GM Authority has been bringing you the latest info about the refreshed 2022 Silverado 1500, including being the first to outline the much-anticipated interior updates. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the truck’s revised front fascia and headlights.
Until today, all of the 2022 Chevy Silverado prototypes we’ve seen thus far have run placeholder headlights. But we just caught a prototype with what appears to be production-spec lights hiding behind the camo, giving us a glimpse of what the new front fascia will entail.
The 2019, 2020 and 2021 Silverado 1500 models feature a forward lighting configuration comprised of three parts: the headlight at the top, a unique C-shaped LED signature in the middle, and the turn signal via a narrow strip at the very bottom. All but the WT and Custom models feature this setup. By comparison, the 2022 Silverado prototype seen here features what’s clearly a reworked LED lighting signature that does double duty as the turn signal indicator, which can be seen in both white and amber in various shots. What’s more, the top-most light now seems to have a modified shape that’s possibly taller than that of the existing pre-facelift model.
The way we see it, it’s very likely that the front fascia and headlight treatment of the 2022 Silverado refresh can take on a similar (though not identical) treatment as the 2020 Silverado HD. The larger truck’s front lighting setup is comprised of a thin strip for the daytime running lights and accent lights immediately below the hood line. That thin strip, in turn, is followed lower in the front fascia by a cluster containing the primary headlights.
It’s worth underscoring that, while the 2022 Silverado front fascia might have a two-tier headlamp layout used on the Heavy Duty model, it by no means suggests that it will look identical or even similar. To see how different the two-tier implementation can be, just take a quick gander at the freshened 2022 Chevy Bolt EV as well as the all-new 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV. Both of the small EVs feature a two-tier lighting configuration, but executed in an entirely different fashion from that on the Silverado HD.
Another possibility is that the updated fascia of the 2022 Silverado is set to take on the form factor used in the 2021 Tahoe and 2021 Suburban. If that’s the case, then the DRL / turn signal is definitely a different shape in the photos than in the SUVs.
We’ll have to wait until the 2022 Silverado loses more of its camouflage to make a further assessment, but today’s sighting makes one thing perfectly clear: that front-end changes will be part of the refresh. Other expected changes include an overhauled cockpit with a larger center display, the elimination of the column shifter (at least on some models), higher-quality materials throughout the cabin. Also new for the 2022 model year will be GM’s Global B (Vehicle Intelligence Platform / VIP) electrical system that will enable Chevy to offer the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system as an option, likely on the range-topping Silverado High Country.
On the mechanical side, we expect the 2022 Silverado light duty to begin offering a more robust rear suspension (likely as part of a package) while eliminating the base 4.3L V6 LV3 engine, and introducing the Silverado ZR2 off-road variant.
We’ll have more on the upcoming 2022 Silverado refresh very soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.