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Speaking With Officials From Chevrolet And GMC, We Learned More Details Of GM’s Truck Plans

2021 GMC Yukon Denali GM SUV T1 Platform
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General Motors trucks have been in the hot seat lately with regard to their performance on the market. Total sales of large pickups set a record, rising 2.5 percent to 2.48 million units in 2019. However, Chevrolet Silverado sales were down by about 2.6%, including a 7.5% drop for its heavy-duty pickup models. In Q4 2019, combined sales for both GMC and Chevy trucks declined 5.9%, which General Motors defers the blame on the UAW strike that cost the company $3.6 billion in lost revenue over the 40 days the strike took place. To add to things, 2019 ultimately saw the Chevy Silverado 1500 yield its No. 02 truck sales spot behind the Ford F-150 to the highly acclaimed Ram 1500 pickup truck.

The 2020 Ram 1500 and Ram HD have been regarded as the trucks to buy at the moment, based on awards from Motor Trend, Car & Driver, NACTOY, and others. That being said, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are just getting started. As reported here before, interior improvements are expected, while more extreme variants to rival the Ford F-150 Raptor and upcoming Rebel TRX are coming down the pipeline, as well.

The interior of the 2020 Ram 1500 Rebel. Photo copyright

“We’re working on some projects that will grab exterior design on one, and grab interior design on the other,” said Bob Krapes, Marketing Director, Chevy Trucks to MC&T at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The reference to the exterior design is not exactly known at this time, but could elude to the aggressive front fascia design of the Tahoe/Suburban Z71 and GMC Yukon AT4 finding its way onto a future off-road truck variant.

The same can be said for GMC. According to sources, the earliest we’re expected to see these significant updates is next year.

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The current interior of Chevy Trucks.

“You’re gonna see some similarities,” said Stuart Pierce, Senior Marketing Manger for GMC Trucks and SUVs to MC&T. “Our customers are looking for very premium appointments in a very capable truck.”

While both marketing officers stopped short of outright confirming that both the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks will see an interior update next year, this is the best we’ve gotten out of anybody from General Motors officially speaking on the matter. Meanwhile, our own intelligence maintains that a significant interior update for GM’s full-size pickup trucks is indeed on track.

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The center console of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe points to what’s next for Silverado. Photo copyright

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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  1. GM trucks r the ugliest things they ever made. They should dramatically redo the outside. That hd version is damn hideous !! I like dodge. I’ll stick with that !!

  2. i agree 100%, uuugly, what the frick are they thinking, i’ve owned 9 silverado hd’s and after this latest one, i’m going to ford, gm is taking too long to keep up with the competition, they said new updates next year- what! do it now, your losing sales, hello! and there’s no performance model like dodge and ford has in their trucks. Sorry GM but you’ve made too many design mistakes and your too slow making improvements. case and point chevy released the interior at a time crunch because dodge had the jump on you, that says it all. See ya Chevy.

  3. GM designers need to wake up, you are behind in the pickup market. How bout some lighted cup holders, boost hp on 5.3 to 380, you took away good features light mirror signal indicators, the gauges on my 2019 Sierra are all white, my 18 had alot more colorful instrument cluster, my premium Bose is crap compared to 18 model, no place for sunglasses, new wireless charger takes up all the space for the phone to lay in, make the steering wheel thicker and why did you take the tilt steering out, it on moves up and down and does Not Tilt at angle, and the stop start is BS. When I turn it off it should stay OFF and come back on every restart, $ 59.000 is a lot of money to pay for a truck!

  4. I just went from a 2010 5.3 silverado LTZ to a 2015 silverado 6.2 LTZ and was surprised the interior looks the same as the newer GM trucks. I like the truck, the 6.2 is a beast and it’s forest green metallic with 20 inch wheels and towing package. I’m a GM guy but have nothing against ram or Ford but the ram is the complete package with very nice interiors, sound systems and infotainment packages. GM has to up their game no doubt.

  5. GM need to wake up there interior has shrunken in the last two or three years I’ve owned GMC‘s and Chevrolets all my life it’s gotten so bad that I had to buy a Dodge GMC and Chevy better wake up before they lose all their sales I thought I’d never have to buy a Dodge what a disgrace

  6. Don’t Forget About That Crap Of An Engine (5.3) And That Crappy Brake System They Have In The Sierra & Silverado. To The Heck With The Interior. Who want a pretty truck they can’t drive or is afraid to drive. F Gm.

    • Go that right, pretty truck and afraid to drive,,, my Silverado 2009 ,1500 ,110,000 miles is in my driveway since 3 years because of all that crap with brake systems stabilitrack,and power reduced , (throttle body,steering wheel position sensor, ect,,,),and the cherry on the Sunday that gas saving systems (8 cyl to 4 cyl) that raise the oil consumption,,, the heck with it ,,, I drive my chevy 2001 HD ,6.0 ,2500 with 340.000 miles every day instead that way I know I can go to work and coming back home without problems.

  7. I say the biggest problem they need to fix this the dashboard it cracks before you even finish paying off your pickup…

  8. I don’t need all the bells and whistles, I would sacrifice interior for an engine and transmission that would go 250000 with no issues or leaks , a full size bed that you can close the tailgate when leaving the lumber yard 4×8 .. simple like the 60’s interior . Manual everything with air being the only option and gauges to let me know what the mechanicals are doing .. a body that won’t rust out before the engine needs an oil change .. you can bet that if trucks went back to being trucks and not fancy station wagons the cost would come down .. give me simple and reliable with power to do the job over creature comforts any day ..

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