The Boss Shares Styling With Its Little Brother
Chevrolet surprised us all this week when it released the first official photos of the 2020 Silverado HD. The Bow Tie claims that the Silverado HD shares only one piece of sheetmetal with the Silverado 1500—its roof panel.
After seeing stripped-down spy photos of the likewise–all new 2020 GMC Sierra HD, we don’t think that division will be able to say the same, as the luxury-oriented pickup seems to share much more with the smaller Sierra 1500. However, given the 1/2-ton truck’s handsome lines—and the polarizing-at-best reaction garnered by the Silverado HD—that might be a good thing for GMC.
Spotted in dual-rear-wheel SLT and single-rear-wheel Denali trims, the lightly camouflaged testers gave us a good look at some of the styling features of two of the Sierra HD’s volume models. The SLT’s grille appears relatively understated, with three chrome elements spanning its width. The Denali’s grille is much more detailed, with three sections of chrome-heavy mesh taking up lots of real estate. A notch at the bottom of both recalls the Sierra 1500 (or a crescent wrench, depending on your point of view).
Both SLT and Denali seem to sport LED headlamps in a conventional configuration—primary lighting elements on top with a daytime running lamp beneath. That counters the new Silverado HD’s front end, which puts its headlamps a bit lower on the fascia and places a running lamp above them. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Sierra HD made use of its little brother’s headlamps, as they seem to feature the same notched-C shape.
Differences between the Sierra HD and Sierra 1500 are hard to spot, in fact. There’s an obvious bed step integrated into the rocker panel just aft of the cab, a feature shared with the Silverado HD and one we think will work well, if simply. The hood is likely totally different, with the Sierra HD getting a bolder and more sculpted design that looks good with the Duramax V-8’s hood scoop.
There are also symmetrical wheel arches on the Sierra HD, contrasting with the 1500’s unique half-square openings. And of course, the HD will be available with a dual-rear-wheel configuration that brings muscular, box-shaped rear fenders along with it. These look more stylish than the anonymous bulges found on the current Sierra HD dually.
Otherwise, expect to see the Sierra 1500’s attractive body-side sculpting and restrained, refined styling to make an appearance on the Sierra HD when it bows sometime next year. If GMC follows Chevrolet’s lead, we expect the biggest Sierra to bow in March or April, with sales commencing in mid-2019.
Source: KGP Photography