As we shared in the past, the interiors of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra have been the topic of much debate among GM truck buyers and fans, plus auto industry observers, pundits and journalists. Regardless of reason, General Motors dropped the ball on the interiors of its latest half-ton (1500), three-quarter-ton (2500) and one-ton rigs (3500), with the cabins not living up to those of their competition.
The good news is that this won’t remain the case for too much longer. As GM Authority was first to report earlier this month, an incoming update to the GM trucks is in the cards for the near future, and we have some more information to share about the upcoming updates to the cabins.
First things first. A source just recently confirmed to GM Authority that the GM trucks will be getting a redesigned cabin, marking yet another confirmation of the incoming changes. This source recently told us that GM is well aware of the competitive disadvantage faced by the all-new Silverado and Sierra specifically as it relates to their cockpits, and that the automaker will never admit to it publicly.
The issue is most readily apparent after the Ram 1500 recently took home several prizes from the automotive press, like the North American Truck of the Year award. It’s almost common knowledge that a significant amount of the Ram’s victory was related to the quality, craftsmanship and design of its interior. And let’s not forget that an all-new Ford F-150 is right around the corner, with the truck expected to bring an all-new cabin with next levels of craftsmanship and materials.
In addition, a different source described that the incoming interior updates to the two GM trucks as being “top notch.” That’s good news, since that’s exactly what the vehicles need. Currently, even the high-end Denali Heavy Duty model that sells for well over $75,000 leave a lot to be desired, particularly when it comes to the materials used. But what “top notch” means exactly, is currently unknown.
After all, a bad interior is a bad interior, and that could deter a lot of consumers from signing on dotted line. Even worse is when said consumers end up in a Ford or a Ram. Sales volume of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra has been on the decline, enabling Ram to overtake the Silverado in cumulative sales volume during the first half of 2019, but GM has gained retail market share – so the sky isn’t falling, as some pundits would have you believe.
And there’s more good news, still: from a capability standpoint, the Heavy Duty variants of the Silverado and Sierra currently lead the segment when it comes to towing capacity, with a 35,500-pound max rating. Not only that, but the trucks have the quickest acceleration while towing, with a very solid and confident driving feel, and the cabins are the roomiest in their classes. Addressing the lackluster cabins sounds like the recipe for a true “top notch” truck all-around.
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