I can wait to see what’s really beneath the heavy camouflage because the camouflaged prototype looks awesome. Luckily, the redesigned 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck is heading to the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, which will start next January, so it’s not too far from the arrival.
The testing vehicle is still completely wrapped around, but even so, it promises to be totally quite interesting. The front end styling is featuring a massive grille and even bigger bumper, which sits lower by the way. Everything is spiced up with C-shaped LEDs and vertical fog lamps. GMC decided to reduce wheel arches, so the next generation Sierra 1500 might look more subtle. Though, the truck definitely kept big shoulders and robust design.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 will likely keep its footprint unchanged. Still, curb weight will go down due to more lightweight materials. Although, the truck will still ride on the K2XX body-on-frame platform, so the changes won’t be too drastic.
Engines and Transmission
The truck will keep the current V6 and V8 options. However, both units will slightly improve both power and torque, while fuel economy should be better due to the lighter bodywork and a new, more efficient transmission. Just like Chevrolet, GMC will add a 10-speed automatic gearbox across the range. Plus, the potential buyers will be able to get a diesel option or even options. If the information I have turns out to be true, the oil-chugging truck will add an ultra-efficient 2.8-liter turbodiesel. Still, the real fun starts with a more potent 4.5-liter V8 Duramax. The mighty mill will reportedly produce 310 horsepower and 520 pound-feet of torque.
Even though I highly doubt that it’s going to be ready for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, it’s very important to say that the carmaker works on the high-performance 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. Raptor’s rival will allegedly get an upgraded V8 with a supercharged technology, which will overleap Ford’s performance truck with ease.
The photographers haven’t managed to catch a glimpse of the future interior this time, so I don’t know what’s happening inside. Still, I suppose that the carmaker won’t miss the chance to add an updated infotainment system and perhaps better safety suit.
Estimated Price and Release
The redesigned truck will become available across North America next summer. The price should stay in the same range with today’s model, which is basically just a little bit south from $30K.