GMC’s premium truck and SUV lineup benefits from a number of styling, technology and powertrain upgrades for the 2022 model year, most notably the Sierra 1500 pickup and Terrain compact SUV. But by far the biggest news is the arrival of the long-awaited all-electric GMC Hummer EV pickup truck that paves the way for a new generation of GM electric vehicles (EVs).
GMC’s popular 3-row, 7-passenger Acadia mid-size crossover SUV is a carryover for the 2022 model year, receiving just a handful of changes. On the safety technology front, GMC Pro Safety Plus – the brand’s suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) – and Traction Select are now standard on all trims. In the styling department, GMC offers new 18- and 20-inch wheel designs on the base SLE and SLT trim levels, and Light Stone Metallic exterior paint is newly available on all trims at extra cost.
The GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck—similar to the Chevrolet Colorado but with a more premium look and feel—is mostly the same for 2022, a year after receiving a wave of meaningful updates. For 2022, a new Black Edition equipment package is available on the top-of-the-line Denali. It includes gloss black chrome side steps, 20-inch low-gloss black wheels, a gloss black exhaust tip and all-weather floor liners. In addition, the available High Elevation package gets a new name, now called Elevation Premium.
If you haven’t heard, GM is reviving the Hummer nameplate and applying the moniker to a duo of new all-electric, near-full-size truck models. The Hummer EV pickup will debut in 2022, and the Hummer EV SUV will arrive for the 2024 model year. Environmentalists will be happy to know that, unlike the gas-guzzling, fossil-fuel-burning Hummers of yesteryear, the new breed runs on electricity and has zero emissions.
The new Hummer EV is powered by GM’s brand new Ultium battery architecture, which in this particular application consists of a 24-module battery pack and three electric motors that drive all four wheels. This setup is just one variant of a collection of components – known as the Ultium Drive – that can be mixed and matched to power a wide variety of vehicles. The newly developed powertrain produces 1,000 horsepower and an astounding 11,500 pound-feet of torque. The Hummer EV is compatible with 400- or 800-volt DC fast chargers, and GM estimates the truck’s driving range to be 329 miles on a full charge.
The Hummer EV introduces several unique or segment-exclusive features, including Watts to Freedom (essentially launch control), 4-wheel steering, and a CrabWalk driving mode that allows the vehicle to move diagonally around obstacles. The truck also comes with regenerative braking and one-pedal driving and will feature the latest version of the automaker’s Super Cruise hands-free technology.
While the Hummer EV pickup may be dominating the headlines, another of GMC’s truck models — the Sierra 1500 full-size light-duty pickup — is getting a thorough refresh for the 2022 model year. New front styling, LED lighting features, wheel designs and three new colors highlight the exterior changes. Meanwhile, GMC updates the Sierra’s interior with a larger touchscreen, new center console design and upgraded materials, especially on the upper trim.
Speaking of upper trims, there are two new ones: the AT4X and the Denali Ultimate. The new AT4X takes the AT4’s off-road capabilities to a new level, while the cabin features premium leather trim and upholstery, a 15-inch head-up display, 12-speaker Bose stereo and massaging front seats with 16-way power adjustment.
The Denali Ultimate builds on the already premium Denali trim by equipping the Sierra with 22-inch wheels, a large chrome grille with unique badging, a 6-way MultiPro tailgate and a premium adaptive suspension system. Full-grain leather upholstery, open-pore Paldao wood moldings and generous use of leather highlight the interior.
In the powertrain department, the base 2.7-liter 4-cylinder gets a 20 percent torque increase, while the 3.0-liter turbodiesel can now be paired with a Max Trailering package to increase towing capacity to 13,200 pounds. The V6 engine is no longer available.
The GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD will return in 2022. However, no information about the changes to GMC’s heavy-duty pickup lineup was available when we prepared this article for publication.
The off-road compact crossover gets a significant refresh for the 2022 model year, with new front styling, redesigned front and rear LED lighting, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and three new extra-cost exterior colors. Inside, GMC equips the 2022 Terrain with all-new interior details and fabrics. There’s also a new AT4 trim with standard all-wheel drive, unique off-road trim and a steel front skid plate. A Tech package is newly available on the SLT and AT4 trims. It includes a 360-degree surround camera, an all-new head-up display and front and rear parking assist. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, as are built-in Amazon Alexa capabilities.
GMC’s dynamic full-size SUV duo, the Yukon and Yukon XL, roll into 2022 with only minor changes. All trims get a standard 12-inch driver information center and improved connectivity via the infotainment system, including Google built-in with voice control for making phone calls, adjusting climate control settings, changing sound system volume and radio stations, and navigating via Google Maps. Additionally, the big 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine that’s standard on the Denali trim is now available on the off-road oriented AT4.
GMC is the source of information in this article. It was correct as of December 9, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product information and availability on the car manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.