2022 GMC Sierra getting hands-free Super Cruise technology and interior design upgrade

The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali looks to be getting a host of upgrades.

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When the current generation of Chevrolet and GMC trucks debuted, their interiors were considered a great disappointment, especially the Sierra 1500, which may believed did not go far enough to make the case that GMC is a premium brand.

Fast forward to 2020. GMC kicked off the year by introducing its redesigned Yukon SUV and showing off new Canyon and Terrain AT4 models. The GMC Hummer EV reveal followed, albeit a little later than originally planned. Now, the Hummer EV prototype is preparing to head to northern Michigan for winter weather testing and GMC is getting on with its reveal plans.

2021 GMC Yukon Denali The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali debuted earlier this year. Photo courtesy of GMC

Today the company announced that its 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will feature Super Cruise driver assistance technology. It is expected that the 2022 model year will also be when the automaker puts its refreshed interior into the model. The picture provided by GMC to promote the announcement appears to showcase both elements (ignore the fact that the simulated image shows that it's 72 degrees outside while there's snow on the ground in the background).

Super Cruise debuted in Cadillac models as the country's first true hands-free driver assistance system. Cadillac and GMC are both under the General Motors umbrella. GM has previously said that the technology would be moving into additional GM vehicles but it appears that the timeline has been made more important by the announcement that Ford is installing its safety and driver assist technology, called Ford Co-Pilot360, in the Mustang Mach-E and F-150, complete with hands-free capability.

Ford's tech is called Active Drive Assist. It allows for hands-free driving on more than 100,000 miles of divided highways in all 50 U.S. states and Canada. It is an evolution of Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Centering. The system works to ensure that while the driver can operate the vehicle hands-free, they are paying attention to the road. An infrared driver-facing camera tracks eye gaze and head position. This technology is similar to what Subaru uses as part of its EyeSight safety and driver assistance system.

Super Cruise is available on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada. It too utilizes a driver attention system, in addition to LiDAR map data, real-time cameras, sensors, and GPS to operate. If the driver attention system detects the driver has turned their gaze away from the road ahead for too long, the steering wheel light bar will prompt the driver to return their attention to the road.

The surrounds of the steering wheel in the photo GMC provided looks a lot like the interior of the new Yukon, which has been nearly universally praised for its design, appointments, and features. There's an all-digital instrument cluster, which the Yukon does not offer. There appears to be an infotainment screen and audio system knob on the right side of the steering wheel, which points to the fact that GMC will feature a new screen setup in the 2022 Sierra - no version of the Yukon currently offers this design.

Super Cruise will be available on the Sierra later in the 2022 model year. The truck is expected to go on sale in the third or fourth quarter of 2021.

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The final versions of the McLaren 620R have been delivered to the U.S.

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McLaren recently shipped its last Sports Series cars to the U.S., marking the end of production of the popular models that have been staples of the luxury carmaker's lineup for the last half-decade. Over 8,500 cars were sold globally.

The Sports Series debuted in 2015 with the 570S, and also included the 540C, 570S Spider, 570GT, 600LT coupe, 600LT Spider, and 620R. The final examples of the series were built at the company's Woking, U.K. headquarters at the end of 2020. The 620R was the last off the line.

The McLaren 620R is a road legal version of a race car. It's based on the McLaren 570S GT4 and uses motorsport technology without the restriction of racing regulations. It is the most powerful Sports Series model ever, with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 producing 611 brake horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

Final examples of the McLaren 620R

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The 620R shares aerodynamic hardware with the 570S GT4, creating 408-pounds of downforce at 155 mph. It can handle the road (and you can hear it coming) thanks to its wider track, carbon ceramic brakes and center locking wheels, and low-exit stainless steel sports exhaust.

"As the McLaren range has matured, we've tailored our North American model line-up to closely match customers' requirements, with a car suitable for every personality," explained Tony Joseph, President, McLaren, the Americas. "Limited-numbers models with the highest levels of performance – cars like the 620R, which feels like a race car on the street or at a track day - are in demand not only because of the driving experience they offer but because they have even greater exclusivity. You can see how this has played out with the 765LT as well, with all of the available volume sold."

Of the 225 examples of the 620R produced, only 70 were slated for the North American market. All North American 620R models come with a special MSO upgrade package that features a gloss finish Visual Carbon Fibre roof with a roof scoop to maximize engine intake and exhaust sound, MSO Defined gloss finish carbon fibre roof cantrails and the McLaren Track Telemetry system with lap time function and three cameras to record on-track performance.

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New driver assist technology is coming to the Lexus lineup later this year.

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New Lexus Teammate driver assistance technology will debut on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h later this year. Its availability is constrained to all-wheel drive models.

The technology was developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept. This automated driving concept is unique to Toyota sough to enhance communication between drivers and cars, "enabling them to reach out to each other for mutual assistance". The concept sees cars and humans interacting and partnering rather than having automation take over for drivers. This approach allows drivers to enjoy the experience of driving but allowing the vehicle to take over some functions of driver's duties at times. In this way, the tech works as both guardian and chauffeur.

2022 Lexus The company's flagship sedan will get the technology first.Photo courtesy of Lexus

2022 Lexus LS 500h

On the 2022 Lexus 500h, Lexus Teammate will offer two functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Advanced Drive is design to "accurately detect driving conditions to plan and execute acceleration, braking, and steering commands to maintain the vehicle within the lane, follow other vehicles, change lanes, navigate certain interchanges and traffic jams and overtake slower vehicles." It's a Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation".

This description makes it sound a lot like the suite of lane keeping, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control technology that Hyundai offers rather than true Level 3 technology that General Motors's Super Cruise delivers.

Lexus will show operation of the technology on a screen with information displayed like this.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Advanced Park operates similar to how the Genesis GV80's hands-free parking assist technology works. The Lexus tech automatically controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes with parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses a combination of 360-degree sensing technologies and a bird's eye view display to perform the task while allowing the driver to monitor progress.

"We are very proud of Lexus Teammate, which is the culmination of five years of close collaboration between our technical centers in Japan and the US. We conducted simultaneous development and rigorous testing in both markets with the goal of achieving industry-leading advanced driver assistance functionality," says Derek Caveney, executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America's Integrated Vehicle Systems team.

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