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.