On Wednesday, the 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation broke cover—another next-generation Sierra variant that hauls in additional refinement, optional off-road goodies, and a standard 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Think of it as the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4‘s baby brother of sorts.
Taking a gander at the exterior, the Sierra Elevation sets itself apart with a monochromatic style; the door handles, bumpers and grille surround are all finished in the truck’s body color. Black exterior accents break up the body-color around the window trim, grille insert and the tow hook. Finally, 20-inch aluminum wheels sit in place.
The 2019 Sierra Elevation does not come standard with the AT4’s off-road gear, but the goodies are optional. GMC said buyers may select 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.
It’s not quite the AT4’s list of off-road gear, but it comes fairly close. GMC will also offer the Sierra Elevation with the ProGrade Trailering System.
Unlike the Sierra AT4, the Sierra Elevation comes standard with General Motors’ latest truck engine: the 2.7-liter turbocharged L3B four-cylinder engine. The mill produces 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. However, buyers can opt for the 5.3-liter V8 engine, which now features GM’s dynamic fuel management. Next year, Sierra Elevation will also add the 3.0-liter Duramax LM2 inline-six diesel engine, too. Both the four-cylinder and V8 engine will feature an eight-speed automatic, while the diesel powerplant will be married to GM’s 10-speed automatic.
Inside the Sierra Elevation, the cabin features an eight-inch touchscreen along, though a premium GMC Infotainment System is optional, along with seven-speaker Bose audio system. Aside from the techy bits, the cabin is standard 2019 Sierra.
Look for the 2019 GMC Sierra Elevation in fall of 2018 as GM begins to roll out its next-generation pickup trucks.