2016: An Exciting Year to Come for Chevy Trucks

2016 is already promising to be an exciting year for Chevy trucks.  Both the Silverado and the Colorado are getting updates and redesigns.  While we don’t know all the details on both trucks, what we know already is that the updates and redesigns already have people talking about them.

Like sneaking peeks of your presents before Christmas morning, the anticipation of waiting for the release of both these famed Chevy trucks is palpable.  You will want to wait for these new releases before you rush to checkout dated Chevy trucks for sale.

These brand new models already have everything you’re looking for.  Practice your breathing and let the anticipation build while you wait for the 2016 Chevy Silverado and Colorado to be released.

As we know, good things come to those who wait.  

2016 Chevy Silverado is Redesigned 

Though most of the changes appear to be on the exterior of the truck, they are very noticeable.  With anything that resonates so deeply in a culture of people like the Chevy pickup truck does, people are going to have opinions.

As the saying goes, any news is good news because it means people are talking about the 2016 Chevy Silverado.  Further, it means people care enough to not only talk, but express their opinions openly.  Numerous websites and forums devoted to GM and Chevy trucks have spent a lot of time reacting to the 2016 Silverado.

Because pickup trucks are more expensive than cars, it goes without saying that their profits are going to be higher.  It is no question that that’s where GM makes their money.  In just the first half of this year, GM’s pickup sales are already up 15%.

Chevy’s Silverado is GM’s best selling vehicle.  So, what does all this mean?  Nothing really, but it does begs the question, why the need for an updated look?  I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?

Not in the pick-up world. Chevy needed to step up to ensure they stay at the top of the sales charts.

Immediately upon looking at the 2016 Silverado you’ll notice definite changes.  1) The chrome is gone.  2) There’s only one set of headlights.

For the past couple of decades, Chevy has been showcasing two familiar trademarks styles as distinctive as their bowtie; their smile and the stacked headlights.

We all just assumed they’d be part of the Chevy truck forever.  However, the same way expression has left your aunts’ overly-botoxed face, the stacked headlights have left the face of the Chevy.

That Chevy Smile

2016 silverado grill

Definitely the most noticeable feature on any Chevy pick up is its front grill, or it’s smile.  Chevy has always had an enormous smile.  As definitive as their bowtie, their smile is a noticeable trademark and has been redesigned.

The front grill on the 2016 Silverado is entirely remodeled.  No smaller, just less shiny.  Like a teenager who just got their braces taken off, Chevy is showing off their cleaned up smile and this is why: the chrome is gone.  Ding dong ding dong, the chrome is gone.

No more blinding shine.  No more dated grill.

Now, an all black grill is separated by a body colored horizontal strip that stretches across the entire width of the grill, including separating the headlights.  The chrome is also gone from the front bumper, but rumors of different style selections for bumpers may include a chrome choice.  We’ll have to wait and see!

RIP Stacked Headlights 

No longer stacked on top of each other, which has been a prominent feature on the Silverado since the 1980’s, the headlights will now just feature one pair.  A smaller strip of stylized LED lights will illuminate and accentuate a highlighted horizontal strip running the width of the cab, sharing the body color.

Another updated exterior feature is the sculpted hood.  Donning angles that cut down the length appeals to a masculine, rugged feel.

The changes in the front end are to showcase strength and refinement.  The 2016 Silverado has dispensed with the flash and returns to what makes the GM pickups great: solid strength built on a reputation of dependability and reliability.


New onto the market and seeing how popular they’ve become, Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay arrived onto the scene this 2016 year   Meant to encourage hands free cell phone use, Android Auto and CarPlay both connect to either carrier you currently have.

The new Silverado will offer both Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay.  What is interesting is that it didn’t take allegiance to either Android or Apple.  GM went with both making it compatible for whichever carrier the driver uses.

8 Speed Transmission

Currently the 8 speed transmission is offered as an upgraded option available only on 6.2L V8 engines.  This will now extend to 2016 Silverado models that have a 5.3L V8 engine.

The 8 speed transmission is an upgrade from than the 6 speed transmission currently on all GM pickups. Including more gears has allowed Chevrolet to greatly increase the fuel efficiency of the new Silverado.

2016 Chevy Colorado Becomes Diesel Powered

2016 Colorado diesel

With no midsize truck boasting a diesel engine, it should be no wonder that America’s favorite pickup trucks would be the first to introduce one.  In an effort to appeal to a larger audience, the 2016 Colorado will be powered by a diesel engine.

More Power

Becoming diesel means it will have more power and better fuel economy than its gasoline powered twin.  Even though its a 2.8L 4 cylinder engine, the Colorado makes 181 horsepower at 3400 rpms.  It has  369 lb/ft of torque at 2000 rpms.   In a 6 speed transmission drivers will have the choice of either rear wheel or four wheel drive.

Don’t let the horsies get you down, the diesel Colorado has a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs which is 700 lbs more than its current model.  Coming standard on the diesel will be a Z82 towing package with an integrated trailer-brake controller.

Cleaner Technology

2016 duramax engine

Because of new improvements within the diesel world, GM protests that this is the cleanest diesel ever.  

Thanks in part to a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system, which mixes some exhaust gas back into the air intake, a process that GM says helps lower combustion temperatures.  Similar to other modern diesels, the 2016 diesel Colorado will use an exhaust after-treatment to scrub out pollutants.

While the EPA has yet to release its fuel economy ratings, GM is hoping their newly introduced midsize diesels will get over 30 highway mpgs.

Because of the required safety package; forward collision and lane departure alerts, and the convenience package; rear window defroster, sliding glass, fog lamps, remote start, damped tailgate, bring the diesel Colorado’s base price up $3730 more than its sister model.

Will this stop interested parties from test driving and leasing the new 2016 Colorado?  Chances are slim.  

With both the redesigned SIlverado and the diesel powered Colorado waiting to be released, Chevy has promised to put up a good fight for the competition in 2016.


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