GMC released a teaser image of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali’s interior along with its announcement this week, which shows a Sierra Denali steering wheel with the familiar Super Cruise engagement light bar and the Super Cruise digital interface on the truck’s new digital dashboard display.
The version of Super Cruise that will appear on the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will be able to tow a trailer while in hands-free driving mode, GMC says, which could make it a popular option among those who frequently have to tow trailers on long highway jaunts. It did not say how much it would charge to add Super Cruise to a 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. Again, Super Cruise will be available as a late availability option on the 2022 model year Sierra 1500, so it won’t be offered on the truck from launch.
Super Cruise is a hands-free driving assistant system that can hold a lane on the highway and stop and slow down with the speed of traffic. The system can also perform safe semi-autonomous lane changes if the driver engages the turning signal while the technology is activated. The technology uses cameras, sensors, precision LiDAR map data and GPS tracking to perform these semi-autonomous driving functions and can be used on more than 200,000 miles of compatible highways in the U.S. and Canada.
Super Cruise also uses facial recognition technology to track the driver’s eyes and ensure they are paying attention to the road while the system is turned on. If the driver is not paying attention, it will produce various visual and audible warnings before the green engagement meter on the steering wheel turns to red and the system hands the controls back over to the driver.
So far, Super Cruise has only been offered on Cadillac products, such as the now-defunct CT6 sedan and the new 2021 Escalade, among more. GM plans to slowly expand the availability of Super Cruise to all brands in its portfolio, however, with plans to offer it on a 22 different vehicles before the end of 2023. Other vehicles set to receive the technology in the near future include the updated Chevy Bolt EV hatchback and the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV crossover.