Chevrolet has just released a single photo of its revised front fascia on the 2016 Silverado 1500 pickup truck. The new look drops the heavy use of chrome and the retro styling for more contemporary look, complete with LED lighting accents.

Sadly, this is the only visual clue Chevrolet has offered on its new truck. There’s no word on what changes – if any – Chevy has done with the rear of the truck. Regardless, the new look addresses concerns that some had with the 2014 and 2015 model years. The new body-colored grille features a much sharper, more high-tech look, thanks in part to the single-stacked HID headlights, razor-like chrome grille inserts, and vertical LED fog lights.

Designers also emboldened the 2016 Silverado’s hood. Sharp creases bring a new take on the “power dome” style, with a narrow center ridge and two divots on either side. And though it’s painted to match the body, the front bumper will likely remain stamped from steel rather than converting to a molded plastic panel.

This single photo reveals what the mid-range Z71 trim level will look like, so we’ll have to wait on the lower-spec trims. It’s suspected the grille and bumper will be black while the headlights are down-graded to halogen units without the LED daytime running lights.

Beyond the body, Chevy did announce the 2016 Silverado will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its eight-inch MyLink infotainment system, while the new eight-speed automatic transmission will make its way into more trim levels. Additional safety technologies will also be included, though Chevy hasn’t specified what those will be.

Save for the new eight-speed automatic, don’t expect GM to roll out any major powertrain changes with its three available engines. Changes like that will likely be saved for the next generation Silverado expected out for 2018.

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Why it matters

Truck designs are very important for sales, despite the major concentration on horsepower, towing numbers, and fuel economy. When it debuted, many thought the current Silverado looked too retro and didn’t move the bar high enough. Now with the 2015 Ford F-150 in full production and the Ram 1500 selling extremely well, Chevy has to stay current with truck buyers. The new look should help attract those who favor high-tech features and cutting-edge design. Though the whole retro design theme is still going strong in the industry, it is probably wise for Chevy to dial it back a bit with the Silverado.

Now we’ll have to wait for further news from GM on what else is new with the 2016 Silverado and what changes are coming to the 2016 GMC Sierra.

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Chevy Trucks are on a roll, with Chevrolet pickup sales up 32 percent so far this year. Chevrolet intends to strengthen this momentum with significant updates for the 2016 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup.

“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,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.

“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 brand this year.”

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

The redesign of the 2016 Silverado 1500 is part of an aggressive strategy to build on Chevy Trucks’ momentum.

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 June of this year, Silverado sales are up 14.6 percent. Chevrolet also sold 41,575 midsize Colorados during the same period.

More product details will be available this fall, closer to the public debut of the redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500.

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