As GM Authority covered last week, recent spy photos of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 show off the pickup’s revised front fascia styling, which includes new headlamp designs, with unique treatments dividing upper trims from the lower trims. Now, we’re taking another look, this time with an eye for the restyled front air curtain feature.
The Chevy Silverado’s current air curtain design was introduced for the 2019 model year, routing air around the front wheels and wheel wells, and thus increasing aerodynamic efficiency and reducing drag, all of which nets greater fuel efficiency. While the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado will continue to feature front air curtains, the way in which they are implemented will differ from the current model.
Although it’s a little tricky to see under the camo, it looks as though the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado will utilize air curtains with a larger “air intake” style design that’s sculpted into the outer edges of the front fascia. This design looks as though it will incorporate a cleaner, less-busy aesthetic for the updated front fascia, complementing the truck’s new headlamp design and doing away with the oft-criticized “side burns” seen on the current Silverado design.
As GM Authority covered previously, the 2022 Chevy Silverado will also introduce fresh headlamp designs, with higher trims (Silverado 1500 LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country) offering simple two-tiered lighting with LEDs (high-capacity LEDs for High Country trims, and lower trims (WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss) offering two-tiered lighting with notched upper elements and halogen lighting elements.
Inside the cabin, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado will arrive with an overhauled cabin layout studded with a new, larger infotainment screen, as well as high-end materials. Certain models will delete the column-mounted shifter.
The new Silverado will also offer GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist as an available option on High Country trim levels. Final touches will include a more robust rear suspension, the debut of the new Silverado ZR2 off-roader variant, and deletion of the base-level 4.3L V6 LV3 engine.