Having officially announced the names of its upcoming Conventional Medium Duty Class 4 and Class 5 trucks at the 2017 State Fair of Texas, Chevy also revealed a few more juicy details about the upcoming trucks.
For starters, Chevrolet’s initial announcement (from March) surrounding plans to enter the Conventional Medium Duty truck space made mention of only a single truck. However, we now know that the Medium Duty program being developed in collaboration with Navistar will result in not one truck, but two trucks. As such, the Class 4 truck will be called Chevrolet Silverado 4500 and the Class 5 truck will be the Chevrolet Silverado 5500.
Chevrolet also revealed that all Silverado 4500 and 5500 models will be powered by a Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission, a legendary combination that has powered about two million trucks. The brand didn’t specify which engine and transmission will be used specifically, but we have a hunch that it will be the all-new 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel L5P that is rated at 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD and newer. It could be possible that the boosted oil burner will be even more powerful in the Silverado 4500/5500.
Chevrolet commercial director John Schwegman stated that the duo will “stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work.” He also added that the trucks “will be “powerful, highly maneuverable, and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more”.
Furthermore, the vehicles will be available in Regular Cab and Crew Cab models with 4×2 and 4×4 capability. They will also be offered in a wide range of GVWRs and wheelbases.
OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity will be optional. The system is being embraced by fleet management firms to help improve safety and productivity thanks to the fleet management tools it provides, such as OnStar Commercial Link.
Finally, Chevrolet confirmed that the trucks will launch in late 2018 calendar year. As such, we believe that the trucks will launch as 2019 model year vehicles.
Outside of that, the Bowtie also used the Texas State Fair to announce the Chevrolet Silverado Centennial edition full-size and Colorado Centennial edition midsize pickup trucks to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first production Chevrolet truck.
We’ll have to wait until close to the trucks’ launch for more details, pricing information and pictures.
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