The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is gunning to reclaim the luxury truck champion title, but, like all vehicle redesigns, it started with a sketch. The official GM Design Instagram page posted an image of early design art for the Sierra sketched by Vicente Muhlethaler, which shows off a confident stance, and exaggerated proportions. It’s design, after all. Ultimately, we would have liked to see its pronounced, mandible-like signature lightning make it the final product, but maybe that’s in the works for the upcoming GMC Sierra EV.
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2022 GMC Sierra Design Updates
Thanks to advancements in lighting technology, the 2022 GMC Sierra has received a more streamlined illumination with C-shaped daytime running lights that give way to a more prominent grille, yielding this watermelon-wedge visual effect. With four inches of expansion to the grille, there’s no shortage of airflow to the engine – which is crucial for operating temperatures, especially when it comes to the added heat of forced induction (which we see in the base Sierra’s 2.7L turbo, and its available 3.0L LM2 Duramax diesel engine).
But the more significant design update for the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 isn’t on the outside, but the inside. Like the 2022 Chevrolet SIlverado 1500, the new Sierra cabin features a larger, horizontally oriented grille, with a redesigned center console featuring an electronic shifter knob; no column shifter or rotary dials here. That’s for the uplevel trims, anyway. The base model – the 2022 GMC Sierra Pro – will have an interior that carries over from the previous model years. As a work truck, this will avoid the fickle scrutiny from the hoards of spoonfed auto critics.
Along with the sleek interior design of the vehicle comes all the bits and bobs that push the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 into the upper echelon of premium trucks with the Denali and new Denali Ultimate trim levels. Wireless charging on select models, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Google Maps, and traffic updates all work to ensure convenience is right at the fingertips of the driver. And of course, there’s Super Cruise, which also works while towing. Keeping eyes on the road at all times is important, and is made easier with a 15-inch heads-up display.
The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will be in showrooms in the first quarter of 2022.