Spy Shots: First look at 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

Here is a first look at the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500.

Caught while testing on public roads in the Colorado Rockies, these new shots provided to Trucks.com show what shoppers can expect from the all-new Sierra and its sister pickup truck, the next generation Chevrolet Silverado.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

General Motors is making some major changes to the its full-size pickup trucks as it chases Ford’s F-Series line for buyers.

The new GM truck architecture will offer aluminum-intensive construction in a bid to shed weight and improve efficiency. follows the pattern set by Ford with the gradual switchover of its F-series trucks to aluminum bodies starting with the 2015 model year.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

2019 GMC Sierra 1500. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

GM is reportedly working on making stronger aluminum and learning from Ford’s implementation of the metal.

The new Sierra and Silverado will continue with refinements on the current V8 engines, but are also expected to get a diesel and mild hybrid option on the half-ton models – currently the Duramax diesel comes only on heavy-duty trucks – and a turbocharged V6 is also likely to join the lineup. A 10-speed automatic first seen in the Camaro ZL1 will find its way into at least some trucks at launch.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500. (Photo: Brian Williams/Trucks.com)

Pickup trucks are one of the hottest segments of the U.S. auto market.

Automakers sold almost 636,000 pickup trucks during the first three months of this year, a 5.2 percent gain compared with the same period a year earlier.

Editor’s note: Photos and story by Brian Williams for Trucks.com.

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