The 2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty 4500/5500 trucks will be a revival of sorts for Chevrolet in the Class 4/5 section of trucks. Chevrolet has been in the truck business for a long time – as far back as the 1940s. Chevrolet’s wide range of truck platforms have been used in construction vehicles, refuse collectors or even school buses. The last of the great Chevrolet trucks were the TopKick and Kodiak trucks. But Chevrolet had to shut down its truck business by 2009 the main reason being the lack of interest among dealers to roll out new trucks.
After 2009, Chevrolet was planning to sell of TopKick and Kodiak trucks’ production to Navistar International. The 2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty 4500/5500 trucks will be a part of the plan and will counter challenges from Ford and RAM trucks.
The new age trucks of Class 4/5 section will be built at Navistar’s plant in Springfield, Ohio. Industry experts term the collaboration as the meeting of GM’s quality engines and components and Navistar’s manufacturing prowess.
2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty 4500/5500 – Design Features
The new medium-duty trucks will be designed on the tracks of Chevy TopKick and Kodiak trucks with boxy front and almost no fancy sculpting. For a change, the trucks will adopt Navistar’s rolling chassis configuration. Expect to see full-width grille and huge bumpers that are trademark traits of Chevy trucks.
2 door single cabin and 4 door crew cabin options will be available for the new trucks.
Return of Duramax Engine and Allision Transmission
Chevrolet Medium Duty 4500/5500 trucks 2018 will see the return of Duramax Diesel Engines that were introduced in 2001. The medium duty trucks are most likely to sport three types of engines
- 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine
- 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine
- 5.2-liter turbo diesel engine
Allision Transmission will back up the engines with a unique 10-speed automatic transmission along with a quick start mechanism. Allison has been supplying revolutionary transmission gears since the last 60 years.
2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty 4500/5500 – Launch and Price
Production of 2018 Chevrolet Medium Duty 4500/5500 trucks will start in 2018. Dealers have been roped in by Chevrolet and the trucks should be formally rolled out for sale by end of 2018. Pricing will range from $40,000 to $50,000.