GMC is unveiling the 2016 Sierra, which gets a mid-cycle facelift along with its GM sister, the Chevrolet Silverado, for the upcoming model year. You can check out the highlights in the automaker’s new video which shows the most noticeable changes for 2016, namely the headlights and front end grille design. The lights get a cool new C-shaped LED daylight running lights with LED headlights and fog lamps as well.
The grille and hood are also getting new overhauls that feature more aggressive lines and styling than current models. Like current models, the new Sierra Denali and new standard Sierra have noticeably different grilles from one another with the Denali getting a busier patterned grille while the standard Sierra gets a more open and straightforward design. The rear end also gets updated with C-shaped LED taillights and a newly designed bumper.
“Our teams of engineers and designers have worked to give the new Sierra an even more distinctive identity. New, bold exterior styling accentuated by LED headlamps gives Sierra a unique visual presence, even at night. Fine details in Sierra’s grille inserts, including unique textures, finishes, and patterns, produce a precision-machined feel. With its capable foundation and powerful yet efficient EcoTec3 powertrain options, the 2016 Sierra will remain at the top of its class,” says a GMC spokesperson.
Last month, GMC announced that the 2016 Sierra will be offering Apple’s CarPlay, with the alternative Android Auto system joining later, as updates to its IntelliLink technology system. Both systems allow drivers to use smartphone apps directly through the IntelliLink including the ability to use music, navigation, hands-free calling, and messaging.
No exact details have been released about what the powertrain options will be for 2016, but it is likely that like its redesigned sister Silverado it will offer more options. The Silverado is offering its eight-speed automatic transmission option to be available with the 5.3-liter engine instead of just the 6.2-liter for 2016.
Like the Silverado, the current Sierra received a completely new design in 2014 that was criticized as being rather dull. GM hopes that the updated design to both trucks will add some spice and keep sales going strong.
The Sierra is GMC’s best-selling truck and ended last month as its hottest sales in June since 2006. This comes on top of 12 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains.
Prices remain unknown. However, GMC says that the 2016 Sierra will go on sale in the fall of this year with more details to be released in the coming months.
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