The refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 introduces a ton of new updates and changes to the Light Duty pickup, including two new trim levels, namely the new range-topping GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate, as well as the even-more-capable GMC Sierra AT4X. Now, we have our first look at the new Sierra AT4X out in the real world with the following photos.
With regard to the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 trim level cadence, the new Sierra AT4X slots in above the standard AT4 with a wealth of impressive rough-stuff equipment. Up front, the off-roader makes its presence known with a unique AT4X badge in the lower driver’s-side corner of the grille. The grille itself has several horizontal slats finished in gray, while lower in the fascia, we spot two red tow hooks, similar to the “standard” AT4.
In the corners, the 2022 GMC Sierra AT4X rolls across terra firma thanks to a set 18-inch wheels, finished in black. The wheels are wrapped in 265/70R18 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac Mud-Terrain tires. This particular model also appears to be equipped with a set of side steps.
As expected of an off-roader, the 2022 GMC Sierra AT4X rides tall thanks to a jacked-up suspension spec. Highlights include Multimatic DSSV dampers, similar to the Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Silverado ZR2. On the Sierra ZR2, these dampers are matched with unique springs, increasing maximum front suspension travel by 50mm and rear suspension travel by 25mm when compared to the “standard” Sierra AT4.
Out of sight is a unique steel transfer case skid plate, while the rear is equipped with the MultiPro Audio System by Kicker. It should also be noted that the standard AT4X will come with exhaust tips tucked up underneath the rear bumper, whereas this particular model has exposed exhaust tips.
Under the hood, the Sierra AT4X comes standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, which is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed through a 10-speed automatic transmission. The drivetrain is also upgraded with front and rear e-locking differentials.
Pricing for the 2022 GMC Sierra AT4X starts at $74,995. The first units of the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 are slated to arrive in dealers in Q1 of next year. Production for the refreshed pickup will take place at the GM Fort Wayne plant in Indiana and the GM Silao plant in Mexico. The GM Oshawa plant in Canada will also produce the pickup once renovations are complete.