Ten years after the discontinuation, the General Motor’s C4500 medium-duty truck is set to return with the old name. Spy shots leaked and those are showing the upcoming 2019 Chevy Kodiak. The truck lasted for 30 years before it’s production ended in 2009. These kinds of vehicles got their successor in 2018 in Silverado 4500HD. But now it seems like the parent company will launch the next edition with the old Kodiak name.
As for many other classes, the Kodiak medium-duty truck had its twin with GMC logo. It was a TopKick, and the sibling could come back as well. However, we lack details about it. The 2019 Chevy Kodiak is more certain since there are some spy shots showing the new pickup.
2019 Chevy Kodiak Specs
The 2019 Chevy Kodiak will use a 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 engine. This turbo-diesel drivetrain is mated to an automatic Alisson gearbox. A six-speed transmission helps Duramax unit achieve 350 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. The info about towing capacity is not available, but the company announced the special PTO – Power Take Off technology. That will make 2019 Chevrolet Kodiak a versatile and functional truck, almost as its half-ton sibling.
2019 Chevy Kodiak Truck Spy Shots
The concepts for the medium-duty truck was unveiled during 2018. Not too much time after the debut, the GM announces the lineup for 2019 season. There, we can see only the Silverado 4500, Silverado 5500, and Silverado 6500. However, recent spy photos are delivering the new model, which we believe is 2019 Chevy Kodiak. The pickup could appear first as the trim level of the smallest medium-duty model. After that, we could see the 2019 Chevrolet Kodiak coming regularly instead of 4500HD. Silverado 5500 and Silverado 6500 trucks will keep their names.
2019 Chevy Kodiak Price
The first 2019 Chevy Kodiak could cost slightly more than the vehicle it replaces. Chevrolet is going to pack it with various features to draw attention. Most of the accessories are going to be available on the higher trim levels and in optional packages for this lineup. The entry-level Chevy Silverado 4500HD for 2019 will cost just shy of $50,000. The 2019 Chevrolet Kodiak will start between this amount and $55,000 rated Silverado 5500.
The medium-duty lineup for 2019 season is coming late in 2018. The company is not giving the exact release date, but we believe that trucks will have a debut in Los Angeles, with an immediate start of sales. The 2019 Chevy Kodiak is coming later, during next year. With the unknown release date for confirmed models, we can only guess when the Kodiak is going to be available. The GM will give some time to the new series of pickups before it refreshes the lineup.
The 2019 Chevy Kodiak is another comeback of the vehicle that was discontinued because of the economic crisis. It’s been ten years since its last appearance and fans still remember it very well. Its functionality for commercial business is not in doubt, but we will have to wait to see how it is going to battle the competition, such as Ford F-450.