- The updated 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will be available in range-topping Denali Ultimate and AT4X trim levels.
- Revised interiors, including a new 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and massaging seats.
- Super Cruise makes its way into the uplevel trims of the full-size pickup truck.
General Motors just took the wraps off its updated 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, addressing some criticism it has received since the latest generation of its full-size pickup hit the streets a few years ago.
First and foremost, due to the ripple effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, GM decided to delay the launch of the updated Sierra 1500, which will still be a 2022 model, but will arrive next spring. In the meantime, the current truck has been carried over as the 2022 Sierra 1500 Limited, albeit with some powertrain changes and other minor details.
Enter the updated 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, which boasts two luxurious new trim levels.
The Sierra Denali Ultimate builds on the previous range-topping Denali, but with an even more upscale cabin and some unique exterior design touches, such as a dark chrome grille and unique low-gloss black 22-inch wheels. The MultiPro tailgate, MultiPro power assist steps and CarbonPro bed all come standard, as is the Adaptive Ride Control suspension already found on the “regular” Denali.
Inside, the Denali Ultimate boasts full-grain leather upholstery with embossed topography of the Denali Mountain as well as contrast stitching and piping. The 16-way power-adjustable front seats also offer a massaging feature. The dashboard is decked with open-pore Paldeo wood trim while the headliner is covered in microsuede. This is definitely the most lavish Sierra created so far, and a suitable rival to the Ford F-150 King Ranch and Limited as well as the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Limited. It’s also a step above the Chevy Silverado 1500’s range-topping High Country variant. The interior quality and finish of GM’s pickups were considered underwhelming, so that’s been fixed.
The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate gets GM’s 6.2L V8 engine as standard, producing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, managed by a 10-speed automatic transmission. The turbo-diesel 3.0L Duramax inline-six is available as well, which develops 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet.
Also new is the Sierra AT4X, an even more rugged off-roading variant of the full-size pickup. It builds on the popular AT4 trim, but adds Multimatic DSSV dampers with greater suspension travel, front and rear e-lockers, a transfer case shield, unique 18-inch black wheels wrapped in Goodyear DuraTrac Mud-Terrain tires and a new Terrain mode along with the two-speed transfer case. This mode allows for one-pedal driving, facilitating rock climbing by applying the brakes when the driver lifts his or her foot off the accelerator. Rock sliders are also available on the accessories list.
The AT4X’s cabin gets Jet Black leather seats with white piping and red stitching, dark Vanta ash wood trim as well as the Denali Ultimate’s 16-way massaging front seats and microsuede headliner. Under the hood, the only engine choice announced is the 420-hp 6.2L V8. GMC now has a more capable off-roading pickup to match what the competition is offering.
As for the rest of the trim level lineup, each variant gets revised front fascia, bumper, grille design and finish, along with dual-projector LED headlights on higher-end trims, new wheel designs on select variants and new paint colours. Yes, the front grille is bigger—100 mm wider, to be precise.
The base trim level, now called Pro, doesn’t get a revised interior, but the SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4 and Denali variants do, with higher-quality materials as well as new colours and stitching. A power-adjustable steering column is also new for the pickup. From the SLE trim upwards, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is equipped with a new 13.4-inch infotainment screen with Google built-in features and a 12.3-inch fully digital and configurable driver instrument cluster, while 15-inch head-up display is also available. Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist makes its way into the Sierra, which will be standard in the Denali Ultimate and optional in the Denali.
The powertrain lineup has been streamlined, as the 4.3L V6 and the 5.3L V8 with Active Fuel Management have been canned with the introduction of the carryover 2022 Sierra Limited. The now-base turbocharged 2.7L inline-four/8-speed automatic combo gets an output increase, now producing 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque—up from 348 pound-feet. The 5.3L V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management paired with a 10-speed automatic soldier on with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet, and so does the aforementioned 6.2L V8 and 3.0L diesel six. The latter can now be combined with a Max Trailering Package, good for a max tow capacity of 13,200 pounds (5,987 kg)—up by 4,000 pounds.
Pricing for the Canadian market hasn’t yet been announced, but here’s the MSRP breakdown for the U.S. market:
Denali Ultimate: $80,395
The updated 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will go on sale in the first quarter of 2022.