General Motors is moving past the aluminum versus steel debate by adding a new material to the 2019 GMC Sierra tailgate: carbon fiber. The carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) substitutes for steel inside the bed itself, while the fenders traditionally remain steel.
Autoblog detailed the new 2019 GMC Sierra tailgate in detail and it’s truly a revolution for GM pickups. The CarbonPro bed uses a 1-inch composite carbon-fiber thread, while CFRP sheets are molded to allow the plastic to bond and lock with the carbon fiber. The process happens in just one minute. In other words, it’s not a pure carbon fiber weave, which becomes clear upon closer inspection.
GMC believes the material will absorb dents more easily and resist corrosion better. The days of a bed liner could be behind owners that opt for the CFRP bed. The CarbonPro bed also shaves 62 pounds over a regular steel bed.
The CarbonPro bed won’t be available for fall 2018 launch of the 2019 Sierra, and pricing for the innovative option hasn’t been announced yet. Don’t expect it to come cheap, however. There’s a reason why it’s exclusive to the Sierra Denali.