2019 GMC Sierra is basically the luxurious version of the 201
( Full Disclosure : GMC flew me to St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, set me up in a nice hotel and fed me food that had to be described further by waiters before consumption. )
The GMC brand is strange, with all its vehicles based on the same platforms as Chevrolets, but with unique styling and a few features that GMC hopes will help their products look a bit more "premium" than those with bowties on their grill. It also works. These things sell like hotcakes.
The GMC Sierra 2019, for example, is built on the same legs as Silverado, and is powered by the same engines. But to make it stand out, the "professional class" truck has some fun technical features like a crazy multi-mode tailgate and a giant head-up display. (Expect a deeper dive into the tailgate soon.)
But as useful as I found them to be during my test drive, the only thing that would force me to chop GMC over Chevy would not be gizmos.  What is it?
GMC claims that the new Sierra has become more differentiated from its Silverado chassis mate than ever before, with the luxuriously marked truck getting a unique hood, unique fenders, another frontfacia, a special box and GMC tailor made taillights. The only big body parts shared with Silverado, GMC representatives told me are the cab and the backdoors.
In addition, GMC offers a variety of fancy features not available in Silverado, like a huge 3-inch 7-inch color boot screen, an available adaptive damping scheme, the optional carbon fiber box, and of course the ridiculously complex 6- position MultiPro tailgate. On top of that, Sierra can be equipped with a rear camera mirror and a special ProGrade Trailering System that includes cameras and appliances to ease the burden of towing.
In the case of mechanical bits, GMC gets the same propulsion alternatives as Silverado. It's the old 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 from the outgoing generation of trucks, both of which are bolted to six-speed automatic. In addition, there is a new 2.7-liter turbo inline-four and an updated 5.3-liter V8, both of which are connected to eight-speed cars.
And it's an updated 6.2 liter V8 and a fresh new 3.0-liter turbo diesel inline-six, both rotating input shafts with 10-speed autos.
The updated 5.3 liter and 6.2 liter now has what GMC calls "Dynamic Fuel Management", an advanced cylinder deactivation technology that – instead of switching between eight and four cylinder modes – actually allows the two engines to run in 17 different patterns between two and eight cylinders to optimize efficiency. 19659016] New to 2019 Sierra is an "AT4" level of fitness, representing GMC's version of Chevrolet Silverado's "Trail Boss", and, like Chevy, gets unique styling to distinguish it from other trim levels.
Like the Silverado, the AT4 also has a two-inch lift, backrests, Rancho monotube shock, optional Goodyear Duratrac terrain deck, and – most importantly – a locking rear differential.
] I start by saying that the AT4 Sierra is just a sharp-looking truck.
It takes standard Sierra, throws some black chrome in the fog lights, fender surround and grille effort, plus grille surround, door handles and bumper body color – a great improvement over the shining chrome that highlights the weird shape of the grill. In addition, the AT4 trim on some red tow hooks on the lower fascia and bolts on unique 18-inch or 20-inch wheels.
GMC says AT4 offers "authentic off-road ability" and while totally subjective, I would like to say that there were three features based on extremely easy off-roading during my time with the truck. Really helped AT4 when it comes to walking off the path
The optional Goodyear Duratrac tires not only look great, but they are just amazing and highly respected in the off-road scene. The rear fixed shaft, as you see in my little bow, gives an impressive amount of articulation, even though the independent suspension module does not. In addition, the two-stage transmission shaft low-voltage (activated by a simple switch on the left side of the steering wheel, shown below) creep a breeze.
I would also like to say that the two-inch set of lids-It is worth mentioning, surprisingly leg-simple, consisting of a two-inch block behind and raised spring springs up front, giving respectful ground, although the front fascias chin is a bit closer to dirt than I might.
I drove only 6.2 liters of V8 during my time with GMC Sierra. The engine makes a solid 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, and lugs around about 5,400 pounds of weight respectively, and makes a nice ditch with the pedal mashed to the floor. Well, it only controls 15 MPG in the city and between 19 and 21 on the highway, depending on the trim, but the power is worth the thirst. (These are good words to live off).
The 10-speed automatic – the same used in Chevy Camaro and GMC Yukon, but calibrated differently – changed nicely and felt like it was always in the right gear at the right time. And to be honest, as I was not deep on the throttle, I just forgot it and the big V8, when the cabin insulated me in a comfort cocoon.
When I talk about comfort, I can not say that Adaptive Ride Control made the Sierra's ride any better than that of the latest Ram 1500 I drove, but it actually did a decent job that pulled off the heavy-duty highways in Newfoundland, especially for a heavy body-on-frame, leaf-sprung pickup.
Another area where Sierra excellent was in the clarity of its cameras. The back camera, the Surround Vision "bird eye" camera and even the rear-view camera were all beautifully sharp.
The image on the rear camera can even be tiled and zoomed in, and although I found myself just using the standard mirror, it is not denied that this camera was well done.
The rear-view camera provided a nice view just above the center of the hitchen, and although I did not really have the option to actually back up and hook up a trailer, this is one of the features that seems to be a worship service when trying to pick up a project car with a U-Haul.
I used the big three inch of seven inch head-up shown pretty much all the time and thought it was great and gave me the speed limit and navigation information I needed without being too intrusive. In addition, the gauge cluster was also crystal clear and easy to read.
In addition, I found the truck's MultiPro tailgate, which can be configured in six different positions, to be intuitive and lots of fun, although I do not think buyers of $ 45,000 to $ 70,000 trucks will necessarily benefit from the extra tool. (A full review on the tailgate comes later).
I spent a lot of my time driving almost 70,000 GMC Sierra Denali, and as good as the interior was comfortable, I did not find Design particularly appealing.
The instrument board looks as if it gives the dark center console (sorry for that picture all), the two gloves with the big handles are not very pretty, and the eight-inch infotainment screen is just a bit dull.
In comparison, I recently sat in a Ram 1500, and just watched how good FCA hid the other glove box by using a button instead of a handle. And check out the impressive display in the center that reminds you that yes, this is an expensive truck.
GMC Sierra is also a more expensive truck, but despite the aluminum bits and the fine leather basin, GMC's devotion to seeing "professional grade" (ie thin) gives an interior, it does not make it clear.
I was also not particularly impressed with the automatic baking room, which required a lot of wheel spin before I actually locked up. There's nothing you want when you go through a technical rock bed.
The underlay was also a bit modest, with GMC saying it's only a front-end disc disc (the silver theme shown above, probably) and a transfer disc. The fuel tank, I noticed, was unprotected.
For daily driving … B
It's comfortable enough, powerful enough and practical enough. Although it is a bit thirsty.
For Enthusiasts … B
AT4 and Denali will drag 9,300 pounds and carry over 1600 pounds payload.
GMC Sierra has many fun features, like a crisp and fun multi-mode tailgate, a carbon fiber bed (which I did not get the chance to really try), a crystal clear rearview camera, a big head-up display and adaptive cushioning. These features are not only fun, they do a decent job by masking the fact that this truck is a basic machine with a pushrod V8 transmission power through a solid shaft connected to a frame via leaf springs.
But in the end, what makes Sierra convincing is not all the technique, it's a lot easier: styling. (The new controversial Silverado grows on me too, I admit.)
In AT4 wisdom, Sierra is a sharp-looking machine. It's more than anything, along with its general expertise, what matters to me.