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COVID-19 Pushed A 2021 Model Year Refresh Back A Year

2019 2020 2021 2022 Chevroelt Silverado 1500

Last summer, MC&T first reported that General Motors was working on major upgrades to the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The most significant update of which would be an overhaul to their interiors, which would integrate some hardware from their full-size SUV cousins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Sierra. These plans were originally intended for the 2021 Silverado and 2021 Sierra trucks. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic kneecapping the auto industry, these upgrades have been pushed back a year. In turn, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 will see these interior revisions.

Per the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra order guides, the two T1 Platform trucks will largely go unchanged from before, save for a few packages and minor tweaks here and there. For 2022 – here’s what you can expect:

Revised Interiors

This update will be primarily the biggest change that customers will be able to see and touch. The original interiors for the T1 Silverado and Sierra have so far received little fanfare, especially as critics have oohed and ahed  over what Ram is doing with its truck cabins. The 2021 Ford F-150 is also moving the needle when it comes to interior design in functionality. Examples include fully reclining front seats, and a stow-able gear selector that yields a flat surface for laptops and tablets. While this content is not entirely expected in the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra, there will at least be a larger touch screen, and perhaps a sliding center console. Every little bit helps.

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2021 GMC Yukon XL Denali Interior. Photo via GMC.

Global B Electrical Architecture

Just as tuners were beginning to figure out how to work with the cybersecurity of the 2019-2021 Silverado and Sierra, GM is about to slam the door on them. This is due to the implementation of the Global B electrical architecture currently found on the C8 Corvette. We originally reported the seemingly impenetrable cybersecurity measures that keep the ECU of the 2020 Corvette Stingray under lock and key over a year ago. And unfortunately, we’re still right. But that hasn’t stopped vain social media influencers from attempting to try, leading to disastrous results. But they get more followers as a result, which is what they were only after in the first place. The Global B electrical architecture is also in all of GM’s T1 full-size SUV products that are launching now, and the same goes for the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, plus their upcoming Blackwing variants.

Silverado gets the GMC Sierra MultiPro Tailgate

It was long speculated, no, expected, that the Chevrolet Silverado would eventually get the 5-way adjustable MultiPro tailgate found on the 2020 GMC Sierra SLT and Denali trim levels. Its functionality completely changes the scope of usage for a truck tailgate, and has Ford and Ram thinking of various countermoves as a result. The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado will finally see this tailgate as well, but with different branding. According to the folks at GM-Trucks, the Silverado will receive what’s called a “Multi-Flex” branded tailgate, which is fitting.

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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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  1. “…vein social media influencers…” So, they’re actually bleeding, or what?
    And how about the great improvement of having buttons and dials instead of touchscreens, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road or take your gloves off to change the station or adjust the heat?

  2. Yippee. A fancy tailgate. How about a total restyling of the sheetmetal and grille? Dodge and Ford make the Silverado look sick! And a competitor for the TRX and the Raptor?

  3. I guess you will not be able to see anything inside the cab again, just like the current truck? All lighting on the GMC sucks! Fog lights are useless, inside lights are useless, headlights are not all that great either!

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