Update: it’s here! GM has just revealed the 2022 GMC Sierra refresh. Hit these links for complete info:
- Refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra announced
- 2022 GMC Sierra AT4X elevates AT4
- 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is next-level Denali
The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 refresh will debut on October 21st at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, when GM will address (arguably) criticisms of the fourth-generation full-size pickup truck that launched for the 2019 model year. Here’s what we expect from the Sierra refresh.
The 2022 GMC Sierra is expected to continue being offered in the same lineup as for the first three years of availability. That means that the familiar trims – base, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and range-topping Denali are all expected to return for the refresh. However, the eponymously name Sierra base model, GMC’s entry-level work truck, will be renamed to Sierra Pro.
Additionally, the off-road-oriented Sierra AT4 is expected to add the new Sierra AT4X with even more capability. The difference between AT4 and AT4X could be similar to that between the 2022 Silverado ZR2 is to the Trail Boss.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Sierra refresh is expected to gain two new packages. The first is the Denali Black package, which will black out chrome elements on the range-topping model. The package has been confirmed for the Sierra’s SUV relative, the GMC Yukon Denali for the 2022 model year. Finally, the top-end Denali Ultimate package will make the Sierra “the most advanced and luxurious pickup in its class.”
As for the exterior, the 2022 GMC Sierra refresh will feature new front ends for all models. In fact, we’ve already seen the updated front fascia for the Denali model. The changes will be comprised of new headlights with a more prominent C-shape, which has become GMC’s signature.
In addition, the grilles are likely to grow in size just slightly, while the front air curtain feature will receive a new treatment.
New wheels will also join the lineup, as will new colors.
The 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Sierra Limited have been criticized for their dated and/or uninspired cabin. GM will address this via an all-new interior like the one refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500.
In fact, GMC will could end up offering three interiors on the 2022 Sierra refresh. The Pro model will feature the carry-over interior from the current model. Meanwhile, SLE, Elevation, SLT and AT4 models should get a revamped cabin like the one in the refreshed 2022 Silverado, which includes a new center stack with a large, horizontal infotainment screen and an all-new digital instrument cluster.
Google Automotive will power the infotainment screen, and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving assistance system has been confirmed for the Denali models. Much like the 2022 Silverado High Country, Super Cruise in the 2022 Sierra Denali will be capable of accommodating trailers.
Mechanically, we expect the 2022 GMC Sierra refresh to offer the same engine lineup of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado. That means the 4.3L V6 LV3 and 5.3L V8 L82 naturally aspirated gasoline engines will be dropped.
Meanwhile, a new high output version of 2.7L I4 L3B turbocharged gasoline motor will become the standard base engine, bumping torque from 348 to 420 pound-feet. Power will stay the same at 310 horses. The 8-speed auto transmission that is paired with L3B will feature improvements. The remaining three engines will be mated to the 10-speed automatic.
Those remaining engines include the naturally-aspirated gasoline engines – the 5.3L V8 L84 (355 horses, 383 pound-feet of torque) and 6.2L V8 L87 (420 horses, 460 pound-feet of torque) will continue unchanged.
The 3.0L I6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine will also remain unchanged, making 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet. However, it will gain a higher maximum tow rating of around 13,000 pounds thanks to the ability to add the max trailering package to the baby Duramax engine, a new combination that was not previously available.
Additionally, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will switch over to GM’s Global B electrical architecture, enabling features like GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system. It will also, very unfortunately, prevent third party tuning.
The 2022 GMC Sierra refresh follows the pre-refresh 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, arriving late as a result of complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The truck will enter production in the first quarter of the 2021 model year, with order books expected to open in December.
GMC told the world to “get ready to see all the ways Sierra is redefining what a pickup can be,” and GM Authority is anxiously awaiting to see the final product once it’s revealed. To that end, we’re being told by sources to expect at least one “surprise” during the reveal.