Chevrolet revealed its first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5, and 6 chassis cab trucks at The Work Truck Show. By expanding their Silverado's lineup, the brand hopes to better compete with the Ford F-Series and Dodge Ram.
Input from fleet managers, truck drivers, upfitters, technicians and Chevrolet dealers drove the development of the new Silverados, according to Motortrend. The company’s designers have been focused on making the new Silverado more customer-focused, with U.S. vice president, GM Fleet, Ed Peper, saying, “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service and easy to own.”
John Schwegman, director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty at GM Fleet, added, “It’s not just numbers on a spec sheet that make us different and better. These new Silverados are designed to solve the most common upfit and ownership challenges fleets have with many of today’s medium duty trucks.”
The trucks are considered “medium-duty” by the Department of Transportation’s truck classification system. They’re the first medium-duty trucks produced by GM since 2009 when they discontinued the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick.
The new Chevrolet Silverado trucks return after nearly a decade-long absence equipped with Allison transmissions and 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 engines, which create 350 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. They also are making both two- and four-wheel-drive versions.
Purchasers of the new trucks can expect to find many of the same features seen in the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500, including wireless cell phone charging, Bluetooth, built-in 4G LTE WiFi hotspot compatibility, Onstar and Commercial Link, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Production on the new Silverado will begin in late 2018, and order guides will be made available in spring. GM did not announce pricing on the new Silverado models, however, it’s expected to be between $40,000 and $60,000. This does not include upfitting charges for specific needs that can cost several times more than the anticipated price.
The Class 6 truck finds Chevrolet in somewhat of its own area. The vehicle comes in weighing around 22,500 lbs, and Dodge Ram doesn’t offer a competing vehicle at that level, however, Ford offers even heavier-duty trucks. With the new Silverados, GM is hoping to capture at least 25 to 30 percent of the medium-duty truck market.