The optional CarbonPro bed in the 2019 GMC Sierra is designed to shrug off just about everything short of a direct hit from an artillery shell. Now that we (kind of) know how much the carbon composite bed will cost and have also outlined at its various advantages, let’s now have a look at how it performs thanks to this video.
At less than a minute in length, the video is brief, but it does demonstrate the extreme toughness of the CarbonPro bed. Included is a variety of slow-mo shots that show various items smashing into the bed surface, including a steel barrel drum, a few cinder blocks, and a sledgehammer. The testers even smash the cinder blocks with the sledgehammer directly on top of the CarbonPro bed. You know, for science.
It’s worth noting that the white dust and debris that’s visible when the cinder blocks hit the bed is from the block material disintegrating, rather than the bed getting discolored or otherwise damaged.
Carbon fiber is the same material used on race cars and spacecraft. It’s extremely lightweight and rigid, and when applied to the 2019 GMC Sierra in the form of the CarbonPro carbon composite bed, it’s extremely durable as well.
The GMC CarbonPro bed offers best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance. It’s exclusive to GMC (at least for now) and is considered an industry first. Unlike the steel inner panels of a traditional bed, the CarbonPro bed utilizes Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic, or CFRP, for added strength, all while weighing 62 pounds less – which allows it to deliver a higher payload capacity.
The CarbonPro bed surface has a gritty texture to prevent items from sliding around, as well as three tie-downs per corner, just like the standard steel bed. It then adds cutouts at the very front of the bed to help haul motorcycles and bikes, along with additional tie-downs to secure them.
Currently, the GMC CarbonPro bed is available on the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra Denali 1500. Upgrading to the CarbonPro trim level puts pricing at $66,635 for the AT4, and $70,020 for the Denali. In addition to the new bed, the CarbonPro package also includes a litany of extra equipment, such as the rear-camera mirror, automatic emergency braking, power side steps, a Bluetooth-powered bed speaker, and unique badging.
The CarbonPro package is definitely worth it for folks who go hard on their bed and don’t want to bother with a spray-in alternative… or for those who enjoy smashing cinder blocks.