The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Is No Longer Just a Pricier Chevy Silverado
For quite a long time, General Motors’ Chevrolet and GMC lines of pickups have been course reading cases of identification building. In spite of the fact that GMC as of late has touted the Sierra 1500 utilizing terms, for example, “extravagance” and “premium,” the truck has been for all intents and purposes indistinguishable to its Chevrolet kin. In any case, the brand at long last branches out with the totally updated 2019 Sierra, which adds elite substance to seriously isolate itself from the likewise all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado—and from whatever is left of the gigantically well known and profoundly aggressive full-estimate pickup field.
The Sierra is currently accessible with select highlights, for example, versatile dampers, a load box made of carbon fiber, and a flexible split-collapsing back end. Its strong styling is as forcing as ever, with unmistakable C-molded lighting components, LED headlights, and a transcending grille that stands separated from the Silverado’s twofold stacked front-end outline.
However, underneath their recharged skins and inside their restyled lodges, both GM pickups keep on sharing numerous segments. This incorporates a completely boxed steel outline that is said to be 88 pounds lighter and 10 percent stiffer than previously. The reconsidered suspension additionally utilizes lighter parts. GMC professes to have shaved up to 360 pounds by changing to an aluminum hood, back end, and entryways. The group taxi’s more drawn out wheelbase includes about three inches more back seat legroom than in a year ago’s rendition, and the freight box’s floor sees its greatest point extended by almost seven creeps for expanded volume.
Similarly as with its Chevy kin, the Sierra offers a plenty of powertrains that incorporate both new and refreshed choices. While the 285-hp 4.3-liter V-6 and the 355-hp 5.3-liter V-8 proceed with a six-speed programmed and barrel deactivation, another variant of the 5.3-liter is accessible with an eight-speed transmission and GM’s new Dynamic Fuel Management. Not at all like customary barrel deactivation that stop particular chambers, this more modern fuel-sparing framework targets singular barrels utilizing a calculation that builds productivity and decreases vibrations. This innovation likewise reaches out to the 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8, which associates with a 10-speed programmed without precedent for the Sierra. Inevitably, the Sierra lineup will incorporate a 310-hp turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four matched with the eight-speed; a discretionary diesel 3.0-liter inline-six (joined by the 10-speed programmed) likewise has been affirmed, yet full subtle elements still can’t seem to be discharged.
In spite of the fact that the GMC Sierra will be accessible in an assortment of setups, our underlying drive was restricted to the highest point of-the-line Denali and the new go romping focused AT4. All were team taxis, which is the sole body style accessible at first, with either a 5.3-or 6.2-liter V-8. The SLT and the Denali are the initial two trim levels to achieve dealerships, with the AT4 set to land in about multi month. Once the full lineup is accessible, Sierra 1500 costs will extend from the base $31,095 raise wheel-drive long-box general taxi to the $59,795 group taxi standard-box Denali 4×4.
The best spec Denali trim level has a well-known looking inside plan and is decked out with premium cowhide and genuine open-pore wood. While we valued its expanded extensive size and clear controls, the Denali’s lodge materials appeared to be less upscale than those of the last-gen Denali and absolutely trailed the most rich of the new Ram 1500 models. In any case, the GMC’s inside is a powerful advancement, with a vertical focus stack that houses the most recent adaptation of GMC’s infotainment framework with a 8.0-inch touchscreen (a 7.0-inch unit is standard, alongside Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).
The show displayed the Sierra’s recently accessible 360-degree camera framework that altogether helps when connecting and observing a trailer. The brand’s ProGrade Trailering System has a cell phone application that incorporates a pre-takeoff agenda and in addition continuous vehicle and trailer data; the application additionally can be utilized to check the trailer lights remotely—a helpful trap for solo task. GMC engineers said their need was to make the Sierra as easy to understand as would be prudent, and this innovation unquestionably assists with that. Packaged in the Technology bundle is a shading head-up show and a Rear Camera Mirror (an advancement of the setup that Cadillac propelled in the CT6) with numerous splendor and zoom settings. These new innovative highlights—alongside driver helps, for example, blind side checking, raise cross-activity caution, and forward-impact cautioning with person on foot discovery—better invigorate the Sierra against rivals that as of now have such highlights.
On the Road
On streets that extended from smooth roadways to cramped city boulevards, the Denali rode well and was anything but difficult to summon. Its versatile dampers were successfully adaptable, in spite of the fact that the live back hub and mammoth 22-inch wheels still shivered over segments of unforgiving asphalt that the most recent Ram 1500, with its back curl springs or discretionary air springs, appears to be less furious about. The GMC, be that as it may, has more honed, more straight controlling with more input than most enormous trucks, and the Denali really felt balanced while cornering at higher rates.
The recently included drive modes upgrade the driving background. The settings incorporate Tour (default), Sport, Tow/Haul, and Off-Road, with each changing throttle reaction, transmission move focuses, controlling exertion, and strength control programming. We found that Sport and Tow/Haul best improved the 6.2-liter powertrain by holding gears longer and giving brief speeding up. While we could hear the motor’s profound fumes note under substantial throttle applications, wind and street commotion were for the most part confined from the Denali’s lodge.
The Sierra AT4 swaps the Denali’s versatile dampers for a 2.0-inch suspension lift and Rancho monotube stuns. Its standard hardware additionally incorporates slip plates, all-wheel drive with a two-speed exchange case, and a locking back differential (the keep going thing is likewise on the Denali). The trail-prepared truck has standard 18-inch wheels wrapped with off-road tires; Goodyear DuraTrac mud-territory elastic is accessible for an additional $295. On the other hand, purchasers can decide on 20-inch wheels with less forceful tires. We drove AT4s with the 6.2-liter V-8 and both discretionary tire bundles—one handling a gentle area of unpaved streets and another towing a trailer stacked with four ATVs. While neither one of the tasks tested the truck, we can affirm that the lifted Sierra can tow around 5000 pounds gracefully and that its fumes framework sounds like it was sourced from the Chevy Camaro SS. Shockingly, the AT4 additionally rode superior to anything the Denali on byways however showed more street clamor when wearing the mud-landscape elastic. We likewise were inspired with the Sierra’s new electrohydraulically helped stopping mechanism, which has a firm and responsive brake pedal and brings an electronic stopping brake and expanded usefulness for slope begin help.
In spite of the fact that it may appear to be gimmicky, the Sierra’s trap part collapsing rear end (the MultiPro Tailgate, in GMC talk) is really valuable and even enjoyable to work. It is best depicted as a smaller than expected rear end inside a bigger back end. Specifically, we like the configurable full-width step and furthermore the retractable lip that flips up from inside the back end to keep long things inside the case. The MultiPro Tailgate is standard on the SLT trim level or more. Sadly, we couldn’t test the toughness of the Sierra’s class-elite carbon-fiber load box—which is said to weigh 62 pounds not as much as the ordinary steel box and have unrivaled gouge, scratch, and erosion obstruction—as it won’t be accessible until at some point after dispatch.
While we anticipate driving extra Sierra variations and its two later-arriving powertrains, it’s obvious from even our underlying background that GMC has manufactured a full-measure pickup with enough identity and usefulness to separate itself from its Chevrolet kin. This is not any more only a pricier Silverado.