• The 6.2 and 5.3-liter were updated
  • There's even a rear camera mirror
  • With an all-new grille design
  • C-Shaped Headlights with LED DRLs
  • Wheels ranging up to 22 inches
  • The Multipro Tailgate rewrites the book
  • While the carbon fiber bed adds strength
  • 63 cubic-feet of storage
  • The inside is gorgeous too
  • Best-in-class headroom and legroom up front
  • Denali trims gets an 8-inch display with nav
  • and there's even a 3.0-liter diesel
  • A 10-speed transmission is available
  • The prograde trailer system is standard on higher trims
  • Adaptive ride control is available too
  • All the aluminum shaves 360 pounds!
  • GMC Raised the bar on this one!

A next-gen truck with innovative features and a new diesel powerplant

General Motors first launched the GMC Sierra back in 1998, following it up with the upscale Denali trim level a few years later. Now, the latest 2019 model year is bringing with it a generational changeover, debuting in a live event in Detroit and broadcast on the Internet. Previewed in the range-topping Denali and SLT trim levels, the latest Sierra gets a variety of cool new features and technologies, including improved utility for the light-duty half-ton with a MultiPro tailgate and carbon fiber bed, plus new styling to help it stand out a bit more from its mechanically identical cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 GMC Sierra.

2019 GMC Sierra Exterior

- * Looks bigger, bolder
- * New grille design
- * C-shaped headlights get LEDs for DRLs
- * Optional 22-inch wheels
- * MultiPro tailgate offers new functionality
- * Carbon fiber bed adds toughness, cuts weight
- * 63 cubic feet of space for short box
- * Larger exterior dimensions

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The new exterior design makes the truck appear bigger and bolder than before, especially in front with the new chrome grille.

As you might expect from any generational changeover, the 2019 model year for the GMC Sierra brings with it a significant aesthetics update. The new exterior design includes a host of changes that make the truck appear bigger and bolder than before, especially in front, where we find a new chrome grille that’s larger than that of the outgoing model, with a huge, polished surround and several vertical tiers for the reflective inserts. The hood is also taller, with a rounded top that gets a few sinewy muscle lines leading back into the windshield. Further down in the fascia is a new design for the headlight housings, which maintain the traditional C-shape of the older models, but now stand taller and use squared projectors. There’s also a new design for the taillights. Adding an extra premium touch are the LED lighting elements, which were added to the daytime running lights, taillights, and fog lamps as well.

In the corners, buyers will have a chance to equip optional 22-inch wheels. These large and in charge rollers use an aluminum construction and feature an Ultra Bright finish on Denali models, plus a darker finish with chrome accents on SLT models. Finishing touches include a large Denali badge added to the tailgate, now using a bolder block typeface.

Beyond the fresh looks, the 2019 model year GMC Sierra also gets a new, rather novel design for the tailgate. Check it out in the following promo video:

Beyond the fresh looks, the 2019 GMC Sierra also gets a new, rather novel design for the tailgate.

It’s almost like another tailgate was added to the original tailgate, sort of like a tailgate inception if you will. GMC is calling it the MultiPro, and frames it as “the most innovative pickup tailgate ever.” The automaker also says the MultiPro underwent “more testing and validation than any tailgate in GM’s history.”

Why so much work for a tailgate? Well, users can configure it into six different positions, offering loads of unique features as a result, such as second-tier loading, new load-stop solutions, and a standing workstation, not to mention providing easier access to stuff in the bed with a step-up entry and egress.

The MultiPro tailgate has a weight capacity of 375 pounds, and uses two buttons for operation and the inner gate release, plus it includes a hand hold spot to make it easier to walk up and down. The MultiPro tailgate is equipped as standard on the SLT and Denali trim levels.

Next up on the list of new practicality features is a carbon fiber bed (note, this is a true carbon bed, not just a bed liner). Dubbed the CarbonPro, GMC boasts that the composite box offers the best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance, calling it “the most durable pickup box in the segment.” The CarbonPro replaces the standard steel inner panels with the popular lightweight material, shaving off around 62 pounds in the process. The CarbonPro will be offered later in the model year.

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63 cubic-feet of storage
Dubbed the CarbonPro, GMC boasts that the composite box offers the best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance.

“In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon fiber box is the toughest and most durable pickup box we have ever made,” says vice president of Global GMC, Duncan Aldred.

Furthermore, the 2019 GMC Sierra is said to offer the best-in-class cargo volume, with upwards of 63 cubic feet on the short box model. Additionally, there are now more tie-downs on offer, as well as a 110-volt outlet. If you forego the carbon bits, you’ll get a traditional bed made from roll-formed, high-strength steel, now with 50 percent added strength this time around.

Finally, the next-gen GMC Sierra is larger dimensionally, measuring in with a taller height and a longer wheelbase. It even has larger tires than the outgoing model.

2019 GMC Sierra Interior

Best-in-class headroom and legroom in front
Materials include leather, open-pore wood trim, and dark-finish aluminum
Multi-color heads-up display
Rear Camera Mirror
Full suite of safety tech
Denali gets 8.0-inch screen with nav

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A 10-speed transmission is available
If you’re looking for upscale treatment stuffed into a truck package, the Denali is the one to get.

As we dive into the improvements found inside the cabin of the 2019 GMC Sierra, let’s begin at the top and work our way down. With that in mind, we’ll kick things off with the premium Denali trim level, followed by the next-best SLT trim level.

Indeed, if you’re looking for upscale treatment stuffed into a truck package, the Denali is the one to get. In addition to offering the best-in-class headroom and legroom in front, the Denali also gets lots of premium materials throughout, such as leather upholstery for the seats, open-pore wood trim on the center tunnel, and dark-finish aluminum on the center console. The leather uses a large-pebble grain and contrast stitching, which means it’ll look and feel fantastic.

New for 2019, the Sierra crew cab offers an extra 3 inches of rear legroom. The outboard seats also fold down and get discrete storage compartments that can house important items like laptops or tablets, and there is a higher seating position this time around as well.

In a segment-first, the 2019 Sierra gets a multi-color heads-up display, which can be customized to display the data of your choice. The display is measured at 3.0 inches in height and 7.0 inches in width. The 2019 Sierra is also offering a segment-first Rear Camera Mirror, which projects a feed from the tail-mounted camera into the rear-view mirror in the cabin. The Camera Mirror helps drivers see around obstructions, such as tall rear-seated passengers or large cargo in the bed, using a high-resolution camera that can be manipulated with a tilt and zoom feature as desired. Buyers can also get a regular reflecting mirror if desired.

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Technology features include an available suite of safety stuff, such as a Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Detection, and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

Further technology features include an available suite of safety stuff, such as a Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Detection, and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. There is smartphone-esque tile app operation for the infotainment system, which is based on the GMC IntelliLink platform. Denali models come with a standard 8.0-inch infotainment screen with navigation. There’s also improved voice recognition, and an available surround-view vision feature with a bird’s eye perspective, which is great for when you’ve got a trailer and need to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

2019 GMC Sierra Drivetrain

- * 6.2-liter and 5.3-liter V-8’s updated
- * New 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel
- * More efficient this time around
- * Available 10-speed automatic transmission

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With an all-new grille design
In addition to updates to the 6.2-liter and 5.3-liter V-8s, there's also an all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel option.

New for the 2019 model year, the GMC Sierra comes proper with an expanded powertrain lineup. In addition to updates to the 6.2-liter and 5.3-liter V-8s, there’s also an all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel option.

Let’s start with the ‘eights, which arrive with the latest start/stop technology to help save a few bucks at the pump, as well as Dynamic Fuel Management that will deactivate up to seven of the cylinders when cruising to up mpg even further.

Exact power levels for the engines have yet to be revealed, but we’re expecting modest improvements over the current 5.3-liter’s 355 horsepower and the current 6.2-liter’s 420 horsepower.

Now to the diesel six-cylinder, which hails from GMC’s Duramax lineup, which also includes powerplants found in the Sierra HD and Canyon.

As for transmission options, a 10-speed automatic gearbox is offered on the 6.2-liter and 3.0-liter diesel engines. The 5.3-liter is expected to get the same eight-speed automatic as the outgoing model.

2019 GMC Sierra Chassis And Functionality

- * ProGrade trailer system is standard on higher trims
- * Full suite of trailering technology
- * Available adaptive ride control
- * Extra aluminum cuts 360 pounds

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Wheels ranging up to 22 inches
The 2019 model year comes with a new ProGrade Trailering System as standard on Denali and SLT trim levels.

While fancy grilles and the latest technology are all well and good, at the end of the day, the GMC Sierra is still a workhorse kind of machine. To that end, the 2019 model year comes with a new ProGrade Trailering System as standard on Denali and SLT trim levels. The system includes a Trailering App, which offers up useful things like a pre-departure checklist, maintenance reminders, a trailer light test, trailer electrical diagnostics, and a trailer tire pressure and temperature monitor. Several of these features can also be had on the MyGMC app, which offers iOS and Android support.

The rest of the trailering technology suite includes features like Hitch Guidance, Hitch View, and an Auto Electric Park Brake. Further electronic assistance can be had with the available side-view cameras and trailer-mounted high-definition camera, and there’s also Trailer Theft Detection, which will send you a text if your trailer is detached without your permission.

The Denali can also be had with Adaptive Ride Control, which uses a variety of sensors to monitor parameters like road conditions and chassis response, and can be used to adjust the damper settings in as little as two milliseconds.

The 2019 GMC Sierra is also lighter this time around, with aluminum used for the doors, hood, and tailgate. All told, the latest Sierra is 360 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

2019 GMC Sierra Prices

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and there’s even a 3.0-liter diesel

Sales for the 2019 GMC Sierra commence this fall. Exact pricing details are expected for release closer to the on-sale date. For reference, the current SLT trim level starts at $47,000, while the Denali trim level starts at $55,000.

2019 GMC Sierra Competition

Ford F-150

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Ford F-150

When it comes to competition, it doesn’t get much more robust than the best-selling vehicle in the world. But that’s precisely what the 2019 GMC Sierra is up against when it comes to the Ford F-150. The iconic Blue Oval just got a refresh last year, gaining a tweaked exterior style, new safety tech bits, and a few new upgrades under the hood as well. Base models come equipped with a 3.3-liter V-6, while the turbo 2.7-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter get more power. A 10-speed automatic arrives as standard on all models except the base one.

Read our full review of the 2018 Ford-F-150.

Ram 1500

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Ram is also in on the action in this space, with an all-new Ram 1500 revealed recently for the 2019 model year. Offering features like a Uconnect infotainment platform and 5.0-inch screen, plus Bluetooth support, a ParkView back up camera, and electric park brake, there’s plenty of tech on board, while the best-in-class V-8 towing up to 12,750 pounds and a max payload of 2,300 pounds keeps it doing the work you need. There’s also available active suspension and loads of premium cabin touches to keep it comfortable.

Read our full review of the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500.

Conclusion

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There’s even a rear camera mirror
We’ll have to see where the competition goes next, but so far, the 2019 GMC Sierra makes for a rather enticing package.

While having a truck that can handle all the big jobs is important, having one that’s comfortable at the the same time is most definitely appreciated. GMC knows this, and the next-gen Sierra brings the goods in a number of areas to entice buyers.

“The heritage of the GMC brand is rooted in full-size trucks, of which the Sierra is our cornerstone, without SLT and Denali models contributing 87 percent of our total crew cab sales,” said vice president of Global GMC, Duncan Aldred. “The next generation Sierra caters to those unique customers who demand a premium, innovative truck that supports their professional and personal passions.”

In the realm of “don’t work harder, work smarter,” we’re really liking the new MultiPro tailgate. On paper, it’s a pretty clever idea, and we’re eager to try it out in person.

We’re also really liking the available carbon fiber bed. Saving weight while adding toughness makes a lot of sense, plus it just looks really cool.

Toss in the new turbodiesel powerplant, and things are looking good for the Sierra.

Of course, we’ll have to see where the competition goes next, but so far, the 2019 GMC Sierra makes for a rather enticing package.

  • Leave it
    • * Some of the features could be seen as a bit “gimmicky”
    • * Heavy competition
    • * Premium upgrades could make for a rather pricey truck

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Press release

GMC is taking its most popular pickup truck to the next level with the completely redesigned 2019 Sierra Denali and SLT.

Distinguished by bold design and segment-leading technologies, the next generation Sierra Denali once again redefines the premium pickup, while advancing Denali’s legacy as the pinnacle of GMC design, capability and refinement.

“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.”

Powerful proportions and distinctive Denali design help define the Sierra’s unmistakable exterior, while the driver-focused cabin strengthens the brand’s reputation for refinement with premium materials, improved interior space and innovative storage solutions.

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 3x7-inch display to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror offers an optimized view via an available dual-function interior mirror that expands vision to overcome common visual obstructions like occupants or cargo. This next generation system features a higher resolution camera and display and the ability to tilt or zoom the view.

The redesigned Sierra Denali offers a full suite of available advanced safety features, along with exclusive chassis technologies such as Adaptive Ride Control.

“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.”

A commanding presence
The 2019 Sierra Denali debuts a profound new GMC design. A taller, more confident stance gives Sierra Denali powerful proportions complemented by hallmark details such as a chrome grille with a sharp, precise dimensional pattern that epitomizes the truck’s attention to detail.

“The next generation Sierra Denali has a deliberate, commanding presence,” said Matt Noone, director of design, GMC Exteriors. “Its unmistakable design embodies the essence of GMC, while advancing the brand’s core styling elements — rooted in inherent capability — with a new expression of its signature cues.”

Sierra shows refinement and strength through a larger, more-dominant upright grille, a taller hood, and a bolder, more pronounced take on GMC’s C-shaped lighting signature.

Advanced lighting technology distinguishes the Sierra Denali from every other truck on the road. GMC’s front lighting signature is conveyed through a prominent “light blade” that delivers uniform LED illumination for the daytime running lamps. LEDs are also used for the headlamps, taillamps, fog lamps and other illuminative elements, with lenses constructed from durable material with an almost crystalline quality.

The truck is larger than the previous truck in virtually every dimension, and the larger grille and dramatic lighting accentuate its broad-shouldered stance. The wheels are pushed closer to the corners and wear larger diameter tires. Denali features available 22-inch Ultra Bright aluminum wheels; the SLT model offers its own unique 22-inch dark aluminum wheels finished with chrome accents.

New, more prominent badging includes a bold DENALI nameplate on the tailgate —expressed in a new block-style typeface that echoes the truck’s strong proportions — below the signature GMC identification.

An elevated interior refined
The Sierra Denali’s new interior builds on the refinement and sophistication that have become synonymous with Denali, topping the segment with best-in-class front head- and legroom (maximum), providing a more spacious, driver-centric environment finished with premium materials.

Putting the driver at the center of experience starts with a higher seating position that offers a confident view behind the wheel. The optimized ergonomics emphasize easy, intuitive interaction with the vehicle’s technologies, such as the all-new Trailering App and segment-first Head-Up Display.

Denali-exclusive materials — including premium leather-appointed seating, authentic open-pore wood trim and dark-finish aluminum decor — help raise the interior to a new level of refinement. The exclusive 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.

When it comes to the space and storage vital to truck customers, the 2019 Sierra’s crew cab has nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the current model. The outboard rear seat backs open to reveal rectangular storage spaces large enough for storing tablets or laptops, tie-down cords, umbrellas or other important accessories.

Groundbreaking cargo box capability and materials
The next generation 2019 Sierra debuts a GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate that is the segment’s most innovative tailgate ever. Standard on SLT and Denali, 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 (170 kg). Ease of use is enhanced with two buttons on the tailgate handle that allow convenient inner gate release.

This multifunctional tailgate offers proven strength and durability, having undergone more testing and validation than any tailgate in GM’s history. Sierra is the first and only truck to offer the MultiPro Tailgate, providing premium truck customers the ultimate flexibility. MultiPro Tailgate will be standard on Denali and SLT.

The cargo boxes also offer best-in-class cargo volume — 63 cubic feet (1,784 liters) on the short box, as well as additional tie-downs and a new, available 110-volt power outlet. The bed continues to be made of roll-formed, high-strength steel, yet a revised alloy offers 50 percent more strength than the current model.

The 2019 Sierra Denali will offer, later in the model year, an available GMC exclusive and industry-first carbon fiber box — the CarbonPro — developed to increase durability, efficiency and functionality of the truck. It replaces the standard steel inner panels and floor with a lightweight, purpose-designed carbon fiber composite that offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.

“In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon fiber box is the toughest and most durable pickup box we have ever made,” Aldred said.

The new CarbonPro box is 62 pounds (28 kg) 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 (163 kg) from Sierra compared today’s model.

ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App
The 2019 Sierra offers a more confident towing experience thanks to GMC’s new ProGrade Trailering System, standard on Denali and SLT. The trailering system includes an all-new Trailering App featuring a Pre-Departure checklist, Maintenance Reminders, Trailer Light Test, Trailer Electrical Diagnostics and Trailer Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitoring.

Many of the Trailering App’s functions, including the lighting test and pre-departure checklist, are also available with the MyGMC app on compatible Android and iOS smartphones, a feature that offers great convenience when outside the truck or trailer.

The next generation Sierra also offers Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and Auto Electric Park Brake to help with perfect 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.

Purposeful technologies
Seamless, driver-focused technology has long been a Denali standard, and the 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark by incorporating purposeful technologies.

These technologies work together to increase functionality and enhance comfort and convenience. Highlights include:

Segment-first Multi-color 3x7 Head-Up Display: The 2019 Sierra is the first full-size truck to offer this technology, which projects key vehicle information on the windshield within the driver’s line of sight.
Advanced GMC infotainment: This new, dynamic platform offers a smartphone-like experience with an intuitive interface, faster response and improved voice recognition. Sierra Denali’s standard 8-inch diagonal system includes navigation.
Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror: This available dual-function interior mirror offers an optimized camera view that can help the driver’s view around potential vision obstructions such as occupants or cargo, while also offering a greater field of vision. This next gen system features a higher resolution camera, a higher resolution display and the ability to tilt or zoom the view. A conventional mirror view is also available.
Surround Vision: Offering a bird’s-eye view of the truck, this available feature displays an overhead image on the infotainment screen, helping the driver detect potential obstacles when backing up, including when trailering.
Full suite of advanced safety features: The 2019 Sierra Denali offers a full range of available advanced safety features, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Pedestrian Detection and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

Sierra performance
New versions of the proven 6.2L and 5.3L V-8 engines will be joined by an all-new 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine, expanding the powertrain lineup for the 2019 Sierra.

The 5.3L and 6.2L 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 new diesel builds on GMC’s expertise with Duramax turbo-diesels offered in Sierra HD and Canyon models. The available 6.2L and 3.0L engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Sierra Denali features an exclusive Adaptive Ride Control suspension system designed to provide premium driving refinement with exceptional responsiveness. It employs sophisticated sensors to monitor road conditions and chassis responses in real time, enabling adjustments to active dampers every 2 milliseconds.

Coming this fall
The 2019 GMC Sierra Denali and SLT go on sale this fall. Additional details will be released closer to the start of production.

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