With its refresh of the 2022 Silverado 1500, Chevy addressed what was probably the biggest criticism of its best-selling vehicle: an uninspired cabin.
Announced along with a new front end design for the pickup truck and introduction of the all-new Silverado ZR2, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 features a completely overhauled cabin. That includes a revamped center stack that replaces the previous 8-inch display with a much larger 13.4-inch widescreen infotainment display, making it one of the biggest in its class.
The new center touchscreen complements the Silverado’s first-ever, fully configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which replaces the pre-refresh truck’s analog gauges separated by a 4.2-inch driver information display (DIC).
The new infotainment setup also includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, as well as built-in tech features from Google, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play.
The user interface of the 13.4-inch center touchscreen in the 2022 Silverado interior stretches horizontally across the dash and is split into three general sections. The left side of the screen is occupied by soft buttons (digital icons), the center section features icons to control the display, while the right side hosts elements like map and/or route guidance directions.
A physical Home button and volume knob are housed just below the screen. To their right resides a bank of switches for various vehicle functions, such as automatic engine start/stop, parking settings, controls for the truck’s differentials, and more. Below that resides a separate panel that houses the vehicle’s HVAC controls along with a pair of USB ports (including one USB-C port and one USB-A port).
The center screen itself is mounted using a “floating” design motif that lifts it out of the center stack. An air vent is integrated on the left for the driver, and a storage bin is placed behind the screen. An air vent for the front passenger is present, but in a recessed fashion from the center infotainment screen housing.
Customers will also be able to equip their 2022 Silverado with GM’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise driver assist system on the High Country trim level. Notably, the Super Cruise will feature assisted trailering capabilities on the 2022 Silverado.
The all-new 2022 Silverado interior is standard on LT trim levels and above (LT Trail Boss, RST, ZR2, LTZ, High Country). However, any 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 trim levels below LT (Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss) will retain the 7-inch center stack display and 3.5-inch vehicle information display, as they did prior to the refresh.
With the all-new 2022 Silverado interior, Chevy undoubtedly hopes to better serve customers while quieting those who criticized the interior used on the 2019, 2020, 2021 and the non-refreshed 2022 Silverado Limited models. Critics opined that the cabin of the pre-refreshed Silverado models paled next to the current generation Ram 1500, which features a large 12-inch vertical center display on certain trim levels instead of the standard 8.4-inch screen. The large screen in the Ram truck offered an undeniable “wow factor” that the Silverado simply couldn’t offer when both trucks launched for the 2019 model year.
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