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Chevy Silverado styling toughened up for 2016; New Face, Wider use of 8Speed


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DETROIT -- Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look.

The stacked headlights -- a fixture on Chevy’s big truck since the 1980s -- have been replaced with smaller, more stylized units that recall high-tech electronics. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia.

The styling changes were planned to keep the truck, overhauled for the 2014 model year, fresh against Ford’s revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler’s Ram 1500, Chevrolet spokesman Tom Wilkinson said. Also, Nissan Motor Co. is just months away from rolling out a new version of the Titan pickup.

It's one of the most radical mid-cycle changes to the face of the Silverado. Some dealers, truck enthusiasts and journalists questioned whether the Silverado's 2014 redesign went far enough. Some critics griped that it looked too much like the truck it replaced.

U.S. sales of the light- and heavy-duty Silverado have spiked 15 percent this year in a full-size truck market that has expanded 4.7 percent. Deliveries of the F series, including super duties and the redesigned 2015 F-150, have dropped 2.4 percent and Ram volume has climbed 4.3 percent.

Upper trim levels of the 2016 Silverado, such as the Z71, will feature two rows of LED lights separated by an accent bar that stretches the width of the grille.

 

Chevrolet is expanding the availability of an eight-speed automatic transmission for models with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine. The eight-speed gearbox had been available only on models with a 6.2-liter V-8.

Inside, the Chevy MyLink system has been reworked to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

 

 

 

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I think this is a strong mid-cycle redesign. It's early and happening right during a surge in sales, likely to build even more momentum, and certainly shut up the nay sayers who said the 2014 truck didn't change enough visually. The 8-speed 5.3L truck could be a perfectly balanced package with another MPG and better acceleration.

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Chevy is being proactive on this one. A refresh just 2 years after the debut of a model that is doing quite well.. despite new competition from its most immediate rival AND.. and this is a big AND.. the Colorado certainly getting the "I dunno.. I like this size too" debate from prospective buyers on the Chevy lots. 

 

 

They also didn't screw anyone over in making these upgrades the way they kinda did with the 2015i Yukon/Tahoe/Escalade in giving the same year, hence the "i" later models optional features that weren't avail on the original batch. Waiting 2 years is just enough time to allow some people to be ready to get out of their current Silvy into a new one, thus also pushing sales even more.

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I dig the body color running through the grill. Hopefully they don't make a chromed out version where that is instead a massive chunck of chrome.

Is it me or does anybody else see a little more Colorado in this?

Either way, I think it is a good facelift. I like the grill a lot more, The hood has some muscle to it, the lights look much more modern. Good job.

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DETROIT -- Chevrolet is scrapping the long-running dual stacked headlights on the freshened 2016 Silverado and giving the hot-selling pickup a mean-machine look.

The stacked headlights -- a fixture on Chevy’s big truck since the 1980s -- have been replaced with smaller, more stylized units that recall high-tech electronics. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia.

 

This statement is wrong, makes it sound like stacked headlights have been in continuous use since the 1980's on Chevy pickups.  Untrue. 

 

This new face is going to take some time to get used to.  I like the current Silverado face better.  The single headlights skew toward GMC's style.

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I like it, its more visually interesting. Still looks MANLY MAN but they used more than just SQUARES to design it.

 

Looks like the fenders are the same, so the new headlight design is based entirely on body color trim pieces to make the shape different. No doubt cost effective, although it makes for a lot of cut lines. Bet you could swap those into the current truck.

 

The only thing I really dislike is just how vertically massive the lower bumper is and how far below the lower body line it extends. I'm sure its for aerodynamics, but its very ungainly.

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The only thing I really dislike is just how vertically massive the lower bumper is and how far below the lower body line it extends. I'm sure its for aerodynamics, but its very ungainly.

GM has been doing this to a slightly-increasing degree for some years now. From the frontal view it looks fine, but I agree it seems counter-intuitive to reduce the front break over angle this severely. It's likely also so GM can foster the 'big truck' image, too.

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In reading others comments and reviewing the picture, I would have to do to this truck what Ocnblu did to his and that is remove that butt ugly black plastic with chrome middle piece from the front bumper. It is the one thing that does not look right on what is an otherwise lovely looking truck.

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The only thing I really dislike is just how vertically massive the lower bumper is and how far below the lower body line it extends. I'm sure its for aerodynamics, but its very ungainly.

GM has been doing this to a slightly-increasing degree for some years now. From the frontal view it looks fine, but I agree it seems counter-intuitive to reduce the front break over angle this severely. It's likely also so GM can foster the 'big truck' image, too.

 

 

That thing on the current Suburban scrapes on EVERYTHING.

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In reading others comments and reviewing the picture, I would have to do to this truck what Ocnblu did to his and that is remove that butt ugly black plastic with chrome middle piece from the front bumper. It is the one thing that does not look right on what is an otherwise lovely looking truck.

I actually don't think it looks as out of place or noticable on this a smuch as it does on the Colorado.

 

But they do sit extremely low. I walked past a new Denali a few months past and I was checkin' it out and I noticed that that front diffuser had to have been only 6 inches off the ground.. But it sat far enough back that it wasn't really noticable like it is on the Colorado.

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