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2022 Chevy Silverado single-cab, shorter-bed truck is back — with a catch

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Single cab, regular cab, crew cab, long bed, short bed, standard bed — all of the truck jargon can be confusing to the average consumer. But for the folks out there who just want an “affordable” pickup truck with two doors and a smaller bed, there are very few choices.

Now, there’s one more choice in the market, as General Motors is bringing back a popular truck once only sold overseas. GM Authority first reported and we can confirm, the 2022 Chevy Silverado will be available as a single-cab truck with a shorter bed. But (and you knew there would be a but) it’s only available on the Work Truck (WT) trim and with the 6-foot, 5-inch bed (or what Chevy calls a “standard” bed).

What single-cab, full-size trucks are available with a shorter bed?

If you are shopping for a full-size single-cab truck with a smaller bed, pickings are fairly slim. Until now, only the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 had such offerings.

Ford made a 6-foot, 5-inch bed with a single cab available for 2021 on both the XL and XLT trims. But this also meant that those work-oriented trucks didn’t get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which makes the F-150 such a tremendous vehicle. Rather the single-cab work truck from Ford gets the 3.3-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower.

A single cab is available on the Ram 1500 Classic models with your choice of a 6-foot, 4-inch box or an 8-foot box.

But that was it.

Toyota Tundra stopped offering a single cab after the 2017 model year, and the Nissan Titan stopped offering it after the 2019 model year.

2022 Chevy Silverado updates

There are a lot of new features for the 2022 Chevy Silverado, beyond just the single cab on the WT Trim. In fact, many of these updates affect multiple trim lines and give truck buyers plenty of choices.

A new available 13.4-inch diagonal touchscreen gives a major technology bump to the Silverado, which was in desperate need of a new screen.  A second available big screen resides behind the steering wheel with a 12.3-inch digital display for the driver.

Mechanically, the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with the 8-speed transmission will get 20% more torque than before. Two new, albeit somewhat confounding, driver assist features are also coming to the Silverado with the arrival of Super Cruise to the Silverado 1500 High Country and the new Buckle to Drive feature on all 1500s.

The bottom line on the single-cab truck

A single-cab pickup truck is not everyone’s cup of tea. It certainly has minimal appeal for families, but it appeals to people who use their trucks for work and who helped make pickup trucks the most popular segment in the automotive industry.

Many of those true pickup consumers may not be able to afford the luxury full-size trucks that have price tags north of $60k. Plus those trucks have far more features than fleet companies might need. So we think it’s an outstanding move from Chevy to offer a single cab in the U.S. market.

What do you think of single cab trucks? Are they still of interest to you? Leave your comment below.

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Jimmy Dinsmore

Jimmy is News Editor for PickupTruckTalk with an expertise in new vehicles. He is also a Ford Mustang historian having authored the book Mustang by Design (available on Amazon). His second book, about the history of Ford's F-Series truck comes out next year.

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