Since the current generation Chevrolet Silverado came out, both Ford and RAM have upped their game substantially, so for 2022 the Silverado gets a number of important updates to keep it competitive with its peers.
Starting with exterior design changes are subtle for 2022 with a new front fascia and grille designs across the board, new animated daytime running lamps and animated LED turn signals on upper trim grades LT and above. Three new exterior colors come for 2022 including Dark Ash, Sand Dune and Glacier Blue Metallic.
If off-roading is your thing, big news is the new Silverado ZR2 that takes it up to RAM Rebel and Ford Raptor levels with major upgrades including front and rear e-lockers, raised ground clearance off-road suspension with Multimatic DSSV dampers, and lot more – so much we did a separate video for it linked at the end.
Since Ford and RAM have really knocked it out of the park with their interiors of late, the cabin is really where GM changed it up, introducing a completely new dash, seating and trims on all models LT and up.
The new look starts with a wide sweeping horizontal layout and more premium materials and a new center console design that offers an electronic shift toggle lever depending on trim grade. Center stage is a new 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a customizable 12.3-inch instrument cluster.
New colors and trim designs are offered across the board up to the rich open-pore woods and leather seating, stainless steel speaker grilles for the Bose audio system found in the top line High Country and LTZ.
The 2022 Silverado High Country will be available Super Cruise, a hands-free driver-assistance system that operates on up to 200,000 miles of compatible roads.
Powertrain changes are also big for 2022. Gone is the old 4.3-liter pushrod V6 and now standard on most trims is an updated and more powerful 2.7-liter turbocharged four. Horsepower remains at 310 but torque has been increased to a whopping 420 pound-feet. In case you didn’t know, that’s huge.
The engine gets a stronger cylinder block, a 30 percent stiffer forged crankshaft and its 8-speed automatic transmission gets a revised shifting program. The changes make it class leading for a standard engine and raise the tow rating to an impressive 9,500 pounds.
Next up is the 5.3-liter V8 which is standard on LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country with 355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque and at 10-speed automatic. The 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque is optional on top trims and comes standard with the new ZR2.
Those optioning the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel can now option the max tow package which allows for up to 13,300 pounds of trailer. The popular engine offers 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and comes with the 10-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing and final specifications will be along closer to it’s on-sale date of spring 2022.