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Back for 2016, the GMC Sierra Elevation Edition looks meaner than ever

GMC has introduced a sporty-looking version of the Sierra pickup truck dubbed Elevation Edition. The custom truck was first added to the company’s lineup for the 2015 model year, and it has returned for 2016 with new features inside and out.

Like all 2016 Sierras, the Elevation Edition benefits from a minor facelift that brings LED headlights with integrated C-shaped daytime running lights, a new front bumper with horizontal fog lights, and redesigned LED tail lamps. However, it stands out from its regular-production counterpart because the grille surround, the mirror caps, the door handles, and the bumpers are painted the same color as the body.

The Elevation Edition is only available as a double cab. 20-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels painted black and a handful of Elevation Edition emblems wrap up the look.

Inside, the truck gains a seven-inch touch screen that runs the latest generation of GMC’s infotainment system. The software is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Standard features include remote keyless entry, a 110-volt power outlet, heated mirrors, and a six-speaker audio system, while all-terrain tires, XM satellite radio and a rear-view camera are found on the list of options.

The Elevation Edition ships with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Buyers looking for more grunt can pay extra to get a 5.3-liter V8 that’s tuned to make 355 hp and 383 lb-ft. of torque. The Elevation can’t be purchased with the Corvette-derived, 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 mill.

Both engines are bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available at an extra cost. Properly configured, the Sierra is capable of towing up to 9,400 pounds.

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The 2016 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition is scheduled to go on sale early next year, and it will land on dealer lots shortly after. Pricing information and availability will be published in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.