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New Truck News | 2022 Chevy Silverado Spied, Jeep Gladiator Gets Trailer Brake Controller and Ford Maverick’s Tailgate Stamping

2022 Chevrolet Silverado spy photos capture interior upgrades

Spy photographers managed to catch a glimpse of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado’s interior in a prototype spotted in the wild. While its cabin surfaces were still extensively camouflaged, the photographer was able to capture the truck’s screens peeking out from beneath the vinyl and confirm the presence of Super Cruise.

While GM has updated both the Sierra and Silverado incrementally with each year of this new generation, these minor equipment tweaks haven’t been of large enough scope to address some of the more pointed criticisms. The Silverado’s interior design, which has largely carried over these past few years, has been a particularly big sticking point.

Thanks to these photos, we see that GM is planning to address the Silverado’s cabin with what will be the first significant upgrade of this model’s life cycle. The most obvious upgrade will be the inclusion of GM’s Super Cruise highway semi-self-driving suite, as evidenced by the illuminated green strip at the top center of this prototype’s steering wheel.

Elsewhere in the cabin, we can see what appear to be both a full digital cluster and a larger infotainment screen. We don’t expect Chevy’s new cabin to be anywhere near as extravagant as the new Cadillac Escalade’s, but we expect the glassy, touch-sensitive real estate inside the Silverado’s cabin to expand significantly.

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Jeep Gladiator gets Mopar trailer brake controller

Considering a Jeep Gladiator, but concerned it’s a little more toy than truck? Well, if towing is your concern, Mopar has you covered with a new factory accessory trailer brake controller. While a midsize pickup might not be the ideal towing rig, a factory-backed brake controller provides peace of mind to whose who use their trucks as trucks with any sort of regularity.

And while most midsize trucks can tow up to 7,000 pounds or so (Gladiator included), finding a factory trailer brake controller among the current offerings is surprisingly tricky. Like JeepFord offers a dealer-installed controller option on the RangerGM offers a factory controller on some Colorado cab styles (with dealer-installed kits available for those without one from the factory); Toyota does not appear to offer a factory-installed or factory-endorsed trailer brake controller for the Tacoma, but for buyers who are used to having these installed at delivery, that may not be much of a shortcoming.

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Spy photos reveal Ford Maverick’s tailgate stamping

That factory leak we saw months ago? Yep, it’s real

The compact Ford Maverick pickup’s identity has been further confirmed by a set of spy photos released Friday depicting uncovered portions of its tailgate. Thanks to a handy access flap that was left open in plain sight, our spies were able to snap several photos that show individual letters on the baby pickup’s tailgate, and those letters pretty clearly spell out “Maverick.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this tailgate. It first surfaced back in July in a leaked photo from a Ford production facility. This is, however, the first time we’ve actually seen it on one of the Blue Oval’s prototypes.

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