The Canadian assembly plant began producing the 2022 Chevy Silverado HD in early November following the completion of a $1.3 billion renovation to convert the facility to produce full-size pickup trucks. Production of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 has yet to begin at the plant, however, and won’t come online until sometime in the spring of next year.
As we reported previously, the GM Oshawa Assembly plant will not produce the GMC Sierra HD or GMC Sierra 1500 – setting it apart from GM’s other pickup plants, all three of which of build both the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra side-by-side. Oshawa is also the only plant to produce both light and heavy-duty pickups in the same plant. The automaker’s Fort Wayne Assembly and Silao Assembly plants build the light-duty versions of the trucks, while the Flint Assembly plant builds HD versions.
The Oshawa plant was closed in December 2019 when GM cancelled the Cadillac XTS and Chevy Impala model lines. The automaker kept a small portion of the plant open for limited parts production and also used the space to help make PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic before re-opening it this year to produce pickup trucks. The $1.3 billion investment in the facility went toward a new body shop and flexible assembly module, among more.
Oshawa Assembly will produce the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 once production begins next spring. The refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado debuted on September 9th and introduces revised exterior styling, a significantly overhauled cabin with an available 13.4-inch color touchscreen and a new off-road-focused ZR2 model variant. Powertrain options include the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine (now with 20 percent more torque), the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine and the atmospheric 5.3L V8 L84 and 6.2L V8 L87 engines.