The 2022 GMC Sierra comes with the most advanced, plush and capable lineup to take on its biggest rivals, including the Ram 1500, Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan. Leading the interior updates are two new trim levels – Sierra Denali Ultimate and AT4X, with advanced materials, trailer-capable Super Cruise driver assistance technology on select trim levels and a new 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment screen.
While the exterior has a minor upgrade since the 2019 Sierra redesign, the interior is a big departure, pulling most features from the high-spec Yukon Denali and AT4. We can find a new, angular dashboard outline and changed climate controls, which seem much more cutting-edge than the outgoing Sierra’s rather simple design.
Inside the 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate: Next-level luxury
GMC calls it the most forward-thinking and most lavish pickup in its class, and rightfully so compared to the outgoing Sierra Denali. Most Sierra 1500 pickups rolling off the lot are the Denali trim, which is arguably (and always has been) the reigning champion of luxury full-size trucks. This 2022 model takes it to another level.
The automaker has equipped it with the most advanced standard features, including Adaptive Ride Control, suede headliner and 12-speaker Bose sound system with carved stainless steel speaker grilles.
Setting the Denali Ultimate apart from others in the range are exclusive Paldao wood moldings in a matte finish, combined with elegant Alpine Umber trim. A geographic map of Alaska’s Mount Denali appears, etched into the wood and stamped into the full-grain leather seats.
Leather wraps the dashboard, door panels and center console, and the front seats offer 6-way massage. Not all of these premium amenities come cheap; the Ultimate goes for a hefty $80,395.
Inside the 2022 Sierra AT4X: Premium SUV
The AT4X follows suit, although it’s not as luxurious as the Denali Ultimate. However, it still comes with highly desirable features like 16-way massage seats, in addition to trim-specific Vanta ash and leather upholstery. The Bose audio system is also part of the package, and the overall interior follows the good bits of the Denali Ultimate. The luxurious and off-road capable AT4X starts at $74,995.
In addition to the styling upgrades, the AT4X comes with a range of suspension and hardware improvements that make it more off-road capable. The improvements include a new set of Multimatic DSSV coil-valve dampers for superior dominance in various terrain conditions without losing comfort on the road. Other advancements include distinct springs for increased wheel travel, standard electronic locking differentials front and rear, a larger gearbox under the body, and off-road mode for single-pedal driving.
From the SLE above, all models now have a standard 13.4-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. That’s a massive upgrade considering the 2021 Sierra flagship offers an 8.0-inch display and analog gauges with an 8.0-inch center display.
The Sierra Denali Ultimate is equipped with Super Cruise driver assistance technology that works perfectly on mapped roads and offers hands-free driving. Here’s our full review of the Super Cruise in action.
The vehicle can handle lane centering and tracking, adaptive cruise control, and even automatic lane changes and overtaking. The best thing about the Super Cruise for Sierra is its ability to work with a trailer on tow. The driver must enter the length of the trailer to allow automatic lane changes.
Helping drivers further down the road is the Android Automotive infotainment system, including Google Maps and other Google ecosystem apps, such as Assistant and Play, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
The 2022 GMC Sierra will hit the roads in the first quarter of 2022 with a starting price of $32,495 for the Sierra Pro. (Canadian pricing will be announced closer to the launch date).