GMC’s refreshed 2022 Sierra 1500 will go into production between February and March of 2022, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter.
The dates vary by cab, with Regular Cab and Crew Cab models scheduled to start production on February 7th while Double Cab models are set to go into production a month later on March 6th.
It’s worth noting that GM has consistently pushed back production dates of most of its vehicles as a result of the ongoing global semiconductor microchip shortage, along with other disruptions to the automaker’s supply chain. Hence, these dates are subject to change.
Starting prices (including destination charge) for the refreshed 2022 Sierra are:
- $32,495 for Sierra Pro (base model, formerly called “Sierra”)
- $43,895 for SLE
- $45,495 for Elevation
- $50,895 for SLT
- $60,995 for AT4
- $61,295 for Denali
- $74,995 for AT4X
- $80,395 for Denali Ultimate
Reservations for the refreshed 2022 Sierra 1500 are now open at GMC.com. The automaker will announce complete pricing details (such as package and option prices) closer to production start.
In the interim, production of the “stop-gap” 2022 Sierra 1500 Limited began on October 4th at the GM Silao plant in Mexico and on October 11th at the GM Fort Wayne factory in Indiana.
As a reminder, the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 differs from the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, with the Limited model bridging the gap between the pre-refresh 2021 Sierra 1500 and refreshed 2022 Sierra 1500. The reason for the existence of the Limited model is that the refreshed Sierra 1500 was originally slated to arrive early in the 2022 model year, but was then delayed due to a variety of business complications stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 refresh was officially announced on October 21st with a long list of changes and updates over the preceding 2021 model year and pre-refresh Sierra 1500 Limited. Highlights include new front end styling, a completely overhauled cabin, and powertrain improvements.
Besides the all-new interior, perhaps the biggest news was the announcement of the first-ever 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate as the most luxurious Sierra 1500 yet as well as the first-ever 2022 GMC Sierra AT4X as GMC’s equivalent to the new Chevy Silverado ZR2.
Outside, the refreshed 2022 Sierra receives a new front end consisting of revisions to the front bumper, grille, and headlights. The new headlights house dual-projector LEDs and reshaped C-shaped lighting signatures, while an animated lighting sequence activates when the driver is walking towards or away from the vehicle, as well as during vehicle start. The 2022 Sierra also offers new wheel designs for SLT and Denali trims, while three new optional exterior paint options (Titanium Rush Metallic, Dynamic Blue Metallic, Desert Sand Metallic) join the lineup.
Arguably the most important update to the refreshed 2022 Sierra is inside the cabin, where GMC delivers a overhauled cockpit on all models with the exception of the base-model GMC Sierra Pro. In other words, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4 and Denali (as well as the new-for-2022 AT4X and Denali Ultimate) get the new cockpit.
The new interior addresses criticisms levied against the pickup since its introduction of the 2019 model year, while also incorporating a wealth of new technologies. Highlights here include an all-new 13.4-inch center infotainment screen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard on trims with the new cockpit. There’s also a new center console, Electronic Precision Shift for models with front bucket seats (column shift available for models with a front bench seat), and a standard power-adjustable steering column for up-level trims.
Further tech highlights include built-in Google compatibility as standard on all models except Pro, as well as GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous drive system with trailering capabilities included as standard on 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate and optional on Denali.
The powertrain lineup mirrors that of the fully refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, with the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine included as standard with 420 pound-feet of torque, which is 20 percent more than before. Horsepower for L3B remains unchanged at 310 horsepower, but max towing ratings get a boost to 9,600 pounds for two-wheel drive models and 9,300 pounds for four-wheel drive models.
2022 Sierra models equipped with the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax are also offered with the max tow package. The combination, which was not offered in prior models years, increases max tow ratings to 13,200 pounds.
The rest of the powertrain lineup consists of the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine (355 horses, 383 pound-feet of torque) and naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine (420 horses, 460 pound-feet of torque). The naturally aspirated 4.3L V6 LV3 gasoline engine and naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L82 gasoline engine have been discontinued for the 2022 model year.