GMC Plotting Super Cruise for Sierra Denali

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
gmc plotting super cruise for sierra denali

On Wednesday, General Motors announced plans to launch a version of Super Cruise on the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali modified to work with trailers. The hands-free driver assistance system (GM can’t call it “autonomous” because it technically isn’t) will stop being exclusive to Cadillac products and branch out into premium offerings from GMC and Chevrolet’s Bolt EV.

While unavailable until late in 2021, the next round of vehicles to be equipped with Super Cruise is supposed to see continued improvements to the system that allow for greater coverage. When the system originally launched on the Cadillac CT6 sedan, it was only eligible for use on specific divided highways for safety reasons. The greater emphasis on avoiding accidents was appreciated but it made the system seem more like a flashy gimmick than something any serious person would use on the regular. But GM has taken great strides to make sure that didn’t remain the case — hence the new trailer capabilities and ever-widening operating area.

We figured we’d see Super Cruise on the Yukon Denali first since it’s officially the brand’s luxury flagship. But sources told us that engineers just happened to complete work on the Sierra first, indicating that it’s extremely likely to appear on other Denali-badged products. Though we could have guessed that one for ourselves. At the start of this year, General Motors announced it wanted to make Super Cruise available on 22 individual models by 2023.

Increasingly prominent on Cadillac products, the feature utilizes lidar mapping, external cameras, an array of sensors, and GPS, with a driver attention system that uses a driver-facing camera to track eye movements. While that’s undoubtedly too invasive for some, it does allow Super Cruise to offer a genuine hands-free experience on over 200,000 miles of compatible roadways in the United States and Canada.

Super Cruise will be available on 2022 model-year Sierras, according to GMC. However, it’s probably not going to manifest until much later in the production run.

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  • DAC17 DAC17 on Dec 09, 2020

    Great; a 6000 pound truck piloted by a robot. Just what the country needs...

    • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Dec 10, 2020

      Hopefully the robot will have checked his texts and applied his eye makeup before leaving for the day. There are already too many distracted meatbots cluttering up the roads.

  • RHD RHD on Dec 12, 2020

    Who thought putting a LED right in the driver's face would be a smart thing to do? ("When America needs a b******* idea, Ford puts it on steering wheels!"

  • Wjtinfwb Didn't care for the E60 when introduced, compared to the previous generation. But up against some of BMW's latest offerings (new 7), it's a breath of fresh air. This car with a conventional 6-speed manual would be another 10-15k at least as it looks very well kept.
  • SPPPP Very nice shape, but I just never warmed to the E60 car like I did the earlier generations of the 5-series, or the contemporary 3-series.
  • Mike Beranek They're building a brand-new "vending machine" in Schaumburg, right on my way home from work. Maybe after they go belly up, I could buy it, build out living space on the top floor, and use the rest to display my awesome car collection (ha!)
  • VoGhost We're at the point where the stock price is no longer relevant; focus on how the debt is priced.
  • MaintenanceCosts Nice color combo. Worth noting that this is not a conventional automatic but an automated manual, which gets you all the roughness of a real manual with none of the fun. Also not sure why everyone loves the V10 so much; it sounds more UPS truck than performance car except at the extreme high end of the tach. Having said that the E60's looks have aged VERY well; the car looks nicer now than it did when it was new.