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2016 Chevrolet Silverado Gets Early Facelift, More 8-Speed Availability, Apple CarPlay

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71. Available fall of 2015.Barely two years after going on sale in its current iteration, the Chevrolet Silverado is getting a refresh. Yep, that’s early, especially considering the typical full-size truck life cycle is measured not in years but in eons.

Chevy provided a single photo with the release, showing a Silverado in snazzy LTZ form, brandishing new horizontal grille vanes; a chunky new hood; squinty new lights; and a deep, aero-friendly bumper with outboard LED lamps and a large chrome chin. We expect some minor changes to the rear of the truck, as well, based on spy photos of the 2016 Silverado we posted earlier this year.

Additional enhancements include more widespread availability of the eight-speed automatic transmission across the Silverado 1500 lineup, added safety technologies, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. More photos and details will be made available closer to the truck’s public debut this fall, and based on recent spy photos of the GMC Sierra, we expect to see a similar batch of enhancements bestowed upon the 2016 GMC Sierra, as well.



Pointing out that Silverado sales are up 14.6 percent through June, Chevrolet says the update is part of “an aggressive strategy to build on Chevy trucks’ momentum”—but we can’t help but think it is also part of an aggressive strategy to thwart Ford trucks’ momentum, which has accelerated now that the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been in dealerships for a while. Certainly, the Silverado’s handsome new face can’t by itself trump the benefits that aluminum gives to the Ford, but it certainly won’t hurt Chevy’s cause.

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