DETROIT -- Chevrolet will freshen its light-duty Silverado pickup for the 2016 model year, aiming to spice up a design that some have criticized as dull since the truck came out two years ago.
Chevy dealers were shown the freshened truck at a national dealer meeting last week in Las Vegas, according to three people who attended. The pickup is expected to go on sale by year end.
A spokesman confirmed that Chevy "is planning updates for the Silverado for 2016," but declined to elaborate.
Recent spy photos of a freshened Silverado show a larger grille, lower air dam and revised headlights, including the possible addition of LED daytime running lights. They also showed revisions to the hood and taillights.
It's unclear whether the Silverado -- GM's top selling U.S. vehicle and one of its biggest profit generators -- is slated to get any mechanical improvements. It's also unclear whether the GMC Sierra will get freshened, too.
Despite some gripes about the styling, the Silverado has been a success since its summer 2013 launch. Silverado sales rose 14 percent this year through May, following a 10 percent gain last year. Its sales during that stretch have outpaced the overall market for full-sized pickups.