Chevrolet Returns to Medium-Duty Class With Monster-Duty Chassis Cab

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Chevrolet revealed its first-ever medium-duty Silverado chassis cab for Classes 4, 5 and 6 today at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Those with long memories may remember that in 2009 GM killed the Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick medium-duty trucks that ran all the way up to Class 8.

But now GM has partnered with big-rig maker Navistar to create an easy-to-upfit mid-range player that looks similar to the Silverado 2500/3500 pickup trucks and shares the same 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission for its one-and-only powertrain.

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To be built at Navistar's Springfield, Ohio, plant, the new work truck will produce 350 horsepower and 700 pounds-feet of torque. The Allison transmission backing up the engine will be available in several versions; pairing depends on how much weight the chassis cab is rated to carry. Those transmissions will include the 1000 and 2000 vocational series along with several other stronger versions to accommodate the expected Class 6 loads that go all the way up to a 22,900-pound gross vehicle weight rating. Many of those transmissions will be offered with a power takeoff option as well.

The new Silverado medium-duty truck will be offered in regular- and crew-cab configurations in 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains with seven different wheelbases ready to accommodate the forestry, cargo-hauling, mining and construction industries. Several upfitters already designed compatible dump beds, cargo boxes, flatbeds, RV shells and other types of bolt-on bodies for the new truck, and we're guessing there might even be a version with a full-size one-ton bed.

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The Silverado 4500/5500 will have a newly designed tilt-forward clamshell front hood to make routine maintenance easier, and, new for the class, the Chevy will offer the only factory-installed rear air suspension that can adjust by as much as 4 inches up or down. Other thoughtful additions include putting the diesel exhaust fluid tank fill spout on the opposite side of the fuel filler so you can now fill up both tanks at the same time (as many truck stops are equipped to do) and the entire frame is painted to help minimize rust and corrosion.

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Finally, although there is no mistaking the interior for a function-first medium-duty truck, Chevy will be making OnStar and Commercial Link available in the base Work Truck and more well-equipped LT trims along with a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (data plan required), wireless cellphone charging, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The new truck will be available in the fourth quarter of this year, with ordering guides out a few months before that. No word on pricing yet.

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Comments

Clever way to get more sales numbers by using the same name..

Before we got into transport business, we had dump trucks. ran a lot of the old 7500 and Kodiaks then the 8500 later. They were dawg slow but but very tough and reliable. I think ours had a 3126 Cat in them.
This will be nice to consider if they make a highway version.


As usual GM has had to write a Big Check to Navistar International Corp. to develop and produce the trucks in Springfield, Ohio. Just like the little van rebadged by Nissan.

Nice looking rig!

That pesky c-channel frame again, where are the haters going to state it needs a full boxed frame?

What's your point, Chingon? Was it Ok when Ford doing the same thing writing a big check to Navistar when they were building the 7.3, 6.0, and 6.4 Powerstroke? Hypocrite!!

Even with the tilt hood access sure looks tight.

GM comes late to a party/segment (little trucks, pony cars, big trucks), leaves early (abandons its fans), comes back... this time with a product made for them (probably the best move on their part).

What is with the double stacked head lights? I will never understand why Chevy designers do that, I think they look ugly and it looks like they hurried up and threw the design together, hat or the designers have no imagination.

Not sure if a medium duty truck needs to look good but this one certainly do.

As usual GM has had to write a Big Check to Navistar International Corp. to develop and produce the trucks in Springfield, Ohio. Just like the little van rebadged by Nissan.


Posted by: Chingon | Mar 7, 2018 11:54:42 AM

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Either you posted this same drivel on another site and got spanked there as well, or you plagiarized someone else.

Seems too well spoken for you normally.....

GM comes late to a party/segment (little trucks, pony cars, big trucks), leaves early (abandons its fans), comes back... this time with a product made for them (probably the best move on their part).


Posted by: Clint | Mar 7, 2018 12:43:15 PM

Chingon????

Frank???

But is it using garbage IFS....

Looks like a live axle under the front end.

@uh huh
Clever way to get more sales numbers by using the same name..

You mean like Ford with the F-Series sales numbers?


@Chingon
As usual GM has had to write a Big Check to Navistar International Corp. to develop and produce the trucks in Springfield, Ohio.

You mean like Ford did from 2004-2015 with the Class 6/7 F-Series (BlueDiamond venture that used Navistar's plant in Mexico to build the trucks). The difference is those trucks were designed mostly by Navistar with a Ford cab thrown on. These new trucks were designed mainly by GM with some input by Navistar.


@Caldwell
But it is using garbage IFS....

Nope - they use Dana 60 and D800 solid front axles.

That pesky c-channel frame again, where are the haters going to state it needs a full boxed frame?


Posted by: oxi | Mar 7, 2018 12:03:47 PM

DID YOU LOOK AT THE SIZE OF IT. COMPARE IT TO A TOYAOTA C CHANNEL. YOU MAY NOTICE A SLIGHT DIFFERENCE IN SIZE. LOL
P.S. I don't think this is your best off road option on the market.

Keep heating heaters FORD is way better than that junk. Like always garbage motors company aka GM always following the leader FORD MOTORS COMPANY. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. IDOITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And guess what ? Nothing is gonna change in sales. Why ? Because ford is waaaaaaaaaaay ahead of the game so keep dreaming garbage motors fan GIRLYS.

These numbers should not count, they are a different class. Ford does not count the 450, 550,650, 750 etc , with the f - series. They might only count some 450's with the bed only. Im sure pickuptrucks.com can tell.

This would be going by the CVWR a light Truck not Medium in Australia.
Navistar is in the process of being taken over by VW

This would be going by the CVWR a light Truck not Medium in Australia.
Navistar is in the process of being taken over by VW

I read on another site (sorry Mark) that Navistar was going build the chassis and assemble it, that's their contribution. They debut their version tonight at 7 on FB.
SO, when Obama forced GM to bankrupt, GM sold their old medium duty line to Navistar. I think even assembly plant
as well as intellectual property if I remember correctly (read about it when it happened about a decade ago or so). So, is this being assembled at the plant the Old GM sold to Navistar back then?
@ Mark? can you answer me or just @Frank? jk

About 7,000lbs short of being a competitor in this market.

@Me
What is with the double stacked head lights? I will never understand why Chevy designers do that, I think they look ugly and it looks like they hurried up and threw the design together, hat or the designers have no imagination.
Posted by: Me | Mar 7, 2018 1:24:21 PM

Ford does it tool with their current F-series truck.. and it is ugly.

THEY HAVE THE BEST ENGINE AND TRANY AND THE TRUCK LOOK GOOD ,,

About 7,000lbs short of being a competitor in this market.


Posted by: Walt | Mar 7, 2018 3:32:26 PM

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Based on what?

Ford better close up shop and sell the business while they still can. GM just hammer the last nail in their coffin! LMBO!!!!!!

@Old GM Guy--No the Springfield OH plant was an IH plant pre-Navistar. GM tried to sell their midsize commercial truck line to Navistar but ended up folding up their medium truck line. Navistar has made midline commercial trucks for years.

http://www.springfieldohiohistory.net/apps/photos/album?albumid=15012548

IH history, IH has had a truck plant in Sprinfield OH since the 1920's when they converted a farm implement plant to a truck plant. Even made pickups in Springfield for a number of years.

http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/NAV/139835784x0x115475/1396f546-ebe2-48a4-ba45-f31f4a07cae4/Company

Looks very good. Best power train available currently.

GM comes late to a party/segment (little trucks, pony cars, big trucks), leaves early (abandons its fans), comes back... this time with a product made for them (probably the best move on their part).
Posted by: Clint | Mar 7, 2018 12:43:15 PM


Considering the garbage Powerstroke engines Ford was putting in their trucks back in the 2000's, they might as well not have had an F-450/550 to sell. Those garbage 6-blows and 6.4's were constantly in shop.

Solid Front Axle
Better DEF tank placement
Painted Frames

So can this trickle down to the 2500/3500s?
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The USMC long ago switched to full independent suspensions!

MTVR, LVSR, JLTV all use fully independent suspensions!

Heck even the PLSA1 has gone front IFS!

Get out of the old and step up to the new!

I think GM should offer gas engines as well

@ Jeff S.
Thanks Bud! That was good to learn!

Considering the garbage Powerstroke engines Ford was putting in their trucks back in the 2000's, they might as well not have had an F-450/550 to sell. Those garbage 6-blows and 6.4's were constantly in shop.

@ HDRam King

I totally agree with you. i have said this for years. Ford hasn't built a competitive diesel engine since 2000 with the 7.3L. You have FANBOYS like Frank who think otherwise, but you have to excuse him bc he doesn't know any better!

@HUMPMER

Really, dude, you sound like a scratched CD that is stuck on that same old garbage. If they were so bad, why did they sell so much, then began building their own in-house to build right.

Just stop.

This Truck looks exactly like an F-650. Way to copy GM

@ Frank

Truth hurts!!!

And I've said reason why they sold so many is bc Ford has probably the most loyal fan-base than any other manufacturer!! I have tons of Ford fanboys in my family and EVEN they will admit those 2 diesels are junk!! So instead of buying a diesel the bought the gas sucking V10 instead!

Stop crying and move along!!

@ Frank

Get your eyes checked. It doesn't look like a F650! Man the more you post the worse it gets

https://www.ford.com/commercial-trucks/f650-f750/

TNTGMC
Ford hasn't built a competitive diesel engine since 2000 with the 7.3L, Ford didn't build it International did
i will argue with you all day about that, the 6.7 stroke is a good proven motor has had less problems in it's 1st 7 years than what the Duramax had when it 1st hit the market

and I've said reason why they sold so many is bc Ford has probably the most loyal fan-base than any other manufacturer!! they all have a loyal fan base just look at the comments on here

I have tons of Ford fanboys in my family and EVEN they will admit those 2 diesels are junk!! i'm right there with on that comment

So instead of buying a diesel the bought the gas sucking V10 instead!

i tell you this that is all i buy for my company is gas motors 6.2
it will be a cold in hell before i buy a diesel for 8k more and put some street kid into to beat the hell out of it, it can suck all the gas it wants i could care less it's a lot cheaper to maintain than any of the big 3 diesels are and all the emissions crap that's on them that makes them unreliable

TNT
question for you why do you even respond to Frank we all know he's not the sharpest tool in the shed


Bunch of toolish morons up the mug!!!

@ Eatin Chevy's Shittin Dodges

I was referring to the 6.0L and 6.4L. Those were terrible motors! The 6.7L in house built seems to be doing well. It still doesn't put down the numbers FORD CLAIMS it has!

As for replying to Frank, it's because he thinks he knows what he is talking about and he doesn't. So this is why he constantly uses "insults" instead of facts!!

And Ford 6.2L V8 is a great motor! They need to invest more money into it instead of the ecobusts!

@ Eatin Chevy's Shittin Dodges

I was referring to the 6.0L and 6.4L. Those were terrible motors! ok got ya
The 6.7L in house built seems to be doing well. It still doesn't put down the numbers FORD CLAIMS it has! / neither does GM/ The GMC came out on top here again, with an observed 383 horsepower and 786 pounds-feet of torque at the rear wheels (GMC says it gets 445 hp and 910 pounds-feet of torque at the crank). But the Ford had an issue — just before really coming on boost the engine computer would pull fuel and not deliver all the beans. The Ford delivered just 360 hp and 663 pounds-feet of torque (compared to the 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet Ford says it delivers at the crank); this was certainly less than we expected

As for replying to Frank, it's because he thinks he knows what he is talking about and he doesn't. So this is why he constantly uses "insults" instead of facts!! yes he does


Posted by: TNTGMC | Mar 8, 2018 12:51:02 PM
And Ford 6.2L V8 is a great motor! yes it is i have 3 of them 1 has 96k miles on it the other has 80k and 3rd has 20k and have had no problems with either

They need to invest more money into it instead of the ecobusts! you know i read all the guys on the site bustin on them here and they have some with problems but i have talked to a lot of eco boots owners since 2011 and only one had problems all the rest love them, i talked to more GM owners of the 5.3 and 6.2 who where not happy with there trucks, but that really doesn't tell you much, i won't buy an eco boost from Ford all my motors are NA, to complicated same goes for GM's 5.3 and 6.2

@ Eatin Chevy's Shittin Dodges

Interesting bc my buddy is lead mechanic at Ford dealership here in Midwest and he refuses to buy the Eco-bust! He only buys the 5.0L. We just tinted his truck for him and he stated that he has had way too many of them in his shop!! Go figure..

What issues where the GM guys having with their v8's?? Only thing I have every heard is programming. Once you program them to run better, they have no issues.

GM's ECM manager needs to be canned. Hopefully they have fixed this for the new models

@ Eatin Chevy's Shittin Dodges

Interesting bc my buddy is lead mechanic at Ford dealership here in Midwest and he refuses to buy the Eco-bust! He only buys the 5.0L. We just tinted his truck for him and he stated that he has had way too many of them in his shop!! Go figure.. yes go figure he's not expecting to go to work and find a bunch of Gm's to work on LOL, no i hear his concerns it's the same reason i won't buy one

What issues where the GM guys having with their v8's?? Only thing I have every heard is programming. Once you program them to run better, they have no issues. tuning maybe the problem i felt that way all along ever since Obama pushed the strict MPG's on the Manufactures they are tuning them way to tight pushing for every MPG they can, as for the problems, truck shakes, vibrations, interiors rattle, emotional trannies searching for the right gear don't know which gear to be in, AFM, hesitation, and a lot of electronic gremlins

GM's ECM manager needs to be canned. Hopefully they have fixed this for the new models, every company has a weak link
but i still blame the strict MPG's

GM comes late to a party/segment (little trucks, pony cars, big trucks), leaves early (abandons its fans), comes back... this time with a product made for them (probably the best move on their part).

Posted by: Clint | Mar 7, 2018 12:43:15 PM

Like Ford abandoned its fans of the Ranger and the Pony car. (can you say Mustang 2. LOL! Clint, you don't think much before you post a comment.

Like Ford abandoned its fans of the Ranger and the Pony car. (can you say Mustang 2. LOL! Clint, you don't think much before you post a comment.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Mar 8, 2018 4:29:34 PM

Perhaps you should think as well, the awesome FOX BODY Mustangs were derived from Mustang II which run circles over Camaros.

What issues where the GM guys having with their v8's?? Only thing I have every heard is programming. Once you program them to run better, they have no issues.

Posted by: Eatin Chevy's Shittin Dodges | Mar 8, 2018 2:34:01 PM

Throttle response isn't an engine issue with the GM trucks, it's an issue with the way they tune the transmission. It's easily remedied by either a handheld tuner or a custom tune using EFI Live or HP Tuner.


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.... as for the problems, truck shakes, vibrations, interiors rattle, emotional trannies searching for the right gear don't know which gear to be in, AFM, hesitation, and a lot of electronic gremlins

Posted by: Eatin Chevy's Shittin Dodges | Mar 8, 2018 2:34:01 PM

Truck shakes/Vibrations is an issue that affects all full-size pickups sold today. You can find plenty of examples of it affecting every brand.

Just google "2015+ F-150 vibration highway speed" and you'll find stuff like this:
https://www.f150forum.com/f118/2017-ford-f150-crew-cab-pickup-has-vibration-395910/
https://www.f150forum.com/f118/vibration-issues-group-thread-ford-complaint-please-read-395499/
https://www.fordf150.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=123333

GM interiors do have a habit of having rattles. Luckily they're easy things to fix, just like the aluminum F-150's misaligned doors causing terrible wind noise.

The transmission searching for a gear issue is 95% caused by the adaptive shift system. If you granny the truck around town all week, then try to drive it like a sports car, the shift strategies are going to way off. Luckily it's an easy thing to change with GM's current TCM's. Tuners like Blackbear Performance can perform miracles with a little EFI Live magic. Justin's 6 and 8-speed tunes are excellent.

The failure rate of an AFM lifter on the latest generation of engines is extremely low considering there are already well over 4 million Gen V (LT) V8's and V6's on the road today. Not to mention you can disable AFM permanently without even needing a tuner. And if you really wanted the system gone, there's a huge aftermarket for the LS engines and DOD delete kits are fairly inexpensive.

Hesitation? Not a common issue. Could be something as simple as the owner buying poor quality fuel or trying to hypermile their truck.

Electrical gremlins? The one issue that affected the K2 fullsize trucks is the "G218" ground by the driver's side dash speaker. The sound insulation can get pinched under the ground during assembly and cause a poor ground. There's a TSB and it's so easy to fix you can do it in your driveway in about 30 minutes. Also, every full-size truck sold today has the same kinds of electrical gremlins. Just google a phrase like "2015 F-150 electrical problems" and check out all the electrical issues. Especially the problem with mice eating the insulation on the wiring harness. Fun stuff.

@ Brick

Great facts!

About everything summed up that I have heard!

@ Frank

I won't even go there about any mustang walking all over a camaro. We have been through this. No need to bring up this again

Perhaps you should think as well, the awesome FOX BODY Mustangs were derived from Mustang II which run circles over Camaros.
Posted by: Frank | Mar 8, 2018 4:47:43 PM

LOL the Mustang II, aka the Pinto II? It's HILARIOUS to see just how many of those junk Fox Body Mustangs are running LS V8's these days.



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