Chevrolet has just announced its re-entry into the low cab forward truck market. Absent since 2009, Chevy will again offer the medium-duty truck based on the Isuzu N-Series for the 2016 model year.

The Chevy Low Cab will come in six weight classes and two cab configurations. Fleet customers can opt for the 3500, 3500 HD, 4500, 4500 HD, 5500 and 5500 HD – along with either a single cab or double cab. The truck also offers wheelbase lengths ranging from 109 inches up to 212 inches. Chevy says the chassis cab truck is ready for nearly any aftermarket upfit, including refrigerated boxes, stake beds, flat beds, and service bodies.

Power will come from three engine choices. The first two are Isuzu-sources turbodiesels displacing 3.0 liters and 5.2 liters. The third is General Motors’ venerable 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 like what currently powers the Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD trucks. Though output specs haven’t been released for the 2016 N-Series, the Silverado’s V-8 offers up 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. A GM six-speed automatic will come mated to the V-8.

Despite the Chevy badge, turbodiesel trucks will be built overseas while the V-8 version will be built in Charlotte, Michigan. The V-8 model will also be the only low cab forward truck offered in the U.S., giving Isuzu and Chevrolet a unique selling point.

For fleet managers concerned with maintenance, the cab forward truck allows for easy access to the engine bay thanks to the forward-tilting cab design. Perched forward 45 degrees, the design allows for unparalleled access to the drivetrain components.

Chevy says more information and details specs will become available closer to the truck’s launch.

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Why it matters

Low Cab Forward trucks offer great benefits over traditional cab configurations, namely for companies operating in crowded urban environments. The N-Series truck offers excellent outward visibility and a tight turning radius, making it much easier to maneuver around tight streets.

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Chevrolet announced today it will offer low cab forward medium-duty trucks in the U.S. in 2016, returning the brand to a growing segment of the commercial vehicle market and expanding choices for fleet and commercial truck customers.

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The six new models – Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500 and 5500 HD – are based on the Isuzu N-Series, which GM will procure from Isuzu and distribute through Chevrolet 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, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales. “This addition helps our dealers satisfy their commercial customers’ needs all in one place.

The new trucks will be offered in regular-cab and crew-cab body styles. A General Motors’ sourced 6.0L V-8 gas engine and six-speed automatic transmission, or Isuzu-sourced 3.0L and 5.2L turbo-diesel engines will be available, depending on the model. The gas-powered models will be assembled in the United States in Charlotte, Mich.

Along with the Isuzu-badged versions, the Chevrolet models will be the only low cab forward trucks in the North American market to offer a gas-powered powertrain. Additional features include:

Excellent visibility and maneuverability – especially in urban environments.
Easy driver entry and exit.
Chassis lengths ranging from 109 inches to 212 inches.
Compatibility with a variety of body types, including refrigerated box, stake/flat bed and service bodies.
Easy-access engine compartment with 45-degree-tilting cab.

Additional features and specifications will be available closer to the start of production.

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In addition to the new low cab forward trucks, Chevrolet’s fleet and commercial choices include the full-size Silverado lineup, the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD full-size chassis cab models and the midsize Colorado, which offers a box-delete option, as well as the City Express small van and Express range of full-size vans.

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