The Light-duty truck segment has a lot of contenders and a majority of them are from the stable of GM. The GMC Sierra lineup is really popular in this segment and it gives tough competition to the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 lineup. The company also brings out limited and special edition trucks for the Sierra lineup every year. The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition is one such example.
These limited edition models are aimed at niche buyers and usually, have higher price tags than regular models. Based on the Sierra 1500 model, it is aimed at the buyers who want luxury and amenities even in a light duty truck.
2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Comes with Macho Styling
The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition is available on SLE double cab models, Crew Cab models and base double cab models. The styling is decidedly macho and it looks simply stunning. The available exterior colors are Stone Blue Metallic, Summit White, Onyx Black, and also a Dark Slate Metallic. The truck gets body-colored grille surround, matching mirror caps, bumpers and door handle. Its exterior badging also helps the model looks distinct from regular variants. It also gets 20-inch black-painted wheels.
2018 GMC Sierra Interior
Just like the exterior styling, the cabin of 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition has the stamp of uniqueness. It is way more stylish and the quality of materials is a step up than what you get in base and SLE models by default! The soft-touch instrument panel and real aluminum trim ooze lavishness. The Leather-wrapped steering wheel and Contrast stitching look nice too. In fact, the cabin is really quiet. The noise insulating materials like Aerodynamic exterior mirrors, Hydraulic body mounts and Triple door seals work actually as desired.
The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition comes laden with plenty of safety features and amenity wise, you will not get any chance to complain. The Elevation package also brings to base Sierra models features like remote locking tailgate, rear-view mirrors, 110-volt power outlet, LED front fog lamps and deep tinted glass. Furthermore, the GM Intellilink setup is there with 7.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth and Smartphone support. The icing on the cake is the embedded 4G Wi-fi hotspot. The Sierra SLE Elevation Edition also gets an 8-inch touch display unit, HID headlights, and soft-touch dashboard. Safety wise, it gets many airbags, anti-lock brakes and vehicle stability control.
2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Engine
The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition has the same engine as used in the base and SLE trims. The base engine 4.3-liter V-6 unit makes 285 HP with 305 lb-ft of torque. The next one is 5.3-liter V-8 engine generates 355 HP. The final one is the mighty 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 420 HP with 460 lb-ft torque. All engines will be also mated to the 6-speed automatic gearbox.
All engines from the list above will use direct injection and Active Fuel Management system. This system will allow engine to run on fewer cylinders and thus use less fuel. The base model V6 engine will give 18/24 mpg (2WD) and 17/22 mpg (4WD) in the city/highway. However, the model with 5.3 V8 engine comes with the fuel economy of 16/23 mpg (2WD) and 16/22 mpg (4WD). The final one and strongest will have in city/highway 15/21 mpg for the front wheel drive and 15/20 mpg for the all-wheel drive.
2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Towing Capacity
The model with strongest engine 6.2-liter V8 can pull up to 12,500 pounds. It can tow maximum 11,100 pounds. With this maximum towing capacity this engine will give a highway rating of 23 mpg. Also, the model with 5.3 engine has the similar numbers. However, the 4.3-liter V6 can max out around 7,600 pounds.
2018 GMC Sierra Elevation Price and Release Date
Based on the trim chosen, the price of 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition will vary. The starting price should be close to $35.000. It will be soon available in the market.
Summing it up
The 2018 GMC Sierra Elevation edition is a compelling addition to the already popular Sierra lineup. It costs a little more than regular versions but you get enough for the price tag. Styling and amenity wise, it ticks the all the boxes.