Late last month, GM Authority was the first to report that all remaining 2020 GMC Sierra HD production would be restricted to the crew cab body style. Now, we’re here to report another exclusive – like its heavy duty sibling, all remaining 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 production will also be restricted to the crew cab body style.
According to sources familiar with the matter, General Motors has instructed dealers to no longer accept orders for regular cab or double cab 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 models. The restrictions will be in effect until the end of the current 2020 model year, with production of the 2021 model year kicking off September 14th for double cab and crew cab models, and September 21st for regular cab models.
The motivation behind the body style restriction appears to be low inventory for crew cab models compared to the other two body styles. Inventory has been hit hard by delays stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of production idling that lasted two months. With stocks of the popular crew cab body style dwindling, these production restrictions should enable dealers to fortify their inventory.
For those customers interested in either the double cab or regular cab body style, there are units still available on dealer lots. Alternatively, orders for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 are open now.
The GMC Sierra nameplate received an all-new fourth-generation for the 2019 model year, with the following 2020 model year bringing with it a few minor changes and updates, including new styling options, new trailer tow mirrors, new interior features, and revisions to the packages and drivetrain availability.
The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 is offered with a long list of engine options, including:
- Atmospheric 4.3L V6 LV3
- Turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B
- Atmospheric 5.3L V8 L82
- Atmospheric 5.3L V8 L84
- Atmospheric 6.2L V8 L87
- 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax
The GMC Sierra rides on the GM T1 platform, with production taking place at the GM Flint Assembly facility in Flint, Michigan, and the GM Fort Wayne Assembly facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the latter of which recently got a bump in production capacity to meet growing demand for GM’s pickup truck models.
As we covered previously, the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 recently received a transmission downgrade.