GMC Sierra 1500 Features Fresh Face, New Tech For 2016

Immediately obvious are the modifications operated on the front fascia that now comes with LED DRLs

The Chevrolet Silverado’s sister model, the GMC Sierra 1500, has also been noticeably updated for the 2016 model year. Immediately obvious are the visual modifications operated on the front fascia, the most striking of which are the new LED daytime running lights that run along the outer edge of the front light clusters.

Those familiar with the old model will immediately notice the new reshaped grille up front, as well as the redesigned bumpers that complete the new look of the model.

Another new element is the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the list of standard features the car’s IntelliLink infotainment system; the actual touchscreen interface remains the same eight-inch-diagonal unit.

High intensity discharge headlights are made available for the first time on the 2016 MY Sierra, as is Active Steer Assist; both are features found on higher spec models. There’s also a Trailering Prep Package available for HD models which features a different hitching system that allows drivers to use a gooseneck-type hitch.

Its range of engines is shared with the Silverado and is comprised of three units: two V8s and one V6. The latter displaces 4.3 litres and has 285 hp, while the V8s come in at 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter, with power outputs of 355 hp and 420 hp respectively.

Other drivetrain-related options include an available automatic locking differential for the rear axle, which you can complete with the optional Underbody Shield Package. There are also various final drive ratios (from 3.08 to 3.73).

Available body styles are Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Cab in either Short, Standard or Long Box configuration.

Prices range from just under $31,000, but you can end up paying up to $47,160 for a Crewcab Standard Box model in top SLT trim.