What was one a rumor has now been proven true. General Motors will be introducing an optional carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) bed on its flagship pickup truck: the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. Couple that with the trick triple threat tailgate, branded as MultiPro Tailgate, and the 2019 Sierra 1500 Denali embodies the GMC values of precision and innovation that haven’t been seen since the introduction of Quadrasteer.
Figuring out how to efficiently incorporate something as advanced as a carbon fiber reinforced plastic truck bed appears to be no easy task, but it appears that General Motors was able to leverage learnings from other vehicle programs to make this feature viable. According to GM head of product development Mark Reuss, that’s exactly what happened.
“I would say that there are learnings from other vehicles that went into the making of the bed,” said Reuss, in an afternoon media scrum during the 2019 Sierra 1500 reveal. “And that’s a big deal in terms of learning to get on these curves and see what we can drive out of it, and get the efficiencies, and really lead.”
Reuss didn’t specify as to which vehicles or programs GM’s truck division leveraged. Though if we look at which vehicles currently feature carbon fiber integration, it’s likely from learnings of performance vehicles such as the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, or perhaps something in the pipeline.
Reuss, a career GM employee, also hinted that the learnings through the development of the 2019 Sierra’s CFRP bed can be implemented into other vehicles, but left out specifics. Currently, the CFRP bed is exclusive to the 2019 Sierra 1500 Denali, and will rollout as an option a little after the Q3 2018 launch of the truck. Neither the CarbonPro truck bed nor the MultiPro tailgate will be offered on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.