2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation Special Edition: Spied

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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."

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Comments

MY POINT EXACTLY!!! I am argueing this over on other comment section on GM offers more choices!!. Ford guys just dont get it! They don't MAKE a V8 that competes with the GM 6.2L.

They brag the 5.0L will beat the 5.3L..yes in acceleration, but its tuned for FE! the 5.3 trounces it in that department!


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 23, 2018 8:10:59 AM

i'm you're huckleberry, no Ford does not make a V8 to compete with the 6.2 but they make a V6 that will run with the 6.2 all day, and all Fords motors in a half ton will take out the 5.3, how many ppl that buy a SUV (Expedition) care if they have
V8 or a TT V6 the ppl that care about about V8's are truck guys

TNT
question if the 6.2 is such a good motor why does GM not put the 6.0 to rest and replace it with the 6.2

@ Huckleberry..aka DLE

BC they have a surplus of 6.0L engines and "many" customers who drive GM HD models don't care about 0-60. They want a RELIABLE workhorse of an engine....that is exactly what the 6.0L is!! Ask anyone on a construction site that has a 6.0L, they RUN FOREVER!!!
Do I think they should update it.....heck YES!!! I never argued that!

As for your comment on the V6 twin turbo running with a N/A V8....well of course it would. Are Fanboys that naive!!
Lets turbo charge or supercharge either V8 GM makes and your gerbil engines will get dusted!!! Come on now, think before you post!

Gerbil engine huh?

Yup, that’s a 2.7L cylinder for you.

Yup, that’s a 2.7L cylinder for you.


Posted by: Harvey | May 23, 2018 11:05:54 AM

I guess we can call GM 2.7L a Gerbil Engine Deluxe.

Yup, that’s a 2.7L cylinder for you.


Posted by: Harvey | May 23, 2018 11:05:54 AM

I guess we can call GM 2.7L a Gerbil Engine Deluxe.

@ Harvey and Frank

You can call it whatever you want. I told you I'm not a fan!! This is classic!!! LOL

Face the facts guys. The Ford EGO Boost and GM EcoTec3 engines are a joke compared to RAM Hemi engines.

-HR

GUTS

GLORY

CLASS LEADING 2019 RAM

@ HR

I like Hemi engines, but no Hemi out there in a RAM truck has 420 HP/and 460lbs TQ

@ TNT:

I would just as soon have a 6.2 over an overrated Ford EGO Boost, but you'd have a hard time prying my HEMI powered RAM out of my cold dead hands! :)

-HR

Why would it be an Elevation when
1. It has fog lights and an Elevation is just a glorified WT.
2. It has the Miltipro tailgate and GM specifically said it was only available on SLT and Denali.
3. It obviously has push button start, smart key etc by the bottoms on the door.
4. I don’t think an Elevation would be brown..
5. It has chrome mirror caps and spot lights.
So Yeah I’m not convinced that it’s an Elevation

I see comments that 0-60 in a truck doesn't matter. Not only is that a show of how well a trucks engine and transmission work together. If anything though what we don't see is the real world of testing. In the real world the 3.5L will only outrun the V8 if it is launched under boost. People don't drive around pre-loaded. Testing for things like that should be from idle. The Ford V6 and V8 though a decent engines and so are the GM engines. For an elevation edition it should be the I4, I6 (diesel), and 6.2L only. For higher altitude the key is big power to make up for the crap air. That comes in cubic inches or boost.

"If anything though what we don't see is the real world of testing. In the real world the 3.5L will only outrun the V8 if it is launched under boost. People don't drive around pre-loaded. Testing for things like that should be from idle."

Exactly.

Plus, all this high elevation testing is pointless for the majority of truck owners. TFLT's testing puts any naturally aspirated truck at a disadvantage right off the bat.

everyone knows ford and chevrolet has been working together on transmissions for the last several years and that"s probably not the only thing they have been working on. What is the coincidence that all big domestic car companies all have 3.0l diesel engines coming out that are 6 cylinder?

3.0 diesels a coincidence?

@m.kline

A smart guy once said "there are no coicidences." More likely the big 3 are straining hard to maintain happiness with their dealers, and the consumer, without getting into the poop with EPA and CAFE issues.

Detroit (and Washington DC?) is the land of group-think.

Everyday I thank humanity for Toyota's existence. I had a '94 Toyota T-100 (a pretty basic utilitarian truck) that served me for 740,000 miles on the original engine and tranny, and basically trouble free. I really loved that nifty truck. My son had a '05 Dodge Ram that was nothing but trouble. He got rid of it at 90,000 miles. He fell in love with a '10 Toyota 4 Runner that's still humming beautifully at 280,000 miles. I now have a '13 Tundra (126,000 miles, trouble free) that is every bit as good as the American pickups in terms of style and comfort; and superior to them in reliability, craftsmanship, longevity and engineering.



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