General Motors is testing its 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 on public roads as the automaker prepares to launch the newest generation of its luxury pickup truck.
Spy photographers recently captured these images of the new Sierra testing in Los Angeles.
The 2019 GMC Sierra is expected to feature similar construction to its Chevrolet Silverado sibling that debuted recently in Detroit. A lightweight frame made of high-strength steel, a wide bed floor and optional power tailgate are likely to carry over to the new Sierra.
There are some distinctions between the disguised Sierra and the Silverado, according to new photos.
The Sierra has a more traditionally truck-like vertical front fascia compared with the Silverado’s modern, car-like design. Its headlights are packaged differently and the aerodynamic “air curtains” that debuted on the Silverado are absent.
The Silverado and Sierra typically share powertrains.
The Silverado offers three engine choices. It has a 5.3-liter V8 engine, a 6.2-liter V8 and a new 3-liter turbodiesel. Both V8 engines feature a new technology called Dynamic Fuel Management. This allows as many as seven cylinders to shut down at a time for improved efficiency.
The 6.2-liter V8 and 3.0-liter diesel come standard with start-stop technology and are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. GM has not revealed the transmission that will be used with the 5.3-liter V8.
GM sold nearly 218,000 GMC Sierra light-duty and heavy-duty trucks in 2017, a slight decrease of 1.7 percent compared with 2016, according to industry research firm Autodata Corp.
That number was still good enough to make the Sierra 1500-3500 the eleventh best-selling vehicle in the U.S. last year.
Together, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra captured about 34 percent of sales in the full-size pickup segment in 2017. Only the Ford F-Series outsold them, with nearly 38 percent of sales.
The 2019 GMC Sierra is expected to debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February or the New York Auto Show in March. It should be available at U.S. dealers in the second half of 2018.