2016 Chevy Silverado HD offers digital steering assist
Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are engineered to make the toughest jobs easier, and new technologies for 2016 complement features such as integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control.
New Digital Steering Assist power steering on some double cab and crew cab models helps make hauling and trailering easier, with electronic controls that enhance road holding and stability on the highway – particularly on crowned roads – regardless of whether the truck is loaded. It also offers greater responsiveness and an improved steering feel. Digital Steering Assist is not available on Work Truck models or regular cab.
There is also a new Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package, with a spray-in bedliner, that makes Silverado HD models ready to tow larger trailers right from the factory. It will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for gas and diesel models, and features a frame mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth wheel hitch mounting brackets, as well as a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. A new Gooseneck Completion Kit will also be available, featuring a 2-5/16- inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs.
Silverado HD’s MyLink systems are enhanced for 2016, offering greater connectivity choices. They include a new HD radio with a 7-inch-diagonal capacitive touchscreen with performance improvements such as a faster processor for better performance, and Apple Car Play and Android Auto capability. The available 8-inch system features similar performance improvements and CarPlay capability. Android Auto capability is coming later in the model year.
The 2016 Silverado HDs’ trailering ratings are aligned with SAE J2807 standards, with maximum available capacities including:
Silverado HD lineup
Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. 2500HD and 3500HD regular cab models are matched with an 8-foot box, while 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are available with 6-foot 6-inches or 8-foot boxes. Silverado 3500HD double cab is offered exclusively with the 8-foot box, while 3500HD crew cabs are available with the 6-foot 6-inches and 8-foot boxes. Dualrear- wheel configurations are also available on 3500HD.
Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on double cab and crew cab models, while the High Country – Chevrolet’s premium heavy-duty pickup – is offered exclusively on the crew cab.
Special-edition models and equipment packages offer popular options matched with personalized visual distinction, including the Silverado HD Custom for WT models (2500HD only), the Custom Sport Edition offered on LT and LTZ and the Midnight Edition offered on LT. Additionally, the Z71 Off Road package is available on LT and LTZ 4WD models.
Gas and Duramax diesel powertrains are offered across the lineup, including a bi-fuel option that allows the gas engine to run on compressed natural gas. The Duramax has been developed to operate for at least 322,000 kilometres (200,000 miles) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul.