Chevrolet Introduces 6500XD Low Cab Forward Truck
Standard Equipment Includes Allison Transmission, Dana Axles
As part of its continuing effort to grow its commercial vehicle lineup, Chevrolet is announcing the availability of a new 6500XD model to its Low Cab Forward medium-duty lineup. The truck has a dock-height chassis, is available in eight wheelbase configurations, and can accommodate bodies up to 30 feet in length. The truck has a maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 25,950 pounds, a front axle rating of 12,000 pounds, and a rear axle rating of 19,000 pounds.
In terms of powertrain, the 6500XD is equipped with a 5.2L I-4 turbodiesel producing 520 lb-ft of torque, mated to an Allison 2500-series six-speed automatic transmission and a Dana rear axle. For commercial customers with specific configuration needs, General Motors has a dedicated Upfitter Integration Group to serve as a liaison between Special Vehicle Manufacturers, customers, and GM’s engineering, marketing, and service teams. A website with detailed body builder manuals, technical bulletins, and best practices is also available to assist upfitting.
The 6500XD will be available at Chevrolet Commercial dealers by the end of 2017. The cabover truck comes ahead of the forthcoming medium-duty conventional cab truck being codeveloped with Navistar, expected to come to market in 2018.