Conquer the Elements in Chevy’s New Silverado
Calling all truck-loving outdoor enthusiasts!
In the wake of special Silverado packages, like the Blackout, Rally Edition, and Custom Sport, the bowtie brand is taking an incognito approach to delivering a brand new package for the 2016 Silverado. Check out the camouflage-inspired Realtree Edition, featured at your local Chevrolet dealers and available on select Silverado trims.
Designed with true adventure-seekers in mind, the 2016 Chevy Silverado Realtree Edition takes all the strength of the Silverado and enhances it with unique features, distinguishing it from the rest of the segment.
As a matter of fact, Chevy reported an “overwhelming response from truck and outdoor enthusiasts” after introducing it at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last November. Finally, the concept is on it way to becoming a springtime showroom reality.
The Real Deal – Silverado’s Realtree Edition
As if the new 2016 Silverado wasn’t impressive enough, Chevy upped the ante by creating a soon-to-be-available camouflage design theme, complete with Realtree logos gracing the interior and exterior of the truck, which is otherwise dressed entirely in black.
According to Chevy’s designers, the partnership with Realtree, the premier go-to for all things camouflage, “leverages the strength, versatility and personalization possibilities of the Silverado…”
The match up between Chevy and Realtree has existed for a decade, partly because Chevy respects the Realtree mission of “supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage.” As such, Realtree furthers wildlife conservation and preservation efforts, crucial to the livelihood of hunters, fishermen, and outdoor enthusiasts all over the country.
But why the Silverado or more specifically, why the Silverado 1500 LTZ crew cab?
According to Chevy’s Director of Truck Marketing, Sandy Piszar, “The capability of Chevy trucks has always enabled customers to go where they want to go and that’s the inspiration for the new Silverado Realtree Edition.”
As always with Chevy, it’s about choice and personal freedom. Or, as Piszar explained, “Personalized for the outdoorsman, this great-looking very capable Silverado offers another choice for customers looking for a truck with style, capability and dependability.”
In this case, the personalization has been geared to those who feel most at home in the great outdoors and to great effect, according to Realtree’s President, Bill Jordan, who observed, “Working with the team at Chevrolet on this new Realtree Edition Silverado really brought home to me just how important the right truck is for outdoor enthusiasts. You just don’t realize how much goes into building a true performance vehicle until you look behind the scenes. The men and women at Chevy truly delivered on this project. This truck has the perfect combination of features, comfort and safety – whether you’re driving around town, on the highway or off road.”
So, what kind of features is Jordan talking about?
As far as Realtree exclusives, drivers can expect the blacked out cosmetic bells and whistles, from the all-black trim, black bowties, off set by authentic Realtree graphics, as well as black 20-inch wheels surrounded by all-terrain tires, off-road assist steps, and features from the off-road Z71 set up, including Hill Descent Control, G80 auto-locking rear differential, underbody shield, and Rancho monotube shocks.
Of course, on the practical and cutting-edge side of things, Silverado Realtree drivers can expect technology like Chevy’s MyLink system, allowing smartphone connectivity and the use of applications like hands-free messaging and navigation, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, able to connect a maximum of seven personal devices simultaneously.
The Silverado Realtree package is expected to be released in the spring, just in time for fishing, hunting, and camping season. Although we’re still not sure how much the Realtree package will set you back, we know it’s worth it and industry experts expect the package will add between $900 – $1400 to the Silverado’s overall cost.
But, if camouflage just isn’t your thing, or if you simply can’t wait until spring, we’ve got all the details on the 2016 Silverados available for purchase at your Chevy dealers right now.
The 2016 Chevy Silverado – “Most Dependable, Longest Lasting Full-Size” for a Reason
Living up to its solid reputation, the 2016 Chevy Silverado features some new technology while retaining its tried-and-true powertrains for ultimate performance and capability. In fact, last year, the 2015 Silverado 1500 was named J.D. Power and Associates number one pick for its U.S. Initial Quality Survey.
Still in its first generation, the newest Silverado carries over last year’s drivetrains, and why not? Drivers can choose between three powerful setups, all operated by either the standard six or eight-speed automatic transmissions.
Starting off the trio is the EcoTec3 4.3-liter V6 engine, generating 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, followed by the 5.3-liter V8, which gets 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque. Finally, the 6.2-liter best-in-class V8 commands any terrain, backed by 420 horses and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, with a whopping towing capacity measured at the class-leading 12,000 pounds.
Although the pickup truck segment isn’t known for its fuel economy, this year’s Silverado boasts best-in-class fuel efficiency from the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 option, rated at 16 city and 23 highway miles per gallon, while it’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 counterpart returns 15 city and 21 highway miles per gallon, and the V6 offers 18 city and 24 highway miles per gallon.
Available in a range of trims – five total – from the entry-level WT to the top of the line High Country, the 2016 Silverado offers various cab configurations (regular, double, crew), bed lengths (5’8”, 6’6”, 8’) and seating options.
Noticeably different this year is the abundance of LED lighting across the front of the mid to high end trims, with the LTZ and High Country even boasting LED taillamps, turn signals, and fog lamps. Wheel options come in three sizes, including 17, 18, and 20-inch.
In keeping with tech trends, this year Chevy boosted its 4G LTE system with Apple CarPlay, and available Android Auto, broadcasting on its 7-inch infotainment screen.
Extra enhancements come in the form of safety measures like Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alerts, automatic high beams, and convenience perks like wireless charging for personal devices. Even added security is easier with the newly available remote-locking tailgate feature.
With respect to safety on the road, the 2016 Chevy Silverado earned five stars in safety tests administered by the NHTSA, as well as the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s top rating of “Good.”
Chevy expanded the 2016 Silverado’s exterior paint palette to include three new shades – Siren Red Tintcoat, Red Hot, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, which join the existing color options, listed as: Slate Grey Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black, Tungsten Metallic, Autumn Bronze Metallic, and Deep Ocean Blue Metallic. Three interior surface choices complement the truck’s exterior, including cloth, leather, and vinyl.
Starting at the MSRP of $26,895, the 2016 Chevy Silverado has raised the bar in the pickup truck segment yet again and continues to challenge the class with its performance and reliability. Visit your Chevrolet dealers to test the 2016 Silverado and consider whether you’re ready to challenge the elements in the upcoming Chevy Silverado Realtree Edition.