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2019 GMC Sierra 1500: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - March 09, 2018

Model Preview

When Chevrolet released the 2019 Silverado 1500, it arrived with a wilder-than-ever look. With that in mind, we knew its cousin, the GMC Sierra 1500 would undergo an equally comprehensive redesign. Recently, GMC unveiled the 2019 Sierra 1500, and it’s exactly what we expected.

Visually, the 2019 Sierra 1500 is precisely what we expected. Its body is all-new and it’s more differentiated from its Chevy counterpart. Certain parts are still similar to the Silverado, like the upright front end, the shape of the hood, the bed design, the tailgate, and the rear bumper, but the styling up front is completely different.

Where the Silverado went the futuristic route, the 2019 Sierra 1500 went the more traditional blocky-headlight route. Also exclusive to the Sierra 1500, specifically the Denali version, is the available carbon-fiber bed, which will be 62 pounds lighter than its steel equivalent.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

The interior will also receive a full redesign in the 2019 Sierra 1500. It’ll include best-in-class front headroom and leg room, while also boasting more premium materials than ever, especially in the Denali. And speaking of leg room, the rear seats in the crew-cab model will gain 3 inches of extra leg room in the new generation. Additional upgrades will include a higher seating position, authentic open-pore wood trim, pebble-grain leather upholstery, a new trailering app, a head-up display, and more.

Under its hood, the GMC will continue with the same 6.2- and 5.3-liter V8 engines, though their output isn’t yet available. New for the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 will be a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine. The 6.2-liter and 3.0-liter engines will pair with a new-for-2019 10-speed automatic transmission, but there is no mention of what will handle shifting duties for the 5.3-liter V8.

Safety will be a key for GMC in 2019, as the 2018 Sierra struggled in IIHS safety testing, particularly in the small-overlap test. In 2019, GMC will load up the Sierra 1500 with a suite of available safety bits, like blind-zone alert, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, a 360-degree camera, and a rear-camera mirror. We could see the 2019 Sierra 1500 become one of the rare Top Safety Pick trucks.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 GMC Sierra will hit showrooms in the fall of 2018.

Official pricing remains unknown for now, but we expect it to be slightly higher than the current model, which ranges from $30,395 to $57,695 (destination fees included).

The 2019 Sierra 1500’s competition will remain the Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, and Ford F-150.

Learn about the current Sierra 1500 on sale now »

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2019 GMC Sierra 1500

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

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