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First Look–2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD Revealed in Indy

Work Truck Show 2018 Debut Marks GM’s Return to Medium-Duty Market

Mar 7, 2018
Photographers: Courtesy of Chevrolet

General Motors is returning to the medium-duty truck market in 2019 thanks to the vehicles you see here, the Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD. Featuring styling that apes the smaller Silverado HD, the medium-duty truck gets a standard Duramax V-8, available four-wheel drive, and an Allison transmission with a power take-off.

That powertrain combination has been proven in generations’ worth of smaller GM trucks, but in this situation it creates 350 hp and 700 lb-ft of slow-churning torque. That’s more power than any of the tunes for the Ford F-650/750’s Power Stroke V-8, with as much or more torque than two of the three Power Stroke versions.

Photo 2/13   |   2019 Silverado 4500HD 008
Chevrolet identified a few core challenges with current medium-duty trucks, then set out to solve those problems with the Silverado. A factory-painted frame with one-piece frame rails, hidden fluid lines, and unobstructed frame tops ease the cost and complexity of upfits. Seven cab-to-axle lengths, ranging from 60 to 162 inches, help improve versatility for a variety of jobs. A 50-degree wheel cut allows for both a tight turning circle and easier “walk-up” maintenance. Hood contours were specifically designed for better forward and downward sightlines, easing driver fatigue and stress in city driving. An available, factory-installed rear air suspension helps smooth the ride without resorting to upfit solutions, while triple-sealed doors create a calmer, quieter cabin. And a passenger-side DEF tank filler and driver-side fuel filler prevent refueling errors.
Photo 3/13   |   2019 Silverado 5500HD 013

And finally, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD will be available with a variety of in-cab tech: available OnStar connectivity, Commercial Link, a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and wireless cell phone charging. These features should really help drivers and owner-operators stay connected to the home base while out on the job.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD go on sale in late 2018, alongside GM’s other medium-duty trucks, the XD-series Low Cab Forward. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Source: Chevrolet

Photo 4/13   |   2019 Silverado 6500HD 004

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