This article was published in the December 2017 edition of NTEA News.
Chevrolet expanded its portfolio with the 2018 Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 6500XD. Like its Class 3, 4 and 5 stablemates, it’s a highly flexible platform designed for driver comfort, superior visibility and serviceability, and ease of upfit. The dock-height Class 6 model is available in eight wheelbases and can accommodate bodies up to 30 feet long.
Standard equipment includes a 5.2-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel that delivers 520 foot-pounds of torque, an Allison 2500 Series six-speed automatic transmission (with PTO), Dana axles and a robust straight-rail frame. Front and rear axle ratings are 12,000 and 19,000 pounds, respectively. Maximum gross vehicle weight rating is 25,950 pounds — enough capability to haul heavy machinery.
“Our goal is to offer the best work solutions and customer care in the business,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “Our Low Cab Forward dealers and Upfitter Integration Group will work hand-in-hand with customers and their upfitters to spec the right truck for the job. After the sale, our dealers will be there to support customers with extended service hours and work-ready loaners.”
GM’s Upfitter Integration Group provides technical assistance to upfitters and serves as a liaison between special vehicle manufacturers, end customers and several of GM’s engineering, marketing and service teams. They also maintain a website that includes detailed body builder manuals, technical bulletins and best practice manuals.
BODY BUILDER RESOURCES
Upfitter resources can be found at gmupfitter.com.
If you have any questions, visit gmfleet.com/account-executives.html.