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New car reviews

2019 GMC Sierra

the workhorse

Lou Ann Hammond, Wed, 05 Jun 2019 12:24:18 PDT

The 2019 Sierra's industry-first MultiPro Tailgate offers six functions and positions for enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions.

NEW FOR 2019

* Redesigned from the ground up and larger in almost every dimension, including a longer wheelbase and longer crew cab body that offers about 3 inches more rear legroom than the previous model

* GMC-exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate offers six functions and positions for enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the cargo box

* Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display projects key, customizable vehicle data on the windshield in a 3-inch x 7-inch display

* GMC-exclusive, industry-first CarbonPro carbon fiber cargo box was developed to increase durability, efficiency, and functionality while offering best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance

* Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror. Compared to a traditional inside rearview mirror, this rearview mirror display can function either as a traditional mirror or as a camera screen, helping to eliminate obstructions such as rear seat passengers and head restraints while providing a wider, less obstructed rear field of view

* ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App offers a connected and comprehensive suite of trailering technologies

* Up to 360 pounds (163k) lighter than the previous model, thanks to a mixed materials approach - including aluminum for the doors, hood, and tailgate, with steel for the fenders, roof, and standard cargo box

* Fully boxed steel frame that is 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than its predecessor, while offering 10 percent greater torsional rigidity

* Enhanced front and rear suspensions incorporate new, lightweight components

* Denali-exclusive Adaptive Ride control offers premium ride comfort through real-time monitoring of the road and driver inputs, reacting in milliseconds to adjust damping for exceptional body control and ride isolation

Six engine/transmission combinations:

4.3L V-6 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic

5.3L V-8 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic

New 2.7L Turbo with Active Fuel Management and an eight-speed automatic

New 5.3L V-8 with new Dynamic Fuel Management and an eight-speed automatic

New 6.2L V-8 with new Dynamic Fuel Management and a 10-speed automatic

New 3.0L I-6 turbo-diesel and a 10-speed automatic (late availability)

Dynamic Fuel Management featured on new 5.3L, and 6.2L V-8 engines expands cylinder-deactivation capability with 17-cylinder activation combinations to optimize performance and efficiency in all driving conditions

Improved brake system featuring electro-hydraulic power assist, larger-diameter Duralife brake rotors, and larger brake pads

Best-in-class cargo volume, with Sierra Denali's 5' 8" box offering 63 cubic feet of capacity; most of that volume was created by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly seven inches

Higher-strength standard steel floor: a roll-formed, high-strength steel bed floor featuring higher-grade steel that is 50-percent stronger than the previous model

Additional bed functionality with enhanced LED cargo lights, 12 fixed cargo tie-downs rated at 500lbs per corner and larger rear CornerStep openings

The expanded suite of active safety features, as well as new HD Rear-Vision Camera, Lane Change Alert with Size Blind Zone Alert and HD Surround Vision

All-New Traction Select System allows the driver to choose from preset drive modes that are tailored for different terrain or weather conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra's transmission shift points, throttle mapping, and StabiliTrak to optimize performance for the situation at hand.

Next-generation GMC Infotainment systems and connectivity

VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

Sierra 1500 offerings include regular cab, double cab, and crew cab body styles - all offered with 4WD

Regular cab models are offered with an 8' box. Double cab models are available with a 6 '6" box, while crew cabs are available with a 5' 8" box or the 6' 6" box

Models and trim levels include:

Sierra

SLE

Elevation

SLT

AT4

Denali

The redesigned Sierra Denali offers segment-first technologies such as Multi-Color Head-up Display and Rear Camera Mirror, along with exclusive chassis enhancements such as Adaptive Ride Control and signature design and interior elements. See the separate page for complete detail

The new Sierra Elevation is offered exclusively in the double cab configuration - in 2WD and 4WD - and features monochromatic door handles, bumpers and grille surround, amplified by black exterior accents, including the grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim, and standard 20-inch aluminum wheels

The new Sierra AT4 offers an authentic off-road capability and innovative technology paired with premium refinement. It features a 2-inch factory suspension lift, standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho monotube shocks, 18-inch wheels with all-terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires (20-inch wheels available), Hill Descent Control, Traction Select System, MultiPro Tailgate, exclusive exterior and interior trim, red vertical recovery hooks and a standard 5.3L V-8 engine

LED headlamps and signature C-shaped LED light blade daytime running lamps are standard on all models

LED taillamps on all models, with LED fog lamps on Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali

2-speed Autotrac Transfer Case standard on AT4 and Denali (4WD); available on SLT with X31 package or 6.2L V8 Engine; available on Sierra, SLE, Elevation with X31 package

X31 Off-Road Package includes off-road suspension, Hill Descent Control, Skid Plates, HD air Cleaner, integrated Dual Exhaust is standard on AT4 and available on Sierra, SLE, Elevation, and SLT with a unique badge

Available Max Trailering Package features a 9.76-inch rear axle, 3.42 axle ratio, enhanced-cooling radiator, revised shock tuning for increased control, heavier-duty rear leaf springs, a 220-amp alternator, and trailer brake controller

Available automatic locking rear differential reacts in milliseconds in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces

Available Snow Plow Prep package includes power feed for backup and roof emergency light, 220-amp alternator, forward lamp wiring harness, high-capacity air cleaner, underbody shield, and heavy-duty front springs

ProGrade Advanced Trailering Package is available includes Hitch Guidance with hitch view and Trailering App

Trailer Camera Package is available on SLT, AT4, and Denali; includes left and right-side mirror cameras and provisions for rear auxiliary trailer camera

MultiPro Tailgate is standard on, SLT, AT4, and Denali

Available spray-on bed liner, standard on AT4

GMC Infotainment system with a 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is standard on Sierra; system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility

GMC Infotainment system with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is standard on SLE and Elevation; system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility, advanced voice recognition, in-vehicle apps, and personalized profiles

GMC Infotainment system with an enhanced 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, including multi-touch display, is standard on SLT and AT4 and available on SLE and Elevation; system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility, advanced voice recognition, in-vehicle apps, and personalized profiles

GMC Infotainment system with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and embedded navigation is standard on Denali and available on SLT and AT4; system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility, advanced voice recognition, in-vehicle apps, and personalized profiles

GMC 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot (includes one-month/3GB data trial)

The remote vehicle starter system is standard on Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali and available on SLE

Available Technology Package includes HD Surround Vision, Rear Camera Mirror and Multi-Color Head-Up Display

Heated front seats are standard on SLT, AT4, and Denali; available on SLE and Elevation

Ventilated front seats and heated outboard rear seats are standard on AT4 and Denali and available on SLT

The heated steering wheel is standard on SLT, AT4, and Denali; optional on SLE and Elevation

SAFETY FEATURES

Airbags: dual-stage frontal for driver and front passenger, seat-mounted side-impact for driver and front outboard passenger, and head-curtain side-impact for front and rear outboard seating positions; includes Passenger Sensing System

Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, and hill-start assist

Standard rear-vision camera (includes HD camera view on specific models)

Driver Alert Package is available on Sierra, SLE, Elevation, SLT, and AT4; content is standard on Denali. Content includes Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert

Driver Alert Package II is available on SLT, AT4, and Denali. Content includes: Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, IntelliBeam automatic headlamp control, Following Distance Indicator and Safety Alert Seat

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab AT4 I drove had a starting MSRP of $53,200 and an out-the-door of $64,680.

 

 


2019 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab AT4


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