General Motors had its chance and defining moment to truly propel GMC into a new class with its bread-and-butter 2019 Sierra pickup. But, as we see in new spy shots of the 2019 Sierra interior, GM is dropping the ball.
Photos show the 2019 Sierra’s interior will sport an identical layout to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. That’s a real shame. The consensus following the Silverado’s debut was a “good enough” interior. But, we gave it a pass. Why? The Sierra would surely haul in a more thoughtful cabin design to match the brand’s strides in luxury trucks and SUVs—especially after seeing what FCA designers cooked up for the 2019 Ram 1500. Chevy for the everyday work, GMC for luxury and pizazz.
Instead, central control knobs shod in a chrome material are the only real differentiator. The truck still employs a traditional key ignition in the steering column, which likely means the keyless entry and push-button start features introduced on the Silverado will not be standard on all models of both trucks.
We were certain GMC would step up to the plate to take a lead on a luxury truck interior, and the evidence continued to mount that our prediction would ring true. Until this week, we hadn’t seen a single spy photo of the truck’s interior, and GM has consistently worked to give the Silverado and Sierra some much-needed separation. This year is the first year the pickups were not introduced side-by-side, and the trucks will sport radically different exterior designs.
The Silverado’s interior certainly isn’t horrendous, and we’re not calling it out on that. It feels functional with all the right ergonomics. But for the major changes in store on the powertrain and engineering fronts for GM’s all-important pickups, “underwhelming” is positively the right word from an interior design perspective.
Perhaps we’ll see something different from the range-topping Denali model, but all signs point in the opposite direction. We’ll save final opinions for in-person, but right now, the 2019 Sierra’s interior is already somewhat of a disappointment.