Substantially Revised 2022 Sierra 1500 Firmly Pushes GMC Into Luxury Truck Territory

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate
The 2022 GMC Sierra1500 Denali Ultimate wears unique fascia elements in a darkened color. General Motors

When the fifth-generation GMC Sierra debuted in 2018, it was met with harsh criticism. Its grille was considered too massive for some and its interior was said to not live up to the price tag of the truck.

The 2022 GMC Sierra doesn't just address the criticism, it elevates the model, making it the most luxurious truck on the market today.

A big par of that changes is the company's new trim levels. The tier-topping 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate is the most premium truck buyers will be able to get their hands on. The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X elevates the capabilities of the Sierra 1500 AT4 model with equipment gleaned from the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2.

A new grille and headlights lead the way on each model with design that makes the truck appear less brush but still retaining its muscular stance. A fresh lighting animation activates when a key fob holder walks up to or leaves the vehicle.

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate

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Each Denali Ultimate model comes with the company's CarbonPro composite cargo box, which delivers best-in-class short bed volume, Low Gloss Black 22-inch wheels, Vader chrome exterior accents and fender trim that features Mount Denali. GMC's MultiPro tailgate, an adaptive suspension and power assist steps are standard.

GMC has given every Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate a 6.2-liter V8 engine as standard. Buyers can also get ht model equipped with the company's six-cylinder diesel power plant.

The truck's interior builds off of the traditional Denali model and features full-grain leather on door panels, console lid and front and rear seats. Etched stainless steel speaker grilles, Denali Ultimate badging, a microsuede headliner and leather-wrapped A- and B-pillars.

There's also a good amount of comfort and convenience features like 16-way power-adjustable and massaging front seats, a 12-speaker Bose Premium audio system, rear camera mirror, 15-inch head-up display and a power sunroof.

The Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate comes standard with Super Cruise, General Motors' hands-free driving technology. New for 2022, the truck's driver assist system is capable of sensing the dimensions of a trailer and taking those into account when the Sierra is towing.

GMC has given the car its Pro Safety roster of standard safety tech, which includes forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams and automatic emergency braking with forward pedestrian braking.

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X
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Taking inspiration from the already popular Sierra 1500 AT4 and the new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X builds upon the off-roading foundation laid down by the AT4.

The exterior of the model is different from the rest of the lineup with unique exterior accents, in addition to the darkened features on the model.

It comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 engine that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The truck also has Multimatic DSSV sppol-valve dampers and unique springs that work with the dampers to increase maximum front and rear suspension travel by 50 mm and 25 mm, respectively.

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X
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A two-speed transfer case allows AT4X to go further in the pilot's choice of drive modes.

The truck's payload capacity is 1,420 pound and the trailering rating is 8,900 pounds.

Each model gets the company's CarbonPro bed and MultiPro tailgate.

Both versions of the new GMC Sierra 1500 will arrive in dealerships in 2022. The models are available to be reserved today.