Future Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty Trucks
The current-generation Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty Trucks reached the market for the 2019 model year as three all-new models called Silverado 4500HD, Silverado 5500HD, and Silverado 6500HD.
The General has recently announced plans to offer an all-new Silverado Medium Duty EV as well as a hydrogen model.
|Predecessor:||Chevrolet Kodiak (third-gen model)|
|Last redesigned model year:||2019 (first generation Silverado 4500/5500)|
|Expected introduction model year:||Unknown|
|Expected name:||Chevrolet Silverado 4500, Chevrolet Silverado 5500|
|Expected platform:||unknown, co-developed with Navistar|
|Layout:||FR (front-engined, rear-wheel-drive/four-wheel-drive)|
|Expected models:||regular cab and crew cab with various wheelbases and GVWRs|
|Segment:||Class 4, Class 5|
|Electric Model:||Ultium Drive and Batter|
|Production:||U.S. Navistar factory (possibly Garland, Texas plant)|
A new Medium Duty Chevy truck utilizing an all-electric powertrain is in the works, as GM Authority reported. In addition to this new all-electric model, The General is also planning to offer a hydrogen Medium Duty Chevy Truck that uses its HydroTec fuel cell technology.
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 be 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 Silverado 4500 and 5500 models are powered by the 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel L5P engine which is paired with an Allison 6-speed transmission.
Availability of upcoming alternative-fuel Silverado Medium Duty conventional trucks is currently unknown, but they are not expected to launch until after the 2025 calendar year.
The Chevrolet Medium Duty truck will continue to be offered as a conventional truck with an engine/hood-forward design and be available in Regular Cab and Crew Cab configurations in various wheelbases and GVWRs.
Conventional Medium Duty trucks serve as platforms for a wide variety of commercial 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.
We expect the future Chevy Medium Duty trucks to have similar pricing to the current model, meaning a base price in the $50,000 range for the work truck configuration and reach as much as $100,000 for the range-topping model.
It is currently unknown whether GM’s GMC brand will get a variant of the future Chevrolet Medium Duty Truck.
Given that GM is co-developing the next Chevrolet Medium Duty truck with Navistar, we expect that Navistar will also sell its own version of the truck, potentially as the next-generation International Trucks DuraStar.
The future 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.
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