2022 GMC Sierra debuts with fresh face and more tech


GMC has updated the Sierra 1500 lineup for 2022 with styling tweaks, upgraded onboard technology, and the first-ever, dark-themed Denali Ultimate trim. Order books are already open but the 2022 Sierra lineup is expected to arrive at American dealerships in the first quarter of 2022. MSRP (including destination charge) starts at $32,495 for the base Sierra Pro.

Pro $32,495
SLE $43,895
Elevation $45,495
SLT $50,895
AT4 $60,995
Denali $61,295
AT4X $74,995
Denali Ultimate $80,395

The styling tweaks include a new front fascia with a new grille, new headlights that perform animated sequences when approaching, starting or walking away, and exclusive 22-inch low gloss black wheels on Denali Ultimate. Speaking of Denali Ultimate, it also gets exclusive Vader chrome grille (kinda dark chrome) and Vader chrome GMC logos. In addition, a 6-way MultiPro tailgate, Denali Premium Suspension with Adaptive Ride Control, and power assist steps are also standard.

The off-road-focused Sierra AT4X rides on 18-inch black wheels wrapped with LT265/70 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Mud-Terrain tires. It also features Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers that help increase front and rear suspension travel by 50 mm and 25 mm, respectively; front and rear e-locking differentials; and a two-speed transfer case with modes including a Terrain Mode which allows one-pedal rock crawling.


The dashboard design too looks fairly different compared with its cousin—Silverado—which also got updated for 2022 not too long ago. Highlights include a larger 13.4-inch central touchscreen, a 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster, a 15-inch color head-up display, 16-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, a 12-speaker Bose Premium audio system, Rear Camera Mirror, and a power sunroof. Materials used inside include full-grain leather and authentic wood. Notice the laser-etched topographical maps of the summit of Mount Denali on the open-pore Paldao wood on the passenger-side of the dashboard.

An enhanced version of Super Cruise is standard on Sierra Denali Ultimate with a 3-year subscription to enable the functionality. Other ADAS include the usual stuff such as Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.

Moving on to the business end of the story, the powertrain options start with a 2.7L 4-cylinder turbo petrol with 231 kW (314 metric hp) and 569 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Next up is a 5.3L V8 petrol with 265 kW (360 metric hp) and 519 Nm (383 lb-ft) of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

For those who want more, there’s a 6.2L V8 petrol, standard on the Denali Ultimate and AT4X, offering 313 kW (426 metric hp) and 623 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque, also paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0L straight-six turbo diesel is also available, offering 207 kW (281 metric hp) and 623 Nm (460 lb-ft), paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The diesel 4WD models have a towing rating of up to 13,200 pounds (5,987 kg).

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