Chevrolet Celebrates 100 Years of Trucks, Announces Name for Upcoming Medium-Duty Trucks
Chevrolet celebrated at the State Fair of Texas last week 100 years of building trucks, by announcing that it will bring back medium-duty trucks under the Silverado nameplate. The brand will launch Silverado 4500 and 5500 medium-duty (Class 4 and 5) pickups in late 2018. Chevrolet also revealed that it will produce two Centennial special-edition pickups in October and November—a commemorative 2018 Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado. The trucks will feature blue bow ties instead of gold ones, and will have special badging on the doors to emphasize the unique trim and Centennial blue exterior paint, according to several auto media sites. The future anniversary models will only be available on Z71 off-road variants.
In commenting on adding medium-duty trucks to its portfolio, a Chevrolet official said in a statement that these trucks “will be powerful, highly maneuverable, and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes, and more.” Both 4500 and 5500 trucks will be available in regular and crew cab versions, with 4x2 and 4x4 capability and a wide range of weights and wheelbases. Chevrolet will also offer these trucks with optional OnStar connectivity to improve safety and productivity.
Both versions of the Silverado pickup will be powered by Duramax diesel engines matched with an Allison medium-duty automatic transmission that already is the power plant for some 2 million trucks. Parent firm General Motors ended its medium-duty truck business during bankruptcy reorganization in 2009 .
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