General Motors will reveal its new Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty pickups in March at the Work Truck Show.
The automaker, nearly a decade after abandoning the segment during its 2009 bankruptcy, confirmed in September that it planned to begin selling 4500 and 5500 chassis-cab versions of its Silverado pickup in late 2018.
The trucks, which the company has said were built from the ground up and are not variants of existing trucks, are aimed at fleet and commercial buyers and can be upfitted with work-specific beds and boxes.
GM said the Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be offered in regular and crew cab varieties, as 4x2s or 4x4s, and with a range of weight ratings and wheelbases. They will be powered by a Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission, a combination it has used on about 2 million trucks.
“The Silverado 4500HD/5500HD trucks are the flagship of our full-line commercial truck portfolio and we’ve designed them to be among the best in the industry in maneuverability, serviceability, visibility, quietness and comfort, diesel fuel economy and more,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet, in a statement.
The trucks are expected to go into production in Springfield, Ohio, in late 2018, according to GM. The automaker partnered with Navistar International Corp. to develop and produce the trucks.
Additional technical specifications for the Silverado 4500HD/5500HD are expected to be released at the reveal.
The Work Truck Show, scheduled from March 6-9 in Indianapolis, is North America’s largest work truck event. More than 11,000 public and private truck fleet operators, dealers and equipment distributors are expected to attend this year’s show, according to GM.
The article “GM’s medium-duty Silverado revival shifts ahead in March” originally appeared at Automotive News on 1/8/18.