The refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali was recently spied in prototype form towing a trailer. The new 2022 Sierra spy images give us an early look at the Sierra’s towing-enabled semi-autonomous GM Super Cruise functionality.
Just like it’s corporate cousin, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, the refreshed 2022 Sierra 1500 will introduce a wealth of updates and changes over the preceding 2021 model year and pre-refreshed 2022 Limited model. Among these is the introduction of GM’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise system, which, in addition to offering hands-free driving on select highways, will even enable hands-free towing capabilities.
This particular 2022 GMC Sierra Denali prototype appears to be validating the GM Super Cruise towing features. Similar to how Super Cruise is only offered on the range-topping 2022 Silverado 1500 High Country trim level, the system will only be available on 2022 Sierra Denali 1500 trims.
Super Cruise will be available for use on more than 200,000 miles of roads throughout the U.S. and Canada, incorporating a plethora of technologies to make it work, such as LiDAR, GPS, and more. The system also includes a Driver Attention System to ensure the human pilot is capable of resuming control, should the need arise. When not trailering, the system will also be available with Lane Change on Demand and Automatic Lane Change capabilities.
Further towing updates expected with the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will include increased towing capacity for the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, which will bump up to 13,300 pounds, an increase of 4,000 pounds compared to the preceding models.
Inside, the 2022 Sierra will boast a completely overhauled cabin space, which will include a new center stock, horizontal air vents, and larger infotainment screen. The exterior will also be updated with revisions to the front and rear fascia, the former of which will incorporate front air curtains for improved aerodynamic performance.