2019 International CV Is Navistar’s Version Of The Chevy Silverado Medium Duty11
Chevrolet has already announced its 2019 Silverado Medium Duty trucks – the Class 4 Silverado 4500HD, Class 5 Silverado 5500HD and Class 6 Silverado 6500HD – that was developed in conjunction with Navistar due to a new partnership with GM. Navistar is to have a version of the truck for its International brand, but we have yet to see International’s version of the truck – until now.
Though Navistar has yet to officially announce its own model, we just got our hands on a brochure for the new truck – giving us a significant amount of information on the vehicle, some of which is rather noteworthy.
Set to be called International CV Series, Navistar is positioning its model as a truck “designed, distributed and supported by a manufacturer that specializes in commercial trucks”.
Like the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty, the new International CV truck is offered in Regular Cab or Crew Cab configurations, with wheelbases ranging from 141″ to 243 inches. The trucks look almost identical to the Silverado Medium Duty, while featuring a different grille with vertical slats. It also features the same high-strength steel frame rail, available air ride rear suspension, and forward-tilting hood with easy-to-reach maintenance points.
The CV Series is powered exclusively by the same 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 engine (L5D) as in the Silverado Medium Duty. The engine is the sole powerplant for both trucks, at least for the time being. Sending power to the wheels will be a 6-speed Allison transmission in either 1700, 1750, or 2700 series configurations.
Interestingly, Navistar’s brochure for the International CV truck only lists Class 4 and 5 versions, not making any mention of a Class 6 model. Meanwhile, the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty will be offered in Class 4, 5 and 6 versions ranging from a GVWR of 15,000 to 23,500 pounds.
To top it all off, Navistar says that “the CV Series is supported by the largest commercial dealer network in the industry with more dedicated truck bays and diesel technicians than anyone else.”
See the brochure for the 2019 International CV Series here (PDF file format hosted on an external source)
No pricing for the International CV is available just yet, but the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty starts at $48,685 – which should provide a fairly good idea of the price of Navistar’s variant. Both trucks are manufactured at the Navistar plant in Springfield, Ohio, with an on-sale date in late fall 2018.
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This is like the Ram 4500-5500/Sterling Bullet all over again. LOL.
Haha yes Newdude I remember. The short-lived Sterling Bullet! And while it looks nice, what a comedown for International…surprised its basically a regrilled Chevy in this instance. I’d love to see them re-enter the light-duty truck segment, its rare to see the vintage International trucks in my area.
Anyone ever hear of the time International considered a version of the Dodge D/W-Series (Ram name didn’t arrive until 1981) pickup circa-1976? Rendering of it appears in one of Fred Crismon’s International Truck books.
So I don’t get it. Why is Navistar creating a version of a truck that supports the same engine and trans configuration as the OEM? The got the truck and just put a grille on it, or are they the ones that won a bid to make the medium duty series because the OEM didn’t want to or what? I saw one of these the other day in Flagstaff AZ so I had to google it because I thought my eyes deceived me. My eyes work ok turns out. So someone explain this to me.
Navistar has teamed up before: the Ford LCF and Navistar whatever you call it. The Ford 7.3L is a Navistar engine. Navistar just can’t make a class 4-5 truck at a competitive price, so yes team up so they have representation to offer for municipalities and fleets.
Oh, and Navistar builds the GM cutaway vans: it’s a production line partnership that helps both companies. Just like how many mfgs are teaming up on electric: GM & Honda for example.
I disagree: The bloodlines aren’t there. Sterling = Freightliner = Daimler Trucks. Ram at the time = Daimler Trucks. At least there was reasoning behind it, much like Freightliner Sprinter = Ram Sprinter = Mercedes Sprinter (all Daimler at the time). Cross branding is a good utilization of resources — IF it makes sense. (Word on the street has been that neither Dodge nor Freightliner dealers are not too good at servicing the Sprinter)
This reminds me more of the GMICT (GM-Isuzu Commercial Truck) arrangement up until 10 years ago: “I’ll give you the parts, you assemble it, and we both sell it.” Navistar took a bath on the Terrastar and had to absorb all the cost of design and manufacture. At least here the cost is spread over two companies and won’t hurt as hard — much like the Fiat van is now the Ram van.
OOps! I thought it was a real IH truck. Don’t get me wrong, love my GM, but I hoped for a real 45-5500 series truck from IH
Rife406 – Chassis is International, cab and engine GM and Transmission is Allison. Its an International with some GM.
that what it look when a chevy and International have a kid
Need to offer this truck with a good motor, like a Cummins!
Oh gtfo of the early 90s already along with all of the highschool kids that think you gotta buy an old school clapped out 12v for 30 thousand dollars to be cool because they’re the greatest thing on earth. No doubt Cummins makes a great platform but Cummins isn’t the only manufacturer that can make a great engine. Your comment shows nothing but ignorance.
Since International has went down the crapper in since 2008 years, and GM since 1999. This will be a perfect match for this pair.