2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty Conventional Truck
Chevrolet is expected to launch a conventional medium duty class 4/5 truck in the 2018 calendar year, thereby succeeding the Chevrolet Kodiak that was discontinued in 2009.
|Debut calendar year:||2018|
|Debut model year:||2018 or 2019|
|Predecessor:||Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC Topkick|
|Engine:||GM Duramax Turbo-Diesel|
|Production:||U.S. Navistar factory (possibly Garland, Texas plan)|
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the 2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty Truck. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and Chevrolet.
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2018 Chevy Medium Duty Truck Confirmed Details & Expectations
In March 2017, Chevrolet announced that it plans on introducing a “flagship, medium duty truck”. In the announcement, Chevy confirmed that the upcoming Medium Duty truck will:
- Utilize a Duramax turbo-diesel engine
- Utilize an Allison transmission
- Launch ini calendar year 2018
- Be co-developed with Navistar, which operates the International Trucks brand
- Not be related to the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward medium duty trucks sourced from Isuzu
The announcement also confirmed that GM would supply commercial components and engines while Navistar would provide its “expertise in rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities”. Based on the statement, it would appear that the upcoming Chevrolet Medium Duty truck will use a GM-sourced powertrain and other components, while Navistar will be responsible for developing other parts of the vehicle as well as manufacturing it.
We expect that the Duramax engine that will be used in the truck will be none other than GM’s new 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel L5P engine, which makes 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque in the Chevrolet Silverado HD (2017 and newer).
It is currently unknown what name Chevrolet will give its upcoming conventional Medium Duty truck. However, we would wager that the official name will be one of the following:
- Chevrolet Kodiak
- Chevrolet HD 550/650
- Chevrolet Silverado HD 550/650
Introduction Date & Model Year
Chevrolet confirmed that its upcoming Medium Duty conventional truck will “launch in 2018”. It is currently unclear whether the truck will be designated model year 2018 or 2019. As such, it is possible that the truck in question will actually be a 2019 Chevrolet Medium Duty conventional truck.
We expect that the 2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty truck will be offered as a conventional truck with a engine/hood-forward design and be available in various cab configurations (such as single, double, and crew cabs) and wheelbase lengths. In addition, we also expect that the truck will offer a regular pickup truck bed as well as a Chassis Cab (CC) model for upfitment (see Uses section below).
We expect the upcoming 2018 Chevy Medium Duty truck to have a base price in the $60,000 range for the work truck configuration and reach as much as $130,000 for the range-topping model.
It is currently unknown whether GM’s GMC brand will get a variant of the 2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty conventional truck.
Given GM is co-developing the upcoming 2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty conventional truck with Navistar, we expect that Navistar will also sell a version of the truck. The final variant for Navistar could be the next-generation International Trucks DuraStar.
The 2018 Chevy Medium Duty truck will likely be manufactured by Navistar in the United States of America. One of the more likely facilities to make the truck is Navistar’s Garland, Texas factory.
Conventional Medium Duty trucks serve as commercial platforms for a wide variety of applications, such as traditional pickup trucks, emergency services, towing, dump truck, flatbed truck and cargo box truck. Some medium duty trucks are commonly used as a platform for both school buses and commercial buses.
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