The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is a new range-topping trim level that brings a long list of luxurious content to the full-size pickup, such as Vader chrome exterior trim, 22-inch wheels and GM’s CarbonPro composite cargo box. This high-end pickup also features an Alpine Umber interior, which GMC says “builds on the already luxurious Denali cabin” with full-grain leather appointments and open-pore Paldao wood trim.”
GM Authority readers may have seen us reference the available open-pore Paldao wood trim for the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate in the past and wondered exactly what this material is, so we decided to clear the air a little. Paldao wood is derived from the Paldao tree (surprise, we know) which is native to Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, among others. These are large trees, often growing to be between 100 and 120 feet tall in the wild, and boasting a sizable trunk diameter of between five and seven feet on average. When it comes to wood vehicle trim, the term ‘open pore’ is used to reference wood that has a thin layer of lacquer applied to it, keeping the natural pores of the wood intact and giving the trim a raw, almost untreated finish. Wood vehicle trim is often covered in a thicker layer of lacquer to improve its durability and to give it a very glossy shimmer.
Other highlights of the available Alpine Umber interior in the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate include full-grain leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed instrument panel, door panels, and console lid, a premium microsuede headliner, and Sierra Denali Ultimate interior badging. A laser engraving depicting topographical maps of Mount Denali has also been etched into the Sierra Denali Ultimate’s dash, further differentiating it from the run-of-the-mill Denali trim level. Readers who want to see more of the truck’s cabin can check out this interior tour video that GM Authority covered previously.
Under the hood of the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate is a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine, rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The V8 connects to a GM 10-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift, as well as four-wheel drive and an electronically controlled two-speed transfer case as standard. Denali Premium Suspension with Adaptive Ride Control is also standard equipment.
Pricing (including GM’s required destination freight charge) for the 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate starts at $81,790. GM accepted pre-orders for the truck following its official debut, all of which have since been spoken for.