First-ever Sierra Denali Ultimate, AT4X trims

Premium Grade ascended a level or two Thursday when GMC unveiled its 2022 Sierra Pickup.

General Motors’ “other” truck company stuffed its new arrival with plenty of new things to further differentiate the Sierra from its corporate cousin, the Silverado, and external competition.

Leading the way is the new Sierra Denali Ultimate trim, with trailering-capable Super Cruise, a standard 6.2L V-8 with 420 horsepower, a segment-exclusive CarbonPro composite cargo box is available, offering best in-class short-bed cargo volume, 63.9 cubic feet. GMC’s six-way MultiPro tailgate, the Denali Premium Suspension with segment-exclusive Adaptive Ride Control, power sunroof and power assist steps are standard. Optional are 16-way power front seats and a 12-speaker Bose stereo.

Closely following the Denali Ultimate is the AT4X, a new off-road performer. The AT4X features Multimatic DSSV dampers, front and rear e-lockers and Terrain Mode with one-pedal crawling. The AT4X’s payload capability is 1,420 pounds while its trailering rating is 8,900 pounds.

“Sierra’s momentum continues to accelerate, as the fastest growing model in the segment,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president of GMC and Buick. “With the 2022 Sierra, GMC is offering customers more advanced technologies, upscale appointments and increased capability across the Sierra lineup including the all-new Sierra Denali Ultimate and AT4X.”

Besides a refreshed exterior and all-new interior, there’s a 13.4-inch diagonal touchscreen with built-in Google compatibility. Connected to that is a new, 12.3-inch diagonal digital instrumental cluster that is configurable. There’s also a 15-inch, diagonal, multicolor Head-up Display (HUD). Combined, this triad offers more than 40 inches of digital display, the most in its class.

Another bright spot is a new 2.7L Turbo High-output (HO) engine, building on the previous 2.7L Turbo. Torque on the 2.7L HO is 420 lbs-ft, more than 20 percent greater than before, and a 30-percent stiffer crankshaft. Trailering with the 2.7L Turbo HO is 9,600 pounds for two-wheel drive models and 9,300 pounds on four-wheel drive models.

The refreshed GMC Sierra arrives at dealerships in the first quarter of 2022. Customers can place reservations starting today at www.gmc.com. Full pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.