GM Back Again in the Medium Truck Market With Two Models of Silverado!
After a decade-long break, General Motors is again returning to the global medium-duty truck market, nearly a decade after abandoning it during bankruptcy.
On Thursday at the Texas’ State Fair, GM’s Chevrolet brand told the media that they’ll be selling 4500-5500 chassis cab versions of the Silverado pickup in late 2018. These trucks are aimed at commercial and fleet buyers and will be uplifted using work-specific boxes and beds.
Chevrolet’s truck marketing director, Sandor Piszar, said that a consumer variant along with a pickup bed, which can compete directly with the Ford F-450 is under consideration too. Nissan, Ram, and Toyota don’t offer trucks in the class.
Sandor has said that both, the Silverado 4500 and 5500 medium-duty trucks have been built from the ground up and aren’t versions of any existing trucks. GM had ended the medium-duty truck business when it became bankrupt in 2009.
GM has further said that both the variants of Silverado 4500 and 5500 are going to be offered in crew cab and regular varieties, apart from being a 4X2 or 4X4 as well as a range of wheelbases and weight ratings. These will be powered using a Duramax diesel engine as well as Allison transmission.