On a snowy Thursday in Detroit, GMC unveiled the most recent, and arguably most essential, product in its portfolio. The 2019 GMC Sierra was designed and engineered to steer the cost to take again management of Truck Mountain. In an try and redefine the posh truck phase, GMC is introducing a truck that’s all-new from the bottom up.
The subsequent-era pickup additionally boasts numerous phase-unique features, together with a tailgate that may open in six totally different positions, and a mattress made out of Blue Oval tears.
The Sierra is certainly one of Common Motors’ most worthwhile merchandise. It has the very best common transaction price of any full-sized truck in the USA. Over seventy five % of Sierras roll off supplier tons decked out in SLT or Denali trim. Due to this, the Denali sub-model continues to be a revenue middle for GM.
In 2017, the automaker bought one hundred forty,000 Denali automobiles. General, GMC’s Denali lineup enjoys larger quantity and a better common transaction price than most luxurious manufacturers in the USA. One third of all GMC gross sales are Denali trim automobiles. The brand new Sierra, subsequently, is all about constructing upon these successes.
For 2019, the Sierra is greater and bolder in virtually each means. A taller stance and hood, plus a bigger, extra dominating grille provides the truck a broad-shouldered look that shouldn’t alienate the rugged American truck purchaser. (In stark distinction to its picture, the Sierra launched amid a laser mild present in a techno music-crammed warehouse usually populated with artists. Roving servers tempted journalists with tuna ceviche push pops.)
Again to the truck — the designers at GMC clearly took the final Sierra and turned it as much as “eleven.” Bigger wheels, a extra pronounced C-formed lighting signature, and extra outstanding badging adorn GM’s most premium truck. However appears aren’t the whole lot, so GMC referred to as on Skilled Grade engineering to deal with the remaining.
Constructing on the model’s “Proper Materials for the Proper Software” technique, GM Government Vice President Mark Reuss referred to as the revamped mannequin a “combined materials marvel truck.” The brand new body is stronger and lighter than earlier than. Most physique panels are metal, however GMC did incorporate extra aluminum and structural adhesives within the new Sierra. Not glad with constructing the exterior of a truck out of solely metallic substances, GMC additionally introduced the addition of carbon fiber to the 2019 Sierra.
Underneath the hood, new variations of the venerable 6.2-liter and 5.three-liter V8 engines can be joined by an all-new three.zero-liter inline-six turbo-diesel engine. GMC additionally talked about that further — and “thrilling” — engine information will arrive later this yr.
The 5.3L and 6.2L engines feature cease/begin know-how and a brand new Dynamic Gasoline Administration system that permits the engine to function on one to eight cylinders, all within the curiosity of energy and effectivity. GM’s new diesel builds on the corporate’s experience with the Duramax turbo-diesels provided within the automaker’s heavy obligation and midsize pickups. Becoming a member of the out there 6.2L and three.0L engines is a ten-velocity automated transmission.
For 2019, the Sierra’s interior additionally will get an replace. Rear seat legroom will increase three inches over the outgoing mannequin. GMC has additionally added many storage bins and pockets to the interior. The Denali mannequin’s interior turns up the glitz with leather-based-appointed seating, genuine open-pore wooden trim, and darkish-end aluminum decor. The leather-based’s giant-pebbled grain with contrasting sew sample is premium in each look and contact, with out sacrificing sturdiness.
Through the reveal, GMC pressed residence of the significance of each final one of many 2019 Sierra Denali’s features. A few of its phase-unique goodies embrace the next:
A multi-perform tailgate GMC calls MultiPro Tailgate, the CarbonPro carbon fiber pickup field, the ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App, a Multi-Shade Head-Up Show, and a rear digital camera mirror providing an optimized view by way of an obtainable twin-perform interior mirror. This mirror expands the driving force’s field of regard to beat widespread visible obstructions like occupants or cargo. Nevertheless, the features GMC targeted most closely on have been the multi-perform tailgate and carbon fiber pickup field.
Billed because the “most progressive tailgate ever,” the MultiPro Tailgate comes standard on SLT and Denali fashions. This trick gate boasts six distinctive features and positions, providing enhanced second-tier loading and cargo-cease options, a standing workstation mode, and simpler entry to gadgets within the field. Most weight capability is 375 kilos, and it may be used as a step to get into the mattress.
Let’s speak about how the tailgate works. There are two buttons on the exterior of the tailgate that activate the totally different features. By urgent one, or each, the Sierra’s tailgate has six totally different positions. (Full all six and unlock a secret tailgate degree!)
We begin the tailgate Kama Sutra with pose one. This configuration has the truck within the conventional horizontal tailgate place. Pose two begins with gate down — then, a pop-up load cease extends the mattress for lumber and different gadgets which are two lengthy for the field. Pose three splits half of the tailgate, by way of the inside gate, to offer truck house owners simpler entry to mattress contents. Pose 4 places the first tailgate within the “up” place and folds down the dinner gate, creating a piece floor or Timbits-and-beer shelf. The fifth pose is principally pose two with the first tailgate up. This works along side the second tier loading system. The sixth and last pose is a full-width tailgate “man step” that won’t meet the approval of famous tailgate prude Howie Lengthy.
The 2019 Sierra Denali will supply, later within the mannequin yr, an obtainable GMC-unique and business-first carbon fiber field. The CarbonPro was developed to extend the sturdiness, effectivity and performance of the truck. It replaces the standard metal inside panels and flooring with a light-weight, objective-designed carbon fiber composite that allegedly presents best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance.
This all provides as much as probably the most sturdy truck mattress available on the market. It’s also may be one of many greenest. We’re informed the provider that developed the mattress makes it with a big proportion of recycled supplies. Quickly, Actual Individuals all over the place shall be seen dropping a great deal of cinder blocks, toolboxes, and young children into truck beds. (GM did reveal that a $500 Yeti cooler doesn’t scratch the carbon fiber mattress when set down gently.)
General, the 2019 GMC Sierra is a continuation of the method that has earned the mannequin many repeat clients. It’s daring and ostentatious, with some new and fascinating content material.
Whereas there’s little doubt this truck will promote extraordinarily properly, the most important questions encompass GMC’s unique new features. Will issues like MultiPro and CarbonPro turn out to be issues truck consumers need, or will they turn into one other Quadrasteer and GM’s Professional-Tec composite mattress? We’ll discover out when the 2019 GMC Sierra goes on sale this fall. Pricing can be introduced at a later date.
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