2019 GMC Sierra Elevation: Double Cab Gets 2.7L and Athletic Style
X31 Off Road Package and Other Options Make for Confident Offering from GCM
If you’re new to the game, GM has new 2019-model-year Chevrolet and GMC ½-ton pickup trucks coming, and we’re learning more and more about them as we get closer to their launch. GM first teased us with a sneak peek of the next-gen Silverado at the 2017 State Fair of Texas and followed up with a closer look at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. We also saw the GMC Sierra Denali, SLT, and AT4 soon after that.
GMC’s most recent announcement introduces the 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation, touting elevated (clever, right?) capability through its Traction Select System and “a youthful, athletic presence” (to quote Rich Latek, GMC marketing director) through color-matched door handles, bumpers, and grille surround. Throw in some standard 20-inch aluminum wheels and bold black contrast on exterior pieces including the grille insert, towhooks, and side window trim, and you’re set to go. The Traction Select System allows for preset driving modes through the twist of a dial.
The Sierra Elevation is offered in the double cab configuration, in two- or four-wheel drive. For those who tow more often and want to take some of the guesswork out of hooking up and towing, the ProGrade Trailering System is available. GearOn rails are available for ease of transporting outdoor accessories. An 8-inch GMC Infotainment System with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard.
For the off-road enthusiast, an X31 Off Road package is available and includes Rancho shocks, a locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, skidplates, all-terrain tires, a dual exhaust system, and a two-speed transfer case with low range.
The standard engine offering for the Sierra Elevation is the 2.7L I-4, recently revealed at GM’s Milford Proving Ground. The turbocharged powerplant produces 310 hp at 5,600 rpm and 348 lb-ft of torque. It will be mated to an eight-speed transmission. Also available will be the next-generation 5.3L V-8 that utilizes a new Dynamic Fuel Management system, connected to an eight-speed. The final engine offering, slated for early 2019, is the new 3.0L I-6 turbodiesel, in conjunction with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Look for the bold and confident 2019 GMC Elevation in the fall of 2018.