The first vehicles in the new line of Chevrolet low-cab-forward, gasoline-powered trucks rolled off the assembly line at the Spartan Motors manufacturing facility in Charlotte, MI.
The truck is based on Isuzu Commercial Truck of America’s gas-powered N-Series chassis, which Spartan produces. The new line includes Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 4500XD, 5500HD and 5500XD models and marks GM’s return to the medium-duty segment with a low cab forward truck.
“Production of the Chevrolet medium duty line begins in earnest today as we witness the first of what we expect to be many of these durable and maneuverable vehicles roll off our assembly line," said Daryl Adams, president and CEO, Spartan Motors. "Our strategic business relationship with Isuzu began in 2011, and our Company has realized significant growth and success in this segment due in part to the great trust they’ve shown in our team’s execution of their vision for this broad product line. In fact, we celebrated the 30,000th Isuzu N-Series production milestone this year, and we expect GM will realize similar success with their vehicle line.”
The seven models will include regular cab and crew cab body styles and chassis lengths ranging from 109 in. to 212 in. Additionally, several drivetrain options exist, including a 6.0L, V8 GM gasoline engine as well as Isuzu-sourced 3.0L or 5.2L turbo-diesel engines. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.