When General Motors took the wraps off the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, the automaker only shared photos of the LT, High Country, and the Silverado ZR2. Since then, GM Authority has spotted the High Country, RST, Custom Trail Boss, and Work Truck trim levels in the wild. And now have photos of the 2022 Silverado Custom, which haven’t seen before.
Pictured here is the 2022 Silverado Custom in the Crew Cab Short Box configuration with 4×4 in what appears to be Satin Steel Metallic.
The new Custom incorporates a restyled front fascia represented by a black grille with ‘CHEVROLET’ lettering. Besides the Custom, this treatment is also used for the Work Truck (WT) and Custom Trail Boss models.
Instead of being embedded in the thick crossbar on the grille, like on the current Custom, the ‘CHEVROLET’ lettering is now placed higher on the front fascia. It is then underlined by a new grille bar below it. Note that the grille bar on the pre-refresh Silverado Custom is finished in either black or body-color, depending on the primary vehicle color. Meanwhile, the crossbar itself has been toned down to take on a thinner and more nuanced shape.
Moving the crossbar higher within the grille is in line with the higher-up placement of the Chevy bow tie on the refreshed mid- and upper-level trims like LT, LTZ and High Country.
The small, gold Chevy Bow Tie continues to reside within the lower corner of the grille on the driver’s side of the 2022 Silverado Custom, as are a set of black recovery/tow hooks. The halogen headlights are present and accounted for, much like they are on the current WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss models, although the lights have been revised to take on a new shape in the refreshed model.
Additionally, 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 new design also introduces a new body colored upper bumper. Overall, the new front fascia conveys a sharper, more upscale look on the entry-level trims.
Also note the black ‘Silverado’ hard badge on the front fender, followed by a set of black door handles and mirrors. This model is also equipped with a set of dual five-spoke black wheels.
The body side of the 2022 Silverado Custom do not change compared to the pre-refresh model. The same holds true for the rear, with the basic tailgate featuring the debossed CHEVROLET script. Two black hard badges – one for Silverado and the other for Custom – can be seen on the corners of the tailgate. GM’s CornerStep bumper is present and accounted for, as is a single-exit exhaust on the passenger-side of the truck.
The base engine in the 2022 Silverado 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 of torque. It will be paired with a revised version of the GM eight-speed automatic. The upgraded powerplant enables a higher maximum trailering rating of 9,600 pounds (measured for 2WD trucks).
Overall, the refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will be offered in the following trim levels:
- Work Truck (WT), Custom, Custom Trail Boss
- LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, ZR2
- LTZ and High Country
LT models and above, including the RST, get a completely redesigned cabin, highlighted by an all-new digital instrument cluster, new center stack with a larger horizontal center infotainment display, and a new center console with a console-mounted shifter. The three models below the LT – including the Work Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss – will continue with the outgoing interior.
To note, the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 differs from the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited, the latter of which is offered as a “stop-gap” model that bridges the pre-refresh 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 and refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500. The latter was originally slated to arrive early in the 2022 model year, but was pushed back due to a variety of complications and delays stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.