2019 GMC Sierra Set for March 1 Debut in Detroit

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2019 GMC Sierra

GM will pull the covers off the Silverado’s mechanical twin in just a couple of weeks. But will it further differentiate itself with more luxurious trim?

With all the hoopla surrounding the all-new Silverado, it’s easy to forget that we’re also getting a brand new 2019 GMC Sierra. The Chevy’s mechanical twin always follows its brother through every refresh and restyle, and this next generation is no exception. Common sense might dictate that GM use the upcoming Chicago Auto Show to pull the covers off the more upscale 2019 GMC Sierra, but that apparently isn’t happening.

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In fact, it appears that the new Sierra will get its own, standalone debut. Automotive News is reporting that the unveiling will happen on March 1 at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. Nearly two months after the Silverado debuted at the North American International Auto Show. GM has otherwise remained tight-lipped about the new pickup. But rumors persist that GMC will begin to further differentiate itself from Chevy with more upscale offerings.

GMC Sierra

All of which makes perfect sense as automakers continue to offer more and more premium pickup offerings. The 2019 GMC Sierra debut will include the entire lineup of light-duty models, including the ultra luxurious Denali. Despite some trim and styling differences, drivetrains should be identical to the Silverado. That means updated 5.3 and 6.2-liter V8s, a new 3.0-liter inline-six turbo diesel, and 10-speed automatic transmission.

GMC Sierra

GM really put the heat on the perennially best-selling Ford F-Series last year, selling only 16,799 less trucks. With a well-received new Silverado and now a further differentiated GMC Sierra, that gap could close even more in 2018. One thing’s for sure. With a brand new Dodge Ram also in the mix, this could prove to be the best year for pickup truck fans yet!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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