Despite all of the doom and gloom going on around the world lately, this past year has been a rather exciting one for American truck fans. Ford pulled the cover off of the all-new 14th generation F-150 lineup, bringing with it a suite of new tech features like the Pro Power OnBoard generator, OTA Update capabilities, and the BlueCruise ADAS system. The folks over at Ram may not have unveiled a new generation of trucks this year, but they did roll out the oh-so-sweet TRX. Things have been relatively quiet on the General Motors front however, but that should be changing soon. Thanks to the folks over at The Fast Lane Truck, we now have more spy footage of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra out doing some high-altitude testing in the mountains of Colorado.
2022 Chevrolet Silverado Details
Spy photographers have been capturing images of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra prototypes for quite some time now, as a result of the pandemic delaying the truck’s planned launch. That isn’t all that surprising, as delays have become a bit of a mainstay in the industry as of late. That said, it does appear that GM is getting closer to rolling out these pickups. Unlike the Ford, these new trucks won’t be entirely new. Rather these 2022 models will be a mid-cycle refresh of the T1 platform trucks that debuted in 2019. Despite the heavy camouflage, it is clear that these prototypes feature many similarities to the current GM offerings. The headlight design is clearly different, though don’t expect such a round unit to make its way into the production model. Slight changes to the fascia are expected however, although the real changes are slated for the interior.
Back in February of 2020, MC&T sat down with two GM truck executives to discuss these refreshed models. During that interview, we learned that General Motors plans to incorporate interior design elements from the current crop of T1-based SUVs into the pickups, specifically with the intent of making the trucks feel more premium. This was later bolstered by earlier spy photography of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, which highlighted a larger infotainment screen and a SuperCruise capabilities. While this particular video doesn’t highlight any interior action, expect this to be where the new Silverado really differentiates itself from the 2019+ models.
With high altitude testing taking place, it is only a matter of time now before we get to see these new trucks in their entirety. As a 2022 model year product, we expect to see GM pull the cover off both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra in the coming months, before going on sale before the year ends. GM will likely also highlight the upcoming Silverado ZR2, as the automaker dips their toe into combating the F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX offerings. Either way, it is certainly a good time to be a fan of pickups here in the States.