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What the heck is a GMC Sierra 1500 Limited?

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We know a significant model year update is coming to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, but poking around on the GMC consumer website, we saw listings for both the “new” Sierra 1500 and a Sierra 1500 Limited. It’s not a trim, so what exactly is a GMC Sierra 1500 Limited?

According to Patrick Sullivan, GMC Truck Communications, it is essentially a truck badged as a 2022 model that is largely a carryover from the 2021 model year.

In other words, the GMC Sierra 1500 Limited fills in a production gap between two model years. Sullivan said once production for the new Sierra 1500 begins this spring, production for the Sierra Limited will cease. So, there may be some overlap on dealer lots with both 2022 models, but not for long.

Also of note, there is a 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited which serves the same purpose as a model year stop-gap.

What’s new for the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500?

The most obvious addition: two new trims (none named Limited). The Sierra Denali Ultimate will be the new ultra-luxury model, and the AT4X pairs upscale amenities with more rugged off-road capability.

This isn’t considered a redesign for the Sierra 1500, but it is a major refresh. Some of the other highlights of the “new” 2022 GMC Sierra include:

  • A new grille and revised headlights.
  • Animated lighting as you approach the truck for a little more of a wow factor.
  • A new interior design that features a cockpit-oriented instrument panel along.
  • The new, larger 13.4-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and a 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster.
  • A new 2.7-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine.
  • Trailering-capable Super Cruise is available on Denali trim and standard on Sierra Denali Ultimate.

When does the new Sierra 1500 arrive?

The refreshed GMC Sierra arrives at dealerships this spring. Base pricing, including destination, for each trim will be as follows:

  • Pro: $32,495
  • Denali Ultimate: $80,395
  • AT4X: $74,995
  • Denali: $61,295
  • AT4: $60,995
  • SLT: $50,895
  • Elevation: $45,495
  • SLE: $43,895

Until that time, there’s the carryover GMC Sierra Limited for those who can’t wait for the refresh.

Th bottom line on GMC Sierra 1500 Limited

To oversimplify things, the GMC Sierra Limited is the truck that the most impatient customers will get as the Sierra transitions from 2021 model year to the 2022 model year.

Don’t be fooled by the name, wait for the refreshed and official 2022 GMC Sierra as it features a lot of exciting changes.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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