2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gets 8-speed Automatic Transmission

New 2016 Silverado 1500 pickups with the 6.2L V8 engine will get a new 8-speed automatic transmission offering more-powerful take-off and lower highway engine speeds

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New 2016 Silverado 1500 pickups with the 6.2L V8 engine will get a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The new transmission will also be standard on LTZ, LTZ/Z71 and High Country Silverados with the 5.3L V8. 

The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed is approximately the same size and weight as the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic. Its 7.0 overall gear ratio spread is wider than GM’s six-speed automatic transmissions, providing a numerically higher first gear ratio to help drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering. The 8L90 also enables numerically lower rear axle ratios, which reduce engine rpm on the highway.

The 2016 Silverado offers safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist and IntelliBeam high beam assist.

For 2016, Silverado will be available with support for Apple CarPlay, which projects select iPhone features (iPhone 5 and later) on the available MyLink display in a smart, simple manner.

This integration of phone and vehicle allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Silverado models with the available 7-inch color MyLink also will support Android Auto.

The 5.3L V8 EcoTec3 engine choice is certified 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Offering an EPA highway estimate of 23 mpg, it is the most fuel efficient V8 in any pickup. Silverado’s available 6.2L V8 is certified at 420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, the most power and torque of any light-duty pickup. This engine also offers the highest towing of any V8 light-duty pickup, up to 12,000lb.

  • Third EcoTec3 engine choice is the 4.3L V6 SAE certified at 285 hp and 305 lb.-ft. torque
  • Fully boxed high-strength steel frame and a body structure
  • Remote locking tailgate
  • All trim levels feature LED signature daytime running lamps and park/turn lamps
  • LED fog lamps are available on LT and standard on LT Z71

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