanging around. The upscale model also comes with dark-finish aluminum accents and authentic open-pore wood trim. The rear seat backs double as storage for tablets, laptops, tie-down cords, umbrellas, or other items.

The Denali offers the option for a "dual-function" rearview mirror with a "higher resolution" camera feed that can be zoomed or titled. Other new features include Surround-Vision "birds-eye" camera, and such available safety features as blind-spot warning, pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic forward braking.

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