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  • Medium-Duty 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD Ship to Dealers

Medium-Duty 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD Ship to Dealers

Chassis-Cab Trucks Roll Off Navistar Plant in Springfield, Ohio

Dec 20, 2018
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.
Photo 2/8   |   2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500hd Production Line 01
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.
Photo 3/8   |   2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500hd Production Line 02
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.
Photo 4/8   |   2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500hd Production Line 03
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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.
Photo 6/8   |   2019 Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty Chassis Production Line 01
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.
Photo 7/8   |   2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500hd Awaiting Shipping
Expect the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD to arrive in dealers within a few weeks.
Source: Chevrolet
Photo 8/8   |   2019 Chevrolet Silverado Medium Duty Awaiting Shipping

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