That roar you may be hearing is the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 rolling into your local GMC truck dealer. The GMC Sierra 1500 has always been known as one of the most rugged and dependable full-size pickup trucks on the market, and the 2022 model promises to take everything to the next level on GMC’s flagship truck. The reason why starts with an exterior that is more striking and aggressive than ever. This is due to a redesign of the front grille and headlights that make the already imposing front end of the GMC Sierra 1500 even more powerful.
The redesign continues with an interior that is surprisingly luxurious for a pickup truck with the capabilities of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. This is especially the case with the legendary Denali and the all-new Denali Ultimate. The Denali Ultimate truly has it all with a 12-speaker Bose Premium audio system and an interior replete with open-pore wood and full-grain leather, making it the most luxurious pickup truck ever designed by GMC. This attention to detail in the interior and exterior appearance is one of many things that help set GMC apart from its competitors in the increasingly competitive full-size truck market.
For those who prefer to use their trucks for off-roading, GMC offers two models of the 2022 Sierra 1500 that are purpose-built for the trail. The AT4 features a two-inch factory lift with off-road suspension, a two-speed AutoTrac transfer case, locking rear differential, and underbody skid plates to give you the performance and stability you need when you are out off-roading. The all-new Sierra 1500 AT4X goes even further with Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers for greater stability, plus class-exclusive front and rear e-locking differentials that will sure come in handy when you’re out hitting the trail. Either model should outperform anything you will find on any other full-size truck available today.
GMC offers the 2022 Sierra 1500 with a choice of four exceptional engines. The standard engine on the Sierra 1500 Elevation, SLE, and Pro models is an enhanced 2.7-liter Turbo High-Output I-4 gas engine. The engineers at GMC went back to the drawing board and improved the performance of this engine by increasing output to 310 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque - a major upgrade over the prior version of this engine available on earlier models of the Sierra 1500. The reason behind this improved performance is due in large part to a new, more rigid cylinder block casting with a stiffer crankshaft, which results in a smoother, more efficient ride. This engine also replaces the V6 gas engine that was previously offered as a base engine on the GMC Sierra 1500.
The second available engine is a 5.3-liter V8 gas engine. This is standard on the Denali and SLT and is available as an option on the Elevation, SLE, and Pro. This engine features dynamic fuel management and can produce up to 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, giving you improved acceleration as well as stronger trailering capabilities on your truck.
The larger 6.2-liter V8 also features dynamic fuel management for improved engine efficiency. As a result, this engine can give you up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes standard on the new Denali Ultimate and AT4X trims and is also available on the Denali, AT4, and SLT models.
GMC also offers a diesel engine on the 2022 Sierra 1500. Interestingly enough, the 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel I-6 engine comes standard on the new AT4 off-road trim on the Sierra 1500. Where most other truck makers offer their diesel engines as a costly upgrade, GMC has decided to offer this as a standard powertrain on the 2022 Sierra 1500 AT4. This engine features active thermal management to prevent overheating in warm weather and difficulty starting during colder months. This is one very powerful diesel engine with a class-leading 277 horsepower and a very impressive 460 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel is also available as an option on the Denali, SLT, SLE, Elevation, and Denali Ultimate trim levels of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500.
GMC has paired the 2.7-liter Turbo I-4 gas engine on the 2022 Sierra 1500 Elevation, SLE, and Pro models with a very responsive 8-speed automatic transmission. This will give you quicker downshifting capabilities, improving engine responsiveness. The other engines on the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 feature a 10-speed automatic transmission that will give you exceptional control over engine performance as well as better efficiency.
GMC gives you a choice of rear-wheel drive or 4X4 on most models of the 2022 Sierra 1500. The Denali, Denali Ultimate, AT4, and AT4X are all 4X4 standard. Choosing a 4X4 improves vehicle traction, while rear-wheel drive enhances fuel economy and improves trailering and payload capabilities. One feature that is consistent among all models of the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is a very comfortable ride for you and your passengers in the truck’s cab.
One of the reasons so many people love to drive full-size trucks is the capability to carry and tow heavy loads. GMC has always prided itself on delivering a full-size truck that stands among the leaders in its class when it comes to trailering and payload, and the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 surpasses anything ever provided by this line of venerable trucks.
If you need a full-size truck that can provide you with the best ability to tow trailers, then the 2022 Sierra 1500 with the 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel I-6 engine is the one for you. If you choose a Sierra 1500 with rear-wheel drive and this engine, you now have the ability to tow up to 13,200 pounds. If you choose the Sierra 1500 with this engine and a 4X4 drivetrain, you will still be able to tow up 13,000 pounds, the most of any comparable model in this class. This is the same amount that you can tow if you choose the Sierra 1500 with a 6.2-liter V8 gas engine.
The 2022 Sierra 1500 with the two other engines also provides impressive trailering numbers. If you choose to equip your GMC Sierra 1500 with the 5.3-liter V8 gas engine, you can tow up to 11,200 pounds, while opting for the very efficient Enhanced 2.7-liter Turbo High Output I-4 will give you the power for a maximum trailering of 9,400 pounds.
GMC has also designed the 2022 Sierra 1500 to give you great payload capability. This is one truck that doesn’t just look strong - it can carry up to 2,240 pounds of cargo. This capacity depends in part upon which size payload bed you choose. The short bed has room for up to 62.9 cubic feet of cargo, while the standard bed provides space for up to 71.7 cubic feet of cargo. The largest capacity on the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 can be found on the long bed, with a full 89.1 cubic feet of payload space. This is the most cargo bed volume of any full-size pickup truck on the market today.
Each 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck comes equipped with a GMC Infotainment system. This will allow you and your passengers to connect your phones through Bluetooth as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can even bring your Amazon Alexa along to keep you company if you are taking your Sierra 1500 out on a long drive all alone. In addition, GMC now offers an enormous 13.4-inch horizontal touchscreen for the GMC Infotainment system on all models of the 2022 Sierra 1500 except the Pro trim. This is one of the largest and most user-friendly infotainment systems available on a truck in the Sierra 1500’s class.
Offsetting the center-mounted GMC Infotainment system’s screen is an available 12.3-inch diagonal digital instrument cluster on the driver’s side of the dashboard. This will make it easier than ever to see critical vehicle information, including the rearview screen that will come in handy when you are hitching a trailer up to your 2022 GMC Sierra 1500. The size of the GMC Infotainment system screen allows you to view both navigation and trailering details simultaneously. In other pickup trucks in the Sierra 1500’s class, drivers have to choose between these two critical features, a serious compromise that can impact safety when you are towing particularly large trailers.
GMC also offers Google built-in compatibility on all models of the Sierra 1500 except the Pro trim. This provides you with the ability to utilize your favorite Google apps, including Google Maps, Google Play, and Google Assistant, with voice recognition technology so that you don’t need to take your eyes off the road in order to access features on your GMC Infotainment system. This is a major advantage over many other infotainment systems that require you to use your hands to navigate through the various features. GMC continues to show that it is on the cutting edge of technology, with the GMC Infotainment system on the 2022 Sierra 1500 leading the way.