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.
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.