There’s a group of truck fans who love the single cab pickup truck that’s affixed with the shortest bed possible. The Regular Cab, as Chevrolet calls its single cab two-door full-size truck, makes for a phenomenal sport truck, muscle truck, or even simply work truck—if you get the options right. And, well, provided Chevy even offers it in the first place.
Since model year 2019, Chevy hasn’t. Now, according to GM Authority, the Regular Cab, short-bed Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup is back for 2022, which is something of a big deal because not all half-ton truck manufacturers even offer a single cab any more: Ram (on the latest 1500, at least), Nissan, and Toyota don’t. During the shorty’s hiatus, Chevrolet has only offered its Regular Cab Silverado with the long bed. To round out the four current Silverado configurations, the Double Cab gets the Standard Bed, while the four-door Crew Cab gets the Short Bed or Standard Bed.
For some, the single cab truck is the quintessential pickup truck with the perfect proportions for slamming, air-bagging, burning rubber, or hugging corners. As for lifting—eh, the Regular Cab looks goofy but the shorter wheelbase could be good for off-roading.
Note that this stubby Silverado configuration already exists in South America and the Middle East, for example, with the latter getting RST and Trail Boss Regular Cab, Standard Bed trims. But for the past couple of years, it has been a forbidden fruit for stateside Chevy Silverados.
There are two things to note about to the Regular Cab, Standard Bed configuration of the refreshed 2022 Chevrolet Silverado.
First, the Regular Cab, Standard Bed will be offered exclusively in the Work Truck (WT) trim, the base trim. That’s not exactly devastating news, as the muscle truck and sport truck guys ‘n gals are likely to customize these trucks anyway, so the more base the trim comes, the better. Many would opt for a true “stripper” truck if the option existed. The WT trim also means it wouldn’t get the new Silverado interior, another bonus for those who would opt to personalize the space anyway.
Second, the Standard Bed (79.44 inches) will be the shortest bed for the Regular Cab, but it’s technically not the shortest bed that Chevy offers—it falls between the Short (69.92 inches) and Long (98.18 inches) bed options. Hence, the Standard Box is the medium bed in Chevy’s three-fold choice. Unfortunately, a Regular Cab, truly-short-bed Silverado isn’t an option anywhere.
The refreshed 2022 Chevy Silverado features a much-needed new interior (on LT trims and above) that features a 12.3-inch fully digital driver information center and a (amazingly, not segment leading size-wise) 13.4-inch infotainment color touchscreen. A center console shifter replaces the traditional column shifter for trucks with bucket seats. The High Country gets GM’s latest generation of Super Cruise. A new off-road oriented ZR2 Silverado joins the lineup. The turbocharged 2.7-liter I-4 gets a healthy bump in torque (348 lb-ft to 420 lb-ft), and the 3.0-liter Duramax I-6 diesel gets a major 4,000-pound bump in towing capacity, bringing it to 13,300 pounds.
All hail the return of the de-facto GM sport truck, enabled by the 2022 Chevy Silverado Regular Cab, Standard Bed. May we suggest that Chevy make the 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8 optional, add some throwback cues to the 454 SS, and have a modern muscle truck that might jam up the ordering system faster than the Colorado Trail Boss?
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