Chevrolet Names its Medium-Duty Truck Silverado
Silverado 4500 and 5500 Coming Next Year
The forthcoming medium-duty truck from Chevrolet will receive a familiar name when it arrives in fall 2018: the Silverado. However, while we thought the truck would be a Class 6-7 rig to do battle with the Ford F-650 and F-750, it now appears the medium-duty Silverado 4500 and 5500 (as they’ll be called) will be rivals for the smaller Ram 4500/5500 and Ford F-450/F-550. Expect its styling to be based heavily on the Silverado 3500HD shown here, just as the Ford F-450 shares a body and interior with the lighter-duty F-350.
Chevrolet also confirmed that the new medium-duty truck would be powered exclusively by a Duramax engine, likely the L5P V-8, backed up by an Allison automatic transmission. The legendary powertrain combination could produce as much as 900 lb-ft, eclipsing the 750 lb-ft that comes with the Ram 4500/5500 (manufacturers sometimes reduce maximum torque ratings on medium-duty trucks to improve low-end torque and maximize reliability).
The Chevrolet Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be available in regular and crew cab models, with the buyer’s choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Chevy will also provide a wide range of wheelbases and weight ratings, ensuring the fleet customer can option a truck with the perfect level of capability. Furthermore, the company is touting its available OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity, a feature that could help workers stay connected to the office when working in remote areas.
More details pertaining to the Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be released closer to the truck’s launch, possibly as early as the 2018 Work Truck Show in March.