The complete-size truck market is booming and the gamers inside that ultra-competitive phase simply carry on getting greater and higher. At this 12 months’s North American Worldwide Auto Present in Detroit, Chevrolet rolled out a brand new Silverado that lastly introduced that truck to some extent of modernity. And, as our latest first drive confirmed, it did a damned high quality job, too.
After all GMC could not be far behind, and certainly the brand new 2019 Sierra 1500 was unveiled only a few months later. And now, we have pushed that too. Whether or not you are searching for that distinctive combination of posh and practicality of the Denali or maybe one thing a bit extra aggressive within the lifted AT4, GMC has a Sierra for you. Having pushed all of them, I can confidently say that they have been well worth the wait.
The 2019 GMC Sierra is wholly new from prime to backside, stem to stern, having grown a couple of inches general however, extra considerably, gained greater than Three inches of wheelbase. Regardless of this development, the truck is as much as 360 kilos lighter than its predecessor. Which means an even bigger truck with extra room and cargo capability, but lighter weight for bolstered towing and dealing with.
These weight financial savings come right down to quite a lot of elements, together with some aluminum physique panels like doorways and hood, however probably the most vital financial savings comes from an trade first: a carbon fiber mattress. Sure, Basic Motors, an organization that had numerous enjoyable poking holes in Ford’s aluminum mattress within the F-150 (actually and figuratively), will supply what’s referred to as the CarbonPro mattress on GMC Sierras. This tweak alone shaves 62 kilos off the load of the truck whereas providing much more sturdiness and naturally corrosion resistance than the present metal mattress.
You do not have to be a professional to understand the MultiPro tailgate.
The opposite huge innovation with a camelcase moniker is the non-compulsory MultiPro tailgate, which splits the usual tailgate in two, permitting every to be opened independently. What appeared like a gimmick to me on first look seems to be surprisingly helpful, however extra on that in a second.
Driving all this will likely be one in all 4 motors, on the top-shelf sitting GMC’s 6.2-liter V8. It delivers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque by means of a 10-speed automated and, within the Sierra Denali, is anticipated to handle 15 mpg metropolis and 21 freeway. That rig will tow as much as 9,300 kilos, however go for the extra work-focused Sierra SLT trim and that quantity soars to a whopping 12,100 kilos.
The opposite V8 is the 5.Three-liter, with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, and each this and its huge brother supply a brand new technology of cylinder deactivation that, in concept, permit the engines to maintain spinning on only one cylinder. Different choices embody a brand new, 2.7-liter, 310-horse turbo-four that replaces the outdated V6 and a Three.Zero-liter turbodiesel is coming as nicely. Effectivity figures for each of these selections have but to be disclosed.
Intellilink is a stable infotainment possibility, and the brand new HUD is a welcome addition.
It is not simply the sheetmetal that is acquired an intensive once-over. The 2019 Sierra’s inside takes a quantum leap ahead with a bevvy of latest tech toys and security options that lastly give this truck the smarts to match its brawn.
Final 12 months’s Sierra did not even supply blind-spot monitoring, however now the truck gives that plus a bunch of different adaptive security options like automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure help and sufficient cameras mounted on all angles to make parking this behemoth a breeze.
Within the dashboard sits a touchscreen operating GMC’s newest taste of IntelliLink, which we have seen re-skinned in numerous colours for numerous different Basic Motors properties. No matter dressing, it continues to be among the many greatest, providing a easy however complete expertise and, most necessary, responsive efficiency. Better of all? Each Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported proper out of the field.
Climb on up into the driving force’s seat and look ahead and you may see the Sierra’s new heads-up show, which is greater and wider than any I’ve seen on a automobile earlier than. On right here you may in fact get present velocity, plus the present restrict and even roll and pitch knowledge from the inclinometer. Curiously, although, navigation info just isn’t displayed there.
And the ultimate new toy? It is GMC’s newest digital rear-view monitor, an evolution of the tech we first noticed within the Chevrolet Bolt EV that now gives a wider view and a a lot clearer picture.
All that is bolstered by a slew of each USB Sort-A and the newer Sort-C ports, plus a 110 outlet and an non-compulsory wi-fi charging pad that not solely stored my Galaxy Be aware eight topped up throughout a prolonged drive, it stored it good and funky, too.
Whereas the brand new carbon mattress and trick tailgate will rightfully get probably the most consideration, those that trailer will discover the brand new Sierra a really ready companion. I had an opportunity to hitch up a ship trailer carrying a Zodiac boat and located the method to be very easy.
Loads of that comes right down to that bevvy of cameras. When backing up, the Sierra confirmed the rear-view and prolonged a line displaying the trail of the hitch, making preliminary alignment simple. Then, once I bought nearer, I used to be in a position to toggle to a zoomed-in, top-down view of the ball itself, that means I may see precisely when it was in-line.
After that I nonetheless needed to do the onerous work of reducing the hitch onto the ball and connecting the chains and all that, however the infotainment system on the Sierra may also help there, too, displaying a customized guidelines with photographs and animations to assist should you’re new to this form of factor — or are simply forgetful as I more and more am.
As soon as related, the brand new Sierra trailering app lets you take a look at the lights on the trailer simply by tapping a button, a course of a lot faster than calling in your vital different to face behind the trailer and yell when the blinker comes on.
Lastly, the 2019 Sierra can optionally be outfitted with a secondary TPMS receiver that slots in behind the rear license plate. From right here, it could wirelessly detect trailer tire pressures and even temperatures, the type of info that might prevent from a high-speed blow-out and a really prolonged pit cease.
As soon as loaded, the Sierra’s adaptive suspension will routinely alter and allow you to even see behind the trailer with the usage of a secondary, distant digicam.
It is all maybe a bit a lot, however as the kind who can typically get just a little confused whereas trailering, I can undoubtedly see the enchantment.
If muddin’ is your factor, the lifted Sierra AT4 is for you.
Hitting the path
I spent most of a day crossing the gorgeous roads exterior St. John’s, Newfoundland in a 2019 Sierra Denali, a top-shelf mannequin with practically all of the literal bells and figurative whistles, together with that huge 6.2-liter lump of a V8. Its easy torque surges the empty truck ahead with aplomb, and whereas in default trim I discovered its sound to be just a little unremarkable, the non-compulsory sport exhaust fixes that properly — at the price of some drone.
My preliminary impression behind the wheel of the Denali was one in all composure, a trademark of the Sierra and, certainly, the Silverado. When you would not confuse it for an S-Class, the Sierra handles uneven pavement and surprising potholes with out drama and gives a clear, snug cruise on the freeway. You possibly can cowl huge, huge miles within the heated and cooled entrance seats with out a lot discomfort.
And you will not be lacking a lot from the rear seats, both. That further legroom again there means the Crew Cab model of the truck can correctly deal with a crew of any dimension. Or, fold up the rear seats and there is loads of room for bicycles, massive canine, polar bears or no matter else you are touring with.
For no matter will not match within the cab, that MultiPro tailgate actually does make filling the mattress simple. With each parts folded down and the inner lip prolonged, it turns into a large, sturdy step that made it mighty simple to climb on in whereas dealing with a bale of hay. Flip up the internal tailgate and that prolonged lip turns into an built-in mattress extender. Or, shut the tailgate and lengthen the internal bit and you’ve got a satisfactory workshelf.
It really works nicely and it is the type of factor that we’ll absolutely see copied on different vehicles within the close to future, however for now you may solely get it on Sierra. Have been I out there I might absolutely be ticking that field.
It is fairly onerous to not like this factor… should you can afford it.
The 2019 GMC Sierra, particularly in Denali trim, is tough to not like. Positive, its styling is maybe conservative, however given its market and the numerous reception to Silverado, that looks as if a smart transfer to me. It drives cleanly, hauls and tows capably and has the smarts to be aggressive within the market.
However all that may come at a value, in fact. The 2019 GMC Sierra begins at $29,600, however if you’d like all of the toys you’ve got been studying about count on to pay extra. The off-road targeted AT4, with its 2-inch elevate and Rancho tubes, begins at $53,200 whereas the Denali is $54,700 and up.
Spendy? Sure certainly, however final 12 months the common Denali purchaser dropped a whopping $55,656, and with all these enjoyable new choices packing containers to tick in 2019, that quantity is just going up.
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