Carbon-Bedded, Multi-Pro Betailgated, Connected Trailering Apped GMC Sierra Denali and SLT Launch

Ever since the launch of the Silverado in Detroit we’ve been eagerly anticipating the reveal of its sister truck, the Sierra. The brand promised a visually distinct and technologically separate truck and have followed through.

Although it comes with the same range of engines (a 6.2-liter, a 5.3-liter, and 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel), if features its own design language and a carbon fiber bed.

The Sierra’s marquee item, its new bed, features an industry-first carbon-fiber box later this model year. The option will replace the standard steel inner panels and floor with a carbon composite that GMC argues is more dent-, scratch-, and corrosion-resistant than anything else in its class.

On top of being tough, it will also be 62 lbs lighter than the steel version. The Sierra will also feature aluminum doors, hood, and tailgate, which will make it another 360 lbs lighter than today’s Sierra.

The 2019 Sierra will also get a GMC-exclusive MultiPro Tailgate. Standard on the Denali and SLT trims, the tailgate is fitted with a step to allow easy entry, as well as a seat because people were going to sit on it either way, so it might as well be comfortable.

Rated for 375 lbs, the tailgate can also transform into a workstation by folding down halfway, while an easy access handle to access its class-leading 63-cubic feet of cargo (in the short box configuration).

GMC is also offering a trailering app that offers a predeparture checklist, maintenance reminders, a trailer light test function, electrical diagnostics, and tire pressure monitor.

And to get you lined up with your trailer, the Sierra also comes with Hitch Guidance. Cameras in the back of the truck help you find your hitch. Better still, though, a trailer-mounted HD camera will help you back up when the trailer is attached to the truck.

The Sierra will also offer a first-in-class color heads up display.

“GMC ignited the premium truck segment 17 years ago with the original launch of the Sierra Denali,” promised Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC, in a statement. “The next generation 2019 Sierra Denali establishes a new benchmark in capability and refinement. It exemplifies precision in every detail.”

Going on sale this fall, pricing has yet to be announced.

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