and it’s available with the 2.7-liter turbo-four

GMC has introduced the Sierra Elevation, a new trim level of the Sierra that will sit between the ALT and AT4 offering customers a rugged pickup with a shot of off-road chops to go with it. The Sierra Elevation will get a host of exclusive digs to complete its status, all of which are being included to infuse the pickup with a commanding look to go with natural truck capabilities and functionality that all Sierra pickups are known for.

What makes the GMC Sierra Elevation special

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The pickup is essentially a “lite” version of the Sierra 1500 AT4.

The GMC Sierra Elevation is further proof that the U.S. market isn’t tiring of pickups anytime soon. The pickup is essentially a “lite” version of the Sierra 1500 AT4. It has a smattering of cosmetic upgrades to go along with a highlight reel of optional packages that can turn it into a full-blown, unapologetic, go-anywhere ride.

On the cosmetic side, the Sierra Evolution gets color-matched door handles, which really doesn’t do much to move our needles, but, hey, it’s an “upgrade” in GMC’s lexicon. Doubling on that treatment, GMC also dressed up the bumpers and grille surround in the same monochromatic manner, doing away with the chrome treatment on the latter that’s used in almost all other versions of the Sierra. The press photos of the new Sierra Elevation trim offers a good look at it, and the red-on-red look is actually pretty cool.

Black exterior accents complete the aesthetic nip-and-tuck, and you can see them on the grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim, and the set of 20-inch aluminum wheels that come standard on this Sierra trim level. Buyers who want a little extra can also avail of some available accessory. The GearOn rails, for example, allow buyers to install bike racks or kayak carriers easily.

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What really elevates the Sierra Elevation into the world of must-have goodness is the optional X31 Off-Road package.

Sure, the aesthetic upgrades give the Sierra a more youthful look. But what really elevates the Sierra Elevation — no pun intended — into the world of must-have goodness is the optional X31 Off-Road package. This package is catered specifically for those who frequently venture off the beaten path. It includes a unique suspension tuning with Rancho shocks, locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, protective underbody skid plates, heavy-duty air filter, a dual exhaust system, all-terrain tires and a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing to make sure that those steep climbs aren’t going to make your Sierras sweat.

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2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Inteiror shown here.

On the tech front, the Sierra Elevation isn’t lacking, either. It comes with GMC’s Traction Select System, which lets drivers choose the amount of traction they need based on specific purposes and conditions, all in the name of optimizing the pickup’s performance chops. If you’re using your pickup for everyday driving, you can stick it on Tour Mode and be done with it. But if you’re looking to tackle the off-road, turn the knob to Terrain Mode, and the Sierra’s going to take you anywhere you want to go.

In moments where you’re going to tow a trailer, the Sierra Elevation also comes with the ProGrade Trailering System, which comes with a handful of innovative features that can give you a step-by-step guide on how to connect and tow a trailer without a hitch.

All these features make up a compelling package for pickup enthusiasts in the U.S. Would-be customers can even choose between an all-new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine that produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. If that isn’t powerful enough, the Sierra Elevation is available with GMC’s next-gen 5.3-liter V-8 that has 355 horsepower on tap.

GMC has not affixed a price on the Sierra Elevation, but the new trim level is expected to hit the market in the fall of this year.

Further Reading

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The launch of the next generation Sierra lineup continues with the introduction of the new 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation. Adding to other recently revealed bold, powerful models of the Sierra, the Elevation makes a statement in design, capability and advanced connectivity.

The Sierra Elevation, along with Denali, AT4 and SLT, is designed to meet the needs and preferences of discerning GMC customers. The next generation Sierras are built upon a prominent foundation of strong bodywork that incorporates chiseled fenders and a tall, powerful hood capped with a bigger and bolder grille than any Sierra prior. Elevation sets itself apart with distinct monochromatic door handles, bumpers and grille surround. The commanding design is amplified by black exterior accents, including the grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim and standard 20-inch aluminum wheels.

Like other modern GMC designs, advanced lighting technology plays a key role in shaping the 2019 Sierra Elevation. New high-intensity LED headlamps that incorporate C-shaped "light blade" signature lighting elements, LED fog lamps and C-shaped LED elements within the taillights are all standard.

“The 2019 Sierra Elevation conveys a youthful, athletic presence that demonstrates GMC’s tailored approach,” said Rich Latek, GMC marketing director. “With inherent truck capabilities and functionality, Elevation is able to take you off the beaten path along with your gear while standing out from the pack.”

The Sierra Elevation is based off the double cab model and is offered with two- or four-wheel-drive configurations. The next generation double cab has nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom compared to the current model and best-in-class double cab front head- and legroom (max.).

Elevated Capability
The Sierra Elevation leverages innovative technology and smart engineering to enhance capability and elevate driver confidence. With the Traction Select System and the twist of a dial, the driver can choose from preset modes designed for distinct purposes or conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping and other systems to optimize performance for the situation at hand. Tour mode, for instance, is ideal for everyday driving, while Terrain mode configures the Sierra for venturing off the beaten path.

For those who frequently venture off-road, Sierra Elevation is available with the X31 Off Road package, which includes unique suspension tuning with Rancho shocks, locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, protective underbody skidplates, heavy-duty air filter, dual exhaust system and a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing topped off with all-terrain tires.

If trailering a camper or other gear is part of your adventure, the 2019 Sierra Elevation was designed from square one with trailering in mind. The available ProGrade Trailering System incorporates a number of innovative features, including an advanced available Trailering App, designed to help take the guesswork out of connecting and towing a trailer.

Purposeful Functionality

The Sierra Elevation was engineered to get you and your gear — be it kayaks, camping, mountain bikes, motorcycles or beyond — where you need to go, building on the foundation of the best-in-class cargo volume standard with every all-new Sierra: 89.1 cubic feet on standard box models. Thanks to more tie-downs, enhanced cargo lighting and larger rear corner steps, the task of loading and securing gear is easier than ever. A 120V outlet in the rear supplies power to equipment needed for a day at the campsite or on the trails.

Available accessory GearOn rails within the box allow for bike racks, kayak carriers and other accessories to be installed or adjusted quickly and easily. The rails’ integrated position makes cargo more accessible and frees up space in the rest of the box.

Next Generation Performance

The Sierra Elevation is available with a number of new engine and transmission configurations that deliver the perfect blend of power and capability.

Standard on the 2019 Sierra Elevation is an all-new 2.7-liter turbocharged engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque.

The next generation 5.3-liter V-8 is also available on the Sierra Elevation, in conjunction with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This improved version of the 5.3-liter V-8 utilizes a new Dynamic Fuel Management system that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

Early in 2019, the Sierra Elevation will also be offered with a new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six-cylinder engine, along with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Advanced Connectivity

An 8-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System that incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility* is standard on the Sierra Elevation, along with a six-speaker audio system. A premium GMC Infotainment System that incorporates a higher resolution touchscreen, advanced personalization features, voice recognition functionality and available in-vehicle apps is optional, as is a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system. USB Type A and Type C ports for charging mobile devices are standard.

The 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation will be available starting in the fall of 2018.

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