The base trim level of the 2022 GMC Sierra HD will have a new, more identifiable name, GM Authority can confirm.
The entry-level trim for the 2021 mode-year GMC Sierra HD was simply referred to as the ‘base’ trim or simply as the ‘Sierra’ and did not carry an official name. From 2022 onward, however, the base trim level for the truck will be called ‘Pro’ – likely a reference to the tradesman and other working professionals that usually buy the entry-level trim of heavy-duty pickups. This change will apply to both the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD.
Standard equipment on the 2021 model-year GMC Sierra HD ‘base’ includes a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, LED headlamps and taillights, an automatic locking rear differential, hill start assist and a rear vision camera, among much more. Prices start at $37,895 for the Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab Long Bed model with two-wheel drive and the 6.6L L8T V8 gasoline engine.
This won’t be the only change applied to the GMC Sierra HD in the near future. As GM Authority reported previously, the mid-cycle enhancement, which is expected to arrive for either the 2023 or 2024 model year, will introduce updated powertrains to the pickup. It’s not entirely clear what these powertrain updates may entail yet, although we understand they will be applied to both the atmospheric 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine and the 6.6L V8 L5P turbodiesel Duramax.
When equipped with the 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine, the current GMC Sierra HD is rated at 401 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 464 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. When equipped with the 6.6L V8 L5P turbodiesel Duramax engine, output is rated at 445 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and 910 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. The gasoline engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the diesel engine mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission. These same figures apply to the closely related Chevy Silverado HD.