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Is the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 That Different From the 2018 Model?

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If you’re a GMC fan, you’re likely aware that the 2019 Sierra 1500 boasts a new body style than previous model years. But is it really that different from the 2018 Sierra 1500? Here are some of the main contrasts between the two models, to help you decide which one to go with.

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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

Contemporary style

The 2019 Sierra 1500 embodies an edgier appearance than the previous model year, setting it more apart from its cousin, the Silverado 1500. And with a bolder grille, C-shaped headlights, and sculpted body, the new model has a more extroverted vibe than the 2018 version.

Exterior features

The 2019 Sierra 1500 provides consumers two new options not available on the 2018 model. The first new offering is the brand’s exclusive MultiPro tailgate. It has a variety of functions, from transforming into steps to access the truck-bed to morphing into a desk-like work surface.

The 2019 Sierra 1500 also implements an industry-first carbon-fiber cargo box. It decreases the weight of the current bed by 62 pounds while improving strength and flexibility, for a more durable truck bed

Trims and engines

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 comes in two additional trims than last year’s model: the Elevation and AT4. It also has two more engine options to offer consumers: a turbocharged four-cylinder and a turbodiesel.

Safety tech

The 2019 Sierra 1500 has a few more protective technologies than the 2018 Sierra 1500, including a surround-view camera, head-up display, and pedestrian detection.

The model also provides an in-vehicle trailering app with a companion app for your smartphone, to make towing a bit safer. This system notifies you when the trailer is hitched, includes customizable trailer profiles, provides trailer tire-pressure monitoring system, and more. An available trailering camera package extends visibility around the trailer.

Though the 2018 Sierra 1500 includes helpful technologies like OnStar, Teen Driver, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, it lacks these latest tech perks.

Conclusion: If you’re OK with a more limited range of safety features and smaller size of the 2018 Sierra 1500, then it makes a more affordable choice than the new model. However, if you want utmost protection, a larger truck, and the latest towing and trailering amenities, the 2019 Sierra 1500 goes the extra mile.

Expanded Capabilities: Meet the new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

News Sources: Autotrader, U.S. News & World Report, AutoInfluence