2019 GMC Sierra Headed for March 1 Debut in Detroit

2019 gmc sierra headed for march 1 debut in detroit

We’ve shown you the spy photos already, but your first glimpse of the real thing is now less than a month away. The wraps come off the next-generation GMC Sierra in Detroit on March 1st, Automotive News has learned, providing us with yet another new truck in a year that, so far, has brought little else.

Both the 2019 Sierra and luxo-barge Sierra Denali will appear in the Motor City next month, complimenting the next-gen Chevrolet Silverado that debuted last month. While the GMC is expected to gain the full complement of powertrain hand-me-downs, its styling will head in a different direction.

Up front, at least. From what we’ve seen of the new model, there’s little difference to be found in a side-on view, leaving the Sierra’s face as the big question mark. It looks like GMC plans an evolution of the design that’s served it well over the past many years, with new headlights, foglights, and a bolder grille to set it apart from its Chevy twin.

Certainly, the camouflaged face we saw last month seems less divisive than the Silverado’s. Time will tell if that’s actually the case.

The same weight-saving measures that shaved about 450 pounds from the Silverado will appear in the Sierra, aiding fuel economy. There’s a handful of tricks in store for that goal. For 2019, GM’s using Delphi’s Dynamic Skip Fire cylinder deactivation system on its 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8 engines, and a 10-speed automatic joins the model line for the first time. Like the Silverado, the Sierra will surely make use of the Flint-built 3.0-liter inline-six diesel announced last month.

We’re still waiting on specs for that intriguing mill, though GM hopes to top the fuel economy of Ford’s just-announced 3.0-liter diesel V6.

With truck sales making up an ever-greater slice of GM’s revenue pie, a redesigned full-size line should help the automaker compete in an age of rapidly declining car sales. In 2017, Sierra sales fell 1.7 percent, nearly the exact opposite of the Silverado’s sales performance.

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  • Sub-600 Sub-600 on Feb 02, 2018

    I hope they didn’t take the ugly stick to this one, that black grille may extend all the way down.

  • Brumus Brumus on Feb 02, 2018

    Dear TTAC, Could you please get the complimenting/complementing thing right? With compliments, Harold

  • EBFlex "I've only filled the gas tank three times in 2500 miles"Assuming you went from 0 gallons to full (17.2), you have averaged almost 50MPG over those 2500 miles. 50 MPG in a Jeep Wrangler. To all of you EV nut jobs, tell me again how PHEVs are not the absolute best thing to happen to automobiles since the wheel. And tell me how they don't make EVs look like the awful play toys that they are.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird The Buick 215/3.5-liter aluminum V8 was one of GMs great engines. Unfortunately GM being GM in one of their greatest mistakes was selling off the tooling to BL. If they kept it around and improved upon it it would have been a fine motor for their compacts and midsize models through the OPEC oil crisis.
  • Chris P Bacon Not sure why a '21 is getting reviewed, because there have been improvements to the 4xe. I've got a '22 4xe Sahara. May 2022 build in High-Velocity yellow with a soft top. As soon as it was announced I knew I wanted to try it, not for the fuel mileage, but for the technology. I don't have a Level 2 charger, it charges fully overnight on the included Level 1. I see an indicated range of 27 miles regularly. Today it indicated 29 when I unplugged. I've only filled the gas tank three times in 2500 miles, a full charge costs me about $3 based on my current electricity supplier. I don't experience the rough transitions between electric and gas, so maybe Jeep figured it out? It's stupid fast when using all the power off the line. So much so that it will break the rear wheels loose when you stomp on it. I agree that plugin hybrids are the future. I see no need for a pure electric. This is the way to go.
  • RHD The word B R O N C O written in contrasting paint on the dashboard is quite unnecessary. The passenger certainly knows what kind of vehicle he or she is in. That detail is a big fail. The red and white Bronco looks great, especially with tires that have honest-to-goodness sidewalls on them.
  • Luke42 Aren't those trim levels just different colors of paint?That's what they sound like, at least. 🤷‍♂️