GMC Adds Carbon Fiber Bed To 2019 Sierra 1500 Denali And AT4 “CarbonPro” Editions

GMC has announced that its advanced, carbon fiber composite bed will debut this June in the CarbonPro Editions of the Sierra Denali 1500 and Sierra AT4 1500.

The first application of its kind for carbon fiber composite, the CarbonPro bed is said to deliver “best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance.”

“CarbonPro is made of the same raw material found in seven-figure supercars and even aerospace applications. Coupled with offering the world’s first six-function MultiPro tailgate, the 2019 Sierra packs a one-two hauling punch for whatever the situation demands,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global GMC.

Besides being tough and durable, the CarbonPro bed is also 25 percent lighter than a conventional steed bed, helping the 2019 Sierra shed 60 lbs (27.2 kg). As a result, payload increases by at least 59 lbs (26.7 kg), depending on the configurations and equipment. Furthermore, its grained surface means there’s no need for bed liners, potentially saving more pounds. Rear wheelhouse liners are not needed either because of CarbonPro’s increased dent resistance.

Other benefits of the CarbonPro bed include a “best-in-class cargo volume,” as it adds 1 cubic foot (28 liters) compared to 2019 Sierra’s standard roll-formed steel bed thanks to its sidewalls being pushed out farther. Finally, GMC points out that the CarbonPro bed’s indentations are specifically designed for tires of dirt and street bikes and feature two additional tie-down locations at the front of the bed.

GMC says it has subjected the CarbonPro bed to rigorous validation testing including dropping large and heavy loads on it from varying heights and driving a snowmobile with metal studs on the track into the bed and accelerating it at full throttle to test scratch-resistance.

The only downside we see so far (as pricing has not been announced yet) is that the CarbonPro bed has limited availability. The innovative bed debuts on the Sierra Denali 1500 and Sierra AT4 1500 only as part of CarbonPro Editions for the 2019 model year. For 2020, the CarbonPro bed will be available in greater quantity, but only on the two aforementioned trims.

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  • Bash

    Honestly my only objection on it it the face. this and its sibling chevy.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    im sorry GM but u failed on this new truck..

  • SgtBeavis

    I bet the steel and aluminum tariffs pushed this to production faster than GM intended. Carbon fiber isn’t exactly cheap but the more it’s mass produced, the cheaper it will get. At some point I bet we’ll see all structural components using it.

    • Benjamin B.

      Might have a point.

    • Ben

      I remember when supercars switched from glossy carbon fiber to matte, it was a big deal. I remember when luxury cars switched from glossy wood veneer to open-pore wood veneer, it was a big deal. Pickup trucks switching from steel/aluminum to composite carbon fiber bits is the next big deal. I really don’t think its got anything to do with dodging tariff hikes.

      As you can see, every segment has an evolutionary moment and this CarbonPro bed is the emerging tip of the carbon fiber crazy for trucks that is coming. The next step after than will be electric motors that help with offroading (providing the perfect amount of torque at each wheel) and towing.

  • Benjamin B.

    That’s specific, mate.

    • Ben

      Nobody likes Carlton.

  • IT CAN’T HURT BUT IT’S A SHAME GM’S FIRST FORAY INTO CARBON FIBER ISN’T ON THE CORVETTE.

    • SgtBeavis

      Doesn’t the ZR1 have multiple carbon fiber components? I think, at least, the entire bonnet is CF.

      • YES, APPARENTLY THE HALO HOOD/ENGINE COVER. I GUESS MY POINT IS THAT THE ONCE INNOVATIVE GM COULD MAKE A SPLASH BY INTRODUCING A CARBON FIBER CORVETTE RATHER THAN CARS AND TRUCKS WITH BITS AND PIECES.

  • SteersUright

    Glad to see more carbon use in mainstream vehicles.

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