The Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck will undergo a significant refresh – known in the GM world as a mid-cycle enhancement, or MCE – for the 2022 model year. Among the many changes will be the repositioning of the Chevrolet Bow Tie emblem to a higher point on the front fascia compared to models built for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 model years, GM Authority has learned.
The change was foreshadowed on a Silverado design sketch recently published by the GM Design team. While the actual refresh will not be as aggressive, it does present a good idea of what to expect from the refreshed model from a design standpoint.
The move will also (somewhat) echo the larger Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty pickups – the 2500HD and 3500HD – which also feature the Bow Tie in a higher position on the range-topping High Country model. However, it’s important to clarify that this does not mean that the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 will have a fascia similar to that of the Silverado HD. Instead, we’re only talking about the placement of the Bow Tie emblem.
The Silverado 1500 (Light Duty) is responsible for the lion’s share of sales for the Silverado nameplate, accounting for 34 percent of Chevy sales and a whopping 23 percent of GM sales in the United States in 2020. Hence, it goes without saying how important it is both to Chevrolet and to GM as a whole that the updates to the 2022 Silverado 1500 do not antagonize existing customers, while preferably bringing in new ones.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado will feature other changes to the front and rear fascias, along with a thoroughly revised cockpit incorporating new materials, a larger center infotainment screen and the deletion of the column-mounted shifter on certain models. The truck will also incorporate the GM Global B electrical architecture, otherwise known as the Vehicle Intelligence Platform (VIP). Among other things, Global B will enable GM to offer its Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system.
Updates for the new model year will also include the availability of a more robust rear suspension and the debut of the Silverado ZR2 off-road-focused model, which we recently spied testing. The base, naturally-aspirated 4.3L V6 LV3 engine is expected to be dropped and replaced entirely by the turbo-charged 2.7L I4 L3B motor.
The Silverado HD, meanwhile, will get its refresh (MCE) for the 2023 model year, with the 2022 model year expected to deliver small rolling updates and changes.