Thunder and Lightning: 2022 Chevy Silverado 3.0-Liter Duramax Flaunts Higher Towing Capacity, While Super Cruise Brings Revolutionary Hands-Free Convenience
The 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 1500 Limited are set to make their debut with more power and exciting tech upgrades! Models equipped with the 3.0-Liter Inline-6 LM2 turbo diesel Duramax now can tow an additional 4,000 pounds, topping out at 13,300. With the max tow package, proud Chevy owners will now be able to haul much more in conjunction with a two-wheel-drive configuration. All 2022 Silverado models equipped with 4-wheel drive and the 6.2-Liter V8 L87 will also have a 13,300-lb towing capacity. Drivers can also choose the 2.7-Liter Inline-4 L38 gas engine (which now has 20 percent more torque) or the always-mighty 5.3-liter V8 L84.
With every year’s new truck release comes a wide assortment of awesome improvements, and this year, the infotainment screens are getting larger. The new interior now features a 13.4-inch color touchscreen to act as the all-inclusive center of command for the 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster. The High-Country trim level includes GM Super Cruise, the semi-autonomous driving assist that takes over steering duties during extended periods of highway driving. In January of 2020, an enhanced version of the Super Cruise system was introduced that offered hands-free lane changes, further enhancing this Level 2 automation feature.
The ZR2 model is creating quite a stir among truck owners who love to jump off road. Any challenges that boulders, washout, and ruts provide are no match for the advanced Multimatic DSSV dampers and re-tuned springs that deliver world-class front and rear suspension travel. This technology replaces the conventional damper with a spool valve, which provides more precise control of the force-velocity curve and allows spool valves to be independently tuned. Front and rear e-lockers also help the truck’s loose surface traction and class-leading ability to conquer rocks in its path.
GM chief engineer Dom Lester said the ZR2 was inspired by a ZR2 prototype tested during the “Best in the Desert” racing series in Moab. The goal was to create an off-road master that still has a comfortable ride quality on the highway. When the ZR2 model first graced the frame of the Chevy Colorado, KBB added it to their list of Best Off-Road Trucks, proclaiming that it is among the most capable and versatile of its type currently available.