The next year is expected to be quite interesting for GM pickups, particularly for light-duty models. Although both Sierra 1500 and Silverado 1500 have been redesigned last year, we are about to see big novelties in the near future. Among them, there is no doubt that the biggest one will be in terms of the new interior layout, which will look significantly better compared to the current model. However, that won’t be the only chance for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500.
It looks like that are few mode interesting updates on the way, including independent rear suspension and a few more things. However, the overall design won’t be much different compared to the current model, so you may count on all the goodies that arrived with the relatively recent redesign, including powertrain lineup. Still, we can’t ignore rumors that suggest the all-electric version might come already next year.
2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior Redesign
There is no doubt that the biggest novelty for the next year will be completely new interior design. It’s no secret that GM was in a hurry to launch the next generation of these trucks, but the problem was the development of a new interior, which wasn’t complete. Therefore, the initial model came with the cabin that lools largely the same as in the previous model, with just a couple of tweaks.
Fortunately, this will change soon. The competition, particularly Ram 1500, is characterized by hi-quality interiors and loads of tech features, so the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 will go in the same way. Of course, we count on new aesthetics, but the new cabin will primarily come with better materials. Also, we count on a load of new design solutions, which will make this cabin more practical and versatile. Still, the overall interior dimensions are about to remain the same. According to most reports, the dash will look largely the same as the cabin of the new Chevy Suburban.
2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Might Get Independent Rear Suspension
When it comes to base design characteristics, most of the things are expected to remain the same. This particularly refers to the styling, which is expected to remain untouched. On the other side, there is a big chance to see a couple of mechanical novelties. Of course, the overall design will remain the same. Count on the same T1 platform, but also don’t be surprised if you see a new suspension setup. This particularly refers to the possibility to see an independent rear suspension.
Such design would definitely bring a lot of benefits, especially when it comes to comfort, handling and off-road performances. However, such a design also means adding some weight. Still, we don’t believe this would be an issue, especially because such design leaves space for the future electrified version, as it leaves more room for a battery pack than a solid axle.
This is where we can also see some interesting novelties. Each trim level will probably come with a couple of additions to the list of standard equipment, but we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same. In any case, the base trim level organization should remain the same, which means six trim levels in total.
The offer starts with the base Sierra, which already comes with a decent number of standard features, which includes things like a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Trim levels like SLE, Elevation and SLT gradually add more standard equipment.
On the other side, the AT4 is an off-road-oriented trim, which comes with both visual and mechanical upgrades. Finally, there is the famous Denali trim, which besides a full load of standard equipment also comes with numerous exclusive styling details.
2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine
This aspect won’t bring any change, so the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 will carry on with familiar units. Therefore, the offer will start with a 2.7-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. Of course, there are also two familiar V8 units. A 5.3-liter V8 is good for about 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. On the other side, the bigger 6.2-liter engine delivers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel, which is good for about 277 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
Depending on the engine choice, you may count on either 6-, 8- or 10-speed automatic transmission.
2021 GMC Sierra Release Date and Price
Despite the new interior design, we are pretty sure that the 2021 GMC Sierra won’t come much earlier than usual. We presume it will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, base versions should go around 30.000 dollars, while the range-topping models will go over 55.000 dollars. Of course, key competitors will be models like Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra etc.