DETROIT -- Chevrolet has given its freshened 2016 Silverado a new look, scrapping the dual stacked headlights that have been a fixture on Chevy's big truck since the 1980s.
The headlights have been replaced with smaller, more stylized units that recall high-tech electronics. The 2016 model also adds a more muscular hood and a new front fascia.
The styling changes were planned to keep the truck, overhauled for the 2014 model year, fresh against Ford's revamped F-150 and Fiat Chrysler's Ram 1500, Chevrolet spokesman Tom Wilkinson said. Also, Nissan is just months away from rolling out a new version of the Titan pickup.
It's one of the most radical midcycle changes to the face of the Silverado. Some dealers, truck enthusiasts and journalists questioned whether the Silverado's 2014 redesign went far enough. Some critics griped that it looked too much like the truck it replaced.
Upper trim levels of the 2016 Silverado, such as the Z71, will feature two rows of LED lights separated by an accent bar that stretches the width of the grille.
The lower fascia also has been redesigned and features smaller vertical fog lights. Mechanical and trim changes are few.
Chevrolet is expanding the availability of an eight-speed automatic transmission for models with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine. The eight-speed gearbox had been available only on models with a 6.2-liter V-8.