Engine/transmissions confirmed for Chevrolet Medium-Duty Trucks

Engine/transmissions confirmed for Chevrolet Medium-Duty Trucks

GM says new Chevy trucks will have Duramax/Allison powertrain…

The new medium-duty (Class 4/5) trucks being developed by Navistar and General Motors in the U.S. will be powered by the Duramax V8 turbo-diesel engine.

Mated to that engine will be an Allison transmission.

GM has just confirmed the general powertrain details for the keenly-anticipated new truck, which is expected in dealerships across North America from 2018.

Though at this stage final technical specifications for the new Chevrolet medium-duty truck, including cab and frame dimensions, horsepower and torque, payload etc. are yet to be confirmed.

Australian motorists and commercial vehicle owners are familiar with the ‘Duramax’ name, though this engine is a long way from the four-cylinder diesel found in the Holden Colorado/Isuzu D-Max etc.

Variants of the V8 turbo-diesel, such as that installed in models like the Chevrolet Silverado, produce up to 360hp (270 kW) and 881Nm.

John Schwegman is the head of Commercial Product and Medium Duty for GM Fleet, he says the Duramax/Allison combo is ideal.

“This will be the flagship of our truck portfolio,”

“We believe the strength of Duramax/Allison powertrain combination will be able to tackle various jobs – from general contracting to urban delivery to bucket loaders and wreckers,”

“To win customers, we’re marshalling the best diesel and heavy-duty transmission engineers in the world and offering more choices than any other manufacturer.”

Engine/transmissions confirmed for Chevrolet Medium-Duty Trucks
Production of the V8 Duramax engine for the medium-duty trucks is underway.

We will bring you more details as they come to hand.

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director.Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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