The new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is a cousin truck to the 2019 Chevy Silverado, but the two trucks are actually more different than you might think. Here is the top seven list of features that make the 2019 Sierra half-ton stand out.
The 2019 GMC Sierra differentiates itself from the Chevrolet truck with a unique front-end, headlights, wheel arches, and tail lights. It’s not a case of “badge engineering” where the two trucks simply carry different badges. The new Sierra’s exterior design stands on its own and offers several options/trim levels.
The new Sierra 1500 Denali comes with an adaptive suspension system. The shocks use dynamic valving to adjust to varying road conditions in real time. This is not the same as GM’s magneride shocks system.
Rear Camera Mirror
You may know this feature from the Cadillac CT6 from a couple of years ago. The camera that is mounted high on the back of the Sierra’s cab transmits a high definition video feed to the center rearview mirror inside the cab. The driver can choose to enable it or use the regular mirror. The drive can also adjust the brightness, zoom, and angle of the camera view.
The 2019 Sierra comes in base (1SA), SLE, Elevation (extended cab only), SLT, AT4, and Denali versions. The Silverado comes in several more trim levels, but there is one interesting different with the AT4 model. The Sierra AT4 is basically a Silverado TrailBoss 4×4 truck in Sierra clothing, but the AT4 is available with the 6.2L V8 engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission – while the TrailBoss is currently not.
Carbon Fiber Composite Bed
GMC calls this bed the “Carbon Pro” bed, and it is a carbon fiber composite material for the inner panels and the floor of the bed. GMC says this saves about 62 lbs over the regular steel bed. They says it is also very dent and puncture resistant.
The base price of the 2019 Sierra is $34,995 for the extended cab base model with the 2.7L turbo. The base price for a 2019 Silverado extended cab is $33,695 with the 4.3L V6. The GMC is approximately $1,300 more than the Silverado. While the 2019 Sierra is already arriving in U.S. dealerships, it is not available with the 4.3L V6 base engine yet. Also, neither the Silverado nor the Sierra are available in regular (two-door) work truck cab configurations until a later date.
Perhaps, the most unique feature of the new Sierra is the available “Multi Pro” tailgate that can be configured in six different ways. It will be standard on SLT, AT4, and Denali trim levels when it becomes available. You can opt to have a regular tailgate. If you choose the MultiPro, you will also be able to add a Kicker audio system to it along with some extra lights.
Check out this video for the demonstration of all of these features.