The 2016 Silverado that GM sent to the Canadian Truck King Challenge in October was a preproduction model, so the event judges were among the first Canadians to get behind the wheel of one. Unfortunately because it was a preproduction model, it will soon be crushed; it can’t be sold. That’s a real shame, because it (and all the new Silverados) was a very nice truck.
The 2016s get a variety of updates. The first noticeable difference on the truck is the new grille with LED lighting and the sculpted hood. The company describes it as a “bolder” look than on previous models.
Underneath that sculpted hood, buyers can opt for either of three engines: a 4.3 litre V-6, or a 5.3 or 6.2 litre V-8. The V-8s get Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing to help keep fuel consumption down. The 2016 models also see expanded use of the brand’s eight-speed transmission.
The entire Silverado line is available with a number of features to enhance trailer towing, including the available NHT max trailering package, which includes a 9.76-inch rear axle, heavy-duty rear springs, unique shock tuning, enhanced cooling and an integrated trailer brake controller. When equipped with the big V-8 and NHT package, Silverados get a 5,443 kilograms (12,000 pounds) trailer tow rating and maximum payload of 1,025 kilograms (2,260 pounds).
There are enhancements in the Silverados’ digital capability as well. GM’s MyLink is accessed through the dashboard screen and allows users to access navigation and connect to compatible cell phones. There is also is the Silverado’s connectivity feature via OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The hotspot supports up to seven mobile devices and is on whenever the vehicle is on. It comes with a three-month, three-gigabyte data trial.
Silverados also offer electric variable assist power steering that reduces the amount of steering wheel input necessary at low speeds. Electric power steering is also billed as a fuel saver compared to traditional power steering and it requires less maintenance.