Future GM Medium Duty Truck
General Motors is expected to launch a conventional medium duty class 4/5 truck in the 2018 calendar year, likely as a 2019 model year vehicle.
|Debut calendar year:||2018|
|Debut model year:||2019|
|Predecessor:||Chevrolet Kodiak & GMC Topkick|
|Engine:||GM Duramax Turbo-Diesel|
|Production:||U.S. Navistar factory (possibly the Garland, Texas plant)|
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the 2019 GM Medium Duty Conventional 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.
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In March 2017, General Motors announced that it plans to introduce a “flagship, medium duty truck” for the Chevrolet brand. The announcement confirmed that the upcoming Medium Duty truck will:
- Utilize a Duramax turbo-diesel engine and an Allison transmission
- Launch in calendar year 2018
- Be co-developed with Navistar, which markets the International Trucks brand
- Be unrelated 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 Conventional-style GM 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 is set to power the vehicle is 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 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD and newer.
General Motors has so far only confirmed that the new Conventional Medium Duty Truck will carry the Chevrolet brand.
It is currently unknown whether GM’s GMC brand will get a variant of the Conventional Medium Duty Truck.
It is currently unknown what name GM’s Conventional Medium Duty truck will be assigned. However, we believe that the official name will be one of the following:
- Chevrolet Kodiak
- Chevrolet HD 550/650
- Chevrolet Silverado HD 550/650
- GMC Topkick
- GMC HD 550/650
- GMC Sierra HD 550/650
Introduction Date & Model Year
GM confirmed that the upcoming Chevrolet Medium Duty conventional truck will “launch in 2018”. It is currently unclear whether the truck will be designated model year 2018 or 2019, but we believe it will be a 2019 MY.
We expect that the 2019 GM Medium Duty truck will be offered as a conventional-style truck with an 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 2019 General Motors Medium Duty conventional truck to have a starting price in the $60,000 range for the work truck configuration and reach as much as $130,000 for the range-topping model.
Given that GM is co-developing its upcoming 2019 Medium Duty truck with Navistar, we expect that Navistar will also sell a version of the truck. The final variant for Navistar could become the next-generation International Trucks DuraStar.
The 2019 GM 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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