Carbon fiber ain't cheap.
Let’s begin with the good news: The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 CarbonPro editions not only take premium trucks to the next level but also feature carbon fiber beds which we were told at New York had their strength tested via a metal baseball bat. They passed. Using this extremely durable and lightweight material also helps to reduce the trucks’ mass, thus allowing for a better payload and fuel economy. Now for the not so good news.
Pricing for the GMC 2019 Sierra 1500 CarbonPro editions, available on the Denali and AT4 trucks, are anything but cheap. The 2019 Sierra 1500 Denali CarbonPro carries a base price of – wait for it - $70,020. The AT4 CarbonPro will also set you back a pretty penny too, specifically by $66,635.
Now, it’s important to bear a few things in mind, among them the CarbonPro package costs about $4,000 more than a similarly equipped truck with a steel bed. So basically you’ll be getting all of the features on the Denali and AT4 trucks, including the excellent 6.2-liter V8 as standard fare. A 3.0-liter diesel inline-six paired to a 10-speed automatic will be optional for 2020. Other features both trucks offer include a MultiPro Audio System by Kicker which is a Bluetooth speaker built into the MultiPro tailgate, a 15-inch head-up display, sunroof, and advanced safety systems such as Lane Keeping Assist/Lane Departure Warning, Forward Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Intellibeam Headlights, and Forward Collision Alert. A trailer tire pressure monitoring system will also come in handy.
GMC is taking a fairly conservative rollout strategy for the pair because it expects to sell only around 1,000 examples for what’s left of this year. Next year, however, is a different story because GMC predicts sales will skyrockets, perhaps as high as 20,000 units.
GMC has also announced a few upgrades for its 2020 Sierra lineup in general, including the aforementioned diesel inline-six. There’s a newly optional rear-view camera system that allows drivers to see what’s behind the truck’s trailer by projecting the image on the main display. Another new feature to GMC’s trailer app enables users to store and share details on a trailer setup where one can monitor and activate functions on other compatible trailers with the app. Pricing for the 2020 Sierra lineup was not announced.