Chevy updates Silverado for 2016

The Chevy Silverado is getting a light nip and tuck for 2016.

Just two model years removed from its ground-up overall, Chevrolet is updating its full-size Silverado pickup truck.

The 2016 Chevy Silverado will arrive this fall with a more menacing look that includes thinner headlights with LED elements, a revised grille and a more muscular hood. Mechanicals remain largely unchanged for the new model year, but Chevy is expanding the availability of its eight-speed automatic transmission to models equipped with the company's 5.3L V8. The eight-speed had previously been limited to trucks powered by Chevy's 6.2L V8.

Inside the 2016 Silverado will adopt Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for 2016. Chevrolet says the Silverado will also feature "additional safety technologies” for 2016, but details of those enhancements are being held back until closer to the truck's market launch.

"The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks' legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.

Although Silverado sales are up 14.6 percent this year, the model year update is believed to be in response to Ford's recently released F-150 pickup truck. F-150 sales have dropped by 2.4 percent this year, but the truck remains the best selling vehicle in the segment.

General Motors hasn't indicated if the mechanically similar GMC Sierra will also be updated for 2016.

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