There’s A Big Reason Why GM Didn’t Launch The Trucks With These Cabins In The First Place

MC&T has learned that General Motors will be significantly improving the interiors on its full-size pickup trucks, starting with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. The T1 GM trucks have so far received negative criticism from automotive media regarding their interiors, which haven’t really improved over the last-generation K2 platform pickup trucks.

A future product report from Automotive News also corroborates the timeline of the information given.

Chevrolet Silverado Interior

It’s fair to wonder why General Motors didn’t just launch its trucks with proper interiors from the get-go. But we’re here to inform you why it didn’t launch the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra with a more deserving interior to begin with. And it all starts with Ram.

The story goes, according to sources, that GM didn’t want to launch the trucks as early as the 2019 model year. But when its competitive intelligence teams indicated that FCA was well ahead in developing their all-new Ram 1500 pickup truck, the Detroit automaker accelerated production of its T1 truck program. The sacrifice was not finishing the interior to world-beating levels that a more complete 2019 Ram 1500 offers today. In short, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were pulled out of the oven too early. But for the 2021 model year, the gloves are coming off. Consider this the “official” start of the all-new GM pickup trucks.

Another factor that held back a revolutionary truck interior up to this point was clinical data suggesting that customers may not need or want a larger center screen. GM bean counters, as they do, promptly obliged this.

Expect a revamped center stack in the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, primarily around a larger infotainment screen. Currently, there’s a lot of negative space around the screen of the center stack, even on higher end Silverado High Country and Sierra Denali models. Expect minor details, such as the overall fit and finish, to improve as well. As for the larger Silverado HD and Sierra HD, we expect the same interior improvements here, too, but perhaps my not be as soon as 2021.

We’re certainly hopeful for GM, but the finished product remains to be seen. Stay tuned for more.

The Ram 1500 May Not Have A Class Leading Interior For Much Longer.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.


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  1. You need to offer more interior colors instead of black and dark gray. I have a 2017 high country with saddle interior, and have considered purchasing a new truck , but I would never purchase a black interior. Count
    Me out on a GM truck. I have owned 15 GM

    • I own a 2017 High Country and I would like more choices on the interior colors and a console stick shift. GM is old fashioned with the actual interior. 2021 I will have to make a decision about staying with GM ( after 25 Years ) or go with the competition.

  2. GM needs to make the center stack info screen brightness should be be adjustable independently of the instrument lights. It’s too bright relative to the rest of the dash during long night drives causing additional driver fatigue.

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