GMC has officially unveiled the Elevation trim for the 2019 Sierra.
Ever so slowly, GMC is taking the tarp off all their Sierra trim levels. We’ve already been blessed by the pickup gods with a new Denali, SLT, and AT4 trim presentation, and now we get the same with the Elevation.
The Elevation Sierra has always been the sporty, outdoorsy trim when it came to GMC pickups. Now that the AT4 trim is here, however, we were expecting the Elevation to not be quite as off-road focused as in previous years.
Apparently, we were wrong since the 2019 Elevation comes with an available X31 off-road package. This package includes “suspension tuning with Rancho shocks, locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, protective underbody skid plates, heavy-duty air filter, dual exhaust system and a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing topped off with all-terrain tires."
Most of that you can find in the AT4, but with a few additional off-road doodads. So the Elevation is going to be plenty off-roady if you want it to be.
The rest of the truck isn’t quite as surprising. It’ll come stock with the new 2.0-L inline turbo four-banger that powers the new Silverado, with the option for a 5.3-L V8 or 3.0-L turbodiesel. An 8-speed automatic transmission comes with everything except for the turbodiesel, which will get access to a 10-speed automatic.
The Elevation gets brand new LED headlamps with C-shaped "light blade" signature elements, which sounds pretty fancy, as well as a unique grille that every new Sierra trim gets. On the Elevation that appears to mostly be just black inserts. It also gets unique door handles, bumpers, black tow hooks, and black side mirrors.
And lastly, the Elevation gets the ProGrade Trailering System, which comes with an advanced Trailering App "designed to help take the guesswork out of connecting and towing a trailer.” Frankly, if there was guesswork involved with towing a trailer we think maybe you shouldn’t be towing a trailer.
The Elevation comes out sometime this fall. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it’ll be somewhere in the middle of the Sierra price spectrum.