2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 features sculpted design, improved powertrains

Article by Christian A., on September 24, 2015

Chevrolet has unveiled the latest version of the Silverado 1500 at the State Fair of Texas. Fitted with muscular designs and customer-focused technologies, the MY2016 Silverado 1500 exudes strength as well as reliability.

The American manufacturer granted this full-size pickup with new muscular front-end designs and sculpted hoods, as well as signature LED lighting accents.

The new MY2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 now features updated available MyLink -- with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – and expanded use of eight-speed automatic transmissions. Through Apple CarPlay, drivers can link certain iPhone features (compatibility: iPhone 5 and later) on the MyLink display.

This allows them to make calls, send and receive messages, and even listen to music without having to take their eyes off the road. It also keeps their hands on the steering wheel. To use CarPlay, the driver just needs to connect the phone through a USB.

When the MyLink screen displays “CarPlay” from “Projection,” this means that the iPhone is already linked to the vehicle. However, compatible apps – including Phone, Messages, Maps, Music -- have to be downloaded to the phone before they could be used.

Silverado models that feature the available 7-inch color MyLink also support Android Auto. Additionally, the MY2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is accorded with additional safety technologies and convenience features, including Forward Collision Alert, IntelliBeam high beam assist and Lane Keep Assist.

Remote locking tailgate is also available as an option. Silverado LT and LTZ double cab and crew cab models features wireless phone charging, which comes as standard on High Country. Silverado High Country could also be availed with power articulating running boards that may be extended for improve access to the cab or swung rearward for enhanced access to the bed.

Through time, the Silverado has been known as very dependable and very durable. That reputation is confirmed by the MY2016 Silverado 1500, which features a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and a body structure made up mostly of high strength steels.

Silverado’s durability is also assured by its roll-formed steel beds, which are considered stronger yet lighter than conventional steel.

Exterior Design

New design features of the MY2016 Silverado 1500 include advanced lighting technology that helped the pickup to reveal their Chevrolet Truck DNA.

This advanced lighting technology allowed designers to create dramatic forms by integrating the lights into the pickup’s sweeping horizontal elements and deep grille inserts. Likewise, the corners of the Silverado 1500 are hugged by turn signals and brake lamps, thereby contributing to a more streamlined look.

Each Silverado trim level has its own distinct styling, allowing buyers to opt for a pickup that suits their preferences. For instance, the WT trim of the Silverado sports chrome horizontal grille elements, compact high-intensity discharge headlamps.

On the other hand, the LT and LTZ trim levels are provided with chrome grille elements and bumpers. Silverado High Country, meanwhile, is endowed with chrome horizontal bars, body-colored bumpers and distinct grille inserts. Silverado Z71 models feature monochromatic looks.

All trim levels are accorded with premium lighting with LED signature daytime running lamps and park/turn lamps. LED fog lamps come as standard on Silverado LT Z71 and optional on Silverado LT.

On the other hand, LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and High Country trims are all blessed with LED technology for all lighting -- LED headlamps, fog lights, daytime running lights, tail-lamps and park/turn signal lamps.


Sitting at the core of the MY2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1600 is any of the three advanced EcoTec3 engines that all feature improved power and efficiency.

All three EcoTec3 engines – the standard 4.3L V-6 SAE; 5.3L V-8; and 6.2L V-8 -- are gifted with direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation (Active Fuel Management) and continuously variable valve timing.

When the Silverado is working under light-load conditions, all engines could switch to four-cylinder mode to save fuel. Set as the standard engine for the Silverado is the 4.3L V-6 SAE engine that develops 285 hp of output and 305 lb-ft of torque.

Next is the 5.3L V-8 that could churn out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and return an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 23 mpg highway.

Topping the engine line-up for the Silverado is the available 6.2L V-8 engine that provides up to 420 hp of output and 460 lb-ft of torque, which allows the pickup to tow up to 12,000 lbs.

Chevrolet has given its blessing for the Silverado to be fitted with the new eight-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox comes as standard for all Silverados powered by the 6.2L V8 and for LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and High Country Silverados equipped with the 5.3L V-8.

This new gearbox features a numerically higher first gear ratio that allows drivers to start strongly even when carrying or towing a heavy load.

The new eight-speed automatic transmission also features wider overall gear ratio spread for numerically lower rear axle ratios, which in turn reduces engine rpm when the Silverado is on the highway.

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.

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.

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 Apple.com/ios/carplay.

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.

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.

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.

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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