Only top-trim GM trucks with specific engines to get Super Cruise

November 30, 2021 Off By [email protected]_84

Want some hands-free tech in your new pickup? Better be ordering a High Country or Denali with diesel or 6.2L V8

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The inclusion of Super Cruise, the semi-autonomous driving aid from General Motors, on certain Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks for the 2022 model year is excellent news for truck-loving gearheads like your author. The revelation that it’ll work even with a trailer in tow was also welcomed when that detail dropped earlier this year. Now, Driving has learned precisely which trims on which this tech will be offered — and the other options required to get it.

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There’s no surprise in the confirmation that one will have to pop for a top-tier trim in order to spec Super Cruise; specifically, the Silverado High Country and the Sierra Denali or Denali Ultimate. What is news, however, is that Super Cruise will need to be paired with either the 6.2L V8 gasoline-powered engine or the 3.0L Duramax diesel mill. This means that, save for 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.

Suffice it to say these will not be cheap trucks. In the current model year, the Duramax is a $1,715 premium and the 6.2L is a $2,565 upcharge on High Country. Prices are similar for Denali, and we’ll remind you that the Denali Ultimate is a new trim for 2022.

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The reason for the required engine upgrade isn’t immediately clear; perhaps GM engineers are more comfortable with the amount of torque being produced by these mills in Super Cruise situations? Or it could simply be down to General Motors correctly reading the room and figuring any customers slapping down the bucks for a Super Cruise-equipped pickup will also naturally opt for one of the burlier engines. If so, they’re not wrong.

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The official order guide for these pickups also confirms that Super Cruise will be an option on the High Country and Denali but will be standard equipment on the Denali Ultimate. It also confirms that the 6.2L is part and parcel of ZR2 and AT4X pickup trucks, a detail we already knew but is great to see in these types of documents.

Those two trims, in case you’ve forgotten, pair a two-inch lift kit with burly DSSV dampers and other off-road mods to create a dirt-road beast your author looks forward to sampling. If the performance of those shocks on li’l bro Colorado are any indication, we’re all in for a treat.

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