GMC Sierra Elevation Edition makes comeback for 2016 with street-smart look, connectivity features

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 23, 2015

General Motors proudly announces that the GMC Sierra Elevation Edition will make a comeback in 2016 complete with new styling enhancements and other features not previously seen in any Sierra 1500 lineup. The front-end style has been revised; it also now has the GMC Signature LED lighting plus the discharge high-intensity projector-beam headlamps.

Like the Sierra double cab, this Elevation Edition will have the trademark street-smart stance. This is due to the body-color moldings, bumpers, and grille surround. Its mirror caps and door handles add to the look as well. The appearance is enhanced even further with its Elevation Edition badging and the 20-inch aluminium black-painted wheels.

Looking inside, the Elevation Edition offers the latest in technological advances that ensure the driver remains connected every time. It now has a radio that has incorporated to it a 7-inch diagonal screen and is capable of being integrated with a smartphone that has the Android Auto or the Apple CarPlay.

Thus the driver can not only make calls through this system but can also receive and send messages. The driver can control the music with the help of the IntelliLink touchscreen. Connectivity is made even better with the OnStar 4G LTE and now with the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, enables a maximum of seven devices to link to it.

Additional features include the remote locking tailgate and remote keyless entry. It also has the power-adjustable mirrors with outside heating plus 110-volt power outlet. Rounding up all these is the six-speaker audio system and black recovery hooks, to name a few.

The engine is also something to be proud of. The Elevation Edition has the EcoTec3 4.3-liter V-6 engine which can deliver 285 horsepower with a maximum torque of 305 lb.-ft. All these come with a highway fuel economy rating of 24 mpg.

For those who want more power, there is the option for the EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8 engine which can give not just 355 horsepower but also provides a maximum 9,400 pounds in terms of trailering capacity for the two-wheel drive.

Customers can also opt to have the four-wheel drive version though both the two and four-wheel drive systems have the standard Eaton locking rear differential. For all the variants, the following features are available: all-terrain tires, XM Radio, trailering equipment, and Rear vision camera system.

U.S. Vice President for Buick and GMC Duncan Aldred stated that the Elevation Edition gives customers a pickup with a bold style and is a good fit for those who want a truck that can perform as well as it looks. Whatever comprehensive package that was already available on the Sierra line is improved further with this edition, Aldred adds.

This is seen through the premium technology, muscular design details, and the essential truck capabilities. The Sierra Elevation Edition is expected to go on sale by the first quarter of 2016. Manufacturing trucks since 1902, GMC continues to build vehicles that display engineering excellence and incorporate innovation.

The brand is well on its way to manufacturing crossovers and trucks that are more fuel-efficient like the Acadia crossover and Terrain small SUV. The Sierra pickup continues to be GMC’s highest volume vehicle since it remains to be the most powerful of light-duty pickups in the market.

The Sierra is also the first full-size pickup to get the highest-possible rating, a five-star, in terms of Overall Vehicle Score for safety ever since the New Car Assessment Program was changed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2011.

Press Release


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.

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