With the unveiling of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 out of the way, GM will next reveal the updated 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. Big Red’s freshened full-size truck will introduce a raft of changes and updates, and we’re getting yet another look at the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 changes with a new set of spy photos.
Captured in prototype form undergoing testing on public roads, this particular 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is the range-topping Denali trim level, offering a mix of high-end comfort and features with all the capability expected of the GMC Sierra nameplate. The upcoming refresh will include updated styling, including a revised front and rear fascias, the former of which is hiding under thick camouflage in these latest spy photos.
As GM Authority covered previously, the front end of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will incorporate visible front air curtains, which can be seen peeking out from both the sides of the front bumper cover of this particular prototype. These are functional design elements that improve aerodynamic performance by directing oncoming air around the vehicle’s wheels rather than into the wheelhouses, thus reducing drag and improving things like fuel economy and comfort inside the cabin.
Up front, this 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali prototype features chrome tow hooks along with the appropriately-large Denali grille. A set of full-length chrome running boards spans a set of trim-specific wheels that feature a multi-spoke design and polished finish. The rear end is covered in camo to hide further updates to the rear styling, including what appear to be smaller cutouts for the CornerStep rear bumper when compared to the 2019-2021 / 2022 Sierra Limited models and even compared to non-Denali models.
Revised exterior aside, the big draw of the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will be a completely overhauled cockpit. GM Authority brought you spy photos revealing the new cockpit back in May, so check those out for a closer look at what’s in store. Highlights include an overhauled center stack along with slim, horizontally-oriented air vents, as well as a large center screen.
Below the center screen will reside a panel for HVAC controls plus a switch bank. Behind the steering wheel will reside an all-digital instrument panel. Notably, the column-mounted gear selector will be dropped on the range-topping Denali model.
Cabin tech will top the list of updates for the 2022-model-year refresh, including the option for GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system. Unlike prior iterations of Super Cruise, the one in the 2022 Sierra Denali 1500 will be capable of towing a trailer – much like on the 2022 Silverado 1500 High Country.
Initially set for launch for the 2021 calendar year, a set of events stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic forced GM to push the GMC Sierra refresh back to later in the 2022 model year, with the 2022 GMC Sierra Limited offered as a stop-gap model to bridge the 2021 model year with the refreshed 2022 model.
The debut of the GMC Sierra 1500 will take place in the next few weeks and the updated model is expected to begin arriving at dealers in the first quarter of 2022. We’ll be here every step of the way to bring you the latest, so be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more GMC Sierra news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.