When GM introduced the completely redesigned fourth-generation 2019 Silverado and 2019 Sierra, we liked the new styling direction. The fresh fascias did well to complement each brand’s respective styling language, and definitely helped differentiate the new trucks from the previous model years. However, there was one tiny detail that left us scratching our heads – the antennas.
We already expressed our beef with the presence of the large, old-school radio antenna on the passenger-side of the trucks. That’s not what we’re here to discuss today. Instead, we’re here to talk about the “fin” on the roof.
For some reason, GM decided to leave the “shark fin” antenna in the same spot as the previous model year, specifically right above the windshield on the driver’s side of the roof. While not a major design feature, the antenna’s placement makes for an oddly asymmetrical roofline, and with all those new design elements in the fascia, it makes the whole thing unnecessarily messy.
Granted, we understand the need for a fin-style antenna, what with GPS, satellite radio and all the other modern features expected of a modern light-duty pickup. In fact, we like the fin and its aesthetics in general. In other words, the fin is not the problem.
The problem is its placement: why not place it in the middle of the roof, in an equidistant fashion between the passenger and driver’s sides? Or how about in the back, closer to the end of the cab? It certainly wouldn’t interfere with any potential roof rack or roof rails, if that’s at all a concern.
The odd placement also extends to the new 2020 Silverado HD and 2020 Sierra HD. And based on spy shots, the asymmetrical placement will also extend to the all-new 2021 GM SUV lineup – the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, as well as the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
Our guess is it has something to do with the existing electrical architecture of both trucks. After all, GM has placed the Silverado/Sierra antenna on the driver’s side roof in practically the same spot since the 2007 model year of the trucks, so perhaps it remains there in the name of saving on costs associated with the wiring.
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