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2019 GMC SIERRA: TECHNOLOGY TAILORED FOR TRAILERING

2019 GMC SIERRA: TECHNOLOGY TAILORED FOR TRAILERING

With a rugged foundation and strong powertrain options, the 2019 GMC Sierra offers the smart capability needed for physically pulling a trailer - but capability means little without confidence or control. That’s why the Next Generation Sierra offers a suite of new features and technologies designed to take the guesswork out of trailering.

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The Next Generation 2019 GMC Sierra does more than offer a rugged foundation, a variety of strong powertrains, and smart capability – especially for those who plan on trailering. The 2019 Sierra was designed from day one to incorporate a variety of new, innovative ideas and technologies that improve driver confidence when connecting to or towing a trailer.

“In addition to working with major trailer manufacturers, GMC spoke with thousands of pickup truck owners who trailer, either on a daily basis or a couple times a month,” said Tony Johnson, Director of Truck Strategy. “We listened to their thoughts on how the trailering process, from connecting the hitch to traveling down the road, could be improved upon, and integrated professional-grade solutions into our Next Generation 2019 Sierra.”

PROGRADE TRAILERING SYSTEM

A typical towing package might include a receiver hitch platform, a wiring connector, and some other basic bits of hardware. That isn’t the case with the 2019 Sierra’s new ProGrade Trailering system.

“ProGrade Trailering goes beyond a basic towing package,” said Johnson. “The connectivity and convenience it adds to the Next Generation Sierra are designed to provide guidance and eliminate guesswork while trailering, helping customers feel more confident while trailering. Whether you’re looking to back up to a trailer without a spotter or simply want to keep tabs on your trailer, the ProGrade Trailering system will prove an invaluable tool.”

ProGrade Trailering on the 2019 GMC Sierra includes:

  • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View: Sierra’s Rear Vision Camera not only incorporates dynamic guidance lines for the truck itself, but also one for the trailer hitch. A Hitch View mode allows the driver to zoom in on the hitch for careful maneuvering. The system can also be briefly accessed while in motion to ensure the trailer is properly connected.
  • Auto Electric Parking Brake Assist: To help with perfect positioning, after backing up to a trailer hitch, Sierra will automatically apply the parking brake when shifting into park, preventing any further movement.
  • Hitch Area Lighting: a new lamp integrated into the tailgate panel shines directly down on the receiver hitch area, easing trailer connections in the dark.
  • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller: This controller now allows drivers to program trailer brake level settings to specific trailer profiles.
NEW TRAILERING APP
At the core of Sierra’s ProGrade Trailering functionality is the new Trailering App. Integrated with and accessible through Sierra’s available infotainment system, the Trailering App offers a variety of unique features designed explicitly to improve the trailering experience.

Trailering App functionality includes:

  • Pre-Departure Checklists: Sierra’s infotainment screen can provide a step-by-step illustrated guide of the steps required to connect a trailer to the truck. For those new to trailering, these steps can be expanded to show clear, illustrated examples of what connections need to be made.
  • Trailer Light Test: There’s no need to find a helper to run through an external light test on your truck and trailer – just press a button on the screen, and the truck and trailer will run through a specific lighting sequence (i.e. apply brake lights, turn signals, etc.), making this a quick, one-person job.
  • Customizable trailer profiles: Once a trailer is connected, it can be saved as a stored profile within the app itself. These profiles can help keep track of trailer mileage, provide reminders of trailer maintenance intervals, and recall trailer brake controller gain settings, amongst other features.
  • Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring: After a set of wireless tire pressure sensors are installed on the trailer’s wheels, they can then relay tire pressure and tire temperature information to the app screen, allowing the driver to easily keep tabs on possible tire issues from the driver’s seat.
  • Theft Alert: To discourage trailer theft, Theft Alert extends Sierra’s theft alert capabilities to the trailer. If a trailer is disconnected while the Sierra is parked and locked, the truck’s lights and horn are triggered.  
  • Mobile App Access: The Trailer Light test and Pre-Departure Checklists will be available for reference within the myGMC smartphone application, allowing quick reference, even when working to connect the trailer at the hitch.

FOCUSED ON TRAILERING, THROUGH AND THROUGH
While ProGrade Trailering certainly helps tailor the 2019 Sierra for trailering, we didn’t stop there. Other features incorporated into our latest full-size pickup that can make trailering easier include:

  • Trailering Information Label: This new label, placed within the driver’s door jamb, clearly calls out vehicle-specific weight information, including curb weight, GVWR, GCWR, maximum payload, maximum tongue weight, and rear GAWR.
  • Available Trailering Camera Package: This package adds two rear-facing cameras integrated into the side mirrors, which are useful for seeing down the side of your truck and trailer during lane changes or when backing up. When paired with an available accessory trailer-mounted camera, the system can allow the driver to see down both sides and behind the trailer at the same time.
  • Tow/Haul Mode: This feature adjusts transmission shift points in order to deliver peak power when needed most. For 2019, Sierra now provides a reminder to engage Tow/Haul Mode on the transmission is provided when a trailer is detected. Further, Tow/Haul Mode remains engaged up to four hours after shutting down the engine – leaving one less thing to remember when hopping back in your vehicle after stopping for gas, food, or to enjoy a scenic stop along your drive route.
  • Trailer Sway Control: Senses when a towed trailer begins to sway and applies tow vehicle brakes and/or dials back engine power to bring trailer back under control. When paired with the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller and a trailer with electric brakes, the trailer’s brakes may also be applied to help stabilize the trailer.
  • Automatic Grade Braking: Sierra can sense when the driver wants to slow the truck and trailer down on a steep incline and trigger downshifts to reduce brake use and wear.

The 2019 GMC Sierra will be available beginning in fall 2018. For more information on the Next Generation Sierra, including the 2019 Sierra Denali, please click here.

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  • Functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.

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  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

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  • Canyon’s 7000-lb rating requires available trailering package and 3.6L V-6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra's 12,500-lb rating requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2wd with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.