First Look: The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500

First Look The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500

2015 the Chevy Silverado won awards for quality, style, and popularity, becoming the fastest growing American truck brand. We’re committed to being at the front of the pack in quality and options. With that in mind, the engineers at GM have made some adjustments to the 2016 Chevy Silverado model that we think you’ll find as exciting as we did. What people will notice first are the changes to front end styling. The lines of the hood are sharper, cleaner, and more modern. Where the 2015 model had dual headlamps, this year’s 2016 Chevy Silverado is equipped with single headlights accented by a line of LEDs. The lights are combined with a sleek crossbar style grill for an elegant functional face.

Most of the upgrades to the 2016 Chevy Silverado take place under the hood. Chevy fans are familiar with the EcoTec3 engine, a masterpiece of modern ingenuity designed for power and efficiency. The 4.3 liter V-6 on the base model can handle all but the heaviest workloads. Opting for the 6.2 liter engine puts 420 horsepower at your command. All of our engines now have direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing in addition to aluminum blocks and heads.

Feedback from previous years tells us drivers prefer our eight speed automatic transmissions when towing. In the 2016 line we’ve expanded this option, previously only offered with the 6.2 liter engine, into the 5.3 liter models as well. The Chevy Silverado is still equipped with Trailer Sway Control, StabiliTrak, and long-lasting Duralife brake rotors. Put together, this makes the Silverado among the best work trucks in its class.

It won’t feel like a work vehicle from inside the luxurious cabin. Small changes- larger rear doors that hinge in front, shifting the B-pillar forward, adjusting the front seatbacks- have eased entry and exit. There’s an additional two inches of leg room, too.

The infotainment system has been overhauled to accommodate a host of features. The  OnStar RemoteLink app will give drivers secured access to the truck from their smartphone. If the snow is piling up outside, one tap can start your Silverado with the remote-start feature from the comfort of your living room. If you aren’t sure whether you locked up, automatic locks can be engaged from anywhere you have service. The app communicates with the Silverado’s OnStar navigation system to send directions straight to the MyLink touch screen. Brand new to the electronics suite is the Apple CarPlay. Simply plugging your iPhone in with a lightning cable and tapping the CarPlay icon puts many of your favorite apps at your fingertips. The app interface has a clean, functional appearance. CarPlay deliberately limited its touchscreen options to encourage use of Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. Siri’s cutting edge voice recognition software is capable of understanding accents easily, so drivers can send and recieve texts without taking their eyes off the road.

Previous years have seen the Silverado praised for its high safety ratings, and this year is no different. On top of standard safety features, the Silverado underwent a slight structural redesign to meet new challenges posed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s narrow-offset frontal crash test. The changes limit footwell intrusion during a front-on accident. The suspension feels the same as before thanks to careful adjustment of the truck’s dampers. The 2016 is the latest in a long history of quality Chevy vehicles. Head down to Heidebreicht to see the changes for yourself. Want to earn your wings? If trucks aren’t your thing, come check out our 2016 selection of Corvettes. You will fly without leaving the ground.

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