Being a freshly redesigned model, the Silverado pickup truck will receive several subtle updates for the 2016 model year. The 2014 Silverado brought a bevy of substantial changes including a whole new design and a powerful yet efficient engine range. The latest generation of the Silverado full-size and heavy-duty trucks also brought a thoroughly redesigned cabin with plenty of up-to-date technology. However, the most notable change you should expect from the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado is actually intended for its heavy-duty series. It’s been reported recently that a couple of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks have been spied testing a new Duramax diesel engine.
2016 Chevrolet Silverado Changes
The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado will carry over unchanged as far as its bodywork is concerned. Actually, the recent redesign made the half-ton pickup more akin to the heavy-duty models. Its new chiseled look gives it a more modern feel and better aerodynamics than it used to be the case with its predecessor. However, it still features plenty of traditional Chevy styling cues, such as the square-jawed front fascia. The interior has been given a noticeable upgrade when it comes to the quality of materials throughout the cabin. The new layout and revised controls offer a much more user-friendly experience in the new Silverado. We expect the 2016 models to offer certain trim level revisions and possibly a new appearance package.
2016 Chevy Silverado Diesel
As for the Silverado 1500’s engine lineup, expect no dramatic twists for the 2016 model year. The base engine will once again be the re-engineered 4.3-liter V6 EcoTec3 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. A 5.3-liter V8 which generates 355 hp and 388 lb-ft will remain the most popular mill under its hood. Both these engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the range-topping 6.2-liter V8 was fitted with a new eight-speed automatic for the 2015 model year, which has resulted in an increased towing capability. It now churns out 420 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, while it can tow up to 12,000 pounds. Also, its fuel economy has improved with the recent changes and it’s currently estimated at 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway.
Probably the most interesting alteration is expected on the 2016 Silverado/Sierra heavy-duty siblings. Recent spy shots have confirmed the rumors about General Motors developing much more fuel efficient HD models. According to the spy images, a couple of 2016 Chevy Silverado prototypes with a camouflaged hood were testing a new Duramax diesel engine. It’s speculated that the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD version might have 450 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque at its disposal. Some of the likely enhancements could include an upgraded transmission and some weight reduction. It appears that GM will try to offer more competitive trucks in the heavy-duty segment, currently dominated by Ford and Ram.