As SUVs, crossovers and pickup trucks continue to thrive in the U.S. market, manufacturers continue to push and innovate in an effort to differentiate their offerings and entice buyers to choose their product. One recent innovation, and a segment-exclusive one at that, is the GMC CarbonPro box, an available option on the 2019 GMC Sierra with the Crew Cab Short Bed configuration.
The CarbonPro box uses carbon fiber composite in the bed of the Sierra, delivering superior strength and corrosion resistance, along with a lighter vehicle weight by at least 59 pounds that results in a higher payload rating. The benefits of the CarbonPro box are readily apparent, but the option package that contains it doesn’t come cheap.
That price is $12,340 for the Sierra AT4 and $10,925 for the Sierra Denali, as those are the only models available with the CarbonPro box, which is bundled with a lot of other goodies. This got us thinking: if you single out the various features of the CarbonPro Edition package, how much does the CarbonPro box really cost?
Let’s take a look at the Sierra Denali first. If we separate the key options and features of the CarbonPro Edition, besides the actual bed itself, we’re left with the 6.2-liter L87 EcoTec3 V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission that costs $2,495. Then there is the Denali Ultimate package, a $5,850 option which rounds up 22-inch wheels, an interior technology package and more comprehensive suite of driver assistance technologies from the Driver Alert II package, among other things. The CarbonPro Edition-specific, 22-inch low-gloss black wheels cost an extra $1,520 while the Kicker sound system for the MultiPro tailgate costs $1,060. All these items total $10,925, which means the CarbonPro box itself costs… $0.
|Model & option||Cost|
|Crew Cab Short Bed 4WD Model||$59,595|
|6.2L V8 L87 engine & 10-speed auto||$2,495|
|Denali Ultimate package||$5,850|
|22-inch 6-spoke wheel upgrade (SEV)||$1,520|
|MultiPro Audio System (R7B)||$ 1,060|
|Total price of standalone options||$10,925|
|Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition package||$10,925|
|CarbonPro box cost||$0|
|Denali CarbonPro Edition MSRP||$70,520|
The CarbonPro Edition package on the Crew Cab 4WD Sierra AT4 is also comprised of many standalone options. Add them up, and we’re looking at a total of $11,035, or a difference of $1,305. That includes the MultiPro Kicker sound system, which can only be obtained in the AT4 with the CarbonPro Edition, listed at $1,060 in the Denali. In short, the CarbonPro box on the AT4 costs $245.
|Model & option||Cost|
|Crew Cab Short Bed 4WD Model||$54,795|
|6.2L V8 L87 engine & 10-speed automatic||$2,495|
|AT4 Preferred package||$1,420|
|Cat-back performance exhaust||$1,595|
|Driver Alert I package||$890|
|Driver Alert II package||$745|
|6-foot black assist steps||$725|
|LT275/65R18C Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires||$295|
|MultiPro Audio System||$1,060|
|Total price of standalone options||$12,095|
|Sierra AT4 CarbonPro Edition package||$12,340|
|CarbonPro box cost||$245|
|AT4 CarbonPro Edition MSRP||$67,135|
To obtain the CarbonPro box, we’ll end up spending at least $67,135 in the case of the Sierra AT4 and $70,520 for the Sierra Denali. But in doing so, the CarbonPro box is essentially free on the Sierra Denali and a $245 premium on the Sierra AT4. Not bad for the world’s toughest and most advanced pickup truck bed… not bad at all.