GM getting back into medium-duty truck business

by Truck News

DETROIT, Mich. — Chevrolet announced today it will re-enter the US medium-duty truck market through a partnership with Isuzu.

GM exited this segment in 2009, terminating a partnership with Isuzu amid financial difficulties.

Six models will be offered in 2016: the Chevrolet 3500; 3500HD; 4500; 4500HD; 5500; and 5500HD. They’re all based on the Isuzu N-Series, which GM will procure from Isuzu and distribute through Chevrolet dealers, according to an announcement made this morning. (However, an official told there are no plans at this time to offer them at Canadian dealers).

“Bringing low cab forward trucks back to our portfolio strengthens Chevrolet’s commitment to providing commercial customers with more choices and provides customers with a versatile lineup of trucks, vans and crossovers,” said Ed Peper, US vice-president of GM fleet and commercial sales. “This addition helps our dealers satisfy their commercial customers’ needs all in one place.”

The trucks will be offered in regular cab and crew cab body styles. A GM 6.0L V-8 gas engine and six-speed automatic transmission will be available, as well as Isuzu-sourced 3.0L and 5.2L turbo-diesel engines.

These, along with the Isuzu-badged versions, will be the only low cab forward trucks available in North America with a gasoline engine.

According to the companies, the trucks will offer: excellent visibility and maneuverability; easy driver entry and exit; chassis lengths from 109- to 212-inches; compatibility with a wide range of body types; and an easy access engine compartment with 45-degree tilting cab.

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