Last Thursday we traveled to San Diego, California to test drive two of GMC’s new trucks, the Sierra Denali Ultimate and the Sierra AT4X, both first in the GMC Sierra truck series with the Ultimate sub-brand for the Denali and AT4X being added. to the well-known Sierra AT4 off-road truck.
Our first city and highway test drive is the most luxurious truck in its class ever, the new 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimatewhich is offered at a base price of $82,795, including delivery charges.
This truck showcases several unique exterior details, as well as interior details and features that are exclusive to the Ultimate sub-brand. All of this is complemented by many premium features that come standard, including Super Cruise technology with optional towing capability.
One detail that really caught my attention is the protective material for the cargo box, CarbonPro, an exclusive material for the segment. CarbonPro is made from the same raw material found in supercars and is even used in some aerospace components. It is a lighter material than the one used up to now as a protector. Also, it is more durable and scratch resistant.
The front is distinguished by a unique exclusive chrome Vader grille, which works great with updated headlamps, which include animated lighting that activates when approaching, starting or moving away from the vehicle.
The unit we tested featured unique 22-inch wheels finished in Low-Gloss Black with machined accents and featuring the chrome GMC Vader logo. They also offer other aluminum alloy wheels with a different design.
Also standard is GMC’s exclusive six-way MultiPro tailgate, segment-exclusive Denali Premium suspension with Adaptive Ride Control, and power-assist steps on both sides.
Inside is where you see most how extremely luxurious this Sierra Denali Ultimate is. The Alpine Umber interior is based on the Denali’s interior, which is already very luxurious.
The cabin includes full-grain leather trim, leather that stands out as being the least damaged. It is the most natural leather, which differs from other leather parts that must be treated to remove defects or stains. Also seen are open-pore Paldao wood trim, with a darkened finish, which creates a unique color scheme.
Also highlighting the uniqueness of the interior of the new Sierra Denali Ultimate is a series of topographical maps of the summit of Mount Denali, the highest peak in North America. These maps are laser etched into the pale wood on the front passenger-side dash, the full-grain leather on the front and back of the front seats, the rear seat and door panels, as well as the the outer fender vent badges.
Another exclusive detail is seen in the new and unique front seats, with 16 electronic adjustment positions and integrated massager.
The infotainment system includes a 13.4-inch color touchscreen, which is complemented by a new 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster and a 15-inch diagonal multi-color HUD display. Also for the first time in a Sierra Denali, Google, previously announced in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV and 2022 Yukon, is integrated.
The audio system is a Bose Premium with 12 speakers and Center Point surround sound technology with AudioPilot and Richbass woofer.
The new 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate comes standard with a 6.2-liter GMC V8 engine, which delivers 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine works in conjunction with a 10-speed automatic transmission with precision electronic shifting. Four-wheel drive with a two-speed electronic transfer case also comes standard. This luxury truck can also be purchased with the 3.0 liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine.
The 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate offers several trailer-aware safety and driver-assist features including Trailer-Side Blind Zone Alert, which takes trailer length into account when changing lanes, and Cruise Control enhancements. adaptive cruise to allow use while towing.
Additionally, GMC Pro-Safety is standard and includes Forward Collision Alert, automatic emergency braking, forward pedestrian braking, lane-keep assist, following distance indicator, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.
Super Cruise technology comes standard on the Sierra Denali Ultimate, with a three-year subscription to enable the functionality. This driver assistance technology enables hands-free driving on compatible roads and is already usable for more than 200,000 miles (320,000 km) on compatible roads in the US and Canada.
The tow-capable Super Cruise includes up to 14 available camera views, including transparent trailer, GCW alert, in-vehicle towing app and more. Plus, the new GCW Alert signals when the maximum weight the Sierra can safely carry is exceeded.
I can say with great confidence that this 2022 Sierra Denali Ultimate is one of the best trucks I’ve ever driven and the most complete when it comes to features and functions. This truck can not only transport and even tow several tons, it also offers a drive like very few vehicles of its kind offer, especially on the road.
Although I had the opportunity to drive this truck for a couple of hours, it was enough to realize how great it is to drive, how quiet and comfortable it is and of course without forgetting the massages provided by its front seats, which especially on long trips they come very well.
For a while, on Interstate 5, I was able to test the Super Cruise technology. This was something that I was interested in trying out and seeing live, to see the progress that GMC has made in this aspect of autonomous driving.
While driving with Super Cruise active, this technology worked very smoothly, without jerking, turning on the turn signal and changing lanes when we approached a slower-moving vehicle and passing it with no problem.
In the corners at 70 miles per hour, he stayed calm and didn’t make any sudden moves to stay within the lane, even in more than moderate traffic.
Even when an 18-wheeler pulled a little to the side of the passenger (without going over the lane), the truck itself moved smoothly a little to the left. In another similar situation, on a section that was under construction, when a The truck approached the same way, the Denali Ultimate began to move a little to the left, but this time and just in case, I took the wheel, since it was very close to a concrete retaining wall, placed there for the night. construction.
In general, I can say that the Super Cruise at this level of autonomous driving works very well and includes functions that help avoid problems, such as the light that is included in the upper part of the steering wheel, which shows the green color, when everything is perfect for the truck to drive itself and when there were problems, such as very heavy traffic, that light changed to red, which indicated that we should take the wheel and drive.
Another technology that I was also interested in testing with the Super Cruise is the system that when you are not paying attention, for example looking to the side and not at the road ahead, the system begins to offer a series of alerts until if you no longer pay attention to the road, the truck safely stops.
But all these positive aspects of these technologies do not mean that one can be distracted and not pay attention to the road when the Super Cruise is in action. On the contrary, this system is not 100% efficient, but it is seen that GMC is on the right track.
Source: Geeks Room by geeksroom.com.
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