The upcoming 2022 Chevy Silverado is set to introduce a model refresh that will include a bevy of changes and enhancements, including a new front fascia design. Now, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter that the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 refresh will eliminate the controversial “sideburn” air curtains of the current model design.
For those readers who may be unaware, the Silverado introduced the current air curtain design with the 2019 model year, including tall, blade-like vertical air intakes placed around the outer edge of the truck’s lower fascia. The intakes direct oncoming air around the front wheels and wheel wells, increasing aero efficiency and reducing drag, and thus providing an increase to overall fuel efficiency.
Although the air curtains provide a benefit, some fans have criticized the way they look, saying that they appear to give the Silverado “sideburns.” Now, it looks as though General Motors has listened to those customers, revising the air curtains in the front fascia of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado.
According to our sources, the new air curtains will be located under the 2022 Chevy Silverado’s headlamps, roughly in the same location as the turn signals on LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country trims for the current Silverado, and where the high-beam halogen lamp resides on current WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss models.
The new intakes will be more square in their overall shape, rather than the tall slats seen on the current model’s “sideburns.” Additionally, the 2022 Chevy Silverado will debut a new design for the lighting elements as well.
Refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado prototypes were recently spotted with heavy camouflage applied to the front end, however, under the camo we still managed to spot the revised air intake elements that replace the “sideburns” of the current truck.
In addition to a restyled front fascia and new air intakes, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado is also expected to debut a new rear fascia design, new wheel designs, an all-new cockpit with an overhauled dash, center stack, and center console, and the latest tech features, including GM Super Cruise. It also bears mentioning that the refresh has unfortunately been delayed as a result of the ongoing microchip shortage.