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2019 GMC Sierra 1500: What’s New & Changed?


Hey! Look what’s new this fall: the 2019 Sierra 1500. Debuting sometime in late-2018, the all-new generation of GMC Sierra brings with it a range of new features to go along with its traditionally classy GMC styling. Can’t get much better than that.

If you’re wondering whether or not the new GMC truck is worth waiting for, the answer is clearly a “yes.” Read on and we’ll discuss what has changed with the 2019 Sierra, which will be available for sale and lease soon at our GMC truck dealership in Marshall, MO.


MultiPro Tailgate

The new tailgate on the Sierra 1500 is a big feature for the next-gen pickup from GMC. It’s an innovative design that brings a variety of functionality to the truck that is rarely found in a pickup. The tailgate offers six exciting new variations that will make your life with the Sierra more convenient.

  1. Primary Gate – The traditional tailgate opens with the touch of a button or a click on the key fob for easy access.
  2. Load Stop – When you must lower the tailgate for your load to fit, keeping it secure in the truck can be unnerving. The load stop feature has a flap that flips up from the lowered gate, providing a barrier between your load and the edge of the gate.
  3. Easy Access – When the primary gate is lowered, an inner gate can be dropped down, allowing you to step closer to the load than any other tailgate allows for.
  4. Full-Width Step – Stepping into the bed of the truck can be a hassle. With the tailgate lowered and the inner gate dropped down, you can extend the load stop, which then functions as a full-width step that supports up to 300 lbs.
  5. Inner Gate Load Stop – With the primary gate up, you can drop the inner gate to provide an elevated load stop for times when dropping the primary gate isn’t practical or loads still overhang the gate.
  6. Work Shelf – Finally, drop the inner gate with the primary gate up and the load stop closed, and you have a perfectly flat surface to use as a workstation.

New Sierra 1500 Powertrains

With the new generation of the Sierra 1500 comes all new versions of the 5.3- and 6.2-liter engines. The new powerplants feature the most advanced fuel management system in the brand’s history. The new system, dubbed Dynamic Fuel Management, allows for more precise control over which cylinders are shut off when not needed. While the old system allowed for groups of cylinders to be disabled, the new system allows for control over each individual cylinder.

Mated to the new powertrains are an 8-speed transmission for the 5.3L and a 10-speed automatic transmission for the 6.2L. The gearboxes feature built-in dampers that help reduce the amount of engine vibration that makes it to the rest of the drivetrain.

Later in the production run, the 2019 Sierra will also come available with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel and 10-speed transmission.


Sierra Technology Upgrades

The 2019 GMC 1500 also brings with it several first-in-segment technological features, most of which are all-new.

The truck has an available 15-inch, multicolor head-up display that projects important information on the windshield, right within the driver’s view, allowing drivers to keep their eyes on the road without distractions.

The rearview mirror doubles as both a traditional rearview mirror and a controlled backup camera that gives the driver a better view of what is behind them. Also aiding visibility is a surround vision option for the infotainment center that will provide the driver with a better view of all their blind spots.

The technological improvements extend to trailering as well. With a dedicated trailering app for the infotainment system, the ability to zoom in on the hitch (in rear camera view), and an alarm system that sounds if the trailer is unhitched from the truck, the new Sierra 1500 truck offers many great additions that help you haul a trailer like a boss.

Truck Bed Improvements

The new Sierra provides two bed variations: short and long. Both versions of the 1500 offer best-in-class cargo volume; the short bed has 62.9 cubic feet of space and the long bed has 89.1 cubic feet.

Additionally, cargo tie-downs have been engineered to be stronger than they were in previous years. You can now haul and secure heavier and more awkwardly shaped payloads. Plus, optional 120-volt power outlets in the truck bed will add to the Sierra 1500’s utility.

Later in the production run, an all-carbon-fiber bed will be made available. Called the CarbonPro, the new bed will be more scratch-, dent-, and corrosion-resistant than any other bed in the class. Can a truck bed be any more durable than the GMC Sierra’s? Doubtful.

Shop GMC Sierra 1500 in Marshall, MO

You’ve got Midwestern tasks to complete, and the upcoming 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is the truck to help you complete them. Come check out the new Sierra when it arrives at our Marshall GMC dealership, and you’ll be ready for anything on your “honey do” list.


Contact McCarthy Chevy Buick GMC at 660-886-7495 for updates about the 2019 Sierra or to test drive another GMC truck like the heavy-duty 2018 Sierra 2500. We’re located at 1550 W Arrow in Marshall, MO, near Warrensburg, Higginsville, and Moberly.





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