The refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 made its official debut this week, arriving with updated exterior styling, a heavily overhauled interior, new technology and a host of other improvements. With the revised truck’s official debut, General Motors also confirmed the different trim levels the Sierra 1500 would be available in for 2022, which include the Pro, SLE, Elevation SLT, AT4, AT4X, Denali and Denali Ultimate.
For now, let’s turn our attention to the Elevation trim level, which is a slightly better-equipped, though still entry-level, trim that sits at the heart of the Sierra 1500’s model lineup and thus makes up a large portion of the nameplate’s overall sales. One of the biggest changes to the Sierra Elevation for the 2022 model year is the addition of the available Elevation Premium Package, which adds the ability to equip this trim level with leather seats for the first time. All 2022 GMC Sierra Elevation models will also come with a monochromatic exterior trim treatment with a gloss black grille and unique 20-inch wheels.
The standard engine in the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation will be the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B, which is now rated at 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Customers will also be able to choose the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine or the Duramax turbodiesel 3.0L I6 LM2. The four-cylinder comes paired with an updated version of the GM eight-speed automatic transmission, while the L84 V8 and Duramax diesel engines link up with the more advanced GM 10-speed automatic.
As an interesting aside, the ‘Elevation’ nameplate was originally inspired by GMC’s vision for its customers to eventually move into, or “elevate” to a Denali trim level from the lesser models as they stick with the brand over the years.
“Our inspiration really came from Denali,” Mark Alger, National Marketing Manager at GMC Canada, told GM Authority back in 2019. “Since Denali is our top-trim level, and we see Elevation as the gateway to the GMC brand, we felt it was fitting to have a distinct connection between entry-level models and top-shelf models at GMC. It’s all about mountains, climbing, adventure, the outdoors. That’s what Elevation means to us, this connection with Denali.”
The fully refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is slated to hit dealers in Q1 of the 2022 calendar year. Pricing for the Elevation trim level will start at $45,495 including destination.