Chevrolet Unveils Massive Medium Duty Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado will now be available as a medium-duty chassis cab truck, General Motors announced today at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

The class 4, 5 and 6 Silverados were designed using input from fleet managers, truck drivers and vehicle upfitters. Chevy addressed multiple common problems with chassis cab trucks in a bid to offer a more usable commercial product to its fleet buyers. For example, the truck features a straight, factory-painted ladder frame with one-piece frame rails, which promises to be rust-resistant and helps to reduce the cost and complexity of upfits. The clamshell hood is also lightweight and allows for easy access to the engine when doing maintenance or repairs. Additionally, Chevy is offering seven different cab-to-axle options ranging in size from 60- to 162-inches, making room for cargo boxes and extensions beyond the rear axle.

“It’s not just numbers on a spec sheet that make us different and better,” said Chevy’s commercial and fleet boss, John Schwegman. “These new Silverados are designed to solve the most common upfit and ownership challenges fleets have with many of today’s medium duty trucks.”

Available with either 2WD or 4WD, the trucks will be powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine making 350 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. Chevy promises the trucks will be the “most connected” medium duties available, thanks to OnStar and Commercial Link, an available 4G LTE Wi Fi hotspot, wireless cellphone charging, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Production of the new 2019 Silverado, including these class 4, 5 and 6 medium duty trucks, is set to begin late this year. Chevy says order guides for the medium duty trucks will be available this spring, with a pricing announcement coming later on in the summer.

this article first appeared on AutoGuide