The 2018 North American International Auto Show was all about the 2019 Silverado 1500 for General Motors, but the automaker has another pickup coming: the 2019 GMC Sierra. And today, new 2019 Sierra spy shots show that the GMC will take a much different design approach from the Silverado, and it’s one that should please loyalists.
This year marked the first time in years that the Silverado and Sierra weren’t revealed alongside one another, no doubt to put some space between GM’s full-size pickup trucks. Also differentiating the two is the design of the 2019 Sierra. The front fascia seems to take the cues introduced on the 2018 GMC Terrain and then merging them with a large upright grille with a blocky and chiseled shape. Notably, the headlights hiding beneath the camouflage look very similar to the Terrain.
We don’t see nearly as much surfacing on the side profile as we do on the 2019 Silverado, though that could very well be because the camouflage is doing its job. At the rear, it’s also difficult to note any major distinctions. We’re curious to see if GMC will also move to a debossed tailgate or stick with a traditional “GMC” logo; Chevrolet did away with the bowtie badge in favor of a debossed tailgate.
If the 2019 Silverado and 2019 Sierra share powertrains—it’s all but certain they will—expect a 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management technology, which can shut down up to seven cylinders in the name of fuel efficiency. We also expect a new 3.0-liter Duramax diesel engine as well as a pair of two new, smaller displacement engines that were not announced in conjunction with the 2019 Silverado.
We don’t expect to see the 2019 GMC Sierra show face in Chicago next month, and the New York Auto Show seems like an uncertain bet. Instead, we think it’s more likely GMC will throw its own debut outside of the auto show circuit. Stay tuned.