General Motors has proved to enjoy adding special packaged versions of their cars in various forms, seemingly at the whim of the imaginations of their brand management. And this latest 2016 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition is no different.
Like previous special edition Sierras and GM cars, the Elevation Edition obviously starts life off as a 2016 Sierra double cab and only the double cab, since the Elevation package is not available in other forms.
What do you get? A whole bunch of aesthetic upgrades, such as color-matching body moldings, door handles, and mirror caps as well as a matching grille surround. So if you were hoping to maintain the blingy chrome look of the Sierra, the Elevation Edition isn’t for you.
The inside also gets some standard kit otherwise optional on the configuration list such as GMC’s full suite of apps and connectivity capabilities with the seven-inch screen, incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as remote start and keyless entry, power-adjustable heated side-views, a 110-volt AC power outlet, a HiFi six-speaker audio system and more.
Power options still range from the standard 4.3L naturally-aspirated EcoTec3 V6 with 285hp and 305 lb-ft of twist, or the optional 5.3L EcoTec3 V7 with 355hp, with either the choice of two-wheel or four-wheel drive and a Eaton locking rear-differential as standard for both.
For the press release, scroll below.
GMC Updates Sierra Elevation Edition for 2016
Sport appearance wears new front-end design, latest connectivity technologies
DETROIT – The popular GMC Sierra Elevation Edition returns for 2016 with the styling enhancements and other features new to the entire Sierra 1500 lineup – including revised front-end styling with new, high-intensity discharge projector-beam headlamps and GMC Signature LED lighting.
The Elevation Edition – available on Sierra double cab – has a street-smart stance, thanks to body-color moldings, door handles, mirror caps and a body-color grille surround, as well as body-color bumpers. It also rolls on 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels and is further enhanced with new Elevation Edition badging.
“The Sierra Elevation Edition offers a boldly styled pickup for customers who want a truck that looks as good as it performs,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC. “With its muscular design details, inherent truck capabilities and premium technology features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, Sierra Elevation improves on an already comprehensive package.”
Inside Sierra Elevation Edition, the latest technology helps drivers stay connected at all times. A new radio with a 7-inch-diagonal screen incorporates CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration capability, which gives drivers the ability to make calls, send and receive messages and control music from the IntelliLink touchscreen. Additionally, OnStar 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot allow continuous connectivity for up to seven personal devices.
All Sierra Elevation Edition models include remote keyless entry, remote locking tailgate, outside heated power-adjustable mirrors, a 110-volt AC power outlet, black recovery hooks, a six-speaker audio system and more.
A standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque with a highway fuel economy of 24 mpg. An available 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 produces 355 horsepower – and offers up to 9,400 pounds of trailering capacity (2WD). Customers can choose two- or four-wheel drive and the Eaton locking rear differential is standard with both.
All-terrain tires, a Rear Vision camera system, trailering equipment and XM Radio are available on all models.
The new GMC Sierra Elevation Edition goes on sale in the first quarter of 2016.
– By: Chris Chin