General Motors is bringing a new look to its popular line of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks, and clues to the future designs are beginning to emerge.

The automaker was caught testing prototypes of the upcoming trucks outside its proving grounds in Milford, Mich. earlier this week. The resulting photos provide the best look at the futuristic new headlights for both models thus far.

The front end of the 2019 Silverado appears topped by a stack of jewel-like headlights, while the 2019 Sierra boasts an LED strip outlining the top, outer edge and bottom of the casing. It marks the first time that both models have been seen without full camouflage covering the headlights – an indication that these are production-ready designs.

Chevy Silverado spy shot

Chevy Silverado. (Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)

Both prototypes may represent high-end trims that are fully loaded and luxurious. They were spotted testing alongside a Ford F-150 Platinum, one of the highest trims available on that model.

Once known for no-frills work site capability, pickup trucks such as the Silverado High Country and Sierra Denali have evolved into advanced and refined vehicles commanding hefty pricetags.

From 2012 to 2016, the average transaction price on a full-size pickup truck increased by more than 20 percent to $39,125, according to market research firm J.D. Power.

GMC Sierra spy shot angle

GMC Sierra. (Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)

GM will attempt to gain ground in the bitter sales fight for that segment. Through the first seven months of 2017, sales of the Silverado dropped 5.8 percent to 308,000 compared with the same period in 2016, according to industry research firm Autodata Corp. Sales of the Sierra fell 7.6 percent to 119,000 as the new models prepare to launch.

The models combined do not equal the sales of the Ford F-150. The top-selling vehicle in the U.S. has seen sales increase by 8.3 percent to more than 499,000 vehicles through the first seven months of 2017.

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GMC Sierra. (Photo: Glenn Paulina/Trucks.com)

The 2019 Silverado and Sierra are expected to break new ground for GM. The automaker could unveil an aluminum construction in order to reduce weight and increase fuel efficiency. Spy shots captured in June showed a Silverado 1500 prototype operating on diesel fuel – a first for that model.

GM is also expected to incorporate its 10-speed automatic transmission developed in tandem with Ford, which is currently featured on the 2017 F-150 Raptor and will be standard on 2018 F-150 models.

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Ryan ZumMallen

Ryan ZumMallen is a Trucks.com staff writer who covers the light truck market. A Long Beach, Calif. resident, his automotive writing has appeared in Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Verge, AutoBytel and elsewhere. He can be found on Twitter: @Zoomy575M

18 Responses

    • Pete

      I have the same issue with my truck. (2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z-71).

      I’ve been told the issue is with my tonneau cover but the vibration starts once you’re taking off from a stop sign all the way up to the 3000 rpm range.

      I’m considering selling it for something else.

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    • Andrew

      I read on other sites that this was intentional to throw off people. I believe it – the tail lights are certainly more GM.

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  1. John Gregg

    I’m wondering if the inspiration for these trucks is from 1963.. the trail lights/backend appear to be straight up flat from bumper to top of trail lights.. Also from the rear it seems to have interesting contours.. in ine pic i saw not posteed here the camo is missing showing the door edge. It seems to show a body line that runs under the mirror that would line up to the bottom of the headlight and run to the top of tail light…

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  2. Gabriel Harris

    New front design, chrome grill i thinks will use with large Chevy logo (gold color), also use led. hmmm

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  3. Kevin Kwasnicki

    They need to have push button start,No key. Dual exhaust pipes on high end models . Heat going to back seat people,.360 camera, USB in back. 10 speed transmission. They gotta keep up with the F150 and Dodge on the above stuff. Love the looks of Chev trucks!

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      • Seychez

        I don’t know how it is a great way for someone to steal your vehicle unless you leave the keys in the vehicle. Thank goodness Chevrolet finally got rid of the Saginaw steering column. You could steal a Chevy with the Saginaw column in 30 seconds or less.

  4. Mike Novak

    I have been a Chevy guy all my life, but two years ago when Chevy adopted the GMC front bumper design rather their traditional straight horizontal bumper, and a redesigned hood that looked like my grandma’s wash board , I predicted that Silverado sales would drop………and that’s exactly what happened. In my opinion, I think that the 2014 and 2015 Silverado front grill and bumper design was the best looking ever!

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  5. matt

    they need to sit a little higher. double cab a little more room. heat in the rear dual exhaust. trucks need to stop looking like they are made for grandpas.

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    • matt

      also if your not gonna have a console shift then do away with the opening there its nothing but a trash bin

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  6. Paul Hruby

    I’m sure it will be a great truck chevys always are after having 10 of them it’s all I would own. I have a 2017 diesel great truck, chevy all the way,

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  7. John

    I had been a chevy guy( five new ones), but when problems( Dan&Pete), are ignored for years it`s hard to be a fan. I think they`re the best looking, but not the best built. Bought a Tundra, and don`t regret it.

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