When General Motors first announced the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, it only shared photos of the light-duty pickup in the ZR2, High Country and LT trim levels. However, GM Authority recently captured photos of the sporty RST trim level, and we’re happy to show you the 2022 Silverado Trail Boss Custom, giving us our first look at the rugged pickup that hasn’t been seen previously.
The model seen here is the Crew Cab, Short Box configuration in the Custom Trail Boss trim level, which serves as the entry-level Trail Boss model. Meanwhile, the LT Trail Boss (which we have yet to see) being the more feature-rich model.
The updated 2022 Silverado Custom Trail Boss incorporates a restyled front fascia with a fresh new take on the ‘CHEVROLET’ script-style black grille. Instead of being embedded in the thick crossbar of the front grille, like on the current WT, Custom and Custom Trail Boss, the ‘CHEVROLET’ lettering is now more neatly integrated into the overall grille design and resides higher-up on the front fascia, matching the higher-up placement of the Chevy bow tie on the restyled upper-level trims like LT, LTZ and High Country. The crossbar itself has also been toned-down and now takes on a thinner and more nuanced shape. Also note the new Silverado ZR2-style hood with a black insert, which was not featured on the pre-updated models.
The reworked front renders do away with the controversial “sideburn” aesthetic by reconfiguring the fender and front fascia, along with the front air curtain treatment.
The small, gold Chevy Bow Tie continues to reside within the lower corner of the front grille, as are a set of body-color tow hooks. The halogen headlights are present and accounted for, much like they were on the Custom Trail Boss for the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 (Limited) model years.
This 2022 Silverado Trail Boss Custom also has a new lower-profile front bumper with integrated red tow hooks. Interestingly, the lower front air deflector seen on other 2022 Silverado models is missing, perhaps to deliver better approach angle and front ground clearance. However, we think that this pre-production vehicle is simply missing this part and that it will be present on models that are dealership bound.
Also note the hard Z71 hard badge on the front fenders (Trail Boss models include the contents of the Z71 package), black door handles, and black mirrors, along with the 18-inch high gloss black painted aluminum wheels (RPO code RD1) wrapped in Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
The base engine in the 2022 Silverado Trail Boss Custom will be GM’s turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, which has received numerous updates for 2022 and now produces 20 percent more torque than before for a total output of 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet. The four-cylinder will come paired with a revised version of the GM eight-speed automatic.
The refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado family will enter production during the first quarter of the 2022 calendar year, with order books set to open in December. As we reported previously, the truck will be available in the WT (Work Truck), Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ and High Country trim levels.
LT and above models will feature a completely redesigned cockpit, highlighted by a new 13.4-inch center screen and a digital gauge cluster. Meanwhile, WT, Custom and Custom Trail Boss models will continue with the interior seen on the pre-refresh models.
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