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

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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

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


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  1. 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!

  2. “…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?

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