GM allegedly launched the current-generation trucks before the new greenhouse was ready.

Changes are reportedly coming to the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, though it might not be what you expect. A new report from Muscle Cars and Trucks says GM will give its half-ton pickups a significantly updated interior for the 2021 model year. Automotive News also mentions a potential interior redux in the near future.

Perhaps of greater interest is the alleged story behind why a major interior change is coming so soon after an all-new model launch. As MC&T explains, GM apparently bumped up its launch window for the Silverado and Sierra in response to Ram’s all-new 2019 1500 pickup. To match that timeframe, concessions had to be made and an all-new interior was among them. It seems something much more upscale – at least on higher-end trim levels – was originally planned.

Gallery: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado: First Drive

This is the first time we’ve heard this claim, and the report doesn’t identify specific sources for reference. The current Silverado/Sierra interior isn’t bad by any means, and it’s not a direct carryover from GM’s previous pickups. However, the new Ram has one of the best-looking truck interiors of all time, and comparing the current and previous-generation Silverado interiors below  (2017 Silverado left, 2019 Silverado right) there’s no denying the striking similarity between them.

2017 Chevy Silverado 1500: Review
2019 Chevrolet Silverado: First Drive

In any case, it seems likely an interior update is coming. What can we expect? The report doesn’t offer details but it does describe a revised center stack that will offer a larger infotainment screen. Materials and smaller details will likely be amended as well to provide a more luxurious greenhouse. Given the criticism that’s also been leveled against the Silverado and Sierra’s exterior design, seeing minor changes on the outside wouldn’t be a surprise, either. That’s especially true considering this proposed interior refresh coincides with the expected arrival of the new Ford F-150.

If the story is true, it’s not without a tremendous amount of irony. Sales for the Silverado and Sierra have fallen while Ram continues to soar – due in no small part to strong sales of the previous-generation Ram Classic. It could be said that, by rushing to meet the new Ram head-on, GM is now losing to both the new and the old model.