In a bid to inject newfound vigor into its commercial truck division, Chevrolet has revealed that it plans to return to this key arena with the all new Silverado 4500 and 5500 commercial trucks.
Following in the tire tracks of its predecessor the Kodiak, the 4500 and 5500 aim to carve a slice into a big sales pie that has long been dominated by Ford and Ram. Size is a dominant theme here, and both models embrace this “bigger is better” motif with gusto,while still retaining the handsome lines that define the current generation Silverado.
The front fascia and massive crossbar chrome grille drive home this point especially the way that they are paired with the big rig style hood. The stacked headlights also look handsome, and should help these beasts have a distinctive nighttime presence.
Chevrolet did not release performance specs for the 4500 and 5500, but did reveal that both would be avaible in either regular or double cab layout and offer buyers rear or all-wheel drive. Like in past iterations of the Kodiak, look for these rigs to be a diesel only affair, with Allison transmissions channeling the power to the road.
Chevrolet did not confirm if any consumer versions of the 4500 and 5500 will be made, but we suspect they will be a commercial only affair. While the Kodiak and its sibling the GMC Topkick did have a small number of examples built with pickup beds (thanks to aftermarket tuners,) expect Chevrolet to avoid the additional costs of offering such a configuration from the factory.
Chevrolet will be revealing more information and images when the trucks make their debut at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, but we’ll keep our ears peeled for a tantalizing morsel during our coverage of the 2018 North American International Auto Show next week.