Around since 2012, the ongoing Sierra is not exactly that old. However, as Ford already released their new model a while back, it looks like GM decided to take the upgrade path sooner than expected. Not that long ago they revealed a few details about the future 2019 GMC Sierra and things do look interesting. For starters, this is going to be an all-new model and not just another facelift like some rumors suggested. The truck will incorporate new technologies, more efficient engines and likely quite a few other upgrades under the skin. Its main purpose will be to dethrone the F-150 but it remains to be seen if the Sierra will be good enough to do it.
2019 GMC Sierra Review and Rumors
As expected, the truck is more than likely going to use lightweight materials in its construction. Sadly there is still quite a bit of debate on this matter though.
It looks like most rumors seem to suggest a steel frame with a steel body but with aluminum body panels. This would allow GM to save quite a bit of weight over the regular model without having to sacrifice on much. However, some also suggested the body and chassis will be made out of steel.
However, the truck would also incorporate carbon fiber inserts which would give it an edge over its rivals when it comes to structural rigidity. The drawback of this would be the price, so it remains to be seen what path GM actually chooses.
What about the running gear?
Even though the body and chassis are going to be lighter, the upcoming 2019 GMC Sierra is not going to be much lighter than the current model.
Why? Well, it looks like GM is looking to install heavier duty suspension components. These would give the truck better payload ratings while also assuring it will remain as durable as ever before.
While the technology it will feature looks great, one of the most impressive things about the 2019 GMC Sierra has to be the way it looks.
The truck has nothing in common with its predecessor and that’s a great thing. In the front, it will boast GMC’s all-new grille design while the headlights will feature wraparound C-shaped LED DRLs with slim main beams up top.
The high-beams will actually be hidden in the C which will create a really aggressive look. The truck also looks taller and wider than before which will likely allow GM to increase the space inside the cabin.
Here the 2019 GMC Sierra will be mostly identical to the Silverado. The big difference between the two trucks will be the quality of the materials used inside the cabin. The truck will benefit from a new dashboard with fewer buttons than before.
On top of that, there will also be a far bigger infotainment screen which has been a request ever since the current model hit the market. We hoped we would have seen a less vertical design as well but it looks like this is not the case.
Engine and Specs
Both base petrol engines are going to be gone with the 2019 GMC Sierra. The new base version of the truck is likely going to feature a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6. With around 335 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, this should be a great replacement for the larger 4.3-liter unit.
|2018 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Regular Cab 119.0"||Short Specs|
|Gas Mileage||18/24 mpg City/Hwy|
|Body Style||Regular Cab Pickup - Standard Bed|
Further up the range, the 5.3 liters V8 will likely get replaced by a new twin-turbo V6. This 3.0 or 3.6-liter unit should develop right around 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to trump its competition.
The range-topping model will likely stick with the 6.2 liters naturally aspirated V8. Sadly at this point, it looks like a diesel is still a long shot. Even so, we do hope GM will do something about a fuel-efficient version would give them a fighting chance against rivals like FCA or Ford.
Release and Price
We can expect the new Sierra to cost roughly the same as its predecessor. The base version should still start under $30,000 but its top-end models are more than likely going to cost well in excess of $60,000.
The truck will likely hit the showroom’s floor in Detroit but it will likely hit the market only in late 2018.
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