A welcomed addition to GMC’s lineup of redesigned Sierra 1500s in 2019 was the introduction of the Elevation trim — a more blacked-out, monochromatic light-duty pickup for those looking to make more of a statement.
Just a year later, GMC managed to squeeze even more out of the newer 2020 Sierra, offering these 6 new things including more tech, carbon fiber beds for 2 more trims, and enhanced ProGrade Trailering. The newcomer Elevation has benefited from all of this.
Sure, the Sierra Denali has successfully carved out its own niche within the premium full-size truck market, and the new off-road Sierra AT4 brings added capability and innovative technology paired with premium refinement.
But the Elevation, offered in double cab and crew cab configurations — in 2WD and 4WD, adds a little more personality while keeping the Sierra’s hard-working personality in check.
So, what make the Sierra 1500 Elevation different?
The key differentiators here are the styling updates and the advanced lighting technology.
Unlike the other trims, the Elevation adds monochromatic door handles, bumpers and grille surround to stand out. The black 20-inch wheels look badass, along with the black exterior accents, including the grille insert, tow hooks, and side window trim.
Overall, the stealthier style looks sharp yet burly with all the black contrasting. As GMC’s marketing director puts it, “the Sierra Elevation conveys a youthful, athletic presence that demonstrates GMC’s tailored approach…with inherent truck capabilities and functionality, Elevation is able to take you off the beaten path along with your gear while standing out from the pack.”
This darker Sierra also finds new high-intensity LED headlamps that incorporate C-shaped “light blade” signature lighting elements, LED fog lamps and C-shaped LED elements within the taillights — all offered as standard.
Based on the double cab model which adds nearly 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom as part of this 5th-generation redesign, the Sierra Elevation is available with two- or four-wheel-drive configurations. This new cab also beats out the competitors with the most front head- and legroom.
Sierra Elevation with the X31 Off Road package
As far as options go, the X31 Off Road package is the big one, particularly for those heading off the beaten track.
The suspension gets a hefty update including Rancho shocks, paired to bigger all-terrain tires, a skid plate, and a more heavy-duty air filter. A locking rear differential, Hill Descent Control, a dual exhaust system, and a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing round out this off-road upgrade.
For better pulling functionality, the available ProGrade Trailering System will make towing life much easier with all its added features including an advanced Trailering App.
Under the hood
Powering the 2020 Sierra Elevation is GMC’s new 2.7L turbocharged engine matted to an 8-speed automatic transmission, good for delivering 310-hp and 348 lb-ft of torque. For more power, opt for the optional 5.3L V8.
GMC really took huge strides when they released this all-new Sierra pickup back in 2019, still managing to add even more for 2020. The Denali is, well, a Denali. But it’s the rugged Sierra AT4 and this new blacked-out Sierra Elevation that GMC’s discerning customers will get excited about, offering more choice and variety within the light-duty 1500 lineup.