“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.”
Unfortunately for most, these new solid-front-axle-equipped Silverados are in the medium duty class. Chevrolet unveiled the new 2019 Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis in front of a very excited crowd. These trucks feature clean, one-piece straight frame rails, seven cab-to-axle options, factory air suspension, and a lightweight clamshell hood. Input from fleet managers, drivers, technicians, and upfitters drove the design and development of the new medium duty Silverado.
These trucks will be available in both two and four-wheel-drive and will be powered by a 6.6L Duramax diesel V-8 engine, which produces 350 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. Backing the Duramax engine is an Allison automatic transmission with a power take off (PTO) option.
Staying connected is important so the new Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 can be optioned with OnStar, Commercial Link, a built-in 4GLTE WiFi hotspot, wireless cellphone charging, Bluetooth, and support for Apple CaPlay and Android Auto.
Production of the medium duty Silverados will begin in late 2018 with order guides available in spring and pricing announced this summer. There are more than 400 commercially focused Chevrolet dealers that are expected to carry these new trucks.