With theÂ 2019 Chevrolet Silverado having been unveiled at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year, the GMC Sierra is unlikely to give us many surprises in terms of hardware when it shows up in March. But, as it’s also being fully redesigned for 2019, the Sierra won’t look the same as previous incarnations and still has to differentiate itself from its Chevy sibling.
Based upon the shadowy teaser image, now a common practice within the industry, the recipe for telling the two apart will remain largely unchanged. While the new Silverado adopted even smaller headlamps than the outgoing model, the SierraÂ will persist with fresh versions of the large C-shaped units.Â Unlike Chevy’s split grille, the GMC is likely to have singular “chrome” reaching beyond the top of the headlights. The Sierra is assured to have unique taillights and wheels as well.Â
Spy shots have suggested the two pickups will also have specially designed wheel-wellsÂ â€” rounded in the front and squared in the back to create a D-shape. Beyond that, we’re not expecting terribly disparate bodywork.
The same should be true of the engines provided. GMC’s Sierra should come available with the same 5.3 or 6.2-liter V8 that the Silverado does. We’d presume it’ll have the all-newÂ 3.0-liter straight-six diesel mated to a 10-speed automatic too. Both of the V8s will have cylinder deactivation while the 6.2-liter will probably have the 10-speed as an available option.
General Motors is waiting until Thursday to announce anything official about trim configurations, but we’d expect to seeÂ with a rough-and-trouble All-Terrain variant as well as something wearing the ultra-profitable Denali label soon after launch. The truck will debut in Detroit later this week, and we’ll let you know for certain then.
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