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Most Premium Trims And Packages Are Currently Concentrated To The Crew Cab, Short Box Configuration

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Build and price configurator denali ultimate

The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 seeks to plop Big Red back on top of the leaderboards of what it means to be a luxury pickup truck. In the past 3-4 years, we saw Ford Motor Company and Ram make headway in the the Sierra’s territory when it came to premium content, but with new trim levels like the Sierra Denali Ultimate, GMC seeks to steer the conversation back into its favor, while announcing a more serious entry into the off-road performance space in the Sierra AT4X.

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Build And Price Configurator AT4X

2022 GMC Sierra AT4 Build And Price Configurator

What’s immediately apparent is that the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 concentrates all of the desired content and packages into a single body style: the crew cab short box. Want the top-shelf Sierra Denali Ultimate? Crew cab short box. Want the go-anywhere AT4X? Crew cab short box.

The 2022 GMC 1500 AT4X – which is priced from $74,400 USD – we configured came out to $82,420, as it comes almost fully loaded, leaving only room for off-road and performance upgrades and accessories like rocker rails and a cat-back exhaust. A roof-mounted tent was our go-to accessory.

As expensive as it is, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X is underpowered compared to the Ram 1500 TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor, which can be had for less money, and really don’t exceed the price range of the GMC until they go past the $85,000 range, which they do. Customers will be left with an interesting choice: posh off-roading with the Sierra AT4X, or more hardcore performance in the form of the still-premium feeling Raptor and TRX.

The Sierra Denali Ultimate, meanwhile, crests $90,000 USD with options. The luxury truck is destined to be the flagship of GMC, so it makes sense that the brand did whatever it could to ensure that GM Super Cruise technology would be available at the launch, unlike what we see with the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado High Country. However, the configurator currently lists the truck as “not equipped with front or rear park assist,” as GM continues to battle the global microchip shortage. As a result, a $50 credit is tacked onto the sticker price of this $90,565 truck.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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