The inclusion of Super Cruise, General Motors’ semi-autonomous driving assistance, in select Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks for the 2022 model year is great news for truck connoisseurs like your author. The revelation that it would work even with a trailer in tow was also welcomed when those details were released earlier this year. Now, Drive have studied exactly which trims this technology will offer — and the other options required to acquire them.
There’s no surprise in the confirmation that one should opt for a top-of-the-range trim to define the Super Cruise; specifically, Silverado High Country and Sierra Denali or Denali Ultimate. What’s in the news, however, is that the Super Cruise will need to be paired with a 6.2L V8 petrol-powered engine or a 3.0L Duramax diesel engine. This means, in addition to the Denali Ultimate, customers will also have to pay for an upgrade over the 5.3L V8, which is standard equipment in the High Country and Denali for the 2022 model year.
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Suffice it to say this is not a cheap truck. In the current model year, the Duramax is a $1,715 premium and the 6.2L is an additional $2,565 in the High Country. Prices are similar for the Denali, and we’ll remind you that the Denali Ultimate is the new trim for 2022.
The reasons for the necessary engine upgrades were not immediately clear; maybe GM engineers are more comfortable with the amount of torque this factory generates in a Super Cruise situation? Or it could be because General Motors read the room right and imagines any customer willing to pay for a Super Cruise-equipped pickup would also naturally opt for one of the larger engines. If so, they weren’t wrong.
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The official ordering guide for this pickup also confirms that the Super Cruise will be an option in the High Country and Denali but will be standard equipment in the Denali Ultimate. It also confirms that the 6.2L is an integral part of the ZR2 and AT4X pickup trucks, a detail we already know about but which is good to see in this type of document.
Those two trims, in case you forgot, pair a two-inch lift kit with hefty DSSV dampers and other off-road mods to create the dirt road beast your writers want to take. If the shock performance on the li’l bro Colorado is any indication, we’re all set to treat it.