The current fourth-generation Chevrolet Silverado launched in 2018 for the 2019 model year as an all-new, completely redesigned pickup. But in the highly competitive full-size pickup segment long dominated by the Ford F-150, time moves quickly. The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 launched late last year, so that means it’s time for a refreshed Bow Tie offering as well, and that’s precisely what the 2022 Chevy Silverado is.
Those enhancements start on the outside, where the 2022 Chevy Silverado gets a revised front fascia and grille with headlights that sit lower than the outgoing model. LT and higher-trimmed trucks get revised wing-shaped daytime running lights that display an animated lighting sequence when the driver is walking toward or away from the vehicle, or when starting it. These changes are capped off by the addition of three new exterior color options – Sand Dune, Dark Ash, and Glacier Blue Metallic.
The bulk of the changes to the 2022 Silverado take place inside the cabin, at least for pickups with the LT trim level and up. The new Silverado boasts a fully configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, as well as a 13.4-inch infotainment screen – a bit larger than the 2021 F-150’s 12-inch screen. Meanwhile, the instrument panel has ditched its horizontal lines for vertical ones, as well as floating elements for a more modern appearance.
In models with bucket seats, a new center console holds an available electronic shift controller, while additional options include GM’s Rear Camera Mirror, Head-Up Display, and Super Cruise hands-free highway driving feature. High Country-trimmed trucks get a host of new elements including open-pore wood trim, standard perforated leather seats, Bose premium audio system with stainless steel speaker grilles, and two new color choices – Jet Black or Nightshift Blue.
In the powertrain department, the 2022 Chevy Silverado gets a significantly enhanced turbocharged 2.7L inline-four cylinder engine that is projected to produce 420 pound-feet of torque – compared to 348 pound-feet in the current model – and can tow up to 9,600 pounds. The I-4 is backed up by GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission, which has received shift scheduling revisions for smoother operation.
GM is also making its Max Tow Package available in conjunction with the 3.0L turbo-diesel, which allows it to tow up to 13,300 pounds. Meanwhile, the automaker’s 5.3L V8 and 6.2L V8 engines carry over unchanged from the current, 2021 Silverado. All three of these powerplants are backed up by the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 Silverado is currently expected to launch in the spring of 2022.