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The Shortened Model Year Silverado Will Be An Uneventful One

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The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is set to begin production soon. And for those expecting a major update, don’t worry. There’s still one coming. It’s just not right away. Therefore, it makes sense that Chevrolet decided not to touch the 2022 Silverado 1500 with any big updates. Aside from  the Greenstone Metallic color, carrying RPO code GHR. The 2022 Silverado also loses the 4.3L LV3 V6, along with the 5.3L L82 V8 on its work truck trim levels, but we already reported on that.

That being said, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD finally receives the Multiflex tailgate that first debuted on the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali a few years ago. The feature then made its way to Chevrolet with the 2021 Silverado 1500 late last year.

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2022i Chevrolet Silverado 1500: The Truck To Wait For

The actual refresh of the T1 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 will come later in the 2022 model year, which MC&T understands these major rolling updates to be tentatively categorized as the 2022i model year, for both the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups. As mentioned, blame the COVID and semiconductor-related delays from the past year as the primary reason for this odd product cadence.

The 2022i Chevrolet Silverado and 2022i GMC Sierra will deliver on big exterior changes, as well as major interior updates focusing around the center stack. Larger center screens will be what everybody immediately will notice, while beneath the skin will be GM’s Global B electrical architecture, otherwise known as GM VIP. This system is five times more powerful than what it replaces, and allows for conveniences like sharper digital screen resolutions, quicker processing power, and over the air updates, with the tradeoff being encrypted control modules. This makes traditional tuning practices virtually impossible, as seen with the C8 Corvette.

Perhaps the most anticipated element of the 2022i Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the debut of the ZR2 variant. MC&T was also first to break the story on just what kind of truck this vehicle would be, well before spy photos of the Silverado ZR2 confirmed our initial reports. The 2022i Silverado ZR2 will feature Multimatic DSSV dampers, Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, a V8 engine, 2-inch lift for an improved breakover angle and water fording, and bumper cutouts for improved approach and departure angles. In other words, it will be as if it were a supersized Colorado ZR2.

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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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