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2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets Safety, Tech, Trailering, and Off-Road Upgrades

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is getting a refresh for 2022 that will bring new standard tech and safety features, a redesigned interior, a more powerful 2.7L turbo four-cylinder engine, a new ZR2 off-road package, and the availability of GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance system.

When the 2022 Silverado arrives at dealers next spring, it will be the truck’s first major update since the current generation went on sale as a 2019 model.

Redesigned Interior, New Front Fascia

Starting with LT trim, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado gets an all-new interior centred around two new digital displays. The central touchscreen measures 13.4 inches – up from last year’s 8.0-inch display – and the new gauge cluster is a 12.3-inch configurable digital screen. Chevrolet says the redesigned dash incorporates more horizontal lines and floating elements aimed at making the cabin feel wider and adding a feeling of spaciousness.

The new infotainment screen incorporates Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa.

Around the new displays are upgraded materials that aim to give the Silverado a more upscale feel, especially in High Country trim, where you’ll get open-pore wood trim, standard perforated leather, stainless steel speaker grilles, and a choice of blue or black cabin colours.

A new front fascia was designed to make the Silverado look wider, and LT trim and higher get animated LED signature lighting. The rest of the Silverado’s exterior is carried over from 2021.

Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Package

Chevrolet’s first-ever Silverado ZR2 is the model’s latest and most comprehensive off-road package. It comes standard with Multimatic DSSV shocks and a unique chassis tuning that increases suspension travel compared to the existing Trail Boss package, a terrain drive mode that allows one-pedal driving, and front and rear e-lockers. Trim-specific skid plates and front bumper improve the Silverado’s approach angle, and grip comes from 33-inch off-road tires.

Other ZR2 specifics include bumper end caps that are removable in case of damage, and an exhaust that ends before the rear bumper to help prevent dragging it in extreme off-roading.

The Silverado ZR2 comes standard with the truck’s existing 6.2L V8, making 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, and a 10-speed transmission.

More Powerful 2.7L Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine; Higher Diesel Towing Capacity

New in the powertrain department is a revised 2.7L turbo four-cylinder engine that gains 72 lb-ft of torque for a new total of 420 lb-ft. The 2.7L’s 310-horsepower rating is unchanged. Chevrolet says it was able to retune the engine for more torque thanks to a stronger engine block and crankshaft. The eight-speed transmission paired with the four-cylinder has new programming that promises smoother shifting and quicker downshifts for better responsiveness. Chevrolet hasn’t said how the extra power will affect the 2.7L engine’s fuel consumption estimates.

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado’s available 3.0L diesel engine is now rated to tow 13,300 pounds, up 4,000 lbs compared to last year’s truck. As before, the diesel and 5.3L and 6.2L engines come with a 10-speed transmission.

In August, Chevrolet previewed a future all-electric Silverado that will offer four-wheel steering; however, Chevy has no immediate plans for an electrified truck to compete with the gas-electric Ford F-150 hybrid.

Super Cruise with Trailering Mode; New Standard Safety Features

The updated Silverado will be the first Chevrolet pickup with GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system, which will be optional in the range-topping High Country trim. For truck applications, Super Cruise will have a trailering mode that takes into account the longer stopping distances and extra drag that comes with towing. When trailering, Super Cruise’s “lane change on demand” and automatic lane change functions will not be available.

The Silverado will, however, offer a trailer blind spot alert system that covers the full length of the rig, and a set of eight exterior cameras for 360-degree views. The adaptive cruise control system also gets enhancements for trailer-towing use.

Every 2022 Chevrolet Silverado will come standard with a suite of driver assistance features including forward collision alert with pedestrian detection and auto emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, following distance indicator, and automatic high beams. Most of those items were optional in 2021.

General Motors says the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado will arrive at dealers in the spring of 2022.