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PostSubject: Silverado Refresh   July 13th 2015, 10:58 am

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets a New Look



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The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado is getting an update, including expanded options availability, more widespread use of the eight-speed automatic transmission, and most obviously, a bit of a facelift.

A totally revised front end establishes some family resemblance with the smaller Colorado midsize pickup. Although the pickup’s headlight housing is still square, the headlights themselves are more angular and feature LED light piping and techno-chic internals, while a sculpted grille and hood provide some added visual flash. There’s no denying the Silverado is less blocky-looking than before, adopting some of the Colorado’s sportiness in its look. Also, it makes the truck look less like its immediate predecessor, a move which should please those who felt like the 2014 Silverado looked too much like the 2013.

“It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Chevy Trucks Marketing Director Sandor Piszar. “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 fullsize pickup brand this year.”

It’s hard to argue with that last statement. This year, Chevrolet has consistently posted a double-digit sales increase percentage, with Silverado sales through the first half of 2015 trending 14.6 percent higher than they were last year. Chevrolet hopes to maintain that momentum for 2016, so the new Silverado will also come with new safety technology, an updated MyLink infotainment system, and expanded use of the company’s eight-speed automatic transmission (let’s hope they’ve fixed the upshift-happy calibration to make the gearbox more responsive).

Chevrolet will expound on these limited product details this fall, closer to the 2016 Silverado’s public debut and on-sale date.



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PostSubject: Re: Silverado Refresh   July 13th 2015, 11:00 am

I don't care for the looks of the fog lights, but the rest is not too damn shabby.
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PostSubject: Re: Silverado Refresh   July 13th 2015, 4:23 pm

Will be interesting to see what the non-LTZ Z71 trims differentiate.

My neighbor just bought a '15 Silverado 2500HD DA CC 4x4.  Now I gotta look at it for umpteen years.  Wink

Interesting that the '16 gets the eight speed across the 5.3 and 6.2 now.  Curious how the 5.3 will drive and the what kind of economy can be obtained.

The Sierra should be updated for '16 right?
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PostSubject: Re: Silverado Refresh   July 15th 2015, 5:22 pm

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The Sierra should be updated for '16 right?

YUP!
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PostSubject: Re: Silverado Refresh   September 24th 2015, 1:15 pm



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down in the Lonestar State, which means a lot of things to a lot of Texans: rodeos, cook-offs, country music concerts, big belt buckles, and even bigger hats. But it also means new trucks. Ford used the occasion this year to roll out its new F-Series Super Duty pickups, but the Blue Oval won't have the show all to itself as Chevy is also on hand to reveal in full its latest updates to the Silverado.

The Bowtie brand gave us our first glimpse at its updated 1500-series pickup back in July, but has now revealed the revised truck in full – and not just in Z71 spec, either. Buyers will be able to choose between WT, LS, LT, LTZ, and High Country trim levels – to say nothing of the various cab, box, and powertrain configurations. The top three get all-LED exterior lighting. And while the Z71 adopts the color-keyed trim we saw previously, other models like the LT, LTZ, and (to a lesser extent) the top-of-the-line High Country still bring the chrome for those who want it. Whichever the model, the new Silverado boasts a more muscular-looking front-end and a more sculpted hood.

Inside, the new Silverado gets an optional MyLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The revised truck also benefits from added safety technology and convenience features. Engine options include a 4.3-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, and a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. The news when it comes to powertrains is that the eight-speed automatic launched last year on the larger V8 is now being offered on the smaller 5.3 as well.



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PostSubject: Re: Silverado Refresh   September 25th 2015, 6:26 pm

Looks nice but those wheel well openings are fighting for who's more square honors with a Rubik's cube .
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PostSubject: Re: Silverado Refresh   September 30th 2015, 10:28 am



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PostSubject: Re: Silverado Refresh   October 12th 2015, 2:04 pm

2016 Silverado 1500: New Face, More Performance



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It has been less than two years since Chevrolet rolled out the current-generation Silverado 1500 pickup truck, yet constant improvements seem to keep coming, as is evident from the refreshed 2016 models we recently tested.

The newest iteration of GM's best-selling pickup now shares DNA with other GM performance cars in what Brian Izard, senior creative designer for the Silverado, calls "cross-pollination between the performance and the truck design studios specifically designed to bring a strong family resemblance between the vehicles."

However, the 2016 Silverado 1500 gets more than a new grille and face-lift; it also benefits from GM's wider use of the company's eight-speed automatic transmission, which is mated to the 5.3-liter V-8. Other new features improve the 2016 truck's performance, safety and utility. Here are the highlights:

Under the Hood
Although engine offerings have not changed for 2016, buyers of LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and High Country Silverados with the 5.3-liter V-8 might think something has changed because the 355-horsepower, midlevel V-8 definitely feels stronger thanks to Hydra-Matic 8L90 transmission previously only offered with the top-level 6.2-liter V-8.

The eight-speed automatic transmission has considerably lower (numerically higher) gear ratios through the first six gears than the 6L80 six-speed that will remain the standard trans in the lower trim levels. The lower close-ratio gear splits of the eight-speed give the uplevel 5.3-liter half-ton Silverados strong acceleration and a throttle response similar to that of the bigger V-8. We found the transmission shifts between 1st and 6th are closely spaced, quick, precise and velvety smooth.

We drove an LTZ crew-cab 4x4 with the close-ratio eight-speed; it gives the 5.3-liter V-8 the launch and towing muscle of the 6.2 without sacrificing fuel economy (EPA numbers have yet to be released). When you hit cruising speed, which comes far quicker than you might anticipate, the final shift into 8th (geared at 0.65:1) drops engine rpm well below that of the 5.3-liter V-8 with the six-speed. If you are performance-minded or a trailer tower, the 5.3-liter with this new transmission choice could be the powertrain combination you've been waiting for.

Articulating Side Steps
Silverado High Country trims also get retractable and articulating running boards. They are activated by a switch that pivots them out and rearward about a foot, allowing for easy access to the front of the bed, where a toolbox or other gear might sit. Tapping the switch a second time powers the board back to its stored position under the truck.

Likewise, when a door opens the steps swing out in normal fashion, providing easier access for shorter passengers. Tap the switch while the side steps are deployed and they shift toward the tailgate. Shut the door and they retract under the body.

Fresh Face, Power Hood
There is a difference in appearance between the 2014 and 2016 models, but it's one of attitude. The 2016 looks meaner. The previous model, a bit mild. The dramatically sculpted 20016 hood harkens back to the days of the big cowl-induction hoods on performance cars and trucks. The dual-scoop look is distinctive with high, sharp-edged breaks, and, the designers say, the strong center ridge has function beyond form — it helps add strength to the one-piece aluminum hood.

Smart, Bright Lights
If there's something familiar about the new Silverado's headlights, grille and daytime running lights, it's because a lot of the technology and design was pulled from the Cadillac CTS and the new Chevrolet Camaros. The narrow, wide headlights wrap around the front end, giving the illusion the 2016 Silverado is wider than the previous model. Although it's not, the curved running lights, which also serve as turn indicators, provide that effect.

Another lighting change of note: Chevrolet is the first truckmaker to offer LED fog lights, which are available on LT trim levels and above. The optics in the three LED lenses in each fog light set are designed to hit a certain part of the road ahead without the light bouncing off the fog and into the driver's eyes.

Uplevel 2016 Silverado 1500s also incorporate IntelliBeam high-beam assist technology that recognizes not only oncoming vehicles but automatically switches the truck's headlights to low beam; it also recognizes taillights and does the same when approaching a vehicle from the rear.

More in Touch
For those who can't be without their cellphones, all 2016 Silverados (1500, 2500 and 3500) will support integration with Chevrolet's available MyLink multimedia system via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both integrate selected phone features onto the MyLink display screen in a smart, simple manner.

This integration of phone and vehicle allows drivers to more easily make calls, send and receive messages, view maps and listen to music using the touch-screen or voice commands, which help drivers keep their eyes on the road.

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