2019 Chevrolet Medium Duty Conventional Truck
In 2018 Chevrolet launched Class 4 and 5 conventional medium duty trucks as 2019 model year vehicles, in collaboration with Navistar. The models included the Silverado 4500, Silverado 5500, and Silverado 6500 pickup trucks.
“The Silverado 4500HD/5500HD trucks are the flagship of our full-line commercial truck portfolio and we’ve designed them to be among the best in the industry in maneuverability, serviceability, visibility, quietness and comfort, diesel fuel economy and more,” said Ed Pepper, U.S. VP of GM Fleet. “At GM Fleet, we are determined to deliver on our three pillars: Great Products, Innovative Business Solutions and an Exceptional Customer Experience, and I’m confident that with these new trucks, we’ll exceed the expectations of not only our fleet customers, but the drivers and upfitters as well.”
In relation to the then-new product line, The General’s primary objective is to offer a vehicle that is “easy to upfit, easy to drive, and easy to service.” Notably, the Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty pickups will be powered by the Duramax L5D turbo-diesel V8 engine, which is B20-diesel compatible.
“It’s not just numbers on a spec sheet that make us different and better,” said John Schwegman, director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty at GM Fleet. “These new Silverados are designed to solve the most common upfit and ownership challenges fleets have with many of today’s medium duty trucks.”
Conventional Medium Duty trucks serve as platforms for a wide variety of mostly commercial applications, such as traditional pickup trucks, emergency services, towing, dump truck, flatbed truck and cargo box truck. Some medium duty trucks are also used as a platform for school and commercial buses.
In March 2017, Chevrolet announced plans to introduce 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 in calendar year 2018
- Be co-developed with Navistar, which operates the International Trucks brand
- Not related to the Chevrolet Low Cab Forward medium duty trucks sourced from Isuzu
At the time, no name was assigned for the vehicle.
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.
In September 2017, Chevrolet announced more information about the Medium Duty truck, including that the vehicle will:
- Actually consist of two vehicles
- Slot in the Class 4 and Class 5 medium duty segments and be called Silverado 4500 and Silverado 5500
- 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”
- Be available in Regular Cab and Crew Cab models with 4×2 and 4×4 capability
- Be available in a wide range of GVWRs and wheelbases
- Offer optional OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity that is being embraced by fleet management companies to help improve safety and productivity thanks to tools like OnStar Commercial Link
Chevrolet also announced that all Silverado 4500 and 5500 models will be powered by a Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission and that the trucks will “stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work.”
The Chevrolet press release also stated that the truck will “stand out because we’ve designed [them] around how customers work.”
In January 2018, Chevrolet made a third announcement surrounding the upcoming Silverado 4500, stating that:
- The new all-new Silverado Class 5 chassis cab truck will be revealed at the 2018 Work Truck Show taking place March 6-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Silverado Class 4 chassis cab truck will also be revealed at the venue
- Both the Class 5 and Class 4 trucks are expected to go into production in late 2018
The brand also began referring to the truck as “Silverado 4500HD” and “Silverado 5500HD”. By comparison, the brand referred to the truck simply as “Silverado 4500” and “Silverado 5500”, without the HD moniker, in its aforementioned September announcement. Since then, GM Authority has confirmed that the official name of the trucks will, in fact, be “Silverado 4500HD” and “Silverado 5500HD”.
Chevrolet also released the following teaser image of the truck, which we subsequently enhanced to reveal more of the front end.
The 2019 Silverado Medium Duty is offered as conventional truck with an engine/hood-forward design and is available with several cab and box configurations:
- Regular Cab Dual Rear Wheel
- 2WD (CC56403)
- 4×4 (CK56403)
- Crew Cab Dual Rear Wheel
- 2WD (CC56043)
- 4×4 (CK56043)
The Chevrolet Medium Duty truck is available in Regular Cab and Crew Cab configurations in various wheelbases and GVWRs.
The 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD are all available as either Work Truck (1WT) or LT (1LT) models.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado MD is offered with the following engine and transmission choices:
|Engine||Fuel||Aspiration||Transmission||Horsepower @ RPM||Torque @ RPM||Available Gear Ratios|
|6.6L Duramax L5D V8||Diesel||Turbocharged||6-Speed Automatic||350 @ 2700||700 @ 1600||4.10, 4.30, 4.56, 4.88|
The Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty pickup entered the market as a 2019 model in late 2018
The 2019 Chevy Medium Duty trucks had a base price of $48,465 for the Work Truck configuration, and could reach as much as $100,000 for a fully-loaded version of the range-topping 4WD Crew Cab 1LT model.
At this time, GM’s GMC brand will not get a variant of the 2019 Chevrolet Medium Duty truck.
The 2019 Chevy Medium Duty Truck is manufactured by Navistar in the United States of America, which assembles the truck at the its plant in Springfield, Ohio.
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2019 through 2021 model years affected.
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