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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.

Photo courtesy of GMC

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 concept has been extensively modified for a life lived off the beaten path.

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Overlanding has become a world of its own, with several parts and vehicle customization companies, media publications, and guide services popping up all over the place. GMC realizes this, and to capitalize on the overlanding craze, the automaker built a Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX off-road concept to show off at the Overland Expo Mountain West 2021, which took place last week.


GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept The OVRLANDX concept carries a kitchenette, solar panels, and more.GMC


Some of the upgrades on the truck include:

  • Cast-iron control arms
  • A heavy-duty front bumper with winch
  • Front and rear electronic locking differentials
  • An off-road jack and mount
  • Multimatic DSSV dampers
  • Off-road rocker panel protectors


Listing the rest of the upgrades would take more words than anybody cares to read but rest assured that they are plentiful and impressive. GMC says that the concept truck gained legitimate capability from the upgrades. The approach angle is 27.7 degrees, and the truck can ford water up to 32.1 inches, which come thanks to a ground clearance of 10 inches and a custom-built snorkel system. The truck rides on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires.

Since it's an overlanding concept, the truck needs the ability to support its passengers well off the beaten path. To do that, GMC gave the Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX a cooler and kitchenette, solar panel, and a truck bed storage system with drawers.



GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept You can build something similar to the concept with off-the-shelf parts.GMC


As a concept truck, it's unlikely the AT4 overlanding rig will make it into production as it sits. That said, it's an interesting idea for an intrepid Canyon owner to use as a blueprint. Outside of the chassis work, most of the parts and upgrades can be purchased and installed without a major hassle, but if you're in the market to build a rig, it's best to research your truck's payload capacity and capabilities before overloading for overlanding.

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The Acura Integra is coming back in 2022

This is all we know about the new Integra's styling.

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Secrets are hard to keep these days. It seems like new products always end up being leaked by one of the hundreds of people involved in the development process, to the point that even the most secretive companies have a hard time unveiling a product that people don't already know about. That wasn't the case this week, though. After announcing the final version of its NSX supercar at Monterey Car Week, Acura took to the skies with an impressive drone show that eventually spelled out a message no one expected to see: The Integra is coming back in 2022.



The original car launched in 1986, and its legend grew over time. After accumulating dozens of awards and spawning an entire industry around customizing and enhancing the Integra, Honda and Acura discontinued the car in 2001. We saw a successor to the crown in the Acura RSX for a few short years afterward, but it's been 15 years since a small, tossable sports car has graced the Acura catalog. Granted, Honda has been on a tear with the Civic Si and Civic Type-R, but there has been a hole in the Acura lineup for some time now.


Acura Integra The original Integra is the stuff of legend.Acura


Waiting is the hardest part, as they say. Other than the gorgeous drone display and tantalizingly mysterious teaser photo, we know nothing, which is a difficult spot to be as a car enthusiast. There are a few details, though. The car will return in 2022 as a "compact premium entrant," according to the press release. Company VP and Acura Brand Officer Jon Ikeda also said that the car is "returning to the Acura lineup with the same fun-to-drive spirit and DNA of the original, fulfilling our commitment to Precision Crafted Performance in every way – design, performance and the overall driving experience."

Given parent company Honda's success with performance versions of the Civic, we're optimistic that the 2022 Integra will put its compact dimensions to good use on the road and on the track. We'll have to be patient, though, because official details won't become available until closer to the car's introduction in 2022.


2022 Acura Integra Acura shared the new Integra's logo.Acura

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