Final preparations are in place for GMC to reveal the 2019 Sierra 1500's full powertrain lineup and specifications. We know because Chevrolet just gave us the chance to drive what is likely to be two of the more popular powertrains for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 when it goes on sale later this fall. Naturally, we're assuming all the same powertrains will be made available for the GMC. What Chevy is likely not to get anytime soon is the GMC-exclusive MiltiPro Tailgate, which offers a smaller tailgate inside a bigger, full-size tailgate for six different functions.
As expected, GMC continues to test the 2019 Sierra 1500. Here's what our spy shooters just sent us after they caught what looks like the Elevation Special Edition doing some boat-towing exercises.
"This is the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation, caught while tow testing nearly undisguised in Milford, Mich.
"Parent company GM recently debuted the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 at a special event in Detroit, but showcased only two trim levels in the introduction: the Denali and SLT. GMC later unveiled the Sierra 1500 AT4 at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, but still failed to reveal the rest of the Sierra 1500 lineup.
"The Sierra Elevation Special Edition seen here has a unique grille (yes, another one) with what we believe will be chrome slats surrounded by body-color accents, black-painted aluminum wheels, body-color front and rear bumpers, and a traditional exhaust setup.
"We expect the Sierra Elevation to be equipped with the recently announced 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which is good for 310 horsepower and 348 pounds-feet of torque. The Sierra 1500 can also be equipped with a 4.3-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed automatic, a 5.3-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic or a 6.2-liter V-8 paired with the new 10-speed automatic. A 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel (also equipped with the 10-speed) will be available in spring 2019."