Manufacturer suggested retail prices for Chevrolet’s reentry to the medium-duty truck market with the 2019 Silverado chassis cab trucks will start at $48,465. This includes a $1,495 destination charge, but excludes taxes, title and additional dealer fees. Customers can visit one of more than 400 Chevrolet commercial medium duty dealers to customize and price the all-new work truck. Production will begin in late 2018.
The Silverado will be available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive and will be powered by a Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engine with 350 hp and 700 lb.-ft. of torque and Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off (PTO) option.
The frame is designed with one-piece straight rails with no rivets or brackets on top to interfere with the mounting of custom-made bodies. There are no obstacles to work around, helping to save time and money during the upfit process.
More frame lengths are offered compared with key competitors, which can help customers specify the truck to suit their needs.
The clamshell hood and a wheel cut of up to 50 degrees can give technicians better engine access than trucks with conventional hoods.
Optional equipment includes a twin-tank fuel capacity of up to 65 gallons, factory-installed air suspension and a full suite of available connectivity, including OnStar, Commercial Link and a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.
The ultimate Chevrolet Silverado is the 6500HD, which is similar in size to the 4500HD and 5500HD but is rated to 22,900 lb. GVWR.
“Bucket truck builders, fleet managers and many other customers told us they face a dilemma when their GVWR needs exceed 19,500 lbs.,” said John Schwegman, director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty at GM Fleet. “Some pay for expensive aluminum bodies to save weight so they can stay with a Class 5 chassis. Others may spend $10,000 or more to purchase a larger truck with much more GVWR than they need. The Silverado 6500HD gives them capability and protects their bottom line.”