If you want the future, you’re going to pay for it. And in the case of the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra and its segment-exclusive carbon fiber composite pickup truck box – the CarbonPro – will likely come at a cost. How much of a cost remains uncertain: GMC has announced that the new box will roll out in limited quantities later this year, but has not yet announced how much it will cost.
What GMC has announced is that it will launch the new CarbonPro box in limited quantities later this year on limited-run models branded as the GMC Sierra CarbonPro Edition. The special edition will be available in conjunction with the 2019 Sierra AT4 1500 and 2019 Sierra Denali 1500. Thereafter, GM will increase availability of the carbon fiber box on both trims for the 2020 GMC Sierra.
The CarbonPro bed delivers various neat improvements that could give GMC justification for charging a hefty premium. Thanks to the lightweight properties of the carbon composite materials, GMC Sierra models equipped with the carbon fiber composite box receive a higher payload rating – 59 pounds more than the Sierra’s roll-formed steel bed. The CarbonPro bed also features a rugged, grained surface that increased its durability and doesn’t need a spray-in bed liner or rear wheel house liners, further saving weight.
The very front of the CarbonPro features three indentations, or cutouts, designed specifically for street motorcycles and dirt bikes. A large center indentation for the wider tire of a street motorcycle tire is flanked by two smaller cutouts for dirt bikes. Two additional tie-down locations accompany the indentations at the front of the bed just under the lip. These help further secure the two-wheeled machines in place.
How much demand the CarbonPro box will enjoy will ultimately come down to price, which remains unknown as of this writing. So, how much do you think GMC will charge for the CarbonPro bed in the Sierra 1500? Take the poll, and sound off in the comments below.