2022 Pick-up truck preview
By MARIO CYWINSKITrucks
The big changes in the pick-up space for 2022 are in the 1500-sized group. With Toyota redesigning their US-built Tundra, Ford adding a fully electric version of its F-150 (Lightning), General Motors refreshing its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models, and Stellantis making a series of package additions and changes.
The big news for Ford’s pick-up portfolio is the addition of the fully electric F-150 Lightning.
The Lightning offers two lithium-ion battery options, a standard range with an estimated 370 kilometres of range, and an extended range version with an estimated 483 km of range. Power comes in two options as well: a standard range model with 426 hp, and an extended range model with 563 hp. Both versions come with 775 foot-pounds of torque.
Charging times are projected to be the following: Level 3 charger (50 kW/150 kW) for 15 per cent to 85 per cent is (91/44) minutes for a standard range, and (122/41) minutes for an extended range. Level 2 charging on standard range can be 10 to 14 hours, and extended range eight to 19 hours.
Capability-wise, Lightning offers an estimated maximum payload of 1,800 lb. for extended range to 2,000 lb. for standard range. Maximum estimated towing ranges are (with max trailer tow package) from 7,700 lb. (standard-range) to 10,000 lb. (extended-range).
An interesting new feature on the Lightning is Ford Intelligent Backup Power, which can turn your truck into a backup power source for your home. The system gives the Lightning the ability to offload 9.6 kW of power. When using the truck with an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro and a home management system, the system sends power to the house, instead of charging itself. Once power is restored, the truck goes back to charging its battery. According to Ford, an extended-range battery model can power a home for up to three days, when using an average of 30 kWh of daily use.
Four trim levels are available for the Lightning: a fleet-focused Pro trim, XLT, Lariat and Platinum.
Other F-150 models have already received Onboard Scales, Smart Hitch, and continuously controlled damping, plus appearance package, utility package, and colour changes. A new Raptor R trim is also on the horizon.
For 2022, Super Duty now has an available 12-in. touchscreen with cloud-connected SYNC 4 offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and connected navigation.
A new Lariat Sport Appearance Package offers body-colour grille, bumpers, and mirrors. All King Ranch and Platinum models now have standard 4×4. Other packages and colour changes also available.
Super Duty models now offer an available 360-degree dual beacon LED warning strobes, which takes the place of four-corner LED warning strobes. Larger F-350 to F600 chassis cab models get revised frame bridging reinforcements as standard. Lariat receives standard SYNC 4 and SiriusXM with 360L tank.
For 2022, the Chevrolet Silverado sees a refresh, which updates various parts of the vehicle. All trim levels have a new front fascia and grille, revised DRLs, and new colours.
Silverado LT models and above get a new interior with a standard 13.4-in. touchscreen with a 12.3-in. digital instrument cluster. The new interior also features Google built-in, which has access to Google Assistant, Maps, and Play on the infotainment screen. These work with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Available (on High Country trim) is Super Cruise, a hands-free driver assistance feature, which in this version also allows trailering. The main two aspects of the system are the driver attention system (which using a small camera makes sure the driver is looking at the road) and LiDAR map data. This is the first time it is available on a Chevrolet pick-up truck. The system works on about 320,000 km of divided and compatible roads in Canada and the U.S.
An updated 2.7L turbo engine now offers 420 foot-pounds of torque (a 20 per cent increase over the previous version), has a 30-per-cent stiffer crankshaft, and can now tow 9,600 lb. on two-wheel drive models. The 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine models now allow for inclusion of max tow package (through chassis changes), and in turn can now tow 13,300 lb. on two-wheel drive models.
A new ZR2 off-road focused model is added for 2022. It has a 6.2L V-8 engine (420hp and 460 foot-pounds of torque mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission), tuned spring with Multimatic dampers, front and rear e-lockers, off-road chassis, 33-in. off-road tires, a skid plate package, high-approach steel front bumper, and more.
Sierra offers a refreshed exterior with new fascia, front bumper, grille, and headlight design, along with new dual-projector LED headlights with C-shaped DRLs, and new colours.
An updated interior offers a new centre console design and has Sierra SLE models and above get a new interior with a standard 13.4-in. touchscreen with a 12.3-in. digital instrument cluster. An available 15-in. heads-up display is available. The new interior also features Google built-in, which has access to Google Assistant, Maps, and Play on the infotainment screen. These work with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The 2.7L turbo engine is enhanced and offers 420 foot-pounds of torque, a 30-per-cent stiffer crankshaft, and can tow 9,400 lb. on 2WD models (9,100 lb. on 4WD). The 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine models now can have a max tow package (through chassis changes), and, in turn, can now tow 13,200 lb. on 2WD models (13,000 lb. with 4WD).
A new AT4X model is added for 2022. It has a 6.2L V-8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, tuned spring with Multimatic dampers, front and rear e-locking differentials, off-road chassis, two-speed transfer case with a steel shield. A new Sierra Denali Ultimate trim is added and becomes the top range model.
For 2022, all models Big Horn and above get the new Uconnect 5 system, which has Wi-Fi, tow-specific navigation system, is faster and has more memory. All models also get Ram clean air system (it filters 95 per cent of air particulates).
Also for 2022, Ram 1500 gets new special edition models added to the lineup. The limited 10th Anniversary Edition has a blue shade colour, multi-function tailgate, cold air intake, cold end exhaust, badging and 22-in. polished wheels. In the interior, it has Indigo and Sea Salt quilted leather seats, an instrument panel, console and door inserts, suede headliner, visors and A-pillar, and a unique badging. Along with a 19-speaker sound system.
A new GT package is available on Laramie, Rebel, and Sport trims with sport crew cab and a 5-ft., 7-in. bed. It offers a sport performance hood, black grille, GT decals, cold air intake and cold air performance exhaust. The interior features bucket seats with high bolsters, flat-bottom steering wheel with aluminum paddles, performance- oriented floor shifter, performance screens, and more.
Also, a BackCountry package is available for Big Horn models with a 5.7L V-8 engine, that includes the bed utility group, off-road group, and the usual selection of body-colour and black-coloured options. A red package is added to Limited crew cab models, and has red RAM grille and door badges, and badge on centre console lid. Finally, the performance TRX model gets a new Ignition Edition, which is centred around an orange colour outside, and stitching and logos on the inside, as well as a selection of standard options.
HEAVY DUTY (2500 AND UP)
The 2500/3500 HD models get the Uconnect 5 system on Big Horn and above. Package changes occur with new Big Horn Silver Edition, Power Wagon models now getting a new equipment package and new optional features. The limited Black model gets updates, and Big Horn models get a new grille.
The tow mode now offers digital rearview mirror that allows the driver to see behind the trailer. A 360-degree trailer camera view is available and includes four cameras and wiring. Also, a trailer hitch light is now standard and has four LED lights.
Chassis cabs now offer available dual fuel tanks on 6.4L HEMI models.
For 2022, the American-built Tundra is all-new, with a redesigned exterior that offers a new front fascia, grille, and overall appearance. It now comes with a new standard 3.5L twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that offers TOYOTA 389 hp, and 479 foot-pounds of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The optional engine is what Toyota calls the i-FORCE MAX, which uses the same standard engine, but adds a motor generator with a clutch. It provides additional power transferred through the transmission, and offers EV driving, regeneration, and electric assist through its hybrid system. The system uses a 288V Nickel-metal Hydride battery housed under the rear seats. Overall, the system has 437hp and 583 foot-pounds of torque, mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission as the standard engine.
The Tundra now rides on a new chassis. The multi-link rear suspension now rides on coil springs (replacing the leaf springs used before). The changes allow for the new Tundra to have a max towing capacity of 5,540 kg (12,000 lb.), a 17.6-per-cent increase over the outgoing model, which increases overall payload to 880 kg (1,940 lb.), an increase of 11 per cent.
Speaking of towing, the Tundra now offers an updated two tow/haul modes: one for smaller trailers and one for larger ones. New cameras are also added, along with new power extending and folding tow mirrors, along with trailer back guidance, and a new available air suspension system.
With an all-new interior comes an available 14-in. touchscreen with a brandnew audio multimedia system, as well as an available 12.3-in. instrument cluster display. Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.5 is standard on all trims. It offers a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, road sign assist. Rear seat reminder is also standard.
Tundra will come in two sizes (double cab or crewmax), three bed lengths (5.5 ft., 6.5 ft. and 8.1 ft.) and five trims (SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794) with TRD and TRD Pro packages available.
Mario Cywinski is the editor of Plant magazine, Machinery and Equipment MRO magazine and Food and Beverage magazine, a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, and a judge for Canadian Truck King Challenge.