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  • First Drive: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado & Silverado Midnight Edition

First Drive: 2016 Chevrolet Colorado & Silverado Midnight Edition

As Night Falls

Feb 28, 2016
Photographers: Robert Guio
Chevrolet isn’t resting on its laurels heading into the ’16 model year. With ’15 came the introduction of several wildly popular special edition Silverado 1500s. These trucks included the Silverado Custom, Custom Sport, Custom Sport Plus, Rally, Black Out, and Midnight editions. These trucks were built on the lower to mid-level trims (WT, LT, and LTZ), and they added unique and individual style to an affordable package. Needless to say they were immensely popular, with the 5,000 allotted Silverado 1500 Midnights selling out before most people realized they even existed.
For ’16, the Silverado 1500 received a mild refresh, gaining a new front fascia. As of writing, the only confirmed returning special edition for the ’16 Silverado 1500 is Custom, but this doesn’t mean that Chevrolet has given up on the concept. Much to the contrary they have expanded it to now include Colorado and Silverado HD.
Photo 2/16   |   08 2016 Chevroler Midnight Edition Colrodao Silverado HD
With the addition of an all-new 2.8L diesel engine and an enhanced Trail Boss package for the Z71, the Colorado is as fresh as ever as it heads into its second year of production. Also new for ’16 is the Colorado Midnight Edition, giving the hot-selling pickup some added visual attitude. As on the 1/2-ton, the Colorado Midnight includes cosmetic upgrades that include a blacked-out grille, sinister 18-inch black aluminum wheels, and black bowtie Chevrolet emblems front and rear. The Midnight is also offered exclusively with black exterior paint. Functionally, the special edition also gets a spray-on bedliner and soft, foldable tonneau cover, with Chevrolet-branded scuff plates for the interior.
Available on the LT with either the extended or Crew Cab configuration, the Colorado Midnight Edition package can also be paired with two- or four-wheel drive, and all three of the Colorado’s available engines are compatible with the sleek, sport-truck motif. The Midnight packages tacks $3,605 onto a Colorado’s MSRP, however we suspect there may be discounts available to bring that down a touch.
Photo 3/16   |   13 2016 Chevroler Midnight Edition Colrodao Silverado HD
The Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD also receive the Midnight treatment for ’16 and fall even closer in line with their predecessor, the ’15 Silverado 1500 Midnight. Built on an LTZ Z71 platform, the Midnight package adds some sweet street swagger to the off-road oriented pickup. If you like options then it’s time to look somewhere else, as the HD Midnight is only available on Crew Cab Short Bed models; sorry, no dualies. However, you do get a choice of either two- or four-wheel-drive and either a 6.0L gasoline or 6.6L Duramax diesel V-8 engine.
In addition to the brooding color and black Bowtie emblems, the Silverado HD Midnight package includes a factory-sprayed bedliner and unique 18-inch black-painted aluminum alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires. There’s no chrome to be found on this pickup, as it sports black body-colored bumpers, grille, and mirror caps. Blacked-out headlights and smoked markers add to the sinister appearance. Like all Z71 models, the Midnight includes an off-road-tuned suspension, locking rear differential, hill descent control, and a trailering package, as well as rear park assist and heated power exterior rearview mirrors. With no tonneau cover for the HD, this package will only set you back to the tune of $2,345, which is well worth it when you add up the individual costs of just the bedliner, custom wheels, and off-road tires.
Photo 4/16   |   06 2016 Chevroler Midnight Edition Colrodao Silverado HD
We recently had the chance to hop behind the wheel of both the Colorado and Silverado 2500HD Midnight for some straight up juvenile fun. Chevy makes no bones about it, Midnight is an appearance package. From behind the wheel both trucks drive just like any of their other counterparts. The Silverado’s Z71 package and Goodyear DuraTrac tires make for an extremely competent and sure-footed drive, no matter the terrain. On the flip side, the Colorado sports a more street-oriented vibe with traditional all-weather tires, which made things just a bit more fun on loose soil. Both are extremely quiet and comfortable on paved roads.
Special editions are something that we love seeing from automakers. It shows not only a dedication to keeping the customer happy but also to maintaining a fresh and exciting lineup. We applaud what Chevy has been doing across its truck lineup and are beyond excited to see Midnight not only return for ’16 but expand to Colorado and Silverado HD. These are relevant packages to what is hip in the market today, and they are priced at a level that isn’t out of reach of the general public. We’re certain that these two trucks, along with the Colorado Trail Boss and Silverado 1500 Custom, will fly off lots in record time, so if you want one, you’d better act fast!
Photo 5/16   |   12 2016 Chevroler Midnight Edition Colrodao Silverado HD
2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight
Base price: $33,430
Midnight package price: $3,605
Engine: 3.6L V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Horsepower: 305 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Torque: 269 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Midnight
Base price: $49,275
Midnight package price: $2,345
Engine: 6.0L V-8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Horsepower: 360 hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm

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