While most of the discussion has been around the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD, which has been spied testing a plethora of times, Chevrolet has quietly introduced a few improvements for the 2016 Silverado HD line of pickups.
If you’re looking for the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado’s fresh new face, it isn’t found here. Instead, the 2016 Silverado HD sticks with the brute chrome up front and a subtle redesign of the taillights in the rear.
On the changes front, Chevy is proud to offer Digital Steering Assist on each 2016 Silverado HD except for the WT and regular cab variants. The system has been engineered to inspire more confidence in towing large loads, and enhances on-road stability, particularly on crowded roads.
Following cousin GMC, the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD now offers a Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package, with a spray-in bedliner, delivering an even more capable towing experience straight from the factory. The package features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray to accommodate a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth wheel hitch mounting brackets, as well as a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. Chevrolet says a Gooseneck Completion Kit will be for sale through Chevy dealers, which includes a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs.
Among other improvements are that addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, wireless phone charging and remote-locking tailgate. And, you may now have your 2016 Silverado HD in three new exterior colors: Siren Red, Red Hot and Butte Red Metallic.
Heavy Duty truck buyers looking for maximum payload returns will find the same 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine paired with the Allison 1000 six-speed transmission; both are carryovers from the 2015 model year. The standard engine remains the gasoline-drinking 6.0L V8 L96 engine remains as well.