The GMC Hummer EV pickup truck is now shipping to U.S. dealers.
GMC Sierra 1500 refreshed with new AT4X and Denali Ultimate trim levels.
GMC Terrain gets a mid-cycle refresh and a new AT4 trim level, minor changes for the rest of the brand’s lineup.
The GMC brand is spearheading General Motors’ push to electrification as the first of its four main divisions to introduce a new-generation EV to the market. And we’re talking about a zero-emission, no-holds-barred outrageously powerful supertruck.
However, there are other interesting things happening at GMC as well, such as a refresh of its popular light-duty pickup line and revisions to its line of crossovers as well. Here’s what to expect from the GMC brand in 2022.
The big news is that the first units of the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck have left the Factory Zero factory in Michigan. The introductory Edition 1 trim level will be the only one produced until the fall of 2022, and only the U.S. market is getting it. It features a three-motor powertrain with 1,000 horsepower along with 11,500 pound-feet of wheel torque, good for 0-60 mph blasts of about three seconds. It also boasts a GM-estimated driving range of 329 miles. Other variants of the Hummer EV pickup, including Canadian-spec units, won’t arrive before the end of 2022 as 2023 models, while the Hummer EV SUV will hit the road in 2023 as a 2024 model.
The fully electric GMC Sierra light-duty pickup should soon be revealed, and it has recently been announced that it will be built alongside the Chevrolet Silverado EV at both the Factory Zero assembly plant and GM’s Lake Orion facility that currently produces the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV.
The brand’s best-selling model is obviously the GMC Sierra. The 2022 model year brings a mid-cycle refresh to the Sierra 1500, featuring styling enhancements, a revised interior design, Super Cruise driver assist as well as the introduction of the all-new AT4X and Denali Ultimate trim levels. Due to delays caused by the pandemic, GM decided to launch the 2022 Sierra 1500 Limited, based on the 2021 model, but with a few changes such as the deletion of the 4.3L V6, one of the available 5.3L V8 engines and the six-speed automatic transmission. The new Sierra 1500 pickup’s 310-horsepower, turbocharged 2.7L inline-four engine gets a torque boost to 430 pound-feet, while a towing package is now optional with the 277-hp turbo-diesel 3.0L six, raising its max tow capacity to 13,300 pounds or 6,033 kilograms. The 355-hp 5.3L V8 and the 420-hp 6.2L V8, both with Dynamic Fuel Management, are also on the powertrain list.
The GMC Sierra HD was thoroughly redesigned for the 2020 model year, and changes for the 2022 model are limited to paint colours and a new set of optional 20-inch wheels. The base trim level is now called the Sierra Pro. The Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD lines are available in regular cab, double cab and crew cab body styles, and under the hood, we find a 6.6L gasoline V8 with 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque as well as a turbo-diesel 6.6L V8 with 445 hp and 910 pound-feet.
The GMC Yukon was redesigned for the 2021 model year, riding on a new platform and boasting slightly increased dimensions on the outside, with significant gains in cargo space. It’s available in regular Yukon and extended-wheelbase Yukon XL configurations, while engine choices include a 355-horsepower 5.3L V8, a 420-horsepower 6.2L V8 and a 277-horsepower turbo-diesel 3.0L six. The 2022 model year brings paint colour and alloy wheel design changes, a new 12-inch fully digital driver instrument panel, option package reshuffling and a bunch of other minor tweaks.
The 2022 GMC Terrain receives a mid-cycle refresh with revised exterior styling, new paint colours and alloy wheels, new interior trim, available head-up display and eight-inch digital driver instrument panel as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The U.S.-market base SL trim level is gone, while a new Terrain AT4 is introduced in both Canada and the U.S. SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels are still on deck, as is a turbocharged 1.5L four with 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, matched to front-wheel or all-wheel drivetrains.
For 2022, the GMC Acadia loses its U.S.-market base SL trim, along with the 2.5L inline-four engine and the five-passenger seating layout in the Acadia AT4. A Black Diamond appearance edition has been added, while paint colour and alloy wheel design changes round out this year’s highlights for the midsize crossover. The Acadia now offers two engines choices, including a turbo 2.0L engine that develops 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque as well as a 3.6L V6 with 310 hp and 271 pound-feet. Front-wheel drive is standard, AWD is optional.
There are no significant changes for the GMC Canyon, as an all-new generation of the midsize pickup should soon be revealed, and will go on sale for the 2023 model year. A Denali Black Edition appearance package has been added to the Denali for 2022. Powertrain choices include a 200-hp 2.5L four, a 308-hp 3.6L V6 and a 181-hp turbo-diesel 2.8L four, although the base engine was recently deleted from the lineup.
Finally, the very old GMC Savana received an engine change in 2021, swapping the old 6.0L V8 for a more modern 6.6L gasoline V8 with 401 horsepower. The base engine remains the 276-hp 4.3L V6, while the turbo-diesel 2.8L four with 181 horsepower has been around for a few years now as well. The Savana is still available in Cargo, Cutaway and Passenger variants. A few changes have been made for the 2022 model year, one of which is the deletion of the CD player.