absolutely AUTO REVIEW | By Steve Kursar –
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup entered the new model year with a significantly updated version that offers buyers more choices, more technology and more premium touches. The new Silverado features an elevated exterior design and a new, expressive interior with enhanced technology. The iconic pickup is still as capable as it’s ever been, but for the 2022 model year, buyers have the opportunity to choose exactly what they want their truck to be.
The new interior features a redesigned, sweeping horizontal instrument panel that makes the cabin feel more spacious, along with a new, more functional center console. The 13.4-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and new 12.3-inch-diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster brings the new Silverado interior on a par with most luxury vehicles costing much more than the new pickup. Both Google Assistant, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities are now standard giving the driver seamless connectivity with their smartphone.
Every trim features a new front fascia, which emphasizes the truck’s stability and strength with a wide, planted stance while new daytime running lamps have been programmed with animated walk-up and walk-away functions. But, the two most impressive available trims are the luxurious High Country equipped with the new Super Cruise technology and the all-new ZR2 designed from the ground up to take you rock-crawling and desert racing.
Along with leather seats and real wood inserts, the Silverado High Country is the only Chevrolet pickup to offer GM’s new Super Cruise technology, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology that can be used on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada. Super Cruise allows the pickup to drive itself down the highway, to even change lanes hands-free, although the driver must continue to stay alert and keep their eyes on the road ahead.
The first-ever Silverado ZR2 was developed after competing on some of the most grueling, toughest off-road courses to offer race-proven off-road performance that customers can buy right from the showroom floor. Powered by a standard 420 hp, 6.2L V-8 engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the ZR2 sits on a lifted suspension designed specifically for this truck. The new ZR2 is distinguished by several aesthetic cues, including a new black hood insert, a unique grille with integrated lighting, ZR2 badges, and off-road 18-inch wheels.
The new Silverado is still a great truck with even more choices for buyers. It’s a fun time to visit a Chevrolet dealer showroom.