2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD debuts with digital steering assist, trailering kit

Article by Andrew Christian, on October 6, 2015

Chevrolet has engineered a new Silverado HD that makes good use of the latest technologies that the brand has to offer. Indeed, once one is able to see this new release from Chevrolet, it is clear that it not only utilizes 2016 technologies making even the toughest of jobs easy but it has been made more appealing with additional features that complement the already amazing functions.

These include among others, a powertrain grade braking with diesel exhaust braking in order to improve control and an integrated cruise control. It’s also available with the Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package. This includes a spray-in bedliner, giving the new model the capability of towing larger trailers.

This particular package has a hitch platform and tray that has been frame-mounted, allowing it to accommodate a gooseneck ball hitch or even a fifth wheel hitch mounting brackets. It even has a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness.

Chevrolet expects to offer this package for both the gas and diesel models in the first quarter of 2016. In addition, a new Gooseneck Completion Kit will also be offered through the different Chevrolet dealers. This Kit will have two chain tie-downs and a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch.

Another important feature is the New Digital Steering Assist. This feature allows power steering on some of the double cab and even the crew cab models. The system results to a more confident and easier trailering and hauling.

With electronic controls, this function is made even more efficient and further improves stability and road holding. This makes this particular system vital, especially on crowded roads, regardless of whether the truck has a load or not.

Finally the system gives the Silverado HD better responsiveness and an even improved feel to the steering. Chevrolet discloses however that the Digital Steering Assist will not be offered with the regular cab or the Work Truck models.

However, the MyLink systems remain. Though these have been offered in previous models, they’ve been greatly enhanced especially for the year 2016 and they now give the driver better choices in connectivity. There is now a HD radio that has 7-inch-diagonal and capacitive touchscreen with improvements that result in a faster processer and better performance.

This radio will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. It also comes with an 8-inch system with the same capabilities but only with the CarPlay. Chevrolet divulged that Android Auto will likely be available in late 2016. Other new features that will be made available are the remote locking tailgate and wireless phone charging.

Chevrolet will make three colors available for the exterior. Both the Butte Red and Red Hot Metallic will be for the crew cab only while the Siren Red Tintcoat will be offered solely for the double cab. Furthermore, the trailering ratings of the 2016 Silverado HD have been aligned with the SAE J2807 standards.

The different maximum capacities for the Silverado HD include:

  • Maximum 2500HD conventional trailering rating of 14,500 pounds (6,577 kg)
  • Maximum 2500HD fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 15,000 pounds (6,804 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 17,500 pounds (7,938 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 20,000 pounds (9,072 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 23,200 pounds (10,523 kg).

All of these were made possible by the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel with the Allison 1000 six-speed transmission along with the powertrain combination that had sold an estimated 1.5 million units.

Even with all these features, the 2016 Silverado HD continues to have the core elements that support its capability with the needed durability. Chevrolet offers different models across its lineup like the crew cab, double cab, and of course the regular. Regular cab models for the 2500HD and 3500HD have an 8’ box.

The 2500HD double cab meanwhile will be available in either the 6’6” or 8’ boxes while the 3500hD double cab will only have the 8’ box. The 2500HD crew cab will also be available in both 6’6” and 8’ boxes similar to what’s offered with the 3500hD crew cab.

For the 3500HD models, Chevrolet has built a Dual-rear-wheel configuration. The trim levels also vary with the LT, LTZ, High Country, and Work Truck (WT). The High Country will be offered exclusively for the crew cab though the LTZ will be for the crew can and double cab.

The automaker will also offer different equipment packages and Special-edition models that will match with a unique personalized look. 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.

The WT models, specifically the 2500 HD, will have the Silverado HD Custom. Its LT trim will have the Custom Sport Edition and Midnight Edition. Custom Sport Edition is also available for the LTZ. Finally, there is a Z71 Off Road package but it’s only for the 4WD models of the LT and LTZ.

All the lineups will have Duramax diesel and Gas powertrains. There will also be a bi-fuel option in order for the gas engine to be able to run solely on compressed natural gas. When equipped with the Duramax diesel, the Silverado HD can run for as far as 200,000 miles, about 322,000 km, without needing a major overhaul even when on a rough-duty cycle.

Press Release

2016 Chevy Silverado HD Offers Digital Steering Assist

Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are engineered to make the toughest jobs easier, and new technologies for 2016 complement features such as integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control.

New Digital Steering Assist power steering on some double cab and crew cab models helps make hauling and trailering easier and more confident, with electronic controls that enhance road holding and stability on the highway – particularly on crowned roads – regardless of whether the truck is loaded. It also offers greater responsiveness and an improved steering feel. 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. It will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for gas and diesel models, and 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.

Silverado HD's MyLink systems are enhanced for 2016, offering greater connectivity choices. 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 capability is coming 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).

Also, the 2016 Silverado HDs' trailering ratings are aligned with SAE J2807 standards, with maximum available capacities including:
- Maximum 2500HD conventional trailering rating of 14,500 pounds (6,577 kg)
- Maximum 2500HD fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 15,000 pounds (6,804 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 17,500 pounds (7,938 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 20,000 pounds (9,072 kg)
- Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 23,200 pounds (10,523 kg).

Those maximum ratings are achieved with the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed transmission, a proven powertrain combination with more than 1.5 million sold.

What hasn't changed for the new model year are the core elements that support the Silverado HD's capability with durability.

Silverado HD lineup

Regular, double cab and crew cab models are 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.

Special-edition models and equipment packages offer popular options matched with personalized visual distinction, including the Silverado HD Custom for WT models (2500HD only), the Custom Sport Edition offered on LT and LTZ and the Midnight Edition offered on LT. Additionally, the Z71 Off Road package is available on LT and LTZ 4WD models.

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 (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul.

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