Besides new heavy-duty models, GM also works on new medium-duty trucks and latest reports suggest we could see a comeback of the legendary nameplate. Many experts suggest that the new version of these series will come as 2019 Chevy Kodiak. To remind you, this nameplate was in use for almost three decades. The original model came in 1980, while the last version, third generation, was in production between 2003 and 2009. Of course, GM didn’t discontinue medium-duty series. We just saw a rename, so models were coming as Silverado 4500, 5500 etc. Pretty much completely adapted to the company’s naming policy. After a decade of production, it looks like Chevy is about to return to the previous nameplate. Of course, this is still just a rumor and the official confirmation is yet to come.
2019 Chevy Kodiak Design
Whether new medium-duty models come under the old/new Kodiac name or continue without changes in naming policy, we will definitely see a completely new model next year. In this case, we will use the rumored new name. In terms of 2019 Chevy Kodiak specs, expect to see a completely new platform. The previous Kodiak was closely related to Chevy Express van, which is still in production, 15 years later. Considering that soon redesign of this van is expected as well, the two models will once again have a lot of things in common. Both models will ride on the same platform, which will be some kind of a derivate of the new T1 architecture, which is in use for the new Silverado 1500 and will be for new HD series. Of course, count on lots of improvements in terms of efficiency, overall performances etc.
How the new 2019 Chevy Kodiak will look like?
Considering that the outgoing generation of medium-duty models uses the same nameplate as the rest of the truck lineup, the same design language seems natural. The front end of the current models looks pretty much the same as HD models. In this case, we expect things to be a little bit different. Considering its name, we should see at least a few distinctive details. Of course, we will see several versions in the offer. The chassis cab 2019 Chevy Kodiak should come in familiar 4500, 5500, 6500 versions. All models will feature the company’s new rail design. You can count on one-piece straight rails sans rivets, which are a perfect solution for easy and quick custom-made body installation. Another notable novelty will be twin-tank for up to 65 gallons of fuel as well as a new air suspension design.
2019 Chevy Kodiak Engine
We don’t expect surprises under the hood of 2019 Chevy Kodiak. Without any doubt, you can count on a familiar 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine. Of course, we still don’t know the exact numbers. The current model comes with a version of the engine that delivers around 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. For the next year, we could see a couple of tweaks that should provide even better efficiency.
How much will 2019 Chevy Kodiak cost?
According to the latest reports, the 2019 Chevy Kodiak price will go around 48.000 for base models. Of course, higher version could easily add a couple of thousands, if not more.