Last week, we brought you fresh spy shots of the upcoming 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation with the X31 Off-Road Package. Today, we spied the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 wearing production-spec parts, giving us our best look yet at the front fascia, including details about the grille and headlights.
Even though the prototype is wearing a healthy level of camo, we can still see several important grille details showing through. Compared to the 2019-2022 Sierra Denali, the grille on the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali appears to have a more squared-off shape, doing away with the current Sierra’s tapered grille treatment that narrows towards the bottom portion of the grille. In fact, the new shape of the grille seems to take after the unit used in the GMC Sierra HD.
As for the grille itself, the prototype appears to have five horizontal strips in what appears to be a chain-link effect. By comparison, the current model has a fine-mesh chrome grille treatment separated into three segments.
Additionally, we can see that this 2022 GMC Sierra Denali prototype features production-spec headlights, but the camo sorcerers did a great job in making sure the wrap covers the lighting changes in store.
The upcoming 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 refresh will feature a variety of changes and updates over the current 2019-2021 vehicle, including revisions to the styling with a new front end, new tail lamp design, and potentially a new rear bumper as well.
More importantly, the 2022 GMC Sierra refresh will also include a revised interior 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 digital instrument panel.
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 Sierra HD models, however, expected to get a refresh for the 2023 model year.