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2016 Chevrolet Silverado Offers 8-Speed Automatic with 5.3-Liter V-8

Newest iteration of Chevy’s truck.

Though the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado already broke cover a few months ago, the truck's official public debut means that Chevy has unloaded further details on the pickup's powertrain and technology updates.

The eight-speed automatic transmission that was previously standard on the 6.2-liter V-8 is now available across multiple trim levels for Silverados equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8. The eight-speed now comes in LTZ, LTZ/Z71, and High Country Silverado models with the smaller V-8. According to Chevy, the eight-speed provides a higher first gear ratio to assist with take-off when burdened with a heavy load or trailer. We don't yet have EPA fuel economy estimates, but expect a slight increase over the current 5.3-liter Silverado's 23 mpg highway.

The transmission will be routing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque from the 5.3-liter V-8, and 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque from the larger 6.2-liter V-8 engine. The 4.3-liter V-6 carries over, and still makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to the transmission upgrades, the 2016 Silverado receives a host of visual tweaks to the grille, headlights, taillights, and hood. Inside, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability is added, as an optional upgrade with Chevrolet's MyLink system.

The 2016 Silverado offers a host of updated safety features as well, with Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and automatic on/off high-beams. The tailgate is now available with a remote locking function, keeping all of your valuable cargo out of harm's way.

The 2016 Chevrolet Silverado made its official debut at the 2015 Texas State Fair in Dallas, Texas. Take a look at the photo gallery below to check out Chevy's newest truck.