DETROIT — The updated 2016 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck, with a front-end redesign that bears a resemblance to the Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck, will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships this fall.
"There are going to be five different versions of the front end," Chevrolet spokesman Tom Wilkinson told Edmunds in a phone conversation on Monday. "Some will have more chrome, while the work truck has a black grille."
Exterior cues include what GM says is a "more muscular appearance" with sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting.
Wilkinson said pricing and full details will be released closer to the truck's launch date. However, he said pricing on the 2016 Silverado is not expected to change significantly.
The restyling is calculated to make the 2016 Silverado more appealing to shoppers who may also be considering the new 2015 Ram 1500 Rebel off-road-oriented pickup truck and the all-new 2015 Ford F-150.
"We wanted to make sure we had a fresh look in the market," Wilkinson said.
Other changes for 2016 will include the expanded use of the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is currently available on 2015 Silverados with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. Wilkinson said the transmission will be available on 2016 Silverados with the 6.2-liter V8 and the 5.3-liter V8 engines.
The 2016 Silverado will also feature an updated Chevy MyLink infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Wilkinson said Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be available across the lineup, even on the base truck, which features a 4.3-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
Additional safety features will be added to the 2016 Silverado, although details are not available at this point.
"We're having a great year and we want to build on that momentum," Wilkinson said.
GM said Chevrolet pickup sales are up 32 percent so far this year.
Edmunds says: GM reacts quickly to a hot truck market with a significant freshening of the 2016 Silverado.