Even though the Big Three still rule the segment, the competition among pickup trucks is much tougher than before. The range of buyers is much different these days and many of them don’t see these vehicles primarily as work mules. Instead, we are seeing more and more luxurious versions, as well as all kinds of upgrades in order to provide excellent on- and off-road performance. We already have models like Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram Rebel TRX with monstrous off-road performance, so everyone is waiting for Chevy’s answer. Allegedly, it will come in the form of a 2022 Chevy Silverado SS.
From what we know so far, GM will use a different approach in this case. Instead of making another off-road monster, it will offer an on-road performer, a vehicle that will act best on the street. Therefore, we count on different kinds of upgrades, particularly in terms of suspension and styling solutions. Naturally, a big engine upgrade is expected too.
2022 Chevy Silverado SS Redesign
If the 2022 Chevy Silverado SS happens, it won’t be the first time to see such a design approach from Chevy. Older generations remember very well the good-old Chevrolet 454 SS, which was in production about three decades ago. We presume that this model would serve as an inspiration for the new performer, especially in terms of aesthetics.
Still, the mechanical aspect of the truck seems more interesting to us. Compared to base models, this one will bring several upgrades and the first thing that comes to mind is, obviously, suspension. We expect to see a much stiffer setup, which would also get this truck much closer to the ground. Less body roll would provide not just better handling, but benefits in other aspects as well. With big vehicles like this, the stiffer suspension also has a huge impact on acceleration and braking. Of course, we count on significant brakes upgrades as well.
As we already mentioned, the legendary 454 SS will serve as inspiration. We expect a lot of similarities in terms of details, which would accentuate the new model’s performance character. This refers to things like bumpers, grille, wheels etc. Naturally, there will be a lot of modern touches as well.
One of the things we should keep in mind is the cab style. If you remember the 454 SS, you know very well it was offered in a single cab layout. We don’t believe that the new 2022 Chevy Silverado SS could come in such a layout. Instead, we rather expect to see a crew cab model with a short bed.
On the inside, we would see a couple of modifications as well. Of course, all the upgrades would come in order to accentuate the model’s performance character. So, what we could see are things like new materials, upgraded seats and steering wheels, new instrument clusters etc. Other than that, we don’t expect to see significant changes. Also, keep in mind that we are talking about a model that will probably feature a pretty high price tag, so there’s no doubt that the list of standard features will be pretty long.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the next year’s Silverado is expected to get a completely new interior, finally, The current model still has the dashboard from the previous generation and the next year is about to bring a lot of novelties. We should see a completely new dashboard design and if this happens, then we would expect the 2022 Chevy Silverado SS to also feature a new interior design, along with the aforementioned upgrades.
2022 Chevy Silverado SS Engine
When it comes to powertrain, one thing is for sure. The 2022 Chevy Silverado SS won’t feature a big block 7.4-liter engine. Instead, we would see something more modern, a 6.2-liter small-block V8. At this point, we are not sure about the exact version of the engine. The standard Silverado features the max output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque but we would expect more from this one.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this truck with an upgraded version of the engine, which adds a supercharger. Of course, we are talking about the same engine that powers Chevy Camaro and Corvette, the engine that puts out around 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
Of course, the engine would come coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2022 Chevy Silverado SS Release Date and Price
If we could trust rumors, the 2022 Chevy Silverado SS could come already in the next years. However, the officials are still quiet, so take this article with a big reserve. If it arrives one day, our rough estimation is that base models would go around 65-70.000 dollars.