Test mules are already out in the streets. The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is coming with the updated Denali model, that is for sure. It is not hard to recognize the premium package and there are no surprises why the truck is being refreshed. The vehicle is ready for the mid-cycle update, and this is the first info we heard about it. Also, the focus will be on the all-new Canyon.
Not only the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 needs an update, but also its twin, Chevy Silverado. Trucks are falling in the hierarchy with the Ram 1500 beating the GM sales and now coming with the TRX model that made Ford develop a new Raptor. So, the refresh of the Sierra half-ton pickup should make it competitive again. But, can the Denali package do something spectacular?
2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Changes
Spy photos are unveiling a couple of things we can expect from the mid-cycle update. The refreshed front fascia will wear a new grille, bumper, and headlights. Well, this is more than enough for the first update. However, more changes are expected inside the cabin. Still, it is early to talk about it, especially not having any spy shot to give us clues. Also, technology is evolving fast, and the company wants to offer the latest features for the luxury pickup. Be sure that premium sound is taking place, as well as the navigation, wireless charging, and other advanced technologies available only for top-tier versions.
General Motors made a serious impact with a new turbo-four engine in the pickup segment. With 310 horsepower, it provides enough power for a smooth ride. Still, you will need more cylinders for towing. We can call a 3.6-liter V6 a standard drivetrain. It provides 308 hp and 285 lb-ft of torque. Still, most truckers are willing to spend more for a V8 engine. A 5.3-liter unit is more popular, while a 6.2-liter mill is available at top of the class models. It also provides 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, while the lighter configuration with a 5.3 model creates 360 hp and 390 lb-ft.
2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel
There are no doubts the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Diesel remains a part of the lineup. Engineers are installing a 3.0-liter turbodiesel under the hood of the truck, which will deliver 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of twist. Compared to rivals, Sierra Diesel creates more power, but it is not converted to the class-leading towing capacity. It can haul 9,100 pounds, which is 2,000 pounds under Ford F-150 and 3,000 lbs less than Ram 1500 with their diesel setups.
GM is working on an electric truck, you’ve probably heard that. GMC Hummer is joining the lineup in 2022. However, we also expect a hybrid model to enter production. The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is a stunning move that can make General Motors competitive again. Experts assume that a combination of a V6 and electric battery will be perfect for this kind of vehicle. A mild-hybrid setup is available for Ram 1500, but it is not exactly what we expect from such a configuration. A significant gas mileage boost is the priority, but engineers must keep towing capacity.
Spy photos credits: GM Authority