Chevrolet Announces Big Numbers at the Work Truck Show®
At The Work Truck Show®, held last March in Indianapolis, Indiana, Chevrolet announced a new engine for the Express and Low Cab Forward trucks, as well as a host of improvements for the Silverado 4500 HD, 5500 HD and 6500 HD chassis cabs.
For 2021, Express configurations and Low Cab Forward will be available late this summer with a new 6.6 l V8 gas engine. Originally introduced in the all-new 2020 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD, the direct-injected engine rated at 401 hp and 464 lb ft of torque for the Express. That is 17% more horsepower and 24% more peak torque than the 6.0 l it replaces. The output on the Low Cab Forward is 350 hp and 425 lb ft of torque, which is nearly 18% more horsepower and 14% more peak torque than its outgoing 6.0 l.
Whether hauling equipment, supplies or people, the additional output and wider torque band will give drivers more on-demand power and confidence, especially with heavy payloads. Approximately 70% of current Express owners opted for the 6.0 l V8 option, and Chevrolet expects this new engine to garner the same or increased take rate.
Demand for Express remains high across passenger, cargo and cutaway configurations, with commercial fleet increasing 12% year over year in 2019. Low Cab Forward trucks also had an excellent 2019 with a 109% increase in commercial sales year over year, gaining an estimated 2 points of share in the segment.
The Silverado 4500 HD, 5500 HD and 6500 HD chassis cab trucks see their maximum gross combined weight rating increased by up to 23%. A new mechanical locking rear axle improves traction by automatically locking when a rear tire slips. Longer axle-to-end-of-frame options for the 2 shortest wheelbases enable longer upfit bodies and left-hand power take-off capability offers upfitters easy access to the PTO port from either side of the truck.
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