General Motors may be preparing a rival to Ram Commercial’s Ram 4500 Chassis Cab trucks, our sister site GM Authority speculates.
The automaker said it is working on a new “flagship, medium-duty truck,” that will use GM’s 6.6-liter L5- Duramax diesel V8, which makes 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. Paired with the diesel mill will be an Allison transmission, making for a mighty powertrain combo that should serve as a hearty rival to the Ram’s 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six and Aisin six-speed automatic.
The GM truck, expected to be launched in 2018, will be badged as a 4500HD model and may be the rebirth of the Chevrolet Kodiak and related GMC TopSider medium-duty pickups. Similar to Ram Commercial, the trucks should offer a line of aftermarket upfitting options for fleet use. Ram Commercial this week announced changes to its upfitting procedures for the Ram 4500/5500 Chassis Cab, adding an online configurator to its website and establishing a more official line of aftermarket upfitters.