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Chevrolet Debuts Three Medium-Duty Trucks

March 07, 2018, by Lauren Fletcher

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 6500HD courtesy of General Motors.
Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 6500HD courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet is squarely back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with the unveiling of three Silverado HD chassis cab trucks — the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD — that expand its commercial lineup and give Chevrolet a greater weight range of vehicles for fleet purchasers. Chevrolet first showed the vehicles at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

"We see a great opportunity for us with this truck," Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet, told Work Truck. "In the six years I've been with General Motors Fleet, this is the single biggest launch we've had happen in our space. This has been a hole in our commercial portfolio, and we are excited to re-enter the market moving all the way up to Class 6."

The Class 6 Chevy Silverado 6500HD chassis cab is powered by a standard Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine (the only engine available on the Silverado) mated to a choice of Allison transmissions. The trucks will put out 350 hp at 700 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo: David Cullen
The Class 6 Chevy Silverado 6500HD chassis cab is powered by a standard Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine (the only engine available on the Silverado) mated to a choice of Allison transmissions. The trucks will put out 350 hp at 700 lb.-ft. of torque. Photo: David Cullen

The trucks will now represent GVWs from 15,000 pounds in Class 4 to 22,900 pounds in Class 6. Chevrolet hasn't offered a medium-duty chassis cab truck since 2009.

This is a "Silverado on steroids," according to the automaker. The trucks will be powered by a standard Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel engine, which is the only engine available on the Silverado, and mated to a choice of Allison transmissions. The trucks will achieve 350 hp at 700 lb.-ft. of torque. They will be offered in seven wheelbase options, two trims (WT and LT), and a Crew Cab and Regular Cab variant, providing a number of available configurations for vocational fleet needs.  

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD courtesy of General Motors.
Photo of Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD courtesy of General Motors.

A few special features include tilt hood, which will make maintenance a breeze. Sometimes referred to as a "clamshell" design, the hood is hinged at the front. The truck's hood and fenders all tilt forward nearly 90 degrees, giving the operator or tech full access to the engine compartment.

Another key exterior aspect is in the center bar in the truck's grille. The bow-tie is open, allowing even more airflow into the engine compartment, just like the Chevrolet Camaro Z28.

"On this particular truck, we've looked for as much feedback as possible and done more canvassing of stakeholders within the industry than anything we've ever done," Peper said. "We believe it's going to be a smashing success."

Interior of the Chevy Silverado 6500HD. Photo: David Cullen
Interior of the Chevy Silverado 6500HD. Photo: David Cullen

Comments

  1. 1. Tom Purcell [ March 07, 2018 @ 06:29AM ]

    Would be nice if it came with a cummins 6.7lt diesel with the Allison trans then it would be a great truck time to get rid of the duramax

  2. 2. Mike Olin [ March 07, 2018 @ 08:13AM ]

    Must be using an older Duramax engine the new Duramax engine specs are.
    Engine, Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8, B20-Diesel compatible (445 hp [332 kW] @ 2800 rpm, 910 lb-ft of torque [1220 Nm] @ 1600 rpm)

  3. 3. Greg Jackson [ March 07, 2018 @ 08:20AM ]

    Tom Purcell should buy a Dodge!!!

  4. 4. Dan Nyenhuis [ March 07, 2018 @ 10:18AM ]

    I'm glad to see you back in the market , much needed! Would have liked the wheel wells filled up more. It's not a low profile sports car! the GMC dealers did a great job with these in the past.

  5. 5. Dan Hornbaker [ March 07, 2018 @ 10:41AM ]

    Finally,I no longer have to deal with the Powerstroke disaster. All of the utility companies here in NJ are still running their GMs and they haven't been built since 2009. These trucks still look great also, no rot, no issues. Thay refused to buy the Fords back then because of frame issues.They've maintaned these trucks well and it's paid off.

  6. 6. Rusty Mathis [ March 07, 2018 @ 11:00AM ]

    time to get full line get cat engine also get tandem axle compete with big boys again Rusty Mathis

  7. 7. CMV [ March 08, 2018 @ 03:30AM ]

    I have always owned and always will own a Chevy truck.
    If I ever bought one of the new 4500, 5500 or 6500's, I'd just put put the 8' dually truck bed on the back...they should add the hood scope (like the 2017 Duarmax) as well...I think that would look BAD A$$

  8. 8. Tom Sanders [ March 08, 2018 @ 09:20AM ]

    I work for school district. Most of the fleet is GM. some of our bigger trucks are Freightliner and Ford. Sure will be nice to be able to have more options. Will look for the trucks in the near future on the market. would like to go all Chevy. Fords have too many issues.

  9. 9. e [ March 08, 2018 @ 01:30PM ]

    Mike Olin, these 4500-6500 wont use the engine you mentioned, as of now thats only for 2500-3500

  10. 10. Chuck [ March 08, 2018 @ 01:46PM ]

    Who is manufacturing these chassis?

  11. 11. Joe Truck [ March 10, 2018 @ 10:46AM ]

    Does it come with a free step ladder to get in the cab?

  12. 12. dreese [ March 10, 2018 @ 10:23PM ]

    Navistar is manufacturing the chassis and assembling the truck for Chevrolet

  13. 13. Tony Presti [ March 24, 2018 @ 07:19PM ]

    I don't understand why they aren't going to 26,000 gvw. ???

    doesn't make sense to stop at 22,900

  14. 14. BD [ April 06, 2018 @ 09:00AM ]

    Stopping at 22.9 keeps the buyer / user out of CDL territory. That eliminates a lot of headaches for businesses that aren't transportation specific.

 

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