Now that the unveiling of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 is out of the way, General Motors is preparing to pull the wraps off of the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, which will make its official debut later in October.
Just like the refreshed Chevy Silverado 1500, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will introduce revised exterior styling to the popular nameplate, including a different front fascia with front air curtains. As GM Authority covered previously, the front end of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will incorporate a unique Chrome grille chrome exterior trim.
The biggest draw of the 2022 GMC Sierra will be to the interior, as Big Red’s full-size truck will get an overhauled cockpit. It’s worth noting that the range-topping 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is expected to receive a different interior when compared to other updated Sierra 1500 trim levels, with a unique layout and higher-quality materials. The new-generation GMC Yukon Denali also has this distinction compared to the SUV’s lesser trim levels.
Mid-range models will also get an updated cockpit that will be similar to that on the 2022 Silverado 1500, including the 13.4-inch color touchscreen, 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster and electronic shift control gear selector.
In addition, we expect the powertrain updates to mimic those of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, including the enhanced version of GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which now offers 20 percent more torque. The GMC Sierra should also get a significantly higher tow rating with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine, as the Silverado equipped with the LM2 saw its rating increase from 9,300 to 13,300 pounds.
As we reported previously, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will also migrate to the new GM Global B electrical architecture, which will allow the automaker to equip it with the latest tech, including the most recent version of its hands-free Super Cruise driving system with semi-autonomous towing.
Initially set for launch for the 2021 calendar year, a series of COVID-19 related complications forced GM to push the GMC Sierra refresh back to later in the 2022 model year. The automaker offered a carryover 2022 GMC Sierra Limited in its place, bridging the gap to this upcoming refreshed model. Production of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited began last month.