We just attended the preview for the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 with the refreshed interior and updated tech. And the tl;dr version of our review is: We liked it. But we recently learned that one of the new additions for 2022 might not actually be available: Super Cruise.
Here’s the thing, we are still experiencing supply chain issues from the early days of Covid-19 lockdowns, not to mention the fact that the precious microchips that power things like Super Cruise were allocated to other industries (like gaming) during the pandemic. Now, automakers are scrambling to get this chips just as suppliers are scrambling to pump them out. But from everything we’ve read from industry analysts, things won’t get back to “normal” until mid-2023 – at the earliest.
Super Cruise is supposed to be standard on the Denali Ultimate trim and available on the Denali. During the preview, GMC execs didn’t mention this feature might be delayed. But some of our viewers started commenting on our Super Cruise video, stating that they’ve been told it won’t be available on 2022 models. At all.
When you go to the GMC configurator and select the Denali Ultimate trim, which shows a prominent picture of Super Cruise, you see a notation that features may have “limited, late or no availability.” Dig deeper into the configurator and you see under interior options, that Super Cruise is currently not an option on the Denali Ulitmate, and in fact, you’ll get a $2,300 discount because of it. This means it can’t be retrofitted when it is available.
When we reached out to GMC for clarification, Patrick Sullivan, senior manager of product and brand communications for GMC, said the brand is currently building 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate trucks with Super Cruise. But, and this is a biggie, Super Cruise will not be available later in the 2022 model year. My takeaway: If you already placed an order on a Denali Ultimate with Super Cruise, you’ll get it. If you didn’t, well, there’s always 2023.
If you really want Super Cruise and must have a 2022 model, you could always check with your dealer on the off chance there’s one on the lot that hasn’t been purchased or allocated. And if you find one, buy it and a lottery ticket immediately.
The microchip shortage sucks. So does the pandemic. But this is where we are, and we make do with what we have. GMC has chosen to use the microchips it does have for essential and important features (like starting your car and navigation) so it can continue to produce trucks. And Super Cruise, which is completely non-essential, didn’t make the cut.
Thus, if Super Cruise is on your must-have list when you buy your next truck, you’ll have to play the waiting game.
I ordered my GMC 1500 Ultimate in January. Still not built and was informed a couple of weeks ago that super cruise and their new special auto-braking feature will not be available. Still no ETA on the build but the only option to have those features was to cancel and order a 2023 when that becomes available. I chose to stick with the 2022 minus those features. Hoping enough people cancel to speed up my order. Fingers crossed.
I ordered a Sierra Denali with super cruise and carbon pro in January also. I had my order accepted in June and the truck was built. No idea if it has super cruise or not. The truck was code 4200 on7/1. Shipped. Nobodies where it is and it is missing chips!! GMC should be ashamed they still have commercials running for vehicles you cannot get. Communication is horrible all lies! Different story every time I reach out. The dealer could care less. Good luck!!!!
I ordered a Denali with super cruise that is not going to be available and the dealer feels it won’t come out until 2023/2024. I am sick and tired of industries blaming COVID supply chain issues. It’s been 2 years and I don’t see a single manufacturer building a plant to make microchips in North America for their cars. It’s laziness and greed driving the “supply chain” issues. Funny how most industries but the car industry has been able to put out fully functioning products. 2 years is more than enough time to redistribute manufacturing to minimize supply chain issues.
I ordered a Denali back in October of 21, it has just been produced, (September) no date as to when it will be delivered. Gm decided to install the diesel engine which i did not want, the other option was smaller v8, not the 6.2 which i did not mind. I was never informed about the change in engine or what i would prefer. Also, i received the vehicle locator from the dealer, there is no super cruise. I will not accept this vehicle when it arrives, will wait for 2023 or 2024.