Chevrolet Reveals New Work Trucks! Check out the 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, & 6500HD

The Chevrolet 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD made their debut at the NTEA The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis today!

These heavy duty Silverados are perfect for a wide variety of businesses, such as lawn and garden, automotive, concrete work, electrical work, water/sewer/utility lines, highway and street construction, and special trade contractors.

“Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most636560102427035917-2019-Silverado-4500HD-012-1- customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor,” said Ed Peper, U.S. Vice President of GM Fleet, in a press release. “By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service, and easy to own.”

Developers took input from fleet managers, truck drivers, upfitters, technicians, and Chevy dealers.

The vehicles will be available in 2WD and 4WD and will be powered by a standard 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine with 350 horsepower and 700 lb ft of torque and Allison transmissions with a Power Take Off option.

There will be seven industry-standard cab-to-axle options and 10 wheelbases to allow upfits tailored to specific needs.

636560319573778469-2019Silverado4500HD04The trucks have optional factory-installed Air Ride Suspension. An engine-driven accessory air compressor inflates air bags in the rear suspension. This allows the driver to increase or release pressure, which adjusts the load/unload height.

“It’s not just numbers on a spec sheet that make us different and better,” said John Schwegman, director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty at GM Fleet, in a press release. “These new Silverados are designed to solve the most common upfit and ownership challenges fleets have with many of today’s medium duty trucks.”

They have a factory-painted frame with no welds or brackets to cut down on the cost and complexity of upfits. A “clamshell” hood and 50-degree wheel cut allows for easy “walk-up” access to the under-hood components. The wheel cut also allows for better maneuverability. The DEF tank is located on the passenger side of the truck, opposite of the fuel fill, to lessen refueling errors.

Production is set to begin in late 2018.

Next-Generation GMC Sierra Revealed!

2019 GMC Sierra Denali

The all-new 2019 GMC Sierra was revealed on Facebook Live this week! It is re-designed inside and out and has plenty of new features, including:

  • The GMC-exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate: It has six unique functionsTailgate¬†offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation, and easier access to items in the box. Standard on SLT and Denali, the MultiPro Tailgate also incorporates a step entry and egress mode that, when paired with the assist handle, can be used as both a step and a seat. Two buttons on the tailgate handle allow for convenient inner gate release.
  • GMC-exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box, called the CarbonPro, increases durability, efficiency, and functionality while offering best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance, making it the most durable pickup box in the segment.
  • 2019-gmc-sierra-denali-silver-prograde-trailering-systemAll-new ProGrade Trailering System with Trailering App, which offers a comprehensive suite of trailering technology
  • Segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display, which projects key, customizable vehicle data on the windshield in a 3×7-inch display to help drivers keep their eyes on the road.
  • Segment-first Rear Camera Mirror offers an optimized view via an available dual-function interior mirror that expands vision to overcome common visual obstructions like occupants or cargo. It features a a higher resolution camera and display and the ability to tilt or zoom the view.
  • Surround Vision: This available feature offers a birds-eye view of the truck. It displays an overhead image on the infotainment screen, helping the driver detect potential obstacles when backing up.

The vehicle has a larger, more dominant upright grille, a taller hood, and a bolder take on GMC’s signature C-shaped lighting. The wheels are pushed closer to the corners and 2019-gmc-sierra-denali-silver-rear-quarterfeature larger tires. Denali has available 22-inch Ultra Bright aluminum wheels and the SLT model offers 22-inch dark aluminum wheels finished with chrome accents.

The cargo boxes offer best-in-class cargo volume – 63 cubic feet on the short box, plus additional tie-downs and a new, available 110-volt power outlet.

Under the hood, new versions of the 6.2L and 5.3L V8 engines will be joined by an all-new 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine. The 5.3L and 6.2L engines feature stop/start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, to optimize power and efficiency.

The 2019 GMC Sierra goes on sale at Runde Auto Group this fall.


Ford Ranger, Re-invented: The Midsize Truck Makes a Comeback in 2019


The Ford Ranger is making a comeback in 2019.

The mid-size pickup truck, which was discontinued in 2011, has been re-invented inside and out.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (2)“Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing, in a press release. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s mid-size truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on the weekend.”

The Ranger will come in three trims, entry-level XL, mid-level XLT, and high-level Lariat, with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.

It has a high-strength steel frame, a 2.3-L Ecoboost engine and the only 10-speed auto transmission in the midsize truck segment.

“Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (5) engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder,” Thai-Tang said. “When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”

The Ranger is packed with driver-assist technologies, including standard Automatic Emergency Braking, available Lane Keeping Assist, available Lane Departure Warning, available Reverse Sensing System, and available class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage. Lariat trim includes Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.

It is ready for adventure with the available FX4 Off-Road Package, which provides additional trail capability with off-road tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates, and FX4 badging.

cq5dam.web.1280.1280 (4)The vehicle has an innovative Terrain Management System similar to the F-150 Raptor’s, which includes four drive modes: normal; grass, gravel, and snow; mud and ruts; and sand. The system can shift on the fly to automatically change throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing, and vehicle controls to tailor traction, drive-ability, and performance to any given terrain or weather condition.

The Ranger will be available at Runde Auto Group in early 2019.

See Runde Auto Group’s selection of new Ford vehicles here.