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2016 Silverado scraps stacked-light signature

Facelifted Chevrolet pickup abandons styling feature dating back to the '80s

Published: July 14, 2015, 1:05 PM
Updated: July 18, 2015, 4:32 PM

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup was all-new for the 2014 model year, along with its GMC Sierra sibling. But it's already getting a significant facelift for 2016, to keep it current in the face of tough competition from the F-150 and the Ram.

The new 2014 Silverado was criticized by some for looking too much like its predecessors and sales were flat during its early months on the market, although they've improved almost 14% over the past 12 months.

For 2016, Chevy is abandoning the stacked-headlamp look that has been a Silverado signature since back in the 1980s. There's still a mid-grille bar that extends beneath the upper – now only – headlamps but the spaces below now house just strips of LED running lights.

There's also a new hood and front fascia that are intended to give the Silverado a more muscular appearance.

More practical changes include expanding availability of the eight-speed automatic transmission, now offered only with the 6.2-litre V-8 engine, to models with the 5.3-litre V-8.

Inside the Silverado, the Chevy MyLink system has been updated to accommodate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.