Chevrolet has revealed an updated Silverado 1500 in the US with tweaked styling, a more upmarket interior, and a new ZR2 off-road variant.
The biggest changes are inside, with almost all variants receiving a restyled dashboard with a new 13.4-inch touchscreen.
That’s up from 8.0 inches and, though it’s landscape-oriented instead of portrait, it’s larger diagonally than the new Ram 1500 DT-series’ 12.0-inch screen.
The infotainment system includes Google built-in, which means Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play are available on the home screen. There’s also wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality as well.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is also available on all models with the new interior.
“At GMSV we’re focusing on launching Silverado LT Trail Boss, LTZ Premium and HD – as well as the first-ever right-hand-drive Corvette. At this point in time we don’t have any other product-related announcements to make,” said a spokesperson from GMSV.
The 1500 LTZ Premium has only recently been relaunched under the fledgling GMSV banner, while the LT Trail Boss is arriving in showrooms in the third quarter of 2021.
It’s therefore unclear if or when we’ll see these updates, which will be available in the US in the spring (our autumn) of 2022.
Chevrolet says the 2022 Silverado 1500’s interior uses more premium materials throughout, while the flagship High Country adds open-pore wood trim and stainless steel speaker grilles.
Outside, there’s a revised front fascia. The daytime running lights also have animated walk-up and walk-away functions, while some variants also have dynamic indicators.
The new ZR2 sits above the LT Trail Boss in the sprawling US range, offering greater off-road ability.
It features new 40mm Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers and retuned springs, allowing for greater front and rear suspension travel compared to the Trail Boss.
It uses 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory off-road tyres, a Terrain Mode that allows for one-pedal rock crawling, and electronic locking front and rear differentials; the LT Trail Boss, in contrast, features only a mechanical locking rear diff.
The ZR2 also features unique skid plates and a redesigned steel front bumper, enabling an improved 31.8-degree approach angle.
The rear exhaust outlets have also been moved to eliminate potential damage.
Other visual changes include a black bonnet insert, unique grille with integrated lighting, and unique 18-inch alloy wheels, plus a unique Jet Black/Graystone leather interior.
Maximum payload is 653kg, while the only engine is GM’s naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8 with 313kW of power and 624Nm of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
General Motors is continuing to roll out its Super Cruise hands-free highway driving technology, and it’s now available on the flagship High Country.
It works on 320,000km worth of highways in the US and Canada and can also work while trailering, though the automatic lane change function won’t work with a trailer attached.
All 2022 Silverado models come standard with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning and automatic high-beam.
There’s also a trailer blind-spot monitoring function that accounts for the length of the attached trailer.
The engine line-up has carried over from the 2021 model, but for an updated version of the 2.7-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with a more rigid cylinder block casting, a stiffer crankshaft, and reduced noise. Torque is also up to 569Nm, while power remains at 231kW.
Other engines in the range consist of a naturally-aspirated 5.3-litre petrol V8 (265kW/519Nm) and a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline-six (207kW/623Nm).
So far, GMSV has only introduced two Silverado 1500 variants to Australia, where they’re converted locally to right-hand drive.
These consist of the posh LTZ Premium and more rugged LT Trail Boss, both of which are powered exclusively by the 6.2-litre petrol V8.