2022 GMC Sierra Gets Way Nicer With Two New Trims

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Customers said they wanted more. GMC delivered.

The 2022 GMC Sierra pickup premiered to a truck-hungry American audience during Thursday Night Football. It copies some of the Silverado upgrades, including Super Cruise with towing. GMC adds two new trims, both more expensive than the already exclusive AT4 and Denali. In total, the updated truck will feature more than 40 inches of screen, including a new head-up display. GMC also managed to make the grille bigger, somehow.

"Sierra's momentum continues to accelerate, as the fastest growing model in the segment," said Duncan Aldred, global vice president of GMC and Buick. "With the 2022 Sierra, GMC is offering customers more advanced technologies, upscale appointments and increased capability across the Sierra lineup including the all-new Sierra Denali Ultimate and AT4X."

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The 2022 Sierra Denali will now be the second most expensive trim in the lineup, below the new Denali Ultimate. As expected, it will be the most luxurious in the stable, and probably in the class. That top trim comes standard with Super Cruise, the CarbonPro carbon fiber bed, and the MultiPro six-way tailgate.

To spot the Denali Ultimate, look for the "Vader" dark chrome grille, exclusive 22-inch wheels in low gloss black, dark logos and fender trim featuring Mount Denali, the highest peak in the US. It also comes with power assist steps and an adaptive suspension adjusting via Terrain Modes.

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It comes standard with the company's 6.2-liter V8, making 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. That goes with a ten-speed transmission, four-wheel drive, and a two-speed transfer case. It's not just a handsome, refined pickup either, when properly equipped it can tow up to 13,000 pounds.

The Alpine Umber interior is unique too and comes with full leather, some of it laser etched with topographical maps, open-pore wood (also laser etched), a suede headliner and suede pillar trim, special badges, a premium Bose sound system, and Rear Camera Mirror.

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The new Sierra AT4X builds on the successful AT4's off-road ability. "Some of the differences include the Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers. With these there are no tradeoffs. You have great off-road performance and capability as well as a great on-road ride," said Tim Demetrio, GM performance engineer and group manager. "To that we add additional underbody protection and optional rocker protection. Also, we have Terrain Mode on 4Low. This is the first execution in the 4Low state. This lets you rock crawl with one-pedal drive, which was super useful during development."

The Sierra AT4X gets more suspension travel than the AT4, electronic locking differentials front and rear, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear mud tires. It also comes with a special interior called Obsidian Rush with leather, dark wood trim, microsuede headliner, the head-up display and premium sound system. Like the Denali Ultimate, it's only available with a 6.2-liter V8.

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Super Cruise leads the way on the tech front. It will be standard on the Ultimate and optional on the regular Denali with a three-year subscription. It can now be used over 200,000 miles of US and Canadian and like we said, works with a trailer. It can change lanes automatically now, but when pulling a trailer you will need to switch manually.

There's also Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert, which watches the entire area on the side of the vehicle and trailer. It lets you know when it's safe to move over. You have to input the length of your trailer to make it work. Adaptive cruise control with a trailer works like normal. It figures out the weight and how much braking power to use.

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As for entertainment and information, also known as infotainment, the new GMC Sierra gets a new 13.4-inch horizontal touchscreen as its main display, a 12.3-inch driver cluster (both standard on SLE trims and up) and an optional 15.5-inch multicolor head up display. The central display can be customized with your favorite apps, or split into a map and other information. The Sierra also has Google built-in for maps, Google Play apps and Google Assistant, which is compatible with both Apple and Android phones.

The engine choices are the same for 2022 with a 2.7-liter turbo V6, a 3.0-liter diesel, the 5.3-liter V8 and the 6.2-liter V8. The 2.7 now delivers 420 lb-ft of torque, up 20% from last year, and works with an eight-speed automatic. The rest get ten-speed transmissions. Max towing, as we said, is over 13,000 pounds.

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The 2022 Sierra Pro will start at $32,495 including destination. The SLE comes in at $43,895; the Elevation is $45,495; the SLT is $50,895; the AT4 is $60,995; the Denali starts at $61,295. As for the new trims, the AT4X is $74,995 and topping them all is the Ultimate, coming in at $80,395. That last one seems expensive, but GMC told us that people wanted even more from their trucks.

"For almost two decades Denali has represented the very best of GMC and very best of trucks," said Molly Peck, VP of GMC marketing. "What we heard from our consumers is that they want even more. They love the premium; they love the luxury of Denali but they want more standard equipment and unrivaled technology."

The 2022 GMC Sierra arrives in the first quarter of 2022, and customers can place reservations today.

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