GMC’s range of premium trucks and SUVs benefits from a number of styling, technology and driveline upgrades for the 2022 model, in particular the Sierra 1500 pickup and Terrain compact SUV. But by far the biggest news is the arrival of the much-anticipated, all-electric GMC Hummer EV pickup that paves the way for a new generation of GM electric vehicles (EVs).
GMC’s popular 3-row, 7-passenger Acadia crossover SUV in mid-size is a transmission for the 2022 model, which only gets a handful of changes. On the safety front, GMC Pro Safety Plus – the brand’s suite of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) – and Traction Select are now standard on all trim. In the styling department, GMC offers new 18- and 20-inch wheel designs based on SLE and SLT trim levels, and Light Stone Metallic exterior paint is recently available on all trim at extra cost.
The mid-size GMC Canyon pickup – 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 model Denali. It contains auxiliary steps in glossy black chrome, 20-inch black low-gloss wheels, a glossy black exhaust tip and floor lining for all weathers. In addition, the available High Elevation package gets a new name, now called Elevation Premium.
If you have not heard, the GM Hummer nameplate is reviving and applying the name of a duo of new all-electric, almost 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 the new breed, unlike the gas-hungry, fossil fuel-burning Hummers of old, runs on electricity and has zero exhaust emissions.
The new Hummer EV is powered by GM’s brand new battery architecture Ultium, which in this particular application consists of a 24-module battery pack and three electric motors that drive all four wheels. This installation is just a variant of a collection of components – known as the Ultium Drive – that can be mixed and matched to power a wide range of vehicles. The newly developed powertrain produces 1,000 horsepower and an astonishing torque of 11,500 pounds. The Hummer EV is compatible with 400- or 800-volt DC fast chargers, and GM estimates that the truck’s driving range is 329 miles on a full charge.
The Hummer EV introduces several unique or segment-exclusive features, including Watts to Freedom (mainly starter 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 single pedal driving and will have the latest version of the car manufacturer’s Super Cruise hands-free technology.
While the Hummer EV pickup can dominate the headlines, another of GMC’s truck models – the Sierra 1500 full-size light pickup – gets a thorough overhaul of the 2022 model. New front style, LED lighting features, wheel designs and three new colors highlight the exterior changes. At the same time, GMC is updating the Sierra’s interior with a larger touch screen, new design on the center console and upgraded materials, especially on the upper upholstery.
Speaking of upholstery, there are two new ones: AT4X and Denali Ultimate. The new AT4X takes AT4’s off-road capabilities to a new level, while the cabin has premium leather upholstery and upholstery, a 15-inch head-up display, 12-speaker Bose stereo and massaging front seats with 16-way power adjustment.
Denali Ultimate builds on the already premium Denali upholstery by equipping the Sierra with 22-inch wheels, a large chrome grille with unique brands, a 6-way MultiPro tailgate and a premium adaptive suspension system. Full-grain upholstery, Paldao wooden slats with open pores and generous use of leather emphasize the interior.
In the powertrain department, the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder base engine 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 in GMC’s range of powerful pickups was available as we prepared this article for publication.
The terrain’s compact crossover gets a significant refresh for the 2022 model, with a new front style, newly designed LED lighting front and rear, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and three new extra-cost exterior colors. Inside, GMC equips the 2022 terrain with completely new interior details and fabrics. There is also a new AT4 upholstery with standard four-wheel drive, unique off-road trim and a steel front slide. A Tech package is recently available on the SLT and AT4 trims. It includes a 360-degree surround camera, a brand new head-up display and front and rear parking assistance. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless are now standard, as are built-in Amazon Alexa features.
GMC’s dynamic full-size SUV duo, the Yukon and Yukon XL, roll into 2022 with only minor changes. All trim features a standard 12-inch driver information center and enhanced connectivity via the infotainment system, including Google built-in with voice control to make phone calls, adjust climate control settings, change audio system volume and radio stations, and navigate via Google Maps. In addition, the large 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 engine that is standard on the Denali trim is now available on the terrain-oriented AT4.
GMC is the source of information in this article. That was correct on December 9, 2021, but that may have changed since that date. Always confirm product information and availability on the car manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.