Production of Chevy’s 2019 Silverado Medium Duty, the first-ever medium-duty trucks to carry the Silverado name as well as the second of three all-new Silverado models that Chevrolet has revealed in the past 18 months, began earlier this week. Assembly is taking place at Navistar’s Springfield Assembly Plant in Ohio, which we reported exclusively last March, a few days after the trucks’ debut at the 2018 NTEA Work Truck Show.
The new Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 trucks are designed to be the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor. Their launch is taking place during a record year for GM’s commercial business, which has seen a double-digit sales increase year-after-year.
“When we decided to get back into the medium-duty segment, we were determined to build the truck our customers have been asking for,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “We listened to the needs of fleet managers, truck drivers, technicians and dealers to design a truck that’s easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”
The 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks have a starting price of $48,465 for a 4500HD chassis cab, which includes a mandatory destination fee of $1,495. The prices for Chevrolet’s entire line of medium-duty trucks are as follows (not including taxes, titles and other dealer fees).
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According to the company, customers from various facets of the construction industry – including home and road builders, landscaping businesses and public services – have shown a significant amount of interest in its 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks. The trucks are also quite popular among upfitters thanks to the clean and straight design of the frame rail, which does not have any rivets, supports or welds that interfere.
“Demand for the new Silverado medium duty has been exceptionally strong from sellers, upfit companies and fleet customers,” said John Schwegman, director of commercial product and medium duty, GM Fleet. “With our large vehicle portfolio from sedans to crossovers to large trucks, our Chevy Business Elite dealers can offer commercial customers a one-stop shop that supports their business needs.”
The 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD are powered by a 6.6L L5D V-8 Duramax diesel engine making 350 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque mated to a choice of Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off (PTO option). The trucks are available in 2WD and 4WD drivetrains.
All 2019 Silverado Medium Duty truck models are available in chassis cab configurations, with GM currently not offering a factory bed option at the time of this writing.