The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss Gets Controversial Option

While the rest of the truck world is scrambling to get with the times and make more efficient, in many cases, fully-electric pickup trucks, the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss will have a 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder Duramax diesel engine. Many companies and even states are beginning to stand against the oil-burners, and all the while, Chevy presses forward. 

A white 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 off-roading in dirt
2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Chevrolet

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss is getting a diesel 

Even a year ago, this news wouldn’t be so much as a drop in the pool that is the internet. However, in the past year, many major automotive companies have been moving toward more ecologically friendly cars and, in some cases, even set a date to end the production of internal combustion engines (ICE). 

Meanwhile, the 2022 Silverado – which still comes with a 5.3-liter V8 – just added the 3.0-liter diesel Duramax engine with 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque as a third engine option. This new optional engine will come paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Many people see adding things like this diesel engine as grossly out of touch and severely outdated given the growing issue of climate change. 

At the moment, Silverados that offer the Duramax charge $1,045 for it over the 5.3-liter V8. If that price difference holds for next year, the Chevy diesel will just about evenly split the price difference between the LT Trail Boss with the 5.3 -liter V8 and the 6.2-liter V8. 

GM Authority covered previously that GM will offer the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Limited as a sort of “stop-gap” to bridge the 2021 model-year vehicle with the fully refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado. This makes the diesel make a bit more sense. This will undoubtedly be a strong option for anyone looking to do serious work or off-roading with the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss. 

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has seen chip shortage delays too

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss running through the dirt
2019 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss | Chevrolet

GM Authority says the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 Limited Trail Boss carries over several aspects of the 2021 Chevy Silverado into the 2022 model year. This is meant to usher in the new model year before the arrival of the refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado; the second of the two has been delayed, like so many others, due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to AutoBlog, to put it a bit more simply, GMC is slapping the “Limited” on the Silverados and Sierras to make up for the delayed 2022 models. So, even though the flagships are stuck at sea, these alternate versions will have many of the same features. 

How will the 2022 Silverado Limited Trail Boss Sell when the fully-updated versions come out? 

GM has yet to say if it plans to keep the Limited models going once the fully-refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverados hit the lot. It may be hard to sell them with all of the new bells and whistles of the new Silverado sitting right there. However, According to Autoblog, that is exactly what GM did only a few years ago. GM sold the previous-gen truck as a Limited trim alongside the current-gen of the time. GM certainly wouldn’t be the only company to do so, either. Hell, Ram still sells the previous-generation Ram 1500 with the “Classic” designation. 

Given the current supply chain quagmires the automotive industry is stuck in, it’s unlikely that any automakers won’t sell everything they possibly can to catch up from the massive loss in revenue for this year. And the same goes for customers. Folks are quickly tiring of paying premium prices for dusty used cars. If GM offers buyers a new Chevy Silverado of any flavor, customers will likely stack up to buy them. Especially when you consider the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado LT Tail Boss could be one of the last of the oil-burning diesels.

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