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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.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 3500 Carhartt Edition Multi-Flex MultiPro Tailgate multifunction
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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.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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