In 2017, Chevrolet has announced a new Class 6 low cab forward truck, the Chevrolet 6500XD. The truck has a dock-height chassis, is available in eight wheelbase configurations, and can accommodate bodies up to 30 feet in length. The truck has a maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 25,950 pounds, a front axle rating of 12,000 pounds, and a rear axle rating of 19,000 pounds.
In terms of powertrain, the 6500XD is equipped with a 5.2L I-4 turbodiesel producing 520 lb-ft of torque, mated to an Allison 2500-series six-speed automatic transmission and a Dana rear axle. For commercial customers with specific configuration needs, General Motors has a dedicated Upfitter Integration Group to serve as a liaison between Special Vehicle Manufacturers, customers, and GM’s engineering, marketing, and service teams. A website with detailed body builder manuals, technical bulletins, and best practices is also available to assist upfitting.