We were right. So were customers. Basically, everyone who took one look at the interior of the current GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado generation and immediately went “not good enough.” Possibly followed by “not even close” and/or laughing. The Silverado cabin was especially egregious in the top-of-the-line Sierra Denali, which slapped some token bits of “wood” to the doors and center console sides and called it a day. It didn’t even get the Silverado High Country’s bronzey trim surrounding the touchscreen. Absolutely nothing about it said, “I am competitive with just about any Ram 1500 or, to a lesser extent, a Ford F-150 King Ranch or Platinum.”
That changes with the 2022 GMC Sierra.
Do I really need to explain why the “After” (up top) is so much better than the “Before” (above)? I do not. The better question is: is it better or at least as good as the Ram and F-150 now? Yes!
And! GMC actually upped the game further for 2022 by adding a level beyond the Denali: the Denali Ultimate. While both Denalis share a common design with each other and the also-new Sierra AT4X, that design is different than what you’ll find in other Sierras and every redone Silverado. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the first time the Silverado and Sierra have had such substantially different interiors. True, they’re still awfully similar, but by GMC/Chevy standards, it might as well be night and day.
You can see the difference below: Denali Ultimate left, Silverado High Country right.
Is one design better than another? I don’t think so, but they are indeed different, which is great.
BUT! Remember, this is the new Denali Ultimate we’re talking about here. That means it goes beyond the regular Denali.
First, this “Alpine Umber” color with “Forge perforated leather seat trim” is only available on the Denali Ultimate and the only color available for the Denali Ultimate. It has a bit of the King Ranchy/Long Horny feel to it without going so far into cowboy land. I dig it. The regular Denali offers Jet Black or “Atmosphere/Brownstone” (shades of brown).
This leather then features white piping and super-cool baseball-ish contrast stitching. I would like to reiterate at this point that the Sierra Denali’s previous idea of a luxury aesthetic upgrade was strips of wood-looking plastic. What’s the word I’m searching for? Ah yes. “Effort.”
But wait, there’s more!
Everywhere you look, the Denali Ultimate features this topographical pattern…