Chevrolet is rolling out its 2016 Silverado lineup in Texas this week and the Silverado 3500 HD is the granddaddy of them all. Updates include digital steering assist, phone integration and a 5th wheel package. And unlike the Silverado 1500, we even get shots of the upgraded interior with this reveal.
Chevy is making the biggest deal out of its new Digital Steering Assist power steering that comes on some double cab and crew cab models. It has electronic controls that Chevy says enhance road holding and stability on the highway – particularly on crowned roads – regardless of whether the truck is loaded. Chevy says it also offers greater responsiveness and an improved steering feel. Note thought that Digital Steering Assist is not available on Work Truck models or regular cab.
There’s also a new Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package, with a spray-in bedliner, that makes Silverado HD models ready to tow larger trailers right from the factory. Look for it in the first quarter of 2016 for both the gas and diesel models. It features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth wheel hitch mounting brackets, as well as a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. A new Gooseneck Completion Kit will also be available from Chevrolet dealers, featuring a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs.
Gas and Duramax diesel powertrains are offered across the lineup, including a bi-fuel option that allows the gas engine to run on compressed natural gas. The Duramax has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul.
In terms of car connectivity, the Silverado HD’s MyLink systems are enhanced for 2016. They include a new HD radio with a 7-inch-diagonal capacitive touchscreen with performance improvements such as a faster processer for better performance, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The available 8-inch system features similar performance improvements and CarPlay capability. Android Auto will come later in the model year.
Additional new features for 2016 include available wireless phone charging, an available remote locking tailgate and three exterior colors: Siren Red Tintcoat (double cab only), Red Hot and Butte Red Metallic (crew cab only).
The HG lineup is full of choices with regular, double cab and crew cab models offered across the lineup. 2500HD and 3500HD regular cab models are matched with an 8’ box, while 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes. Silverado 3500HD double cab is offered exclusively with the 8’ box, while 3500HD crew cabs are available with the 6’6” and 8’ boxes. Dual-rear-wheel configurations are also available on 3500HD.
Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on double cab and crew cab models, while the High Country – Chevrolet’s premium heavy-duty pickup – is offered exclusively on the crew cab.
For a complete list of the HD’s trailering ratings head to Chevy’s website.
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