Following the announcement of an all-new Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors’ GMC Sierra pickup will receive similar treatment, but with a more distinctive appearance and features to distance it from its sibling. Chief among them is an optional carbon-fibre cargo bed that’s claimed to be lighter and sturdier than Ford’s highly touted aluminum construction, and eliminates the need for a spray-on or insert-type liner. Buyers can also opt for the MultiPro tailgate that has a full-width step and also an assist handle for easier entry to the cargo box. The MultiPro also has a ‘load stop’ barrier that flips up to keep cargo from sliding out when the tailgate is lowered.

The new 2019 GMC Sierra is actually larger than the 2018 model, requiring some consideration for bed access. There’s an assist handle and a new flip-down step built into the edge of the tailgate. (PHOTO: GENERAL MOTORS)

The GMC Sierra will be completely new for 2019: