The Chevrolet Silverado is getting a refresh, even though the current model is barely two years old. The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 will come with tougher front-end look, more 8-speed transmission availability and new technology when it goes on sale this fall..
“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies. New front end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Silverado the fastest growing full-size pickup this year,” says Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.
One of the noticeable changes in the front-end design is the replacement of the traditional dual stacked headlights with two separate streamlined lights. They are separated by a middle bar that passes through the bowtie and divides the grille in half. On the upper trim levels, like the Z71, the front headlights will get two rows of LED lights. The hood also features a more sculpted muscular design.
Under the hood Chevrolet is expanding the eight-speed automatic transmission option to be available with the 5.3-liter V8 engine instead of just with the 6.2-liter.
Technology wise, the 2016 Silverado will also feature an updated Chevy MyLink system that will support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Both of these systems allow drivers to directly connect their smartphones into the cars technology system in order to access phone apps through the vehicle with voice commands, steering wheel buttons, and the touch screen. This is all part of Chevrolet’s plan to integrate the two systems across its lineup.
The current Silverado was redesigned bumper to bumper for the 2014 model year, but it was criticized as being too dull and not different enough from the previous generation. Chevy hopes the updates for 2016 will jazz things up.
The Silverado is selling well and, in fact, sales are up 14.6 percent for this year as of June and that’s on top of the 10 percent increase last year.
GM has yet to announce of the GMC cousin of the Silverado, the Sierra, will also be getting similar updates for 2016. Aside from this cousin truck, the Silverado also falls into the same highly competitive full-size truck segment that includes the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra.
No pricing yet for the 2016 model, but Chevy says more details will be available this fall as the debut approaches.