Chevrolet Confirms 2019 Silverado 4500/5500

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While celebrating 100 years of Chevrolet pickup trucks at the 2017 State Fair of Texas in Dallas, Chevy executives confirmed there will be Class 4 and 5 medium-duty chassis trucks called the Silverado 4500 and 5500 for the commercial market for model-year 2019.

"We are earning new business because we have more solutions to help businesses grow," said John Schwegman, Chevy's U.S. director of commercial product, in a statement. "The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will stand out because we've designed the trucks around how customers work. They will be powerful, maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more."

According to Schwegman, the 4500 and 5500 models will be offered in both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations with a choice of regular and crew cabs. And for fleet-management purposes 4G LTE connectivity will be an option. All Chevy 4500/5500 trucks will be powered by the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel and Allison 1000 transmission.

Earlier this summer we first saw spy photos of the new Chevy commercial trucks, but Chevy did not make an announcement until Thursday at 2017 State Fair of Texas.

We'll likely see more spy photos of the test rigs as they get closer to production, and we hope to get a chance to drive the vehicles in late 2018. The Silverado 4500/5500 marks a long-awaited return of GM to the medium-duty class after the truckmaker abandoned the small-volume market by stopping production of the Chevy Kodiak and GMC Topkick in 2009.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams, Manufacturer images of Silverado 3500, SpiedBilde spy photos

 

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Comments

Much better to at least offer a product than not

@Jeff S

This is where the current leadership at GM differs, so this is all the more interesting because of your comment. GM's CEO only wants to be competing in products and markets where she believes that GM can be profitable.

Her strategy is clearly working, or at least it's impressing Wall Street, since GM stock closed above 40 bucks on Friday. Ford evidently wants to be everything for everybody, a strategy that clearly is NOT working for them.

In my own opinion, these HD trucks are not really apropos for an online magazine like PUTC because they really are not pickup trucks.

If I were a fleet buyer of this type of truck then I would welcome the ...

@Jeff S,

But you're not so you're not qualified to comment.

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Who cares if Ford or Ram develops...

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@Jeff S

You don't care and you are not qualified to comment.

Who cares if Honda develops a fake truck that nobody buys? Not Ford or RAM or even GM.

Stick to what you know.

@papa jim--True they are not pickups as vans are not either and most of the readers on this site are pickup owners. GM is much better not to concentrate their resources on making their own specific truck in this class since the bulk of their sales and profits is in pickups, crossovers, and suvs. Navistar does allow GM to produce some of the vans that were being produced in plant that now produces all Colorados/Canyons in the Navistar plant in Springfield, OH. The Springfield plant was on the verge of closing so this allows Navistar and Springfield to save those jobs in a plant that has extra capacity--this is a win win for both Navistar and GM. GM is also correct in sharing one of Nissan's smaller vans allowing GM to have a product and to utilize Nissan's capacity. I don't agree with everything that GM does but in the case of the commercial class of trucks and the smaller van this is a smart move.

As for manufacturers sharing assembly plants International in the past has used Ford plants to assemble IH commercial trucks. Toyota has used the Subaru plant in Indiana in the past to assemble Camrys. Much better to use your competitor's excess capacity than not to produce a product line especially if the demand is greater than capacity. You can always build a plant later if the demand for the product is steady or increases.

You can always build a plant later if the demand for the product is steady or increases. Posted by: Jeff S | Oct 1, 2017

@Jeff S

The auto industry's profitability continues to suffer from excess plant capacity and excess employee benefit costs (in the future). GM wants to be VERY responsive to its dealers during this time when overall vehicle sales increases are very flat.

When their dealers ask for something in the way of product, it is a lot easier (and quicker) to partner with someone who has existing plant capacity, or an existing product line, that meets or exceeds dealer interest.

These HD 4500-5500 class trucks are focused on a tiny part of the north American market for trucks. GM has recently moved away from some marginal and/or unprofitable markets in response to concerns from Wall Street.

They don't want to get so lean as to annoy their dealerships. Tough balancing act for sure.

this class 4 and 5 market is larger than some think. construction industry (every shop I have seen or been apart of has had at least one), road service (IDOT)' hell the town i live in of 2000 people has one. A f450 with a dump.

this class 4 and 5 market is larger than some think. construction industry (every shop I have seen or been apart of has had at least one), road service (IDOT)' hell the town i live in of 2000 people has one. A f450 with a dump.

@papa jim--Hard to maintain the right balance of product versus demand. Joint ventures and partnerships allow for better utilization of assembly plants while providing dealers with what they need. Navistar has this additional plant capacity that GM can utilize. GM has the power trains that Navistar needs and that Navistar has limited funds to develop on its own. Navistar has aging drive trains. For now this is beneficial for both GM and Navistar but in the future maybe not but then that is true for any partnership. It was beneficial for GM to partner with Isuzu for the Luv, it was beneficial for Ford to partner with Mazda for the Courier, and it was beneficial for Chrysler to partner with Mitsubishi for the Ram 50. It gave the Big 3 mini trucks to compete with Toyota and Nissan and allowed them time to develop their own smaller trucks--S-10, Ranger, and Dakota.

this class 4 and 5 market is larger than some think. construction industry (every shop I have seen or been apart of has had at least one)

@Canoepaddler

Agree about the need, but these are very durable vehicles, and they aren't used in beauty contests. The dump truck that I learned to drive in, back in the 1960s, was still in service many years later when I went back to visit.

@Jeff S

All true!

@papajim

Very true. GM cannot compete so they have to get someone else to build it.

The truth is GM gave up on vans and heavy duty trucks to the competition. Then GM put out a less competitive Silverado. All so GM could provide white 2wd Colorados to Auto Zone and Terminix. But GM is about to lose that business as well. Nice work.

Nice job GM, keep up the competition.

Very true. GM cannot compete so they have to get someone else to build it. Posted by: Alex | Oct 1, 2017

@Alex

On Friday GM finished the 3rd Quarter with its share price above $40 per share a 15 dollar gain over its five year low. Ford? Well Ford finished the 3rd Q at 81 cents up from its 5 year low.

What does this mean? Maybe you can find someone who can explain it to you.

All so GM could provide white 2wd Colorados to Auto Zone and Terminix. But GM is about to lose that business as well. Nice work.

Posted by: Tom Lemon | Oct 1, 2017 1:04:18 PM

Nah! Leave that low profit market for the Ranger, if it ever shows up.

Excerpt from article above:

"They will be powerful, maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more."

Sounds like Ford just lost a whole bunch of future sales.

Ford has an advantage in fleet by offering a more complete line up all in one place from the F150 up.

@Hemi V8

but is Ford making money doing it?

On Friday afternoon their stock price was less than a dollar off their 5 year "low." Awful.

This is happening to Ford shareholders during a time when the rest of the stock market is WAY up over last year's share prices. I don't think they have a plan for addressing it.

Hemi V8 is right. GM cannot compete with Ford and Ram in HD trucks. One time I ask Papa Jim why I should buy an inferior Silverado with a 5.3 V8 and he said have you looked at the stock market lately and he proceeded to take to give me a link to Wikipedia. smh.

@Mike

While you're at it, why not post all the bogus names you use on this Comments page?

@papajim
Very true. GM cannot compete so they have to get someone else to build it.

Posted by: Alex | Oct 1, 2017 12:48:07 PM

PUTC should put our an article which truck brand builds the most in house; I am certain Ford will be somewhere at the top of the list with Toy makers & shaky GOVT motors will be close to last, I mean they can't build anything on their own to save themselves & need to buy/burrow/copy/steal from ISUZU, Navistar etc etc etc....

The Powerstroke/TorqShift is a good platform. The Duramax/Allison is a good platform. I guess FCA builds something too. Regardless of best-in-class, I believe GM and Ford build solid trucks. Have experiences with all three. GM and Ford have always stood out.

I empathize those who buy a Fiat simply because they want a Cummins. Looking forward to seeing GM's new medium duty platform, regardless of who builds it.

I mean they can't build anything on their own to save themselves & need to buy/burrow/copy/steal from ISUZU, Navistar etc etc etc...Posted by: Lionel | Oct 1, 2017

@Lionel

You make yourself sound dumb. Ford, just like GM, has hundreds of second and third tier vendors who make components for cars and trucks. It makes sense to do it that way (unless your name happens to be Lionel).

Not sure why that Torque curve diagram is up there. the MD trucks will have chassis rated engines with lower output, as well as bigger transmissions (nobody uses the 1000 series in MD trucks).

just off the top of my head a 3rd market segment GM abandoned and then came back to... Good thing their customers are blindly loyal to history and reality.

their customers are blindly loyal to history and reality. Posted by: Clint | Oct 2, 2017

@Clint

Hmm. Actually I think blind loyalty best describes Ford shareholders who are unable to enjoy the benefits of owning Ford Class B shares. The average Ford shareholder has been very loyal during the last 10 years.

Hemi V8 is right. GM cannot compete with Ford and Ram in HD trucks. One time I ask Papa Jim why I should buy an inferior Silverado with a 5.3 V8 and he said have you looked at the stock market lately and he proceeded to take to give me a link to Wikipedia. smh.


Posted by: Mike | Oct 1, 2017 8:39:49 PM

Hahahahah good one. He's out of his element, and has no clue what he speaks of.

This will be a game changer specially gm have a better diesel and trany,,,

Ford girls sure are mad! They know damn well now GM will keep out selling them, and making more profits for the next 50 plus years. Yup really must suck being a fordtard the pass 3 years!

papa Jim there was 6 of these at the site today, 4 ram 4500, 1 f450 and 1 f550. oldest was 2 years old. and notice a ambulance service was in a new gm chassis cab. Surprised me!

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@canoepaddler thanks for the info about the CTA

At what point do these manufactures grow up and stop with the camo. They act like if they don't have that someone will copy their body work or something. Flat out f**king childish. Who gives a crap what the front of that truck looks like ahead of time.

Flat out f**king childish. Who gives a crap what the front of that truck looks like ahead of time. Posted by: Zippy | Oct 3, 2017

@Zippy

Maybe the Chevy guys care.

Try some deep-breathing exercises, or maybe some yoga. You sound a little more stressed than usual.

It look like Ford will lost some sales

Why did they show the dyno graph..are they implying the 4-5500's will be rated the same as the pick ups? I find that hard to believe! I'm glad to see GM back in this class hopefully they wont be as big as the older trucks were a 4500 the size of a 750 isn't what I'm looking for!



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