Last October, GM Authority brought you an early look at the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 interior, delivering a preview of the highly-anticipated refresh to the truck’s cabin. Interior camouflage covered most of the dash on that prototype, but our spies were just able to catch the vehicle with the tarp pulled back, revealing the overhauled center stack, instrument panel, and other noteworthy elements.
Before we continue, we should note that this model appears to be the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali thanks to its trim-specific grille lurking behind the camo, along with full-length chrome running boards and chrome tow hooks. As such, keep in mind that the non-Denali models could very well wind up with a different center stack treatment, much like what GMC offers on the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali compared to regular models. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at that interior.
The center stack has been completely overhauled, which GM Authority was first to report over a year ago. The air vents, now slim and horizontally-oriented, have been moved to the top of the stack. They are followed by a new wide center screen with a physical volume control on the left side of the screen.
That center screen is running GM’s implementation of the Google Android Automotive OS (AAOS), with several cloud-connected search and app capabilities that will initially launch in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup.
Immediately below the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali’s new screen resides a new HVAC control panel, tilted at a 45-degree angle. A row of switches resides immediately below the HVAC control panel. This switchbank appears to be similar (if not identical) to the one used on the current, 2019 and newer Sierra 1500.
We can also clearly see the digital instrument panel, which was previously teased by GMC along with the new console shifter. As GM Authority was first to report, the column-mounted gear selector is being retired for this refresh.
Meanwhile, the steering wheel on this particular prototype does not have the tell-tale Super Cruise indicator strip, suggesting that this model does not feature the Super Cruise hands-free driving assistant. That said, GMC has previously confirmed that Super Cruise will be offered as an option on 2022 GMC Sierra Denali.
The upcoming 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 refresh will feature a variety of changes and updates over the current 2019-2021 truck, including revisions to the styling with a new front end, new tail lamp design, along with a new rear bumper treatment. More importantly, the 2022 GMC Sierra refresh will also include a revised interior with the elements described above.
GM initially planned to launch the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 later in the 2021 calendar year. However, that timeframe will be pushed back due to the ongoing microchip shortage. 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 will, however, get its own refresh for the 2023 model year.