The upcoming 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is set to introduce a refresh for the pickup nameplate, otherwise known as a mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) in General Motors parlance. Now, we have new photos of the refreshed Sierra Elevation testing in the real world.
Although this particular 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 prototype is draped in heavy camouflage, we can tell it’s the Elevation trim level by the wheels. The rollers seen in these spy photos are the Black gloss painted aluminum units, tagged with RPO code RD3 and offered exclusively on the Elevation trim level.
This model is also different from the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra Elevation prototype we featured earlier in the week, which was equipped with the X31 off-roading package, as well as vertical towing mirrors. Further notable differences between the model featured here and the prototype seen previously is a single exhaust treatment, whereas the model seen previously was equipped with a dual exhaust treatment, per the X31 package upgrade.
The upcoming 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 refresh will feature a variety of changes and updates over the current model year vehicle, including revisions to the styling with a new front end, new tail lamp design, and potentially a new rear bumper as well. As we can see by the photos, this particular prototype is hiding the styling revisions under heavy camouflage.
The refresh will continue inside the cabin, where the 2022 GMC Sierra will feature a revised interior layout with a new dash, a new center stack, a new center console, and new storage features, plus a larger central infotainment screen, and a new gauge cluster with the option for a IP.
The refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is expected launch later in the 2021 calendar year around the August timeframe. Meanwhile, the 2022 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty, including the 2500HD and 3500HD, will continue on with only minor changes compared to the fully refreshed light-duty 1500 model. The HD models are, however, expected to get a refresh for the 2023 model year.