On October 21st, General Motors unveiled the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 showcasing the Sierra Denali Ultimate, the new top trim level above the now-“regular” GMC Sierra Denali. GM Authority recently obtained a real-world photo of GMC’s range-topping ultimate luxury pickup truck.
Below is the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate Crew Cab, Short Box model wearing White Frost Tricoat paint.
The biggest change to the exterior is the new front fascia, with reworked headlights as well as a grille that’s slightly larger than the one on pre-facelift models, along with a different slat design. With the grille growing in width, the headlights are now slightly narrower. They continue to wear GMC’s signature C-shaped design aesthetic, but with a different execution for the refresh, featuring a deeper-reaching bottom end of the “C.” The lower front fascia has also been revised to feature a new set of fog lights at the outer edges. There’s also a new front bumper garnish surrounding chrome tow hooks.
The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate sets itself apart from the rest of the lineup thanks to unique exterior styling, including a unique grille treatment finished in exclusive Vader chrome. The new grille is complemented by further Vader chrome details, such as the GMC logo, as well as unique front fender trim featuring Mount Denali. The corners of the 2022 Sierra Denali are filled by exclusive 22-inch wheels, while the rear of the pickup features the six-way configurable GMC MultiPro tailgate. Power assist steps are equipped as standard.
It’s worth noting that the rims in our photo are the 22″ multi-dimensional polished aluminum wheels (RPO code SMF) that are optional on the pre-refresh 2022 Sierra Denali Limited, included and only available with (PEC) Denali Reserve Package or (RFP) Denali Premium Package. The standard wheels on the 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate are 22-inch Low Gloss Black Aluminum Wheels with Machined Accents (RPO code Q7L).
The side profile of the refreshed 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate remains the same as before. This truck also features power-retractable running boards. Carried over from the pre-refresh models, the units are officially known as the GMC MultiPro Power Steps.
Out back, the refreshed 2022 Sierra Denali remains largely the same as before, with the standard power rear window. We also note the C-shaped tail lights flanking the six-way configurable GMC MultiPro tailgate.
The dual exhaust setup remains as it was before, but the cutouts for the CornerStep rear bumper do appear to be slightly smaller on the range-topping Sierra Denali Ultimate compared to those on the pre-refreshed pickup.
The new Sierra Denali Ultimate comes equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift, as well as four-wheel drive and an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case, all as standard. Denali Premium Suspension with Adaptive Ride Control is also standard.
Pricing (including destination charge) for the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate 1500 starts at $80,395. Look for deliveries of the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra to begin in the first quarter of the 2022 calendar year. Reservations are now open at GMC.com.
Also, check out our live photo gallery of the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali 1500.