Just last week, GM Authority brought you photos of the updated interior in the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra. Although the prototype model featured in those photos was covered in heavy camouflage, we couldn’t help but notice one particularly noteworthy omission – no column-mounted shifter.
As just about any fan of General Motors pickups will tell you, this is actually quite a substantial change compared to previous model years. In fact, using a stalk mounted to the steering column to shift gears has been a hallmark feature of most GM trucks for decades now. Nevertheless, the prototype 2022 GMC Sierra seen in the most recent spy photos seems to indicate that the column-mounted shifter is on the way out with the forthcoming model refresh.
While the 2022 GMC Sierra is slated to come with a few nips and tucks for the exterior design, the heaviest revisions will take place inside the cabin. With that in mind, it’s very likely that the new pickup will instead adopt a new push-button shifter similar to that of the latest next-generation 2021 GMC Yukon full-size SUV.
Further details include a new steering wheel, which appears to have a row of silver or shiny buttons added to the left-hand side. What’s more, it looks as though the steering wheel has a Super Cruise indicator added along the top of the rim, which suggests that the 2022 GMC Sierra will offer semi-autonomous self-driving capabilities and features.
The model featured here also doesn’t have a flat-panel infotainment screen mounted on the dash, but rather appears to come with a screen integrated into the center stack.
However, the big question here is about the shifter. Which leads us to ask – what would you prefer to see in the 2022 GMC Sierra? Should the pickup stick with the column-mounted stalk, or is a button-activated shifter a better choice? Let us know by voting in the poll below, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more GMC Sierra news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.