When the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was redesigned, it was a critically acclaimed update primarily for a cabin that wasn’t the best in its class.
It was functional, but uninteresting, and made of relatively low-grade materials.
That’s fixed for 2022 with a gut-wrenching revamp that offers an all-new dashboard for all but the entry-level Silverado WT, custom finishes, and an upgrade in style and technology.
The Silverado also has a renewed face and is available with a range of engines that include a 310-hp turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder, 355-hp, 5.3-liter V8, 420-hp and 6.2-liter V8.
The 3.0-liter 277-hp diesel gets a maximum towing boost of 4,000 pounds from last year’s model to match the large V8’s 13,300 pounds rating when properly equipped, second only to the Ford F-150’s 14,000 pound rating.
The new dashboard features a horizontal layout reminiscent of ’70s Bolivarian sedans, particularly at the top of the Silverado High Country line, which is trimmed in genuine leather and wood with a starting price of $64,245. The transmission selector also moves from the shaft to the center console on front two-seater models.
The cheapest Silverado with it is the LT Double Cab Bed with a 2.7-liter engine, which starts at $46,595.
The digital instrument cluster and 13.4-inch infotainment screen are very modern touches, however, the latter is powered by Google and offers an optional 360-degree camera system.
High Country can now also be ordered with GM’s latest version of the Super Cruise hands-free driving assistant that works with a trailer and can automatically change lanes to overtake slower vehicles ahead.
Aside from the introduction of the high-performance Silverado ZR2, the trucks are mostly mechanically the same as previous models, but equipment availability has been inconsistent due to an ongoing shortage of semiconductors. For example, High Country can’t currently be ordered with the 6.2-liter V8 for my test truck, or the computer-controlled adaptive suspension that was introduced in the 2021 Silverado.
The updates help keep the Silverado competitive with the F-150 and Ram 1500, both of which outsold last year, but still don’t do enough to move it to the top of the class among the most luxurious models.
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Chevrolet has something completely different in store for next year, when its first all-electric Silverado EV, built on a completely different platform from internal combustion engine trucks, is due to be released.