Chevrolet has launched a new range of medium-duty trucks for handling heavy-duty work. The 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD are available in a wide array of configurations hauling just about anything.
These Silverado models will use a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine with 350 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. Buyers will be able to pick from two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. Inside, there's wireless cellphone charging, Bluetooth, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A paid data plan allows for the use of a Wi-Fi hotspot. A rear air suspension is among the options.
Trucks like these put an emphasis on being usable and easily serviceable, so Chevy tweaks the models so that companies can get even more done with them. For example, the revised front end allegedly gives drivers a better downward view outside the windshield for easier maneuverability. Plus, the pickups can turn tighter from 50-degree wheel cuts. A new clamshell hood design should mean a better time for mechanics because they can now just walk up to the major components, rather than needing a ladder or the necessity to remove pieces to access the vital bits.
Buyers of these trucks often send them to upfitters for installation of custom equipment behind the cab. To make this process easier, Chevy offers multiple frame length options with seven cab-to-axle choices from 60 to 162-inches and five axle-to-back-of-frame options that come in 8-inch increments. In addition, the fuel lines now run through the frame, which means that there are fewer obstructions upfitters install their components..
The 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD will go on sale in late 2018. Chevy will announce pricing this summer.
Gallery: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD Medium-Duty Trucks
CHEVROLET UNVEILS THE 2019 SILVERADO 4500HD, 5500HD AND 6500HD AT NTEA THE WORK TRUCK SHOW
All-New Silverado conventional cabs will be the most customer-focused medium-duty trucks of any major competitor
Easy to upfit: Clean, one-piece straight frame rails, seven Cab-to-Axle options
Easy to drive: Excellent maneuverability, factory air suspension
Easy to service: Lightweight clamshell hood allows "walk up" access to engine
INDIANAPOLIS —Chevrolet revealed its first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cab trucks today at NTEA The Work Truck Show – three supremely capable conventional cab models will be the most customer-focused trucks of any major competitor.
“Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”
The Trucks Dealers, Customers and Upfitters Asked For
The input of fleet managers, truck drivers, upfitters, technicians and Chevrolet dealers drove the development of the new Silverados.
“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.”
The Silverado Solution
Cost and complexity of upfits: Frames that rust; rivets, brackets and fluid lines that interfere with body mounting.
A factory-painted frame with one-piece frame rails, smooth, unobstructed top sections, and through-the-frame fuel fill lines.
Frame compromises: Frame rails that are too short behind the rear axle to accommodate longer cargo boxes without extensions and reinforcements.
Seven Cab-to-Axle (CA) options ranging from 60 to 162-inches, along with five unique axle-to-back-of-frame (AF) lengths sized in 8-inch increments.
Service obstacles: Hood designs that force technicians to use ladders or remove vehicle components to access under-hood components for maintenance and repair.
A lightweight, front-hinged “clamshell” hood that, combined with a 50-degree wheel cut, allows easy “walk up” access to under-hood components.
Difficult to drive: Poor downward perspective for the driver, along with poor low-speed maneuverability due to narrow wheel cuts, and wide turning radiuses.
A precisely crafted and contoured hood optimizes the driver’s perspective of the road. Maneuverability is excellent thanks to up to 50-degree wheel cuts.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness: The need to retrofit aftermarket air suspensions to improve ride; loud, uncomfortable cabins.
An available, factory-installed rear air suspension, not on Ford and Ram; triple-sealed, inset doors to help reduce wind and road noise; huck bolts used throughout the frame for superior clamping force.
DEF tank placement: Poorly-placed and marked diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tanks that can lead to refueling errors.
The DEF tank is conveniently located on the passenger side of the truck – the opposite side of the fuel fill.
The Silverado will be available in 2WD and 4WD and will be powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine with 350 horsepower and 700 lb.-ft. of torque and Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off (PTO) option.
“When you consider all of the flexibility, capability and durability we have engineered into the Silverado, along with the proven power of Allison transmissions and the Duramax diesel engine, we have a medium duty truck line that will appeal to both Chevrolet loyalists and competitive owners alike,” said Schwegman.
The Most Connected Medium Duty Truck
The Silverado will also be the most connected commercial truck available, thanks to options that include OnStar and Commercial Link, a built-in 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot (paid data plan required), wireless cellphone charging, Bluetooth and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Production and Ordering
Production of the new Silverado begins in late 2018. Order guides will be available this spring and pricing will be announced this summer. More than 400 commercially-focused Chevrolet dealers are expected to carry the new Silverado line.
GM Fleet Momentum
The launch of the All-New Silverados will build on the momentum Chevrolet and GM Fleet have been building over several years.
“Chevrolet’s return to the conventional cab medium duty segment is part of a multi-year strategy to earn the business and loyalty of Commercial and Government customers by expanding into new product segments, delivering innovative business solutions, superior value and an exceptional customer experience,” Peper said.
In 2017, GM Fleet delivered nearly 300,000 units to Commercial and Government customers – the most since 2008 – and gained almost 1.4 percentage points of market share.
Chevrolet has been the growth engine:
Chevrolet’s three-truck pickup strategy, built around the Colorado mid-size pickup and the Silverado ½-ton and 1-ton models, has made General Motors the leader in pickup deliveries for four consecutive years.
New dedicated Commercial and Government products, including the Colorado box-delete and Low Cab Forward, have helped turn the brand into a “one stop shop” for fleet managers and small businesses.
Chevrolet has been the broadest portfolio of B20-capable diesel-powered cars, crossovers and trucks in the industry, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, Express, Low Cab Forward – and now the new Silverado in class 4,5 and 6 configurations.
A very strategic and disciplined approach to the daily rental market helps to support resale values.
“It’s a fact: The more choices we offer truck customers, the more we drive sales across our entire portfolio. That’s because brand and dealer loyalty run deep in this business,” Peper said.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heartbeat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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