Changes to the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, unveiled last week at the State Fair of Texas, include improved connectivity, a new, optional gearbox, updated grilles and the end of the truck's signature stacked headlights.
The update likely will be the last major cosmetic change before the truck is replaced for the 2019 model year by a redesigned version that uses a combination of steel and aluminum. The front of the truck has been made more muscular, with a restyled hood, LED lighting and grilles that vary by model.
Under the hood, a new eight-speed automatic transmission will be expanded to trucks with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine.
GM is expected to offer a 10-speed automatic, perhaps as early as the 2017 model year, under a joint venture with Ford to produce nine-speed automatics for front-wheel-drive vehicles and 10-speed automatics for rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
Other improvements to the 2016 truck include an update to Chevy's MyLink infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Safety features available for 2016 include forward collision alert, lane-keep assist and high-beam assist.