After months of espionage and internet speculation, Chevrolet has unveiled its new 2022 Silverado full-size pickup. For the first time, ZR2 off-road equipment has been added to the range, and the trucks have a revised interior with more technology, far more standard safety features and sophisticated styling.
The ZR2 trim is a first for the Silverado after being offered for a few years on the midsize Colorado.
It adds a 6.2L V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. (624 Nm) torque, a factory lift, Multimatic 1.5-in. (40mm) DSSV slide valve damper, front and rear electronic lockers, 33-in. Off-road tires, a special underride protection package and a steel front bumper that improves the approach angle of the truck in the field.
The 2.7-liter turbo 4-cylinder is also at the front of the drive train. retuned for less noise and 20% more torque (now 420 lb.-ft. [569 Nm]), most of which is noticeable at lower speeds. This engine has a maximum trailer power of 9,500 lbs. (4,309 kg) with 2-wheel drive.
GM engineers also upgraded the chassis to accommodate the 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel in-line 6-cyl. for towing up to 13,300 lbs. (6,033 kg) – a 4,000 lb. (1,814 kg) improvement over the Silverado LTD models. The diesel has an output of 277 hp and 460 lb.-ft. (623 Nm) torque.
Remaining in the ’22 powertrain range is the 355 hp 5.3 liter V-8 engine with dynamic fuel management. All V-8s (including the 6.2L) and 3.0L Duramax Diesel are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.7L 4-cyl. is coupled with an 8-speed automatic.
Perhaps the bigger story here is the inside of the Chevy (Picture, below)which is getting a major update for 2022.
A new digital instrument cluster measures 12.3 inches. (31 cm) and mates with a large 13.4-in. (34 cm) touchscreen.
Models with bucket seats get a new electronic gear knob, and the top High Country equipment comes with open-pored wooden elements, perforated and sewn leather upholstery, a Bose premium audio system with stainless steel loudspeaker grilles and a black or blue theme interior.
The ’22 Silverado will be Chevy’s first pickup truck to be offered with the option of Super Cruise.
The feature, which has been available in various Cadillac vehicles for some time and now in the Chevy Bolt EUV, offers semi-autonomous cruise control on selected highways.
Here it will have a trailer function, with special calibration for the additional braking and braking distance that is required when towing.
The Silverado can be equipped with up to eight cameras for trailer views, and an available Advanced Trailering System works with the truck’s infotainment system to provide more control.
General Motors usually holds back on safety and requires adding option packages or higher trim levels, but that’s not the case with the new Silverado.
The Chevy Safety Assist is standard in every equipment variant with front collision warning, lane departure warning with lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, distance display and automatic high beam. A high-resolution reversing camera system and the new buckle-to-drive function are also standard.