The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Sees Astonishing New Tech, Luxury, and Trims
It’s no secret that pickup truck brands like Ford and Ram have been making significant strides in innovation and design over the last few years. And while General Motors has been producing world-class trucks of its own, the automaker has really stepped up its game as of late.
On October 21, GM revealed the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. In a word, wow. Among other features, the new GMC full-size pickup boasts groundbreaking technology, next-level luxury in the cabin, tantalizing exterior redesigns, and two all-new trims. It’s a sight to behold from all angles, and it leaves no question of which brand sets the “Professional Grade” standard in the pickup industry.
If you’ve been waiting to learn about the upcoming 2022 Sierra 1500, you’ve come to the right place! Liberty Buick GMC previews the stunning new pickup below:
A Glance at What’s New
The 2022 Sierra 1500 has gone through a substantial makeover in terms of design and technology. The front end of the pickup is simply striking and gives the truck an overall wider appearance than previous models. However, the interior is where the Sierra upgrades are most prominent. Almost every trim level comes with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 13.4-inch touchscreen to go with GM’s easy-to-use infotainment system.
GMC uses the most upscale materials throughout the cabin in this Sierra than in any other GM vehicle in the past. Go with the top trim Denali Ultimate, and you will get a lot of leather and authentic open-pore wood surfaces. Another impressive aspect of the new Sierra is that every model comes with a plethora of standard driver assists, while the Denalis receive the all-new Super Cruise feature.
The other new Sierra trim is the AT4X, which is one of the lineup’s most rugged models. This beast includes electric front and rear differentials, a specially designed suspension, and beefy off-road tires. A turbo-four engine replaces the base V6 of old, and it provides more torque as well as responds better with the transmission.
Moreover, the Sierra’s diesel engine is now compatible with the Max Trailering package, which brings its maximum towing capacity to 13,200 pounds—4,000 more than previous versions.
A View From the Outside
Now that we are getting into the details of what makes the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 such an astonishing pickup truck, we’ll start with what you will see when you pull into the parking lot at Liberty Buick GMC! All trims come with a front bumper, fascia, and grille that have been completely reworked; each trim also gets a unique finish on these components. The new model year brings signature LED daytime running lights and new LED headlights to all models, along with an animated lighting sequence that activates when anyone approaches, starts, and leaves the vehicle.
New wheel designs are included on the SLT and Denali trims, and the lineup gets three new exterior colors: Desert Sand Metallic, Dynamic Blue Metallic, and Titanium Rush Metallic. The all-new Denali Ultimate features an aggressive-yet-refined chrome grille and special Mount Denali badging. The trim also comes with 22-inch wheels and the first-ever 6-way MultiProTailgate. The Denali Ultimate is topped off with power side steps and a top-of-the-line adaptive suspension system.
The Sierra AT4X adds luxurious components to the burly off-road truck of recent years. While there are distinct exterior design features that set the AT4X apart from the rest of the lineup, performance is where GMC focused most on here. The Multimatic spool-valve dampers and springs boost suspension motion by 50mm in the front and 25mm in the rear, and a wide range of off-road situations are benefited from the two-speed transfer case, which offers several driving modes; this includes the Terrain Mode that enables the driver to activate rock-crawling with a single pedal. The AT4X receives electronically locking differentials in the front and rear, making it the only pickup in its class to offer such a feature.
One other way that the new Sierra 1500 exhibits GMC’s commitment to detail is the improvements the automaker has made to the chassis and suspension calibrations. There is also steel cladding underneath the pickup to protect the transfer case and other sensitive elements. You can even add a rocker guard accessory as an upgrade.
A Glimpse Into the Cabin
As previously mentioned, the new Sierra 1500 has made significant upgrades on the exterior front, but it is the interior that has pickup enthusiasts salivating. The cabin inside the new Sierra, particularly the Denali Ultimate and Denali trims, is as exquisite as it is practical. The interiors of Ford’s and Ram’s full-size pickups have garnered high praise for their luxurious and technological qualities, but the 2022 GMC Sierra is built to best even those pickup trucks.
We’re talking about full-grain leather upholstery and real Paldao wood throughout the entire cabin. The seats, dash, console lid, and door panels are adorned with gorgeous leather, and there’s even a microsuede headliner. Other standard features include a rear camera mirror system and a power sunroof.
There is no doubt the new Sierra AT4X is among the most capable off-road vehicles on the market. But GMC pulled no punches when designing the pickup’s interior. There are full-grain leather wraps and accents throughout the cabin to go with premium leather upholstery. There is a lot of rich, dark leather, as well as red and white stitching and Vanta ash wood to balance out the tones. The AT4X comes with a 15-inch head-up display, a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system, and a power sliding sunroof and rear window. And let’s not forget the industry-leading 16-way power adjusting front seats, which also provides a massaging feature that actually works!
The Denali Ultimate and AT4X are not the only Sierra models to boast an impressive interior. All models get a completely redesigned center console. Any Sierra with bucket seats receives a new electronic shifter and the SLE trim and above feature a 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Moreover, all trims are eligible for the novel Elevation Premium package, which gives you leather upholstery, bucket seats, and rear seats with added storage.
Looking Under the Hood
The engines belonging to the 2022 Sierra lineup are the same as in previous years. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder that produces 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This engine replaces last year’s base V6 engine and has 20 percent more torque.
Next up with a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-six engine that pushes 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This diesel engine is compatible with the Max Trailering Package and can provide towing for up to 13,200 pounds.
The most powerful option is the 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. The 5.3-liter is good for 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2-liter yields 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. All the engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic except for the four-cylinder, which works with an eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive comes standard while four-wheel drive is an option across trims.
Snooping Into Safety
The 2022 GMC Sierra makes all of the basic safety features standard across all models. Among others, this includes:
• Automatic high-beam headlights
• Automatic emergency breaking
• Front pedestrian breaking
• Forward-collision alert
• Lane-keeping assist
• Lane-departure warning
• Following distance indicators
• Blind-spot alert
Not surprisingly, you can get even more advanced safety systems in the higher trims or by purchasing an upgrade package. This is the first year GMC is producing vehicles with its Super Cruise system. This semi-autonomous hands-free technology is standard on the Sierra Denali Ultimate and optional on the Denali. Drivers using this system can drive hands-free through more than 200,000 miles of U.S. and Canadian roads. What’s more, you can use Super Cruise when trailering, which is also a first.
The system includes 14 camera views and a feature that makes the trailer appear transparent when looking at the display in the cabin. The added size and length of the trailer are accounted for when the trailer is hitched up, thanks to the adaptive cruise control and blind-spot alert technologies. And this is just the beginning—there are a plethora of advanced driving assistance systems available for the new Sierra lineup!
Taking In the Tech
All Sierra 1500 trims get refreshed on the inside and outside in 2022, but when it comes to technology, the upgrades are reserved for the SLE and above. Coming standard is a 13.4-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge display that can be configured to your liking. You can also choose to show trailering information, navigation, and other details in the driver’s gauge cluster. If you opt for the 15-inch head-up display, it will bring your cabin to a total of 40 diagonal inches of screen.
The Sierra 1500 SLE and above trims also get Google built into their truck, and the Denali and AT4 trims come with three years of service. The Google system will work with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and it provides Google Assistant, Google Play, map functionality, and much more. By using Google Assistant in your pickup, you can operate navigation, music, many of the truck’s functions, and other features. It is clear that GMC was not going to bow to any competitor in terms of tech for the 2022 model year!
A Peek at the Trims
Hopefully, you have a pretty good idea of what you can expect from the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. Let’s close by giving a quick run-through of the eight trims available:
As the top-level trim, the Sierra Denali Ultimate comes standard with pretty much everything. You get the 6.2-liter V8 engine (but you can opt for the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine) and you get tons of safety tech like the Super Cruise driver-assistance system.
The Denali Ultimate also comes with a unique Vader Chrome grille and signature 22-inch low-gloss black aluminum wheels with elaborate accents. Then there is the 12-speaker Bose Premium Series with a Centerpoint surround sound system, and even a Kicker MultiPro audio system in the truck bed!
You can also get the Duramax turbo-diesel engine or the 6.2-liter V8 on the Sierra Denali, though it comes standard with the 5.3-liter. Super Cruise and other safety technologies are optional on this trim, but most of the high-end infotainment and tech tools that GMC has to offer are standard. The Denali also comes with GMC’s premium suspension system, including a first-in-class continuous damping Adaptive Ride Control.
The Sierra AT4X comes with the 6.2-liter V8 engine to go with front and rear electric-locking differentials; no other truck in the class offers this combination. This is also the model that will give you the first Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers, along with heated and ventilated power front seats that include 16 adjustments and massage functionality.
The AT4 comes standard with the Duramax turbo-diesel, but you can opt for the 6.2-liter V8 engine if you want a little more power. This trim is lifted two inches higher off the ground and features a special off-road suspension and Rancho monotube shocks. The AT4 comes standard with 18-inch wheels and mud-terrain tires.
The Sierra SLT comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, and you can opt for the Duramax turbo-diesel or the 6.2-liter V8 engine. When it comes to trailering, the SLT provides the most assistance technologies in the class; this includes a trailering app that can be used from inside the truck. Front bucket seats come standard as well.
The Sierra Elevation comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine. You can get it with the 5.3-liter V8 or the Duramax turbo-diesel if you prefer. This trim comes with plenty of tech, and it offers the best front head and legroom of all crew cabs.
Also coming standard with a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine is the Sierra SLE. Like the Elevation, the 5.3-liter V8 and the Duramax turbo-diesel are available for this trim. You will get plenty of technology with this model, as well as the first-ever 6-function MultiPro tailgate. And it beats out the rest of the class when it comes to cargo bed volume.
The Sierra Pro also comes standard with a 2.7-liter turbocharged engine, though the 5.3-liter V8 is available. This base trim provides all of the standard GMC Pro Safety technologies, as well as the 6-function MultiPro tailgate. Like the SLE, it takes the class for cargo bed volume.
GMC has taken it to the next level with the 2022 Sierra 1500. All models have received significant upgrades inside and out, and the all-new Denali Ultimate and AT4X trims are truly pickup trucks to behold. If you would like to see the revamped GMC Sierra for yourself, come by our dealership or give us a call at Liberty Buick today!