Should you wait, or is the 2022 model already good enough?
The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X is the toughest vehicle in GMC's lineup, but it didn't take long at all for the company to introduce an even more extreme version. The Sierra AT4X AEV Edition joins the lineup with more off-road equipment plus exterior and interior upgrades. While the AEV Edition will be the right choice for buyers who want GMC's most capable truck, the standard 2023 ATX4 will still get some American Expedition Vehicle goodies.
"Later in the 23 MY, in addition to the Sierra 1500 AT4X AEV Edition, there will be a new 1500 AT4X with AEV-inspired enhancements, including a stamped steel winch-capable front bumper, boron steel front approach skid plate, and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires," a GMC spokesperson told CarBuzz.
That means it will still be possible to order a carryover 2023 AT4X that's identical to the already capable 2022 model. This model will be perfect for buyers who don't require any additional off-road performance and want to take delivery of their truck sooner. Those who choose to wait until later in the model year will likely pay a higher price for those AEV upgrades, though the official MSRP is not available yet.
The current 2022 AT4X starts at $74,995, and we don't know how much the AEV Edition will cost as of this writing. It sounds like the 2023 version will be close to the AEV Edition but without the badging and interior upgrades.
"These enhancements will increase the already strong off-road capability of the AT4X through improved approach, departure, and breakover angles, and improved ground clearance," GMC confirmed.
Since it will now ride on the same 33-inch tires as the AEV Edition, the standard AT4X will likely see the same increases to its off-road capability. Compared to the current AT4X, the AEV Edition has a 32.5-degree approach angle (up from 25.5 degrees), 23.4-degree departure angle (up from 23 degrees), 23-degree breakover angle (up from 22.7 degrees), and 11.2-inch ground clearance (up from 11.1 inches). Under the hood, the 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower will likely remain unchanged.