Now that the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 has been revealed, it’s time to take an in-depth look at the update truck’s powerplant lineup. Overall, the 2022 Silverado engine lineup consists of four engines, three of which are gasoline motors that include a turbo-charged four cylinder and two naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder Small Blocks. The fourth is a turbo-diesel Duramax inline-six.
|Engine||2.7L Turbo I4||5.3L V8||6.2L V8||3.0L I6|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||10-speed automatic||10-speed automatic||10-speed automatic|
|Power (hp @ rpm)||310 @ 5,600||355 @ 5,600||420 @ 5,600||277 @ 3,750|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||420 @ 3,000||383 @ 4,100||460 @ 4,100||460 @ 1,500|
|Max Towing Capacity (pounds)||9,500||11,200||13,300||13,300|
|Custom Trail Boss||S||-||A||A|
|LT Trail Boss||S||A||A||A|
- Standard on RST Double Cab
- Standard on RST Crew Cab
All four powerplants are carryovers from the 2019-2021 Chevy Silverado as well as the “stop-gap” 2022 Chevy Silverado Limited. However, the turbocharged 2.7-liter engine receives a rather significant upgrade that allows it to deliver higher levels of torque.
All four 2022 Silverado engines are paired with either GM’s revised 8-speed automatic or the 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B High Output
The base engine of the 2022 Chevy Silverado is GM’s 2.7L I4 L3B turbocharged gasoline engine, produced for use in various vehicles including full-size pickup trucks and cars. Developed as a clean-sheet design for GM, the L3B made its debut in the fourth-generation 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, where it produced an SAE-certified 310 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 348 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 RPM. Amazingly, the boosted four-pot is able to generate peak torque from 1,500 to 4,000 RPM.
For the 2022 Chevy Silverado model year refresh, the L3B receives a high-output upgrade with a GM-estimated 20-percent increase in torque from 348 to 420 pound-feet thanks to a new, more rigid cylinder block casting along with a 30-percent-stiffer crankshaft. The engine maintains its fully forged bottom end as well as technology used in diesel engines to deliver on truck durability. Even better, these enhancements enabled engineers to reduce noise and tune the engine for greater torque production, particularly in the usable low-mid rpm range.
“The new 2.7L Turbo is a technological marvel, with our most advanced valvetrain,” said Tom Sutter, chief engineer for the 2.7L Turbo. “With a broad, flat torque curve and quick throttle response, it punches above its weight, delivering surprising performance and efficiency.”
As a result, GM said that the high-output 2.7L in the 2022 Chevy Silverado “leads with more torque than any base engine in its class and has a maximum trailering rating of 9,600 pounds in a two-wheel drive configuration.”
It is mated to GM’s 8-speed automatic, which the automaker also upgraded with some much-needed tweaks. Engineers applied shift scheduling revisions to the transmission “to offer smoother shifting, along with quicker downshifts, for a greater feeling of refinement and power on demand.”
5.3L V8 L84 EcoTec3
The 5.3L V8 L84 gasoline engine is used both in pickup trucks like the Silverado as well as SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, as well as the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV. Featuring an OverHead Valve (OHV), or “push-rod” design in a “V” configuration, the L84 is part of GM’s legendary’s Small Block configuration known in trucks and SUVs as EcoTec3.
Initially launched in the then-new 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, the L84 is part of a revised version of the EcoTec3 engine family. It directly succeeds the GM L83 engine, with the biggest difference between the two is the addition of Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) on the L84 as opposed to Active Fuel Management (AFM) on the L83. Note that the L84 designation was also used for the only engine option available for the first-ever Chevrolet Corvette Z06 model in 1963.
The 2022 Silverado’s smallest V8 produces an SAE-certified 355 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 RPM.
Unlike the L3B, it is mated to GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
6.2L V8 L87 EcoTec3
The 6.2L V8 L87 gasoline engine is used in a range of pickup trucks and SUVs as a larger and therefore more powerful version of the L84. As the most potent 2022 Chevy Silverado engine running on gasoline, it delivers an SAE-certified 420 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 RPM.
The L87 is also part of the revised EcoTec3 engine family, in which it succeeded the GM L86 engine. The L87 features DFM, as opposed to AFM on the L86. And like the L84, the L87 also first launched in the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 and 2019 Sierra 1500.
It’s also worth noting that the L87 is the only powerplant available on the first-ever 2022 Chevy Silverado ZR2 that debuted with the refreshed 2022 Silverado.
It is mated to GM’s Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission no matter the model.
3.0L I6 LM2 Turbo-Diesel Duramax
The 3.0L I6 LM2 is a GM Duramax turbo-diesel engine used in full-size half-ton pickup trucks and SUVs. Unofficially known as the baby Duramax the engine launched as an all-new design from the ground up for the 2019 Silverado 1500 and 2019 Sierra 1500.
SAE-certified output is rated at 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm.
Offering loads of low-end torque that make it a great option for towing duties, the LM2 also yields impressive fuel economy. Though fuel economy figures for the 2022 Silverado 1500 are not yet available, the LM2 provides 21 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined, with an annual estimated fuel cost of $1,650 when equipped in the 2021 Chevy Suburban with rear-wheel drive.
The LM2 is mated to GM’s Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.
Regular Cab Standard Bed configuration and ZR2 model are new.
Battery-driven pickup style.