2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets a New Look
Colorado-Inspired Elements Keep Design Modern
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.