Ever since Chevrolet dubbed its pickup truck line the Silverado, that name has not appeared on a medium-duty model — until this year. In March GM introduced its all-new line of Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 trucks. They get designated the 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD models.
“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,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet, in a press release.
“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.”
Under the hoods of these bigger models, buyers will find GM’s recent diesel engine introduction, the 350 horsepower Duramax 6.6 litre, which gets coupled to an Allison automatic transmission with a PTO option.
There are seven different cab-to-axle options ranging from 60 to 162 inches. The big Silverados will use painted one-piece frame rails for better corrosion resistance, and they can ride on a factory installed rear air suspension option. The tilt-forward hood has 50 degree wheel cuts to allow for “walk up” access to engine components.
The trucks are available in both two and four-wheel drive configurations. Production begins later this year.
“Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Peper. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to up-fit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”