Updates where it matters most

When Chevrolet introduced its all-new Silverado 1500 pickup for the 2019 model year, it received almost universal acclaim. However, there was a troubling issue. When compared to the competing half-ton trucks that hit the market in 2019, the interior of the new Silverado was not up to the task. The design already felt dated, despite being new, the materials were plain and rigid, and the truck’s technology suite felt like it was a generation behind. Our colleagues in the media commented on this, as did anonymous sources of the ranks of consumers and even the manufacturer. Everyone knew that Chevy missed the mark.

Fast forward three years and we’re finally able to talk about what Chevy is working on behind the scenes. For the 2022 model year, Chevy has introduced a new interior for the LT models and higher. This includes the LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, the new 2022 Silverado ZR2 and the High Country. If you are one of the minority loving 2019 interiors, never fear, the WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims will retain the previous interior, for now.

In addition to the new interior, Chevy has also updated the truck’s front fascia, improved the 2.7L turbo engine, and increased towing capacity for the 3.0L Duramax diesel-equipped pickup. Let’s dig into these fixes.

classy new interior

New materials and an all-new design bring style and function to the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500. The new interior is joined by a pair of new screens. The first is a 12.3-inch fully digital Driver Information Center. The second is a massive 13.4-inch infotainment screen located in the center of the dash and oriented horizontally. The screen is joined by new horizontal lines and floating elements on the dash, which give the cabin a spacious and spacious feel. The improved interior also includes new materials, seat design and use of more premium materials. This is especially true when it comes to the top-tier High Country trim. The High Country now comes with original open-pore wood trim on the console, upper glove box and door panels. Stainless steel speaker grilles are standard with the Bose premium audio system on the LTZ and High Country models. Two new interior color options join the lineup and include Jet Black and Nightshift Blue.

For 2022 the traditional column shifter is gone. Instead, a new electronic shift lever located in a new center console for trucks equipped with bucket seats. Additionally, the 2022 Silverado Wireless will offer Google built-in compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as available Amazon Alexa. GM’s latest generation Super Cruise will also be available on the High Country model. Returning technology includes available rearview camera mirrors, heads-up display, full suite of towing technology and a myriad of different camera views.

Updated Exterior Styling

Unlike interior updates, each trim level in the Silverado 1500 lineup receives updates to the front fascia of the truck. A new grille design and lower headlights work to emphasize the sturdiness and stability of the truck. In LT trims and up, the wing-shaped daytime running lights have been revised and now include an animated sequence that plays when the truck is on, starting or moving away. Three new exterior colors are also being added to the lineup, including Dark Ash, Sand Dune and Glacier Blue Metallic.

More power for the 2.7L turbo

Let’s face it, the future of pickup propulsion is small displacement engines that use turbocharging. Chevy has dipped a toe in this realm with its turbocharged 2.7L inline four-cylinder engine. This engine receives a huge jump in torque, from 348 lb-ft in 2021 to a massive 420 lb-ft for 2022. Horsepower remains the same at 310. GM engineers accomplished this by increasing the stiffness of the engine’s aluminum block, increasing the crankshaft stiffness by 30 percent, improving the engine’s main bearing material, and adding steel piston rings, among other enhancements. Despite this increase in torque, towing remains the same for 2022 with a maximum of 9,600 pounds.

Towing mileage with 3.0L Duramax diesel

Since its launch, the 3.0L inline six-cylinder Duramax diesel engine has been a favorite amongst the customers. However, despite its 460 lb-ft of torque, trucks with this engine received a tow rating that was lower than that of its peers. Now, for 2022, Chevy has bumped up the 3.0L Duramax-equipped trucks to a massive 4,000-pound in towing capacity. This brings the top rating for the oil burner to an impressive 13,300 pounds. This matches the maximum tow rating for the 2021 Silverado 1500 equipped with a 6.2L V-8 engine and configuration with a double cab, four-wheel drive, NHT “Max Towing” package. Chevy says this increase in towing capacity is thanks to a series of chassis updates and improvements to the engine cooling system.

final thoughts

We are very excited for this refresh of the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500. We have loved the engine options, driving dynamics and exterior styling since its launch in 2019, but the interiors left a bad taste. Now, after experiencing firsthand the new 2022 interior, we can say that Chevy is back in the half-ton war. The new interior is comfortable, the materials feel upscale, and the technology suite available is second to none. Add in the increased torque from the 2.7L engine and better towing for the 3.0L Duramax diesel and there has never been a better time to be a fan of Chevy trucks.

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