The Chevy Silverado 1500 and its corporate cousin, the GMC Sierra 1500, were previously in line for a mid-cycle refresh with the launch of the 2022 model year. Now, however, GM Authority has learned that General Motors will delay the launch of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, throwing the pickups’ refresh date into doubt.
The delay stems from the ongoing microchip shortage, which has resulted in numerous production cuts and reduced options and features. The situation is believed to be “very fluid,” which essentially means General Motors has yet to reach a decision with regard to how to roll out the model refresh.
For now, there are two distinct possibilities with how the situation could progress. The first is continued production of the 2021 model year for both pickups, with the current model year extended by a few months and the refresh rolled out later with the delayed launch of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500.
Another possibility is the launch of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 with minimal changes over the current 2021 model year, followed by the release of 2022i (2022 interim) trucks with the planned refresh.
As a reminder, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 were originally set to introduce a wealth of updates over the current model, including new front and rear fascia design, new wheel designs for certain trims and models, and new exterior colors, as well as a completely overhauled interior design with a new dash, center stack, and center console, a larger infotainment screen, and deletion of the column shifter feature. The refresh is also expected to introduce GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system to the pickup nameplates, and migration to the new Global B / Vehicle Intelligent Platform.
We’ll provide further updates on the situation as we receive them, so stay tuned. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, GMC Sierra news, Chevrolet news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.