The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation was just caught testing on public roads in prototype form, giving us an early sneak peek at the upcoming pickup.
As we can see here, this 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation is equipped with the refreshed 2022 Sierra front fascia design, as well as a tweaked rear end. In the corners, we spot familiar black gloss-painted wheels, specifically the 20-inch by 9-inch black gloss-painted aluminum rollers tagged with RPO code RD3.
For those readers who may be unaware, the 2022 model year is set to introduce a full model refresh for the Light Duty GMC Sierra 1500. However, as a result of delays stemming from the ongoing global microchip shortage and numerous production delays, the model refresh has been pushed back to late in the 2022 model year.
In order to bridge the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 with the previous 2021 model year, General Motors is introducing the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, a continuation model based on the 2021-model-year vehicle that carries over much of the same content.
When the fully refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 arrives, the Sierra Elevation trim level will officially make its return. As well it should, given the fact that the Elevation Edition is starting to take higher priority in the GMC lineup, even becoming a full-fledged trim level for the 2021-and-newer GMC Canyon.
Previously, the Elevation was only offered as a package for the GMC Canyon. Now, however, with the 2021-and-newer GMC Canyon, the Elevation Standard arrives as a replacement for the Canyon trim level, while the SLE trim is replaced by the Elevation.
Back to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. When the fully refreshed 2022 model year drops in, it will boast new exterior styling front and back, plus new wheel designs for certain trim levels and models, and new exterior colors. The cabin will feature a complete overhaul with a new dash, center stack, center console, and infotainment screen, while a raft of new tech will be onboard courtesy of the Global B electronic architecture, including the GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system.