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The Diesel-Powered Half-Ton Truck Is Now A Class Leader In Towing

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Engines Duramax V8 Diesel LM2 L87 L84 L83
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The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 debuted earlier this month, with many welcome changes. On the top end High Country, the interior sees more thought-out finishing touches, while the rest of the lineup short of the WT trim level sees a revised center console with a larger infotainment screen complete with Google Built-In technology. Then of course, there’s the first ever Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, which raised the bar for the nameplate in off-road prowess. And for those looking for more long-haul proficiencies, there’s the 2022 Silverado 1500 Duramax.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax: Improvements To LM2 Engine

MC&T recently caught up with the folks at Chevrolet to detail on the sort of changes and updates that the 2022 Silverado 1500 Duramax had to go through to see a massive, 4,000 pound increase in maximum towing capacity.  Maximum towing on the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax is now a solid 13,300 pounds in 2WD configuration; a 20 percent improvement, and now ahead of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which has a max tow rating of 12,560 pounds. As far as diesel half-ton trucks go, the Silverado is now the class leader.

And it wasn’t just from sprinkling magical fairy dust that truck makers used to do before adopting the SAE J2807 towing standard.

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3.0L LM2 Duramax I6 Diesel Engine. Photo via GM.

One major improvement – and one that GM was looking to do for a while now – was improving the thermal performance under the hood. In addition, engineers also upgraded the suspension components; such as increased capacity rear springs, a unique front-and-rear damper tune, and unique steering calibrations for the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax. The rear axle ratio was also increased from a 3.23:1 to a 3.73:1 ratio, with unique engine and transmission calibrations to round things out.

Chevy also noted to us that the 13,300 max tow rating for the 2022 Silverado 1500 Duramax diesel truck does require a 20-inch wheel configuration. And, unfortunately, it’s not available on the mighty Silverado ZR2 at launch.

The refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will commence production in the first quarter of 2022, with pricing and options to come at a date closer to launch. Stay tuned.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT LTZ RST High Country ZR2 WT Custom Trail Boss
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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