New 2022 Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 Boast Updated Looks, Advanced Features

The new 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (Fig. 9) and GMC Sierra 1500 offer a number of enhancements as part of a mid-year launch. The updated models feature new designs — including new looks for the front bumpers and redesigned instrument panels — along with new off-road-focused models.


Fig. 9


Also joining the GMC line-up is the Sierra Denali Ultimate trim, the most advanced Denali model ever. (Fig. 10) It offers exclusive, premium materials and a 420-horsepower 6.2L V8 engine.


Fig. 10


TIP: The updated 2022 models can be identified by looking at the RPO content and the last six digits of the VIN. The VIN sequence number will start with the number 5 or higher and they will have RPO J22 – earlier models have RPO J21. When building the new 2022 model year trucks in Service Information, look for “NEW, RPO J22, VIN Digit 5 = A” in the model drop-down menu. The previous 2022 model is identified by “LTD, RPO J21, VIN Digit 5 = W.”

Powertrain Options

There are several powertrain options available on the new Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500. The V6 engine has been replaced with the high-output 2.7L 4-cylinder engine (RPO L3B) engine, which now has 430 lb.-ft. of torque, a 20-percent increase over the current engine.

Engine and transmission options include:

  • 7L 4-cylinder turbo (RPO L3B) – 8-speed transmission (RPO MQE)
  • 3L V8 (RPO L84) – 8-speed transmission (RPO M5X) or 10-speed transmission (RPO MHT, MHS)
  • 2L V8 (RPO L87) – 10-speed transmission (RPO MHS)
  • 0L L6 turbo diesel (RPO LM2) – 10-speed transmission (RPO MQB, MQC)

Redesigned Interiors

Redesigned interiors with new instrument panels can be found on all new 2022 Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 trims (Fig. 11), excluding the Work Truck trim on the Silverado and the PRO trim on the Sierra, both of which have carryover interiors.


Fig. 11


The updated interior designs include a driver-oriented instrument panel with a standard 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch diagonal, configurable instrument cluster. The vertical elements of the previous model’s interior design have been replaced with horizontal lines that enhance the feeling of spaciousness. (Fig. 12)


Fig. 12


The new center console incorporates the Electronic Precision Shift controller, or ETRS (Electronic Transmission Range Selector), for the 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. (Fig. 13) Above the center console, the center stack includes the familiar piano keys that control a number of vehicle features.


Fig. 13


In addition, the updated trucks offer Google built-in1 compatibility (Silverado LT trim and above, Sierra SLE and above). The app-based interface offers clean, modern screen layouts and new ways to interact with features. (Fig. 14) Depending on the vehicle’s specific equipment, the options and screen layout may vary. Certain vehicle functions can be controlled using Google Assistant by saying, “Hey Google” or pressing the Push to Talk button on the steering wheel. Plus, a user’s favorite phone features are available, including Google Maps and Google Play.


Fig. 14


New Off-Road Models

The new 2022 Silverado ZR2 and Sierra AT4X (Fig. 15) models feature an elevated design with off-road capability right from the factory. The ZR2 and AT4X, which have an additional two inches of ride height over standard Silverado and Sierra models, feature front and rear e-locking differentials, Multimatic DSSV spool-valve dampers (similar to the shocks used on the Colorado ZR2) and specific off-road chassis and suspension calibrations.


Fig. 15


Additional off-road features include uniquely-tuned springs for enhanced front and rear suspension travel, 33-inch off-road MT tires, and a high-approach steel front bumper designed for off-road durability with an improved 31.8-degree approach angle compared to other Silverado off-road models.

VIP Electrical Architecture

The new 2022 Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 models are built using the next generation Vehicle Intelligence Platform (VIP) electrical architecture. The advanced data communication platform offers incredible speed for new technologies, vehicle health monitoring, over-the-air updates, and cybersecurity protection.

Next generation networks include two-wire CAN buses and two wire Ethernet buses to ensure high speed data transfer and multiple single-wire LIN buses to exchange information between Commander modules and other smart devices. Low speed General Motors Local Area Network (GMLAN) networks are eliminated. CAN buses are used where data needs to be exchanged at a high rate, primarily by a control device using the information to adjust a vehicle system, such as powertrain or body controls.

For more information about the new Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500, refer to Bulletin #22-NA-062 and WBT course 10322.18W, 2022 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra New Model Features.

1 Built-in services are subject to limitations and availability may vary by vehicle, infotainment system, and location. Select service plan required. Certain Google actions and functionality may require account linking. User terms and privacy statements apply.

– Thanks to David MacGillis

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