Wait a darn second, we were just celebrating the upcoming 2022 Chevy Silverado, but now it’s delayed? This means that the 2022 GMC Sierra could be delayed as well. Let’s dive in and see what’s really going on with the Chevrolet Silverado.
Is the 2022 Chevy Silverado facing a delay?
Maybe. According to GM Authority, General Motors is struggling with the global microchip shortage. The 2022 Chevy Silverado and 2022 GMC Sierra may have to wait things out until production can fully resume.
For 2022, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were set to receive a new front and rear facia design, new exterior colors, new exclusive wheel designs for specific models and trim levels, and new lights.
The interiors of both trucks were expected to be completely redesigned too. Updates could include a new dash, center stack, center console, infotainment center, and more. The trucks are supposed to gain GM’s new Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system, too, as they migrate to the new Global B intelligent platform.
How long will the Chevy Silverado be delayed?
General Motors is still working to reach a solution for the 2022 Chevy Silverado. They could continue producing the 2021 models for the Silverado and Sierra and then release the refresh models a few months behind schedule.
The other option is to go ahead and release the 2022 models with light updates and then release the updated models later in the year. But part of the excitement of these trucks involves new tech that needs semiconductor chips.
Vehicle components that use semiconductor chips include safety systems, fuel systems, electronics, and more. The chip shortage has removed about 121,000 vehicles from production, including 17,000 Chevy Equinox models.
In Ingersoll, Ontario, the GM CAMI plant will be shut down until the end of June due to the shortage. Also, the GM Fairfax assembly play in Kansas is scheduled to be shut down until the first week of July.
How is General Motors responding to the shortage?
General Motors isn’t alone in facing delays with popular vehicles such as the 2022 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra. Ford has also been facing delays with the new Ford Bronco models. The general plan of action is to use the chips they have to build and ship their most popular models. The most popular vehicles just happen to be full-size trucks and SUVs.
Ford’s first-quarter earnings report trimmed its vehicle production forecast for the second quarter of 2021 by 50 percent. Ford also predicts that the chip shortage could last into 2022, which would be a shame. We’re ready for those new trucks and SUVs.
Seeing the new Chevy Silverado and Sierra models pushed back until 2023 wouldn’t surprise us with the way production is going right now. They already delayed the 2021 Chevy Traverse refresh for a year.
If you can’t wait for the new models, you can spend time learning about the 2022 Chevy Silverado Z2R model. It could be the new off-roading variant that takes things a little further than the Trail Boss. Also, the interior is expected to be similar to what’s found in the recently updated 2021 Chevy Tahoe.