The GMC Sierra 1500 pickup is set for a model refresh for the 2022 model year, ushering in, among other things, a completely new interior. The new cabin space will delete the current model’s column shifter.
GM Authority recently published spy images of the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra Denali 1500’s interior space, showing off the new gauges, new infotainment gear, a new center stack, and a new dash. Critically, the new images also show that the refresh will remove the column shifter.
We wrote about the removal of the column shifter with the debut of the 2022 GMC Sierra back in October following the release of an older set of spy images. Now, these newer images confirm that the column shifter is indeed going away with the upcoming model refresh.
It’s also worth noting that the new console-mounted shifter seen on this 2022 GMC Sierra prototype appears as though it comes straight out of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, with a bent, L-shaped design and glossy trim with a silver surround.
The shifter will incorporate GM’s Electronic Precision Shift (EPS) technology, which means it will be a “digital” shifter control without any kind of mechanical linkage to the actual shifting mechanism. The EPS tech, first used on Cadillac models, provides reduced noise and vibration, and a smoother, more precise shifting response, while also enabling greater cabin real estate in terms of hard controls.
In addition to a new interior, the 2022 GMC Sierra will introduce a new front and rear fascia design, new wheels, new exterior colors, and updated tech features, including the GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system.
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