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Missing: A Column Shifter

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Image via GM Design Instagram.

With 2021 very nearly upon us at this point, it’s about time that automakers start slipping their 2022 prototypes out into the wild. A spy photographer working with our colleagues at Autoblog happened to come across a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado prototype out for some testing. Marking the first major update since GM launched the fourth-generation Silverado in 2019, these new spy shots hold some clues as to what we can expect from the upcoming 2022 model.

The spy photos can be viewed here.

These new details mostly pertain to the interior of the truck, as we already know that this is where GM plans to make the biggest changes for the new model year. GM executives told MC&T during the Chicago Auto Show that the new crop of pickups will “see similarities” with the interior designs from the company’s new SUV lineup. While we’re sure that the truck won’t be as well-appointed as the range-topping family haulers, we can already notice a few similarities. The photographer was able to capture partial images of the truck’s infotainment screen and digital display, as well as the presences of GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous-driving system.

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2021 GMC Yukon Denali interior. Photo Copyright Muscle Cars & Trucks.

This particular Chevrolet Silverado prototype appears to be a rather well-equipped model, with Autoblog noting that it is riding on rather nice High Country wheels as we know today. Combine the wheels with the chromed out trim, Super Cruise, and the plethora of screens inside the truck, and we wouldn’t be surprised if this particular truck represents the top of the range. Also: there’s no column shifter. While some have speculated that GM is ditching this traditional approach with a set of switches as seen in the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 GMC Yukon, we don’t think this setup would clinic too well with truck customers.

We won’t know for sure however until GM pulls the covers off of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. It is also clear at this point that the updated pickup will carry a slightly different exterior appearance as well, which is denoted by the extensive use of camo on the prototype’s fascias. And if we didn’t know any better, the truck bed appears notched just below the fuel tank door, suggesting a practical side step in the image of the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup truck family.

With the 2021 Ford F-150 getting ready to make its sales debut, the battle for pickup truck dominance is heating up again. Perhaps the interior upgrades coming from GM will be enough to make some Ford buyers hold off on their purchase for a little while longer.

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 isn’t expected to begin production until late 2021 at the earliest. Along with the long list of updates for the half-ton truck, the refreshed design will also eventually introduce the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, which will carry all of the necessary suspension hardware to compete with the Ram TRX and F-150 Raptor, but will make do with its standard-issue L87 V8 engine with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

2022 2023 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 Rendering
Photo copyright Matheus Pach, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Written by Lucas Bell

Lucas holds a journalism degree from Wayne State University, and is a Automotive Press Association scholarship recipient. While an American muscle fan through and through, he once wrote a fascinating comparison review about eScooters.

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