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Chevrolet may have already pulled the covers off the 2016 Silverado’s new exterior design, but it was only at the 2015 Texas State Fair that full information became available. Now Chevy has released nearly all the juicy details on the Silverado’s refresh.

Take a good look at the exterior because that encompasses the majority of changes. In fact, the interior’s design doesn’t change at all. Not that it’s a bad thing – the Silverado still has a highly competitive interior in terms of size, amenities and design. And although the design hasn’t changed, the MyLInk infotainment software now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Carrying over from last year is Chevy’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.

General Motors is also updating the Silverado’s powertrain, though only on mid- and high-level models. Those leather-lined luxo-trucks get the new eight-speed automatic found in several of GM’s 2015 body-on-frame SUVs, along with the GMC Sierra Denali.

Of course, there’s no room to discount the Silverado’s new styling. The fresh look brings the truck into a more modern era. LED headlights are offered, along with LED daytime running lights, turn signals, and rear taillights. Heck, even the base WT trim level now has HID projector beam headlights – something only found on high-end luxury cars five years ago.

There are more details below, so continue reading for more.

Update 02/25/2016: Chevrolet announced today that it will offer a mild-hybrid electric system on 500, California-based 2016 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 1LT pickup trucks. The system delivers a 13-percent increase in fuel economy while adding 13 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque to the 5.3-liter V-8’s overall output.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado.

  • 2016 Chevrolet Silverado
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    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    285 @ 5300
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  • Torque @ RPM:
    305 @ 3900
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    4.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; 2WD, 4WD
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The Silverado 1500’s new grille and bumper design are more angular and aggressive than before. The straight lines of the 2014 and 2015 grille have given way to a curved lower line and subsequently curved grille inserts. Well, curved at the ends, at least.

The headlights are of the premium kind – HIDs on lower-spec WT and LT trims and LED units on LTZ, LTZ/Z71, and High County trim levels. In fact, LTZ and above trim levels have full LED exterior lighting. Regardless of trim level, all Silverados come with LED daytime running lights.

Speaking of trim levels, there are five in all. The basic WT features a black plastic grille and black bumper. The everyman’s LT trim level comes loaded with chrome for an upscale look, along with larger chrome-clad wheels. Opt for the LTZ and you’re upgraded to full LED headlights, fog lights, turn signals and taillights. The same holds true for the High Country model, but with the addition of bespoke chrome grille inserts. The most distinctive trim is the LTZ with the Z71 package. That carries a monochromatic look that adds body color to the bumpers and exterior trim.

Side-by-side comparison between the 2015 and the 2016 Silverado

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Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm) 143.5 / 3645
Overall length (in / mm) 230 / 5843
Overall width (in / mm) 80 / 2032
Overall height (in / mm) 2WD: 73.9 / 1876
4WD: 73.9 / 1877
Track (in / mm) 2WD front: 68.9 / 1750 2WD rear: 67.9 / 1716
4WD front: 68.9 / 1750 4WD rear: 67.6 / 1716


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Note: 2014 model shown
Like I mentioned before, the interior doesn’t see much change beyond a software update – though a long-awaited one at that. Now the Silverado has Apple CarPlay on its mid- and high-level infotainment systems. Those wanting to use Android Auto will have to upgrade to the 7-inch infotainment touch screen.

The Silverado still offers a nearly flat load floor behind the first-row seats. The rear bench can be raised for more interior storage space. Cubbie holes and cup holders abound, as do USB ports and 12-volt outlets. There’s even an available 110-volt AC power outlet.


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The Silverado updates haven’t touched the available engines, but do bring a new transmission into the mix. The Silverado still comes with the base 4.3-liter V-6, mid-level 5.3-liter V-8, and the range-topping 6.2-liter V-8. All three engines offer EcoTec3 technologies, which include variable valve timing, direct fuel injection, and Active Fuel Management, sometime referred to as Displacement on Demand. AFM allows the engines, even the V-6, to enter a four-cylinder mode to safe fuel. When more power is needed, they seamlessly kick in all cylinders.

The standard transmission available is still the tried-and-true six-speed automatic. For LTZ and LTZ/Z71 powered by the 6.2-liter V-8, along with the High Country trucks powered by the 5.3-liter V-8, Chevy is including the new eight-speed automatic transmission. Derived from the Corvette’s eight-speed unit, the gearbox can handle substantial amounts of torque and abuse. Also Corvette-derived, the 6.2-liter is basically the same V-8 that powers the C7. Only a handful of parts separate the two, along with the engine management programming, of course.

Like always, the Silverado is offered in both 2WD and 4WD applications. Available across the lineup and regardless of drivetrain choice, is GM’s venerable Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential.

Mild-Hybrid eAssist System

The 2016 model year will see Chevy add a mild hybrid system to 500 examples of the Silverado 1500 fitted with the Crew Cab, RWD, and 1LT trim level. These trucks, only sold in California, are Chevy’s method of a soft rollout of a hybrid truck. Chevy will monitor customer feedback and adjust production numbers for 2017 accordingly. Though this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a hybrid Silverado in showrooms, this is a first for the current generation Silverado pickup and the fifth generation LS small block V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid truck utilizes the lithium-ion battery cells from the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and software derived from the Volt. The 24-cell, 0.45 kWh battery pack is located in the center console or under the front bench seat, depending on which seating configuration is chosen, while the power inverter module is located in the engine bay for liquid cooling. The total system only adds 100 pounds to the truck, resulting in little sacrifice in payload and towing capabilities.

Power is sent to a compact induction motor located on the engine’s accessory drive. It provides up to 13 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque during high-load situations, while also allowing the 5.3-liter V-8 to operate in four-cylinder mode more often, furthering its efficiency. When not under power, the electric motor acts as a generator, providing 15 kW of regenerative power back to the battery pack. Furthermore, Chevy added a Start/Stop system to the V-8.

All told, the hybrid system increases the Silverado’s fuel economy by two mpg city, making its EPA numbers climb to 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. Chevy is only charging $500 for the eAssist system.

Drivetrain Specifications

EcoTec3 4.3L V-6 FlexFuel (LV3) EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 FlexFuel (L83)
Type 4.3L V-6 5.3L V-8
Displacement (cu in / cc) 262 / 4300 325 / 5328
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 3.92 x 3.62 / 99.6 x 92 3.78 x 3.62 / 96 x 92
Block material cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Ignition system coil near plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires coil near plug, platinum-tipped spark plugs, low-resistance spark plug wires
Fuel delivery direct fuel injection with Active Fuel Management direct fuel injection with Active Fuel Management
Compression ratio 11.0:1 11.0:1
Horsepower 285 HP @ 5,300 RPM (gas – SAE certified)
297 HP @ 5,300 RPM (E85 – SAE certified)
355 HP @ 5,600 RPM (gas – SAE certified)
380 HP @ 5,600 RPM (E85 – SAE certified)
Torque 305 LB-FT @ 3,900 RPM (gas – SAE certified)
330 LB-FT @ 3,900 RPM (E85 – SAE certified)
383 LB-FT @ 4,100 RPM (gas – SAE certified)
416 LB-FT @ 4,100 RPM (E85 – SAE certified)
Maximum engine speed (rpm) 5,800 5,800
Estimated fuel economy (city / hwy) 18 / 24 (2WD)
17 / 22 (4WD)
16 / 23 (2WD)
16 / 22 (4WD)


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Don’t expect the Silverado to lose its five-star crash rating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the “Good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Electronic safety systems include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Intellibeam high beam assist. Of course, the full suite of airbags is included.


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Prices for the 2016 Chevy Silverado stay relatively close to prices in 2015. The base MSRP runs $28,290 for a single cab, standard bed configuration in the WT trim. Prices then range to $54,510 for a Silverado Crew Cab with 4WD and the High Country trim. As with any pickup these days, the Silverado’s price varies greatly depending on cab, bed, engine, driveline configuration, trim level, and added options. Though this can get confusion for buyers new to the truck segment, it gives customers the ability to fully customize their rig to fit an exact need.


2015 Ford F-150

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Completely new for 2015, the F-150 brings several game-changing attributes and technologies to the pickup market. Obviously the aluminum body has been making headlines. Amid the controversy, it does shave nearly 700 pounds off the truck’s curb weight. Also new is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. The turbocharged engine pulls like a V-8 and offers the fuel economy of a V-6, though you have to stay out of the turbo boost in order to achieve it.

The F-150 has traditionally been the best-selling pickup, but thanks to supply chain and other issues, the Silverado and Sierra have caught up. Pricing for the F-150 starts at $26,030.

You can read our full review here.

2015 Ram 1500

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Also gaining sales ground these days is the Ram 1500. The truck takes an unconventional approach to things with its unique five-link coil-spring suspension holding its solid rear axle in place. Higher trim levels also offer a full air suspension system – something not found on any other 1500/150-series trucks.

Power comes from the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, the mighty 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, or the efficient 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. All three engines are mated to an electronically controlled, eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, both 2WD and 4WD are available.

Prices for the Ram 1500 start at $25,660 for the base Tradesman trim level. If money is not object, then customers can easily drop $60,000 on the Limited trim level.

You can read more about the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel here.


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The 2016 updates to the Silverado pickup will surely help keep sales rolling. Chevrolet has enjoyed record months in the second and third quarters of 2015 with things only expected to get better.

It seems Chevy is doing right by its loyal customers in keeping the Silverado fresh – even if these updates are mostly cosmetic. The addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also key for this market. Chevy says its owners are the heaviest users of any brand’s in-vehicle Wi-Fi services, alluding to a crop of technophiles behind that bowtie.

Finally, if Chevy keeps up with a two-year cycle, the pickup market could be looking at an all-new Silverado in 2018 or 2019. That would land squarely at the time Ford will be doing a mid-cycle refresh on the current F-150. Exciting times surely lay ahead.

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    • Hybrid limited to 500 units; only sold in California
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Press Release

The new 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 brings muscular designs and new customer-focused technologies to the most dependable, longest-lasting family of full-size pickups on the road.

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The new Silverados make their public debut today at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

“The new 2016 Silverado will build on the Chevy truck legacy of dependability,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevrolet trucks.

“New muscular front end designs, sculpted hoods and signature LED lighting accents reflect Silverado’s strength and dependability, which have helped make Silverado the fastest-growing full-size pickup brand this year.”

Other changes for 2016 will include expanded use of 8-speed automatic transmissions, updated available Chevy MyLink with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and additional safety technologies.

New designs feature advanced lighting, strong Chevy Truck DNA
Chevrolet designers used advanced lighting technology to help create new Silverados that show their Chevy Truck DNA while looking like no other truck on the road.

Advanced lighting allowed Chevrolet designers to create more expressive forms, integrating the lights into the sweeping horizontal elements and deep grille inserts. Turn signals and brake lamps wrap around the corners of the truck for a more streamlined look.

The new designs provide a unique look for each Silverado trim level, and let customers chose a look that more closely fits their personalities.

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For example, the Silverado WT features chrome horizontal grille elements, black grille inserts, and compact high-intensity discharge headlamps. LT and LTZ Silverados feature chrome grille elements and bumpers, while Z71 models have a monochromatic appearance. Silverado High Country features chrome horizontal bars and unique grille inserts, set off by body colored bumpers.

The muscular front end designs also feature a dramatically sculpted hood that helps give the new Silverado the strong presence that differentiates full-size pickups from other types of vehicles.

All trim levels feature premium lighting with LED signature daytime running lamps and park/turn lamps. LED fog lamps are available on LT and standard on LT Z71.

LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and High Country models feature LED technology for all lighting, including LED headlamps, daytime running lights, fog lights, park/turn signal lamps, and taillamps.

Advanced connectivity for work or play
Silverado customers are among the top users of the connectivity offered by available OnStar and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. For 2016, Silverado will be available with support for Apple CarPlay, which projects select iPhone features (iPhone 5 and later) on the available MyLink display in a smart, simple manner.

This integration of phone and vehicle allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Using CarPlay is simple. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen, visible when a phone is not connected, changes to indicate “CarPlay” when a compatible phone is connected via a USB. Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using, and Apple’s privacy statement and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at

Silverado models with the available 7-inch color MyLink also will support Android Auto.

Advanced safety and convenience features
The new 2016 Silverado 1500 offers safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam high beam assist.

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The 2016 Silverado is also available with a remote locking tailgate for convenience and security. Wireless phone charging is available on LT and LTZ double cab and crew cab models with available bucket seats, and it is standard on High Country.

Silverado High Country also will be available with power articulating running boards, which extend to enhance access to the cab, and can also swing rearward for easier access to the bed.

Time-tested high-strength steel, advanced V-8 engines
The new 2016 Silverado 1500 builds on the legacy of the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road.

Silverado features a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and a body structure that make extensive use of high strength steels, as well as roll-formed steel beds, which are stronger and lighter than conventional steel.

Customers can chose from three advanced EcoTec3 engines. They build on the legacy of Chevrolet small block truck engines, while incorporating advanced features to enhance power and efficiency.

All three engines feature direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation, also known as Active Fuel Management, for improved power and efficiency. All switch to four-cylinder mode under light-load conditions.

Silverado’s standard 4.3L V-6 is SAE certified at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, the most torque of any standard V-6.

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The 5.3L V-8 is certified at 355-horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. Offering an EPA highway estimate of 23 mpg, it is the most fuel efficient V-8 in any pickup.

Silverado’s available 6.2L V-8 is certified at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the most power and torque of any light-duty pickup. This engine also offers the highest towing of any V-8 light-duty pickup, up to 12,000 pounds.

For 2016, the new 8-speed automatic transmission that is standard on 6.2L-equipped Silverados will be standard on LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and High Country Silverados with the 5.3L V-8.

The new 8-speed provides a numerically higher first gear ratio to help drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering. Its wider overall gear ratio spread also enables numerically lower rear axle ratios, which reduce engine rpm on the highway.

Building on strong Chevy Truck momentum
Chevy Trucks are on a roll, with pickup sales up 33 percent so far this year.

“Our strategy is pretty simple,” said Piszar. “Build trucks that meet the real needs of truck customers. The right designs. The right sizes. The right powertrains. The right materials. The right technologies.”

Chevrolet intends to strengthen this momentum with the new 2016 Silverado 1500, a new diesel engine for the hot-selling midsize Colorado, and new special models for Silverado and Colorado.

Since the introduction of the all-new Silverado 1500 in the spring of 2013, Silverado sales have grown by double digits, on a percentage basis, each year. Through August, Silverado sales are up 17 percent compared with the same period last year.

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Growth in Silverado sales have been accompanied by a strong Colorado launch, which has made Colorado the fastest-selling pickup in America. Colorado sales so far this year have passed the 59,000 mark in the U.S. alone.

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