First Drive Preview: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 and Denali
We jump behind the wheel of the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in AT4 and Denali trim!
Shortly after Chevrolet surprised us all when it unveiled the all-new and completely redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit sister brand GMC pulled the cover off of its new 2019 Sierra. The new Sierra 1500 sports a high-strength steel frame, updated suspension, improved drivetrains, advanced technology, a new body constructed of a mix of steel and aluminum, and an optional carbon fiber bed.
Powerful new proportions and distinctive design break with tradition, setting the Sierra boldly apart from its Silverado sibling. New proportions give the Sierra greater interior room, including 3 inches of additional rear seat legroom, and best-in-class cargo box volume. An available CarbonPro Box is an industry first bed material with best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance. At back is an optional MultiPro tailgate, which flips and folds in six unique and useful ways.
Since its announcement in February, we’ve been slowly learning more about what’s in store for future owners of the 2019 Sierra. In addition to the MultiPro tailgate and CarbonPro bed, the Sierra is available with an optional multi-color head-up display, rear camera mirror, and adaptive ride control--all segment firsts, in addition to a host of new safety technologies.
We’ve been patiently waiting to jump behind the wheel for a quick first drive of the newest generation Sierra, and the day has finally arrived. You’ll have to wait a few more days until we can share our thoughts (drive impressions are embargoed until Monday, August 27th at 8am Eastern), so for now enjoy our photos and a few factual tidbits about our day in beautiful St. Johns, Newfoundland. GMC brought out a handful of SLT, Denali, and AT4 models for us to drive along the beautiful Canadian oceanside. The drivetrains available were the 6.2L V-8 and 10-speed combo, along with the 5.3L and 8-speed. Not present were the 2.7L or 3.0L diesel; we’ll have to continue waiting for those.
Our drive consisted of about 250 kilometers on the highway, including mountain grades and winding two-lane highway. We were given a trio of pickups saddled with 6,000-pound trailers, in both 5.3L and 6.2L, to experience Sierra’s towing ability. A truck with an 800-pound ATV strapped in the bed demonstrated Denali’s Adaptive Ride Control. And of course there was an exciting off-road course set up to test the AT4 on Canada’s rugged back country roads.
We’ve certainly got a lot to say about the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, so check back soon for our full report!