The all-new GMC Sierra Denali has a fancy pickup bed that is the first of its kind.
Why? Because it’s made of carbon fiber.
That’s right—the entire bed is lined with carbon fiber to not only lighten the truck (the bed weighs 62 pounds less than an equivalent steel model, and the whole truck weighs 360 pounds less overall) but also make it more durable. The carbon fiber lining is dent and scratch resistant, as well as removing any worries of corrosion. This is the first pickup truck to have a carbon fiber bed, ever.
GMC’s big reveal yesterday is said to differentiate the Sierra Denali from its formerly identical twin, the Chevrolet Silverado. Besides the fancy, lighter truck bed, the Sierra will also come with an equally fancy tailgate. According to the press release:
"The next generation 2019 Sierra debuts a GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate that is the segment’s most innovative tailgate ever. Standard on SLT and Denali, the MultiPro Tailgate features six unique functions and positions, offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation mode and easier access to items in the box."
If that makes it sound like the Sierra’s tailgate is some magic transforming device that can become almost anything, that’s because it is. The tailgate can pivot outward 180 degrees and then have an inner flap fold out to become a step ladder, or yet another inner flap can fold out to be a bed stop to prevent oversized loads from falling out. Or you can just keep folding to turn the tailgate into a standing laptop desk, something we all could use.
Or maybe that’s just writers. Whatever.
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On the inside is even more fancy toys. There’s a 3x7 inch multicolor HUD that displays important vehicle info (a segment first for trucks), and a rearview camera mirror that replaces the regular cabin rearview mirror. It’s basically a screen that’s dedicated to the rearview, but unlike a regular mirror you can zoom in or bend the aperture to peer around cargo in the truck’s bed. That’s some high tech stuff.
As for power, the Sierra Denali will come with the usual assortment of engines, a 5.3L gasoline V8, a revised 6.2L gasoline V8, and an all-new 3.0L Duramax turbocharged diesel inline six. GM didn’t give us the power numbers but expect them to be appropriately impressive.
The 2019 Sierra Denali hits showrooms this fall.