We’re spending the week with the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, the new-generation truck that’s built on the GM T1 platform. Our test pickup is equipped with the turbo-diesel 3.0L I-6 LM2 that’s part of the Duramax engine family, rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to the GM 10-speed automatic transmission which transfers power through either the rear or all four wheels.
Our Sierra test unit is also a Crew Cab Elevation trim level with four-wheel drive and the short box. It’s painted in the optional Satin Steel Metallic paint and fitted with the Jet Black cloth seat trim. The Elevation edition is mostly a styling package derived from the SLE trim level, adding a monochromatic appearance with blacked-out body trim and wheels to give the vehicle a nice bold look.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what the package includes:
- Trim-specific blacked-out 20-inch wheels
- Distinct monochromatic door handles, bumpers and grille surround
- Black exterior accents, including grille insert, tow hooks and side window trim
Note that our 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 isn’t equipped with the optional CarbonPro carbon fiber box or the MultiPro tailgate, since the idea behind the Elevation package is to keep the price low while still offering consumers a fair amount of standard equipment.
That said, the truck we see here does have a few options piled onto it, like the Elevation Value Package which adds a 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar, rear wheelhouse liners, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, an automatic rear-locking differential and a trailering package.
There’s also the Preferred package which adds the eight-inch infotainment screen, a 120-volt power outlet, a Bose premium sound system, a power sliding rear window and the HD Rear Vision camera. Finally, our truck also has the available Driver Alert Package 1 which adds Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert and Blind Zone Alert, as well as the power sunroof standalone option. The final price as it sits is $51,795.
We will have the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Duramax for a week where we’ll specifically be observing its real-world fuel economy to see if it’s worth opting for this diesel engine over either the two available 5.3L V8s (the 5.3L L82 V8 or the 5.3L L84 V8) or the 6.2L L87 V8. So if you would like to know more about this truck beyond the spec sheet, ask your questions in the comments section, and we’ll reply in a timely manner as part of the GM Authority interactive review.
Ready…. set… go!