The 2019 Chevy Kodiak or Silverado 4500HD is a medium-duty truck. This means the company is returning to this segment with new vehicles. It is not a surprise since we can see other companies, its major rivals, doing the same. Besides 2019 Kodiak, we will see 5500HD and 6500HD trucks as well. All this promises the interesting season in the medium-duty class.
This is an important step for Chevrolet. They are back in this game after ten years. Also, the truck’s lineup is now complete for 2019 season. Kodiak represents Chevy in medium-duty, heavy-duty models are Silverado 2500 and 3500. We already wrote about the next-gen Silverado 1500 as one of the most popular trucks out there. Of course, there is a mid-size pickup model, Chevrolet Colorado.
2019 Chevy Kodiak release date
The 2019 Chevy Kodiak will come as a 4500HD truck. It is the same model, but nostalgic persons love to call it by its old name. When it was discontinued ten years ago, this model was Kodiak. Now, we still don’t know if Chevrolet is going to return its name. The lineup for next season is 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD. The release date is set for the end of 2018 and then we will know more about the name.
The entry-level for the medium-duty segment is 2019 Chevy Kodiak. The cost of this model will be around $50,000. However, it can get upgrades, which will cause the price jump. All truckers that need many powerful machines can opt for other models from the same lineup, but for more money. Range-topping trucks will cost over $100k.
2019 Chevy Kodiak specs and engine
Under the hood of the 2019 Chevy Kodiak will be a proven engine. Durable and powerful, a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel is a right choice for Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD. The company confirmed outputs of 350 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. However, this engine can push up to 930 lb-ft depending on tuning. We are not sure that Kodiak will have such performance-oriented version.
The engine is using an Allison automatic transmission as a power router. Also, the truck features Power Take Off. Other parts, such as shocks and suspension, are not confirmed yet.
2019 Chevy Kodiak design
Designers and engineers had tasks to complete while creating the 2019 Chevy Kodiak. First of all, the durability of chassis caused some issues in the past. That is why Chevrolet is using new special paints for frame rails and top sections. Exactly these rails were too short in some situations when extra-size cargo had to fit. So, the new Silverado Kodiak will offer adjustable lengths from 60-162 inches. The new design allows mechanics to approach the hood easier than before. There is no need to climb ladders to repair the truck. Also, the new shape of the hood increases visibility and overall safety.
We don’t know too much about the interior of the 2019 Chevy Kodiak. In company says that cabin will be much less noisy. Vibration reduction and road noises are silenced.
2019 Chevy Kodiak expectations
The 2019 Chevy Kodiak is a new truck. We can talk about it in the past, but this is a new era. A 10-year break definitely gave some space to GM to develop some other models. Based on the Silverado 1500, it is hard to imagine that 4500HD model will fail. Good thing is that competition is not so numerous as in half-ton pickup section. However, it is not going to be easy for 2019 Kodiak to make a breakthrough. Archrivals, Ram and Ford, did not waste any time. Their medium-duty trucks are ready for next season.
We will know more about the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD Kodiak when it comes to dealerships. By then, most of the info we can hear from the company. And so far, they are very mysterious about the truck.