Full-size pickups used to be simple creatures with but one purpose, ie moving things. Their life cycles used to be long, equipment fairly basic and updates few and far between.

Not anymore. Nowadays, the pickup market has become as cut-throat as that of mid-size sedans, and Chevrolet is competing with the best of them.

So here, just two years into its current generation, is the refreshed and updated Chevrolet Silverado pickup for 2016.

The new and powerful front grille sports a galaxy of LED lights; in fact, the LTZ model has all LED exterior lights, including fog lights, taillights and indicator signals.

The Silverado was early to adopt 4G LTE connectivity, and now it sports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other technical features include available wireless phone charging, forward-collision alert, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

The spacious comfort in a high quality interior, with its contrasting double stitching, made driving the Z71 a pleasure. The all-round view is wonderful, the mirrors are large, there are lots of grab handles and plenty of convenient storage spaces and this was heightened by the new technology safety and infotainment electronic systems. I was most surprised to learn – to feel – how the lane change warning system alerted me to my drifting. It is through the seat and I felt tingles in my legs.

There is no problem with power. Absolutely not. Engine choices are a 285 hp, 4.3 litre V-6 with 305 lb-ft of torque; next up is a 5.3 litre V-8 and, at the top of the range, a 6.2 litre V-8 pumping out 420 horsepower and bringing a 12,000-pound maximum towing capacity. GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission is available on most models.

Driving a Silverado certainly makes a difference.

Driving a Silverado certainly makes a difference. When I first came to exit the venerable Jaidah ‘Flyover’ showroom, all the traffic in the street outside promptly stopped to allow me out.

It never happened in my other car.TECH SPEC MOTORING DOHA QATAR

ENGINE 5.3 litre Eco Tec V8 MFI, with Variable Valve Timing, direct injection, and Active Fuel Management (6.2 and 4.3 litre versions available)

MAX POWER 355 hp @ 6,500 rpm

(4.2 litre = 285 hp @ 5,300 rpm)

MAX TORQUE 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm

(4.2 litre = 413 Nm @ 3,500 rpm/Best in Class)

TRANSMISSION Eight-speed automatic

EXTERIOR A muscular front end, sculpted hood and signature LED lighting accents give Silverado a bold new look, while high-strength steel delivers rugged capability that you can depend on. This model features full LED lighting package including LED headlamps, daytime running lamps, foglamps, park/turn signal lamps and taillights

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INTERIOR Triple-seal inlaid doors, an aerodynamic windshield and a tuned exhaust system reduce noise in the cabin, while dual-resilient foam seats offer long-lasting comfort. Steering wheel controls let you answer phone calls, control the Chevrolet MyLink display, change Driver Information Center settings, cruise control and safety features

SAFETY Advanced safety features like Forward Collision Alert help prevent a potential collision. In the event of an impact, six air bags offer protection while a safety cage made of high-strength steel surrounds the occupants

Jaidah Automotive will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new Chevrolet Silverado or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4463 8788 or visit their website.

Author: Terry Sutcliffe

Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 65 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 65 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.

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