The news from Detroit is as good as we thought it would be. GMC is taking it’s most popular pickup truck to the next level with a completely redesigned 2019 Sierra Denali and SLT. Setting itself apart from other models, this Sierra is redefining the look for premium-pickup.
“GMC ignited the premium truck segment 17 years ago with the original launch of the Sierra Denali,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “The next generation 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark in capability and refinement. It exemplifies precision in every detail.”
The 2019 Sierra Denali affirms its position as the most premium Sierra ever with segment-leading technologies and exclusive features, including:
- GMC Exclusive, Industry-first MultiPro Tailgate is the most innovative pickup tailgate ever, with six unique functions and positions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the box.
- GMC Exclusive, Industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box, the CarbonPro, was developed to increase durability, efficiency and functionality while offering best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.
- All-new ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App offers a connected comprehensive suite of trailering technology that brings more confidence to the towing experience than ever before.
- Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data on the windshield in a 3×7-inch display to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
“The heritage of the GMC brand is rooted in full-size trucks, of which the Sierra is our cornerstone, with our SLT and Denali models contributing 87 percent of our total crew cab sales,” Aldred said. “The next generation Sierra caters to these unique customers who demand a premium, innovative truck that supports their professional and personal passions.”
The interior on the all-new Sierra was taken up a notch as well, especially in the Denali models. Denali-exclusive materials include premium leather-appointed seating, authentic open-pore wood trim, and dark-finish aluminum decor. The leather appointments have a distinctive, large-pebbled grain with a contrasting stitch pattern that is both premium in appearance and touch without sacrificing durability, and the wood trim features an open-pore texture evocative of hand-planed furniture.
In some truck models it seems like we as humans are getting larger, but the trucks are getting smaller. That is not the case with the 2019 Sierra as the crew cab model has nearly three inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the current model
All-New Bed Box
The 2019 Sierra Denali debuts a profound new GMC design that sets the Sierra apart from the Silverado. One of the coolest features of the new truck is the MultiPro Tailgate which is standard on SLT and Denali trim levels. the MultiPro Tailgate features six unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation mode and easier access to items in the box.
The MultiPro Tailgate also incorporates a step entry and egress mode that, when paired with the assist handle, offers both step and seated functionality, with a maximum weight capacity of 375 pounds. Ease of use is enhanced with two buttons on the tailgate handle that allow convenient inner gate release.
The 2019 Sierra Denali will offer a brand new type of bed box. The CarbonPro was developed to increase durability, efficiency, and functionality of the truck. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight, carbon fiber composite that offers dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance which allows the bed to handle more abuse.
The new CarbonPro box is 62 pounds lighter than the steel version, and is one example of GMC’s strategic use of materials in engineering the Sierra. 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 2019 Sierra offers a new ProGrade Trailering System, standard on Denali and SLT which includes an all-new Trailering App featuring a pre-departure checklist, maintenance reminders, trailer light test, trailer electrical diagnostics, trailer tire pressure, and temperature monitoring.
The all-new Sierra also offers Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and Auto Electric Park Brake to help with positioning when hitching. The available side view cameras and a trailer-mounted HD camera provide additional assistance when driving down the road or in reverse. With exclusive trailer theft detection, owners can receive text and mobile alerts from OnStar when the trailer has been detached from the truck without permission.
Under the hood of the truck will be options for the 6.2-liter and 5.3-liter V8 engines which will be joined by an all-new 3.0-litter inline-six turbo-diesel engine that General Motors announced when the Silverado was released.
The 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter engines feature stop/start technology and new dynamic fuel management that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency. The 6.2-liter and 3.0-liter engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 GMC Sierra Denali and SLT go on sale this fall. Additional details will be released closer to the start of production. For more information on the new Sierra pickup trucks, check out their website.