Just yesterday, General Motors pulled the sheets on the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado, debuting a host of updates and changes over the 2021 model year and pre-refresh 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited. Among these is a substantial increase in torque for the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine.
With the introduction of the 2022 Chevy Silverado, the pickup’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine now produces 420 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, a 72-pound-feet increase compared to the previous model’s 348 pound-feet. That’s 20 percent more than the 2021 model year. Meanwhile, horsepower remains unchanged at 310 ponies at 5,600 rpm.
Despite this massive increase in torque, refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 models equipped with the turbo 2.7L I4 L3B continue to have the same 9,600-pound towing capacity as the 2021 model year when configured with two-wheel drive.
For those buyers that need extra towing capacity, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 once again offers the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, which now offers up to 13,300 pounds of towing for the 2022 model year.
The turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B in the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 features a more rigid cylinder block casting and 30-percent-stiffer crankshaft. The bottom end maintains its fully forged bottom end. The turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which was revised for the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 to offer smoother shifts, as well as quicker downshifts.
Further updates for the 2022 model year include a completely overhauled interior, equipped on LT trim levels and above. The new cabin features a 13.4-inch color touchscreen as standard on LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trim levels, plus the new ZR2 off-roading trim. Further tech features in the cabin include a 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster offered as standard on all models with the new interior, as well as Google-powered features like Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play. High Country trim levels will also offer the GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver-assist system.