Chevrolet introduced the new 2022 Silverado, an updated version of the truck that offers customers more choices, more technology, and more premium touches.

New for 2022 is the first-ever Silverado ZR2, Chevy’s new flagship off-road truck and the latest addition to a successful lineup of off-road, factory-installed lifted trucks.

The enhanced 2022 Silverado also features an elevated exterior design and a new, expressive interior with enhanced technology. Changes include a 13.4-inch-diagonal touchscreen standard on LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ and High Country and available Super Cruise hands-free driver-assistance technology1 with trailering on High Country. Also new for 2022 is an enhanced, stronger version of the 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine that offers more torque than any base engine in its class.

“The Silverado is legendary and continues to excite both new and loyal customers. For the new 2022 model, we’ve enhanced the Silverado lineup to build on its success, giving customers more choice, a refined design and new technology options,” said Kelly MacDonald, director, Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “The addition of the all-new Silverado ZR2, Chevy’s flagship off-road truck, builds on an already strong portfolio of factory-lifted pickups from Chevrolet that are bringing in new buyers.”

Additional highlights to the new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado include:

  • A fully redesigned interior for LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ and High Country trims featuring a redesigned, sweeping horizontal instrument panel that makes the cabin feel more spacious, along with a new, more functional center console (with available electronic shift control on most trim levels).
  • A 13.4-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and new 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster standard on models with the new interior.
  • Standard on trims with the new interior, Google built-in² offers access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play right on the infotainment screen. This new experience works with Android AutoTM3 and Apple CarPlay4 capability and offers new levels of customization and flexibility for customers.
  • Every trim features a new front fascia, which emphasizes the truck’s stability and strength with a wide, planted stance while new daytime running lamps have been programmed with animated walk-up and walk-away functions in addition to swiping turn signal functions on select trims.

The robustly refreshed Chevrolet Silverado arrives at dealerships in spring 2022.

The new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado includes a fully redesigned interior for LT, RST, LT Trail...

The new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado includes a fully redesigned interior for LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, ZR2, LTZ and High Country trims.

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Silverado Propulsion & Capability

The Silverado’s propulsion lineup is strengthened and streamlined for the new 2022 models, starting with enhancements to the 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine. It leads with more torque than any base engine in its class, according to Chevrolet, with a maximum trailering rating of 9,500 pounds in a two-wheel drive configuration.

A new, more rigid cylinder block casting is the foundation for the refined 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine and it’s complemented with a 30%-stiffer crankshaft. The engine maintains its fully forged bottom end as well as technology used in diesel engines to deliver on truck durability.

These enhancements enabled engineers to reduce noise and tune the engine for greater torque production, particularly in the usable low-mid rpm range. Maximum torque is GM-estimated at 420 lb.-ft., over a 20% increase compared to the current engine, Chevrolet noted.

There also have been shift scheduling revisions of the 2.7L Turbo High-Output engine’s complementing 8-speed automatic transmission to offer smoother shifting, along with quicker downshifts, for a greater feeling of refinement and power on demand.

The other engine that sees improvements is the popular 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel. Chassis changes now allow inclusion of the max tow package, so the 3.0L Duramax now has a max tow rating of 13,300 pounds in a two-wheel drive configuration. This is a 4,000-pound improvement over the 2022 Silverado LTD models and brings new capability to an engine praised for its smooth ride and impressive efficiency.

Both engines are part of a propulsion lineup that also includes the proven 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and the 6.2L V-8. All V-8 engines and the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel are paired exclusively with a 10-speed automatic transmission for retail customers.

First-Ever Silverado ZR2

The first-ever Silverado ZR2 drives into the flagship position of Chevy Trucks’ factory-lifted off-road lineup, offering off-road performance right from the showroom floor. 

ZR2’s suspension upgrades, enhanced off-road technology and exterior enhancements were developed to optimize off-road performance and capability — whether desert running or rock crawling — while balancing everyday driving comfort and supporting comparable payload and trailering capability to other Silverado off-road trims. ZR2 max payload is 1,440 pounds and the conventional trailer weight rating is 8,900 pounds.

Updated Exterior & Interior

On the exterior, every trim receives a new front fascia and grille design that lowers the headlamps to emphasize the Silverado’s strength and stability. On LT models and above, the wing-shaped daytime running lamps that were introduced in 2019 are revised and feature animated lighting sequences when approaching, starting or walking away from the vehicle.

The roll-formed high-strength-steel construction of the bed floor is the foundation for 89.1 cubic feet of standard cargo bed volume. There are also 12 standard tie-downs, and features such as the available and industry-first power up/down tailgate and the available six-position Multi-Flex tailgate.

Three new exterior colors are offered with the refreshed 2022 Silverado: Dark Ash, Sand Dune, and a vibrant blue recently named Glacier Blue Metallic. Silverado has a refreshed interior on the LT trim and above, incorporating new materials into a design that gives the cabin a spacious and more premium feel.  

The new interior is rooted in a driver-oriented instrument panel that incorporates a bold 13.4-inch-diagonal horizontal touchscreen, along with a 12.3-inch-diagonal digital, configurable instrument cluster. The vertical elements of the 2021 model’s instrument panel have been replaced with horizontal lines and floating elements that enhance the feeling of spaciousness to the Silverado’s cabin.

Additionally, the new center console incorporates an available electronic shift controller in models with bucket seats.

Integrated Technologies

Silverado’s new infotainment screen is paired with a new digital, configurable instrument cluster. Together, they provide customers with a panoramic and at-a-glance view of the important vehicle feature readouts and infotainment settings.

The available Rear Camera Mirror and Head-Up Display take the total to four technologically advanced screens, each helping provide an engaging and comprehensive driving experience.

The standard four user-selectable cluster layouts enable flexibility for a display that meets individual needs: the simplest layout for long, flat highways or more information for technical trails or heavy traffic. And if a driver is preparing for snow, ice or off-roading ahead, engaging visuals can represent the terrain mode selected.

Additionally, all Silverado trims LT and above are equipped with Google built-in compatibility. With it, customers can control certain vehicle functions by saying, “Hey Google” or pressing the “push to talk” button on the steering wheel. Customers can use their voice to call or text friends, listen to music, set reminders, or even change the temperature in the car.

Google built-in complements technologies Silverado customers have already come to love, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as available Amazon Alexa.

New high-approach steel front bumper designed for off-road strength, durability and clearance...

New high-approach steel front bumper designed for off-road strength, durability and clearance that enables an improved 31.8-degree approach angle compared to other Silverado off-road models.

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Driver-Assistance Features

The enhanced 2022 Silverado will be the first Chevy pickup offered with available Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology for compatible roads. It is available on Silverado High Country and can be used on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada.

Super Cruise employs many advanced technology features, including a Driver Attention System and precision LiDAR map data. The Driver Attention System uses a small camera located on the top of the steering column and works with infrared lights to determine where the driver is looking whenever Super Cruise is in operation.

If the Driver Attention System detects the driver’s gaze has turned away from the road ahead for too long, the steering wheel light bar will prompt the driver to return their attention to the road. If the system determines continued inattentiveness, it will use visible and audible alerts to notify the driver to take back control of the wheel.

Super Cruise can be used when trailering with the Silverado, with specific calibrations designed to account for the additional drag and increased braking distance that comes with trailering. When not trailering, Lane Change on Demand and Automatic Lane Change are also available with Super Cruise.

The 2022 Silverado’s capability to tow hands-free on compatible roads adds to trailering technology leadership that includes up to eight available cameras. No competitor offers more camera views10. The available Advanced Trailering System with an in-vehicle trailering app11 helps make trailering easier from departure to arrival.

In addition to Super Cruise, the 2022 Silverado also offers other driver-assistance features with trailering in mind, including Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert, which accounts for the length of the trailer when changing lanes, and enhancements to Adaptive Cruise Control to enable use while trailering.

For the new 2022 Silverado, Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of six standard active safety features, is standard on every trim, and includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam auto high beams.

Additional safety features such as HD Rear Vision Camera and Buckle to Drive are standard across the lineup for the new 2022 Silverado models.

Originally posted on Work Truck Online

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