Chevy Developing New Medium Duty Truck for 2018
Like many of you, the team at Ray Chevrolet mourned Chevrolet’s departure from the conventional medium-duty truck segment in 2009. Ever since then we’ve been wondering when–and if–the automaker would return to building its super-practical, powerful, fun-to-drive medium duty trucks again.
That’s why we were so thrilled to learn that an unnamed GM medium duty truck was recently spotted out in the wild. The latest news indicates that the automaker is currently testing out the new truck before making any specific announcements, but some GM experts say that the vehicle could be an updated Chevrolet Silverado.
Recently-released spy photos show the camouflaged truck which features a grille unlike any we’ve seen before on the current Chevy models for sale. The vehicle’s headlights, however, look like they were plucked straight from the Chevy Silverado.
In March, Chevy announced that it planned on introducing a “flagship, medium duty truck” which would utilize a Duramax turbo-diesel engine and an Allison transmission. The automaker claimed that the vehicle would launch in 2018 and would be co-developed with NaviStar, the company which operates the International Trucks brand. Some GM enthusiasts believe that the disguised truck in the spy photos could be the vehicle Chevy promised just a few months ago.
In its statement announcing the pending arrival of the new truck, the automaker confirmed that it would supply commercial components and engines while NaviStar would provide “its expertise in rolling chassis configurations and manufacturing capabilities.” According to the statement, the upcoming Chevy medium duty truck will use a GM-sourced powertrain while NaviStar will handle the actual manufacturing in its Gardland, Texas factory.
We don’t have much information on the vehicle’s potential powertrain, but we expect that the Duramax engine featured under the hood of the new truck will probably be GM’s new 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel L5P engine. If that’s the case, drivers can expect a whopping 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. The same stellar engine currently appears in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD. If you’re in the market for a Chevy work truck near you, then the 2017 Silverado HD could be your perfect match.
Although the rumor mill is churning at full-force, we’re not sure what Chevrolet might name the upcoming conventional medium duty truck. However, some online GM experts have speculated that the automaker might choose between three possibilities: The Chevrolet Kodiak, the Chevrolet HD 550/650, or the Chevrolet Silverado HD 550/650.
Can’t hold out for the new, mysterious medium duty truck? Don’t worry. At Ray Chevrolet, we’ve got plenty of Chevrolet work trucks for sale. Pay us a visit and take one of our new trucks out for a spin. There’s no commitment to purchase and our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any questions you may have.