General Motors is back in the chassis cab segment. The company launched Chevy Silverado 4500 and 5500 models, which will compete with Ford’s Series 4 and 5 trucks. The first one used to be called Kodiak. Fans immediately brought back memories about the big working machine. Another old nameplate we could see instead of Silverado 5500 is the 2021 Chevrolet TopKick.
The chassis cab is becoming more popular, although some Series 3 trucks can tow more than 35,000 pounds. Nevertheless, the 2021 Chevrolet TopKick will offer special equipment for hauling and more durable chassis and body for heavy loads.
2021 Chevrolet TopKick Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 Chevrolet TopKick will lay a mighty Duramax turbodiesel unit. A 6.6-liter V8 can produce massive amount of torque, which is required for tough tasks. That is why Chevy Silverado 5500 HD is brought back. The engine sends power through the Allison gearbox, and the system is also equipped with locking rear suspension. With this, you will be safe on slippery roads.
The company is not maximizing the power and torque of the Duramax engine. For the heavy-duty lineup, this powerplant can launch 450 horsepower and 920 lb-ft of twist. For the 2021 Chevrolet TopKick, the outputs are decreased to 350 ponies and 700 pound-feet. These numbers are available all across the lineup, including the Silverado 4500 Kodiak and 6500 HD model. The fuel tank is huge, taking up to 65 gallons. The chassis-cab truck will tow up to 19,500 pounds. The towing capacity of the Series 4 model is 16,500 lbs, while Series 6 can haul 23,500 pounds. Like said – the Topkick provides extended lifespan over the more towing-capable Silverado 3500 HD truck.
Technology and Features
The 2021 Chevrolet TopKick is not all about the towing and working. Designers had in mind drivers. Visibility is a key for safety and the sloping hood provides a maximum view. The company also takes care of shocks and other features that will make the work and drive more comfortable. Plus, the technology is pretty good, with a total of 13 aux switches. The cabin is quiet. The TopKick will use a triple-seal on doors to keep the most noises and engine roars outside. So, the driver will have all that’s necessary to get focused on work.
The infotainment system is also impressive. GM adds the myChevrolet app for smartphones. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard as well. That is not all since all the chassis cab trucks are going to offer the 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot.
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2021 Chevrolet TopKick Prices
Like in all other segments, the cost of the 2021 Chevrolet TopKick is between Series4 and Series 6 models. The base version is priced at $49,300. That is about $1,000 more than the Kodiak. Not a bad investment for 3,000 pounds push in the towing capacity. On the other hand, if you want to maximize the outputs, the Silverado 6500 raises the price to $55,000. Regular and Crew cab configurations are available, and GM will also offer a few optional packages, such as a larger 8-inch touchscreen, rear-vision camera, and more.