The 2022 Chevy Kodiak Is Returning to Get Work Done

If you’re a hard-working Chevrolet fan, get ready to roll up your sleeves with the new 2022 Chevy Kodiak. The Chevrolet Kodiak might be returning as a limited edition Chevy Silverado trim for heavy hauling and utility work. 

The 2022 Chevy Kodiak might return in a big way 

A blue 2021 Chevrolet Silverado driving on the road
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According to Pickup Truck News, Chevrolet could be continuing the trend of reviving older nameplates of iconic vehicles. The 2022 Chevy Kodiak could make its return as a limited edition. 

The Kodiak could be an optional trim level for the Chevy Silverado Heavy-Duty trucks, or it could be a stand-alone model. We are currently waiting to learn more about the Kodiak, but only rumors have been revealed so far. 

What is the Chevy Kodiak? 

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The 2022 Chevy Kodiak could return as a unique special edition that draws on its past as the perfect utility truck to haul massive loads and get work done. The first Chevy Kodiak made its debut in 1980 as a medium-duty truck. 

The first Kodiak shared the cab with the medium-duty C/K trucks, but the hood was shortened by about five inches. It was offered with single and tandem-axle configurations as both a straight truck and semi-tractor. 

In 1990, the second generation of the Kodiak and GMC TopKick were introduced. Two-door and four-door configurations continued to be offered, and a new, more aerodynamic design was established to improve its fuel economy. 

In 2003, the Kodiak and TopKick were redesigned to compete with rivals such as the International DuraStar. They switched to a vertical-oriented cab configuration to lower the cab floor and increase cab space. The most recent model was released in 2010 before being discontinued due to declining sales and interest. 

What do we know about the new Kodiak? 

A red 2021 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 on display
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General Motors hasn’t released much about the 2022 Chevy Kodiak yet, but we do have a few rumors to speculate about. Instead of being a stand-alone model, the new Kodiak will probably be a special edition trim for the Silverado HD series. 

It’s possible that a new engine could be developed for the Kodiak. However, it’s more likely that the truck will receive the 6.6-liter Duramax V8 engine. It provides 445 hp and can produce up to 910 lb-ft of torque. It could also receive a few upgrades to improve its performance and fuel efficiency. 

The Kodiak is expected to be available with standard and crew cab variants, but the interior will differ from the previous generation. It’s expected to be more similar to the cab of the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500

But the new Chevy Kodiak could incorporate unique features such as a more aggressive grille design, new LED headlights, badging, and pops of color in the interior. The materials in the cab could be more durable too. 

It’s safe to expect modern amenities such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to come standard. A wireless charging pad and multi-functional tailgate could be offered as available features. 

The Chevy Kodiak is most likely to return as a daily driver and durable workhorse. It should be comfortable and powerful to serve as the perfect option for worksites. But we will have to wait and learn more. The Kodiak may arrive at the beginning of 2022.