GM is currently in the midst of developing a mid-cycle update (MCE) version of the T1 platform GMC Sierra 1500, which will receive revised exterior styling, an overhauled interior and other changes and updates. The updated GMC Sierra 1500 will not be ready for the beginning of the 2022 model year, however, so a Sierra 1500 Limited model based on the pre-update 2021MY Sierra will be sold in its place. This continuation truck will be a shortened model year and will carry over every aspect of the 2021 Sierra 1500, including models, trims and available options and features.
With the GMC Sierra 1500 Limited set to serve as a stop-gap to the updated model, the actual refreshed GMC Sierra 1500 could end up being a 2022.5 or 2023 model year product. Production of the 2022MY GMC Sierra Limited will begin in September of this year.
When the T1 platform GMC Sierra 1500 was released for the 2019 model year, GM also offered a less expensive model called the GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, which was based on the previous-generation Sierra 1500. That means this isn’t the first time that GMC has relied on the “Limited” nomenclature when introducing new or updated versions of its popular light-duty pickup.
As we reported back in May, GM was forced to delay the arrival of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 due to the microchip shortage. At the time, we predicted a carryover model from the 2021MY could be a potential solution to this problem amid the chip shortage, so it seems as though our hunch was correct. That said, there’s no word yet on if the refreshed 2022 Silverado will be delayed as well, nor if the Silverado will receive a carryover configuration akin to the Sierra 1500 Limited.
As a reminder, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 were originally set to introduce several updates, including new front and rear fascia designs, new wheel designs for certain trims and models, new exterior colors and a completely overhauled interior with a new dash, center stack, center console and a larger infotainment screen. The refresh is also expected to introduce GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system to the pickups and both are expected to migrate to the new Global B / Vehicle Intelligent Platform.
We’ll provide an update on GM’s 2022MY truck situation as more information comes to light. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, GMC Sierra news, Chevrolet news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.