Gilroy GMC Shoppers Get A First Look At The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500
In a somewhat unconventional move, GMC launched the 2019 Sierra 1500 in Canada — St. John’s, Newfoundland to be precise. Some believe this move was the automaker’s way of announcing the Sierra is now a distinct vehicle from the Silverado 1500. The new GMC Sierra 1500 makes its name at dealers like the Gilroy GMC Dealership with exclusive features, new exterior styling and new engine choices.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 gets a new CarbonPro carbon-fiber bed, along with a distinctive, handy six-way tailgate. The styling retains the Sierra’s classic looks, with a more prominent grille, headlights and taillights. The Sierra 1500 is now longer and features a larger wheelbase that helps to provide more room for passengers and cargo.
Although the Sierra sports larger dimensions, it manages to lose up to 360 pounds, thanks to the use of high-strength steel and aluminum in the body and door panels. The new optional CarbonPro bed also helps the Sierra shed a few pounds. Manufactured with lightweight carbon fiber, it’s stronger and lighter than conventional steel and aluminum boxes.
The automotive experts at Kelley Blue Book wrote: “All-new from the ground up, the angular, chiseled 2019 GMC Sierra is longer, roomier and lighter than the previous truck, while staying highly capable. Its major changes keep it competitive in a quickly changing group that includes the recently updated Ford F-150 and new-for-2019 Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado.”
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup that’s offered in six models, called Base, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4 and Denali. Buyers have three cab styles to choose from, with three bed lengths:
- Regular cabs get a standard 8-foot bed.
- Double cabs come with a 6-foot-6-inch bed.
- Crew cabs can get the 8-foot bed, the 6-foot-six-inch bed or a 5-foot-8-inch bed.
Sierra 1500 buyers have a choice of six engines. Two engines carry over from the 2018 Sierra, a
4.3-liter V6 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 5.3-liter V8 that develops 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
There are four new engines for 2019. A 2.7-liter turbocharged four-banger generates 310 hp and 349 lb.-ft. of torque, joined to an eight-speed automatic. A new 5.3-liter V8 engine features Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM), a system that allows the engine to run on only the necessary cylinders. This engine produces 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic. A new 6.2-liter V8 powerplant with DFM cranks out 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Finally, there’s an exciting addition: a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel engine that’s matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This diesel powerlant will have late availability, with more details available as we get closer to the release date. The 2019 Sierra has a maximum towing capacity of 12,200 pounds and can haul up to 2,240 pounds.
Drivers looking for the ultimate in luxury and comfort can choose the top-line Denali trim, which comes with up to 20-inch wheels, a heated driver and front passenger seats, a 10-way power driver seat, an 8-inch color touchscreen, a rear-camera mirror, a MultiPro tailgate, power retractable side steps and a surround view camera system.