Ever since its debut, the fourth-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 for the 2019 model year, the popular pickup has had two constant criticisms: the treatment of the front air curtains, which has become known as the “sideburns”, and its interior. GM is widely expected to address both in the upcoming 2022 Silverado refresh, which debut at 4 p.m. EST on September 9th.
As the launch of the event nears, testing has ramped up considerably. Here’s everything we know about the 2022 Silverado 1500.
The first criticism has to do with the front “sideburns” treatment of the current Silverado, which is just a design preference that many actually like and one that GM says has helped sales. Nevertheless, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 will get a revised front fascia with new headlamps, including a different treatment of front air curtain. The rear end will also receive slight changes.
The Chevy Silverado’s current air curtain design routes air around the front wheels and wheel wells, 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.
The new design will incorporate a cleaner, less-busy aesthetic for the updated front fascia, with the new intakes being more square in their overall shape, rather than the tall slats seen on the current model. Back in May, GM Authority was first to share a drawing of the new front end design.
Also making their way to the refresh will a modified rear fascia and new wheel designs, based on our spy shots.
The second criticism has been much louder, aimed squarely at the interior of the current Silverado. And there is nothing technically wrong with it until one looks at the competition like the Ram 1500, which has raised the bar in terms of what customers now expect in an interior of a pickup truck. This is especially true on higher-end trim levels like LTZ and High Country.
So the biggest, most anticipated changes to GM’s top-selling vehicle in the U.S will be inside the cabin, where an all-new cockpit is expected to take center stage for 2022 Silverado refresh.
That includes a new dash, center stack, and center console, a larger infotainment screen, and an all-digital gauge cluster/driver information center. Improved materials throughout are also expected. The traditional column gear shifter will also be dropped (at least on some models) in favor of a new electronic gear select system for the first time ever.
As GM Authority exclusively reported last year, the 2022 Silverado will receive a similar console and center stack as the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban though a few minor changes will be made.
Some models like Silverado work truck might stick with old interior.
Currently, the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers six different powerplants. However, the 2022 model year refresh will drop two of those – the naturally aspirated 4.3L V6 LV3 and 5.3L V8 L82 gasoline engines. GM will also drop the 6-speed automatic transmission that was mated to those engines. The changes were announced in a GM fleet presentation earlier this year.
As a reminder, the naturally aspirated LV3 is rated at 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm, while the naturally aspirated L82 is rated at 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm.
Meanwhile, the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B, rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, will become the standard engine. Other options include the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84, which, like the L82, produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. However, the L84 features Dynamic Fuel Management, as opposed to the L82’s Active Fuel Management.
The rest of the Chevy Silverado 1500 powerplant lineup will remain intact, and include the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87, which is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax, which is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
These engines are mated to 8- and 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Suspension upgrades for the refreshed 2022 Silverado will be in the form of a more robust four-leaf rear setup.
Supporting these exterior, interior and mechanical updates is the planned migration of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 to the new GM Global B electrical architecture, which will enable over-the-air system updates while allowing GM to offer the latest technology features, such as its hands-free Super Cruise drive system.
Besides these all these key upgrades, Chevy will introduce the new Silverado ZR2, which will be based on the Trail Boss LT as per exclusive GM Authority reporting. That includes an increased ride height, an upgraded suspension, knobby tires, and underbody skidplates for enhanced off-road performance. Chevy teased the new Silverado ZR2 model in June, “Celebrating those who love the mud.”
While the refreshed Chevy Silverado 1500 will make its debut on September 9th, the 2022 model year truck won’t arrive for a little while longer. As we reported previously, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited – a continuation of the 2021 model year Silverado with the same trim levels, options, and exterior and interior colors – will be the first 2022 model year version of the Silverado to launch.
Production of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited is set to begin at the GM Silao plant in Mexico on September 20th, 2021, and the GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana on September 27th, 2021. Orders for the 2022 Chevy Silverado Limited opened July 15th.
The Silverado has consistently been the best-selling Chevrolet model in the United States as well as globally. In wearing that title, the truck is also the best-selling GM model in the world.
Sales for the Silverado 1500 fell by half a percent during the 2020 calendar year.
Chevrolet Silverado Sales Detail - Q4 2020 - USA
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However, second quarter 2021 sales are up nearly three percent and over 31 percent compared to last year.
Chevrolet Silverado Sales Detail - Q2 2021 - USA
|Model||Q2 2021 / Q2 2020||Q2 2021||Q2 2020||YTD 2021 / YTD 2020||YTD 2021||YTD 2020|
It’s also worth noting the possibility that the 2022 Silverado refresh will introduce several other surprise features and updates that we haven’t mentioned here. We’ll be here to report on those potential items tomorrow. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Silverado news, Chevy news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
Production of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited began on September 20th.
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