Report:GM to Delay Silverado, Sierra Overhaul
We’re a few weeks past the halfway point of 2021, which means that automakers are already deep into the process of rolling out new products for the upcoming 2022 model year. Of course, as one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, General Motors always has plenty going on, but one thing reportedly not in the cards for 2022 is a previously expected update to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks.
According to a report from GM Authority, the 2022 Silverado 1500 Limited and GMC Sierra 1500 Limited are continuations of the 2021 model year trucks. General Motors decided to delay the overhaul because updates planned for the pickups’ interior and exterior appearance, along with the addition of Super Cruise hands-free, autonomous driving functionality, would not be ready in time for the start of the new model year.
Though the naming structure will be different, you can expect both trucks to be direct continuations of the previous models. The automaker communicated a timeline of mid-July for complete packaging, pricing, and availability details, which aligns with recent reports that order banks are open for the trucks. The email also stated that the Limited models would not run for an entire model year.
As for what this means for the overhauled Silverado and Sierra 1500, we may see them arrive as mid-2022 or early 2023 models. When the refreshed models go on sale, confirmed Silverado ZR2 and rumored Sierra AT4X variants would take more direct aim at dedicated off-roaders from rival truck makers, such as the Ford F-150 Tremor and Ram 1500 Rebel.
The ongoing microchip shortage has wreaked havoc on production lines around the globe. General Motors is no exception, as the automaker took multiple reactive steps to keep its factories rolling. In early June, GM decided to build some of its most in-demand models without an automatic start-stop fuel-saving feature. Just a few weeks later, we learned that GMC and Chevrolet would no longer offer HD radio in some of their most popular truck models.
GM Authority is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on July 21, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.