GMC’s carbon fiber composite box, dubbed CarbonPro, is a modern marvel. It’s the first of its kind and raises the bar when it comes to pickup truck bed durability. Not only did GMC pair the bed with various neat features, but the material itself also offers a host of benefits, one of which is eliminating the necessity for a spray-in bed liner.
That’s right, the CarbonPro’s rugged surface completely eliminates the need for a bed liner, and units of the Sierra equipped with the carbon fiber bed will not offer a bed liner package. Not needing a bed liner means owners won’t have to deal with the hassle or the added weight a bedliner brings, without sacrificing dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance typically delivered by a bedliner. What’s more, the surface of the CarbonPro bed features a rough grain for additional foot grip, while also being nonabrasive.
Besides the benefit of not needing a bedliner, another benefit of a GMC Sierra equipped with the CarbonPro box is an increased payload rating. Since the carbon fiber composite bed eliminates about 60 pounds from the vehicle’s mass, it gives CarbonPro-equipped trucks an increase in payload capacity – as much as 59 pounds higher compared to the Sierra’s standard roll-formed steel bed. Couple that weight savings with not needing a bed liner, and the benefits of the CarbonPro box make themselves apparent.
Another benefit of the CarbonPro box that we already mentioned involve the pre-cut indentations at the front of the bed for hauling bikes and motorcycles.
Customers who wish to get their hands on GMC’s newfangled CarbonPro box in the very near future will have to opt for the GMC Sierra CarbonPro Edition, which is a special, limited-run model for the 2019 Sierra AT4 1500 and 2019 Sierra Denali 1500.
Pricing for the CarbonPro models has yet to be announced as of this writing. However, GMC will expand availability of the CarbonPro box for the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, which means that the box will become available as a free-flow option – rather than as part of special edition – on the AT4 and Denali models.