Chevrolet Gets Back Into Commercial Work Trucks

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Chevrolet just announced it will be getting back into the medium-duty commercial truck segment with the addition of six new work trucks. To make this happen in a cost-efficient way, Chevy is partnering with Isuzu, which makes the N-Series low-cab-forward platforms.

Previously GM offered the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick, but after troubled negotiations with potential buyers, GM wound down their production in Flint, Mich., in 2009, walking away from the 4500 and 5500 commercial truck segment altogether.

The new Chevy models will be the 3500, 3500 Heavy Duty, 4500, 4500 HD, 5500 and 5500 HD. The new Chevy LCF chassis cabs will be offered in both regular-cab (two-door) and crew-cab (four- door) versions, with three different engine choices: a 6.0-liter V-8 gas, a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel and 5.2-liter V-8 turbo-diesel.

In addition to the new LCF trucks, Chevrolet's fleet and commercial choices include the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, full-size chassis-cab models and the midsize Colorado, which offers a box-delete option, as well as the compact City Express and full-size Express vans.

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Well Chevrolet is offering basically the Isuzu NPR and NQR what would be light Trucks in Australia , but Medium in the U.S.
These are primarily light delivery vehicles, I suspect something similar in the U.S.

I like to see that 5.2L V8 turbo diesel put into a 1500 Silverado/Sierra as a special heavy duty 1/2 ton model.

@RR, that's because in America, everything from a Ranger to a semi is considered to be a truck. In Australia, it's only considered to be a truck if you need a truck license. So this would be somewhere near the lower end of that spectrum.

@The Other Mike, I think it's a mistake. The Isuzu 3L and 5.2L diesels both have 4 cylinders.

If GM is to truly succeed in the medium duty market, they will need to offer something besides just this cab forward design.

Such a design may not be appealing to all buyers. It doesn't have that "tough" look that a F650 or F750 has. That could be a deciding factor for buyers.
Wondering what Isuzu's quality will be like since story states GM will just supply engines? I remember Isuzu's from past always having rusted out bodies.
Instrusting GM current work vans from Nissan.

Ok, so it's nice that you CAN carry four or five extra people in your truck; how often will you do so? I simply cannot imagine a time when a medium-duty cab-over truck is going to have a need to carry so many people. 99.9% of the time, the largest number of occupants in a truck of ANY size is two people or less and I've never seen a larger truck such as the one pictured with more than one person in it unless it was a moving van where the second person is essentially labor to help load and unload the truck (and maybe a co-driver if they're an express service).

So why, now, do trucks have to waste cargo space to carry a cabin that will probably never be used?

How much?
I am thinking to install some lift and slap ArcticFox trailer on top of that.

OK, so it definitely seems like Road Whale will be ordering his with a regular cab instead of the crew cab.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your ideal usage.

Your comment definitely illustrates you are as Australian as a crazy Irishman. You gotta' do better to be convincing. Why do you make such a stupid statement, especially when there are REAL Australians who comment on PUTC? Silly or stupid?

1. A ute isn't a truck in Australia, or is a panel van or van like the Transits etc.

2. A truck in the US is a SUV, which is called a "4 B" in Australia and is referred to as a truck in the US.

3. Robert Ryan is totally correct that these are called light trucks or LDTs. That is the lowest level of truck in Australia.

Like I mentioned everything smaller than a light truck is a ute, van or 4 Be.

Except for a SUV all vehicles of commercial value for hauling is called a commercial vehicle, not a truck.

Get with it Canadian man;)

It's a pity more competition couldn't be added to the US truck market, it's huge enough.

I would like to know what V6 diesel GM is using, a VM or the same as the one in the Ram?

With Chev's partnering with Nissan in some commercial vehicles I wonder if this is the Renault V6?

Here in Australia the smallest Izuzu N Series runs a 5.4 diesel.....I think.

supercrew02 - "Wondering what Isuzu's quality will be like since story states GM will just supply engines?"

They already do. The gasser Isuzu uses is GM's 6.0 Vortec. It has been proven reliable.

GM uses the 4 pot 3.0 diesel in the global Colorado. The diesel coming for the North American Colorado is an Isuzu engine. The Duramax was/is a collaboration with Isuzu.

None of those engines have durability issues.

@HemiMonster - cabforward (cabovers) have their place in the market. Most seem to be garbage trucks and urban delivery vans where length is a factor.
I do agree that a conventional truck is needed. GM could shortcut that one by putting a GM pickup cab on it with a modified snout. Ford and Ram do that with their light MDT's.

It's the same here in Australia.

Most LDTs are used in suburban environments. Many are used by retail for deliveries and in the construction industry because they are more durable than a ute/pickup with better drivetrains, PTOs or hyd pumps, etc.

For highway work most of our stuff is moved on B Doubles.

A builder in Australia would own one of these and a Landcrusier wagon or midsize ute for smaller stuff and towing.

@Big Al from Oz - no one uses cabovers/cabforward trucks out of the city. HD pickups are too small for true commercial applications in logging or mining. A tire for some machines are too big for a HD to carry.
I see HD crewcab trucks used all over the place but in logging they are mostly used to get to the job sites and carry fuel tanks and smaller maintenance parts and supplies. Equipment operators are prime buyers for HD's.

Our tractor/trailer units have gotten progressively longer with bigger loads. I can't see them getting any bigger because that would mean more infrastructure development since the roads can't handle anything larger. Super B-trains are extremely common.

Who wants to sit over the engine. Lol

Just to clarify, the diesel coming this fall for the North American version of the Colorado and Canyon is a 2.8-liter inline four turbodiesel that is used in the global Colorado in a number of markets. It is built by GM in Thailand.


This isn't a pickup truck, people who buy these don't buy them based on looks. They buy them based on capability and cost of ownership.

This is also not a new move, GM sold these rebadged Isuzu's from 1987 until 2009 as the Chev/GMC W-Series. They split from Isuzu during the bailout and bankruptcy and are know gaining back ground that they gave up.

As stated above, they are only good for tight urban setting. They have poor aero, difficult ingress/egress, are not as comfortable to pilot, and on and on.
The discussion on language is interesting. Where I grew up, no one called a pickup a "truck" since in that area, a truck meant at least what are commonly referred to as medium duty trucks.


It is a VM Motori design, correct?

Well, hopefully they give it a more modern and north american interior.

@Tom Wilkinson at Chevy - I looked up the engines used in these trucks and one source stated that the 3.0 four pot had been used in the Rodeo and Colorado.

My apologies if I gave the impression that it was being used in the "current" global Colorado.

The 2.8L diesel that will go into the NA GM midsize twins is made by VM Motori.As far as I know,they are only produced in Italy.

Isuzu midsize commercial trucks have been in the US market for years. Chevy and GMC have been selling rebadged Isuzu midsize commercial trucks for years. Isuzu makes a very good midsize commercial trucks and they have a good diesel.

This is just the start for GM to reenter the medium duty market. They offered these same trucks before they exited the market. Sales for medium duty trucks are on the rise and gives good reason to reenter the market.

First things first. these are the most reliable versions of diesel trucks that we have over here. they are used as rollback flatbeds in New York city, Florida, and parts of California but can be found all over as they are excellent on fuel economy and have maneuverability only other vehicles could dream of. if you use these you know what i mean. the automatic transmissions are rated for 310,000 mile overhaul intervals and the engine choices are pretty damn good! they have the 6.0 gas which is known for 300k with good PM. The diesel's are known to get 20mpg on the highway @ 60-70 mph depending on gearing. they arent overly powerful but they also arent mean to pull weight. they are for hauling payload.

these are also used as landscape trucks. they have side grass dumps behind the cab and a dove tail with ramps for equipment. very nice setups.

Isuzu also is one if the largest diesel suppliers in the world. if not the largest

@cabover man Reason they are the best selling Light Truck and MDT in Australia

@Roadwhale. Various Government local councils here use the large Cabover to take work parties to construction/maintenance sites

@johnny84 About the only things they will change are the badging and the Chevrolet gas engine for North America

In New Zealand they use both Cabover and Conventional for logging trucks.
Here they are starting to use both. Europe all Cabover

You see a mixture of these trucks in the southern part of the North Island of New Zealand and in various parts of the South Island, where they have forestry plantations

Would it really be so difficult to make that front end bit more aerodynamic to get better mileage
Something like this maybe

My handyman who current has a 2004 F-250 crew cab diesel with over 200k miles and serious rust said he would like to eventually replace his truck with an Isuzu midsize commercial flatbed with a diesel. He has been looking at these.

@Chevrolet , yes it would as it would need a total redesign, something Isuzu would be reluctant to do as they are primarily urban delivery/maintenance not highway trucks.

Just slightly Off Topic, this is a Cabover Mercedes Actros truck pulling a B Double, some alerted me to it in the U.S. NOTICE THE SIGNAGE ON THE DOOR;F8F09506-2F81-46AF-AADC-28B8C306D94B

These trucks are already far more fuel efficient than a competing conventional truck like a Ford F-550.

Robert Ryan - cabover HDT's aren't used at all in logging in my part of the world. Cabover LDT and MDT's as I have pointed out are city trucks. LDT and MDT's are used as service vehicles. Thanks for the info.

I could see that being used by a fire department with a small water tank or such. i suspect occasionally you might see something like this maybe in the forest service to haul a few people and some hand fire fighting gear for wild land fire fighters to get to fire camp. Not sure it would have enough snort with those little diesels though for any commercial long hauling of any sort on the U.S. Interstates and highways. I could see maybe a moving rental company give those a go as well as maybe an rv builder turning one of those into a small motor home.

Being low powered and big it will have a limited market though in the U.S.

Cannot GM Design anything on there own
Duralmax diesel is all is isuzu

@little al, I see you got your panties in a wad over nothing again. What I said was 100% correct. Get over it.

@Alex, thanks. I was going from the article. The person who wrote it stated it's a 5.2L V8. Don't they even check the facts around here any more? Sheesh.

@Scott--I wouldn't say the Isuzu that limited a market their trucks seem to be everywhere in commercial use from delivery trucks, to lawn service trucks, to flatbeds for mid commercial hauling, and other urban commercial purposes. There would be few noncommercial customers but enough commercial users to appreciate the size and utility of these trucks which have a proven track record. Since GM up until recently has sold rebadged Isuzus as Chevrolets and GMCs then they know the market for these trucks and this fills in a gap that GM has in this segment. Not as much risk in selling rebadged Isuzus and rebadged compact Nissan van. If anything this is a smart move for GM.

@Jeff S.
They are rebadged NLR 3 litre Diesel to NQR 5.2 Isuzu light Trucks
Mediums here go from 7.7 litre to the FX 9.8 litre models

whoopppiiieeeee..who cares

What is this commercial No one on here drives these.

Im not sure as of today but in gm used to own 49 percent of Isuzu and was majority share holder.

quado - pickups like the Ram 3500 and F450 are all in the class 4 range.

@MIKE--GM divested themselves of Isuzu before 2008 and ended their production agreement with Isuzu in North America which furnished pickups (I-290 & I-370) and suvs (Ascendance).


GM divested themselves of Isuzu stock in 2006.


GM actually has quite a bit of cash on hand.

The FCA merger/takeover isn't going to happen. Sergio is already looking elsewhere.

Opel and Vauxhall are General Motors European brands.

No thanks GM, I have no interest in your Japanese trucks and diesels...

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