General Motors is a big fan of adopting the names of beautiful and rugged terrain – the Chevy Silverado, Chevy Tahoe, and GMC Yukon are just a few examples of this. The GMC Sierra Denali is a double whammy in this respect, adopting the name of both a California mountain range (Sierra) and the highest mountain peak in North America (Denali). As it were, the new 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate acknowledges the nature-inspired naming convention through the inclusion of topographical elements in the exterior and interior design, as explored here.
Let’s start with the interior, specifically the dash, where we see the topographical outline of the Mount Denali peak, as well as geographical coordinates that identify it as such.
This theme is also continued into the front seat backrests, where the topographical outline is laid out directly on the upholstery. The same is true of the rear seat backrests.
Further topographical cues in the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate include in the armrest liners, both up front and in the rear, a detail which could be missed if you aren’t looking for it.
Final locations for this styling element in the cabin include the front seat map pocket covers, as well as the phone holder on the center arm rest.
Additionally, the topographical styling is continued on the Ultimate badging itself, including in the doorsills, in the seat backs, and in the front fenders. Notably, the fender badging is the only exterior styling element that incorporates the topographical element.
As a reminder, the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is equipped as standard with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, while the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax is available as optional. Under the body panels, the GMC Sierra rides on the GM T1 platform, with production taking place at the GM Fort Wayne plant in Indiana and GM Silao plant in Mexico.