The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is the third model year of the fourth-generation vehicle, ushering in several updates and changes over the preceding model year. Now, the latest GMC Sierra will soon be available with a new entry-level Elevation trim.
Although the GMC Sierra 1500 is already offered in an Elevation trim level, the new trim discussed here is considered a separate, “entry-level” Elevation trim. Given the GMC Canyon pickup truck offers both an Elevation and Elevation Standard trim, it bears to reason GMC might adopt a similar strategy with the Sierra as well.
The new entry-level Elevation trim for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is tagged with RPO code 3VL, while the “standard” Sierra Elevation is tagged with RPO code 3SB. Unfortunately, no pictures or pricing information is available for the 3VL GMC Sierra 1500 entry-level Elevation trim at this time. However, we do have a number of key facts that provide further insight into what the new trim offers and how it fits into the Sierra lineup.
For starters, the 3VL entry-level Elevation trim level is only available in Double Cab 4WD and Crew Cab / Short Bed 4WD body configurations with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. We also know that 3VL is standard with the P275/60R20SL all-terrain blackwall tires (QAE) offered as optional on other trim levels. What’s more, the entry-level Elevation trim is only available with a 40/20/40 split front seat, whereas the 3SB Elevation trim offers the option for two bucket seats with a center console (A50). The entry-level Elevation trim is also equipped as standard with the bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet (KC9) and instrument panel 120-volt outlet (KI4) offered as optional on the 3SB standard Elevation trim.
There’s also a long list of equipment that’s optional on the 3SB standard Elevation trim, but incompatible with the new 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 3VL entry-level Elevation trim, including (relevant RPO codes listed in parentheses):
- Preferred Package (PDQ)
- Driver Alert I package (PQB)
- Premium Infotainment System with 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen (IOS)
- Bose Sound System (UQA)
- Spray-on Bedliner (CGN)
- X31 Off-Road Suspension Package (X31)
- X31 Off-Road and Protection Package (RFX)
- Integrated Trailer Brake Controller (JL1)
- MultiPro Audio System by Kicker (PDV)
- Max Trailering Package (NHT)