2019 Chevy Kodiak HD 4500 Caught testing
General Motors and Navistar International announced their partnership to build medium-duty trucks back in October of 2015, but since then, nothing has surfaced regarding the Class 4 and 5 commercial trucks – that is, until now. Spy shots have surfaced of a camouflaged test mule apparently prepped for stability testing. The rig has a beefy roll bar mounted to its flatbed and its front bumper is prepped for outriggers.
The images come via our friends at TFL Truck. The prototype truck clearly has elements of both GM and Navistar International. The hood and front grille are familiar International designs, while the headlights are clearly lifted from the 2015-2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT. The truck’s cab is also pure GM, likely shared with the Silverado 2500/3500 HD. The trailer tow mirrors, door handles, roof marker lights, and the cab’s overall shape are dead giveaways. Sadly, both automakers have remained quiet about the trucks, though TFL Truck cites reports suggesting the 4500/5500 trucks will debut in March of 2018 and go on-sale shortly thereafter as 2019 models. It’s unclear whether the trucks will have GM nameplate or Navistar International branding – or both. GM’s Chevy and GMC divisions could very easily revive the Kodiak and TopKick names, as both have illustrious histories spanning from 1980 to 2009. International might use the truck to expand its lineup below the DuraStar, currently its smallest medium-duty truck.
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Mercedes appears to already be testing an updated version of its Atego medium-duty truck. With its last redesign happening for 2013, the truck features numerous cab and chassis configurations, two dashboard designs, two engine options, and five transmission options. What Mercedes has up its sleeve now is pure speculation.
This camo-covered test mule does have some discernable distinctions between it and the current Atego truck. Most noticeable are the large vent openings on each side of the front grille. Another new opening, this one being a long, short slat, is now perched between the grille and windshield. Otherwise, this test mule looks nearly identical to the current truck.
Perhaps Mercedes is testing a new powertrain that requires more ventilation than the current four- and six-cylinder diesel options. Hybridization of commercial trucks have been explored by a few truck makers from around the globe, so the possibility is there. This theory becomes even more logical when considering many European cities are adopting so-called no-gas zones in inner city areas. Adopting a hybrid system would allow Mercedes to cater to the green community and be able to deliver to the gas-free zones.
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There are plenty of trucks out there, but some of them are the toughest big rigs you can get and they usually deal with the most demanding working conditions. The Freightliner 108SD is one of them, as it was designed to conquer the most severe environments that require maximum maneuverability and strong towing capacity.
The Freightliner’s 108SD severe duty model is available with a bunch of strong Cummins engines, multiple power take-off (PTO) options and a solid chassis engineered for arduous missions.
With a GVW (gross vehicle weight) rating of up to 79,000 lbs., the truck is also pretty versatile and is available in both front engine and rear engine configurations with many PTO options available. The Freightliner 108SD has a starting price of $78.700 and is available in three cab configurations including the Day Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab.
Few truck manufacturers can compete against Scania and its biggest rivals usually come only from Mercedes or Volvo. Scania’s trucks however, have something of their own, and we are not talking only about the design which is the best in the segment. The engines are also among the best, while the build quality is part of the high class as well.
The P series is the small brother of the Scania family and it was designed for delivery transportations and light construction sites. The truck also offers the widest cab range in its class with 5 configurations namely the Short cab, Day cab, Low cab and also two versions of Sleeper cabs.
The Renault Master Chassis- and Platform-Cab models have a very versatile character perfectly suited for the light commercial vehicle segment. With two types of cabins (Single and Double), four different vehicle lengths and the choice of front- or rear-wheel drive, the Master was designed for delivery services, construction, controlled temperature transport or the transport of equipment.
Its biggest advantages are the competitive prices and the low maintenance costs which make it a cost efficient partner for your daily transportations. Moreover the vehicle can also transport a generous payload of up to 2.5 tones and is available with both Euro 4 and Euro 5 engines. The Master Service intervals are scheduled at every 40,000 km while the full warranty is available for up to three years or 100,000 miles.