The current generation of GMC’s half-ton pickup truck has been around since 2019. While it may seem fresh to most of us, the fact is that rivals feel better in many aspects. That’s why the company is already working on an update. Moreover, this refresh was planned for the 2021 model year but it was eventually delayed because of the Coronavirus outbreak. The new version is now expected in the second half of next year and it will include the flagship version as well, which will come as the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali.
At this point, the test mule still wears a camouflage, so we can’t talk about specifics. However, we know some of the key changes that are about to happen. Of course, we will see a classic facelift, but the new model will also get a completely new interior, finally. Furthermore, GMC is about to introduce some advanced technologies, including the Super Cruise autonomous driving system.
2022 GMC Sierra Denali Gets New Interior
Without any doubt, this was the most anticipated change for the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali. Simply, the previous redesign was really disappointing in this aspect, as the new Sierra came with the same cabin as its predecessor. Now, the company is about to make things right and from what we know so far, things will be quite interesting.
First of all, we are about to see a new dashboard layout, which will be different from Yukon models. At this point, it’s hard to whether the Denali is about to come with a unique dashboard design or not, which was the case with the new SUV counterpart. In any case, spy shots and teaser photos clearly show some of the most important things.
For example, we know for sure that the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali will get a new, fully digital instrument cluster. Also, you may count on a new dashboard layout, which will include a new infotainment screen, and gear selector. Furthermore, you may also count on a start button in the new model. Of course, there are many more new details to come, but we are still waiting to hear something from the officials.
2022 GMC Sierra Denali Facelift
Besides important interior updates, the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali will also come with novelties in terms of exterior design. We count on a typical update and while the test mule wears camouflage, we presume that most of the things will happen at the front. Still, keep in mind that the current model already pretty good, so changes will most likely be pretty subtle.
Of course, this particular version will continue with loads of exclusive styling details, such as the grille, wheels and all those chrome details. Still, the new version might get some revisions in areas like bumpers, grille, headlights etc. Naturally, we also count on new color options and wheel designs.
GMC Sierra Denali Engines
While the visual aspect of the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali is about to improve, we expect no bigger changes under the hood. The current model comes with three powertrain options in the offer, which starts with a familiar 5.3-liter V8, which puts out around 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than a decent amount of power for a convenient ride, plus you get a genuine V8 sound.
Those who are looking for something quicker may count on a well-known 6.2-liter V8, which is good for about 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Finally, there is a diesel option, equipped with an efficient 3.0-liter turbodiesel, which puts out around 277 horses and 460 pound-feet of torque.
GMC Sierra Denali Gets Super Cruise
One of the biggest novelties for the upcoming update will be the addition of Super Cruise. This advanced autonomous driving system will be available only in the Denali model and it will be designed to provide autonomous driving even with a trail. Of course, we are talking about those 200.000 miles of highways across North America. You may count on the hands-free driving option, as well as on the ability to change lines by using turn signals.
Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali sometime in the second half of the year. Bigger changes in price shouldn’t happen, so base versions should go around 56.000 dollars. Of course, key competitors will be hi-end versions of rival half-ton trucks, such as Ford F-150 Platinum, Ram 1500 Limited etc.