Medium-Duty 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD Ship to Dealers
Chassis-Cab Trucks Roll Off Navistar Plant in Springfield, Ohio
The medium-duty Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD will soon hit dealer lots, as the company announced it had started series production of the chassis-cab work trucks. Built through a partnership with Navistar at that company’s Springfield, Ohio, assembly plant, the biggest Silverado will be popular with upfitters because of its clean framerail design and robust construction, GM says.
The medium-duty Silverado comes standard with a B20-capable 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel V-8 that produces 350 hp and 700 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed Allison transmission. That’s more power than any of the Ford F-650/F-750 diesel configurations and more standard torque, although the Ford’s Power Stroke 6.7L diesel is available with two upgrades: 700 lb-ft and 725 lb-ft. The Ford is also available with a 6.8L Triton V-10 that makes substantially less power and torque than either the Ford or Chevrolet diesels, but it is able to run on propane or natural gas.
While Ford offers a bit more engine diversity than Chevrolet, the big Silverado is available with four-wheel drive. That would likely make it more attractive to severe-service vocations, such as wildland firefighting, remote electrical maintenance, and forestry.
It’s also worth noting that the Silverado costs quite a bit less than the F-650 and F-750. A base Silverado 4500HD regular cab with two-wheel drive starts at $48,465, while the cheapest F-650 available demands $59,510 for a gas-powered straight truck with a kick-up frame. A Work Truck–trim Silverado 6500HD Crew Cab with four-wheel drive maxes out at $61,245.
Ford nevertheless claims that its in-house Triton/Power Stroke engines and TorqShift transmissions yield a more reliable, consistent product (the Chevrolet’s engine was developed by DMAX, a joint venture with General Motors, while the transmission is built by Allison). Chevrolet counters with available factory-installed air suspension and upfitter-friendly, factory-painted straight framerails. The company also offers a lineup of Isuzu-built Low Cab Forward medium-duty trucks for even more fleet diversity.
Expect the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD to arrive in dealers within a few weeks.