The 2020 Chevy Kodiak is still possible to happen. General Motors is bringing back the medium-duty lineup, with the info about Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 already available. However, we still expect some changes. Silverado 4500 should become Kodiak. Well, it used to be. But now, this nameplate will struggle against Silverado title, which is only adding numbers to show the size of the truck.
Chevrolet was out of the medium-duty segment after they discontinued the last Kodiak and TopKick. That happened in 2009. Now, the company is again in the game with the arrival of 4500/5500 models that should challenge Ford’s rivals (F-450 and F-550). The class is redesigned and ready to work hard. Duramax diesel is detuned compared to the heavy-duty lineup. However, it is still capable to tow a lot.
2020 Chevy Kodiak Specs
So, the 2020 Chevy Kodiak will basically replace the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 4500 medium-duty truck. That means the vehicle is inheriting a 6.6-liter V8 turbodiesel unit. Engineers in Duramax detuned this mill to 350 hp and 700 pound-feet of torque. In its high-end configurations, the drivetrain can burst over 900 lb-ft. A six-speed Allison transmission is paired with the engine. Double overdrive system will help it handle such amount of power. The multileaf suspension is the standard feature across the entire range of medium-duty pickup trucks.
According to reports, the 2020 Chevy Kodiak will be capable to tow up to 16,500 pounds. Since it is detuned, we expected this output. Heavy-duty trucks by Chevrolet can handle 30,000 pounds. However, these are specially-equipped trucks with the engine that launches 900 pound-feet of torque. Kodiak will be more durable and reliable on construction sites. Its upper trim levels, Silverado 5500 (which can also change its name to TopKick) can tow 19,500 lbs, while the Silverado 6500HD hauls up to 23,500 pounds.
2020 Chevy Kodiak Features and Accessories
The new 2020 Chevy Kodiak will be available in two configurations – Regular Cab or Crew Cab. The truck is using 19-inch wheels. Assist steps are standard, while you can upgrade them to aluminum steps. Also, different kinds of bumpers are available for upgrades. Fog lamps are available with some trim levels. There are four configurations ready for the new Kodiak and buyers can combine Regular Cab or Crew Cab with WT or LT packages. AC and a 7-inch touchscreen are standard, while LT trucks come with an 8-inch display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the infotainment system. Navigation is standard as well. OnStar Guidance service is available for trial. Also, we are getting Sirius XM radio to test and after three months it should be purchased to continue to use it.
For a long time, Ford’s medium-duty trucks had no competition. Now, GM and Navistar are challenging the F-450/550/650 lineup with Silverado 4500/5500/6500. So, the 2020 Chevy Kodiak will have a tough task, as every truck by General Motors. The company doesn’t plan to build the GMC twin. On the other hand, Ram 4500/5500 is also on the way, and it will be another rival to an abovementioned couple of medium-duty trucks.
The new Kodiak kicks off $47,000, without a destination. GM didn’t release the full price list. The LT package will cost closer to $50,000. The larger Silverado 5500, or TopKick will cost $48,000 and the MSRP of the Silverado 6500 is $52,000.