• 2019 Chevy Medium Duty, new Ford Transit Connect, and Smokin’ Nissan Titan: Work Truck Show

    2018 Work Truck Show highlights.

    Lots of truck and van news is coming out from the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN. In this, TFLnow (Almost) Live video show we highlight several new truck accessories and all-new model debuts, including the 2019 Ford Transit Connect cargo van, the 2018 Nissan Titan commercial grade accessories, Smokin’ Titan, and the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado medium duty trucks.

    2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman

    Naturally, there are also a lot of news that we did not get to cover in detail. Ram unveiled the 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman and in-truck telematics system to help fleet managers manage their Ram trucks. We have already had a chance to drive and tow with the 2019 half-ton Tradesman. Please see the video below for many more details. The driving impressions for the 2019 Ram 1500 trucks is still embargoed until March 16th in order to make it fair for all of the journalists who are driving it over the next week or so.

    2019 Ford Transit Connect

    Ford took the wraps off the new 2019 Ford Transit Connect cargo van. It follows in the footsteps of the passenger version of the van that made its debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show last month. The big news here is the upcoming 1.5 turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that Ford is expecting to get over 30 MPG on the highway. Pricing and official fuel economy ratings will be announced later.

    Nissan Titan

    Nissan unveiled a couple of new Nissan Titan dealer-installed accessories. First on the list is the in-cab shelf system that fits a Titan King Cab with rear seat delete option. It offers several shelfs and pull-out drawers. The other is a dual exhaust system that goes though one muffler and comes out the passenger side with two tips. Nissan says the system offers a more pronounced V8 exhaust note. The shelf system is a dealer-installed option that is available now. The exhaust system is also dealer-installed and will be available at the end of this month.

    Finally, the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 medium duty (MD) trucks. GM has been absent from this segment for nearly a decade since the last 2009 Chevy Kodiak rolled off the line.

    The new trucks have a lot going for them, but also have a couple of disappointing points. The new MD trucks offer a lot of choice: regular or crew cab, 2WD or 4×4, up to seven cab-to-axle frame lengths, and several more frame extensions behind the rear axle. There is only one engine option, which is the 6.6L Duramax V8 turbo-diesel (codename: L5D). It’s rated at 350 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. It can be mated to either Allision 1000 or 2000 6-speed automatic transmission. Power Take Off unit is also available, as is the factory-installed rear air suspension with an engine-driven air compressor.

    The disappointing points include the maximum GVWR and GCWR ratings. The 2019 Chevy Silverado medium duty trucks have a maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 22,900 lbs. Competitive class-6 trucks, such as the bigger Ford F-650, are able to go up to 26,000 lbs and above for Class-7. The Silverado 6500 maximum Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) is 30,000 lbs (this is the maximum rating for the truck plus trailer). This means the Chevy medium duty is not rated to tow anywhere near 30,000 lbs as the competitors do. Ram 5500 Class 5 truck has a max GCWR of 38,500 lbs and is rated to tow around 30,000 lbs.

    We will continue to follow a lot of these news stories as they develop. Check out this TFLnow (Almost) Live video for more behind the scenes look from the 2018 Work Truck Show.

    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov
    Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.

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    12 thoughts on “2019 Chevy Medium Duty, new Ford Transit Connect, and Smokin’ Nissan Titan: Work Truck Show

    1. Truth thus diesel, marches on. So says the auto executives.

      “Diesel will see a renaissance in the not-too-distant future because people who drove diesels will realize that it was a very comfortable drive concept,” VW boss Matthias Mueller said at the Geneva Motor Show, reports Bloomberg. “Once the knowledge that diesels are eco-friendly firms up in people’s minds, then for me there’s no reason not to buy one.”

      “unfortunately, EVs today don’t offer the same range advantages as diesels. As hinted at by VW brand chief Herbert Diess, diesels will play an important role in meeting emissions goals right now. “We need diesel to get to the C02 goals,” Diess said. “Electric vehicles in many cases won’t keep frequent drivers happy.”

      No mention how direct injection gas is more unhealthy than diesels, but that will be realized by the public soon enough. The public is always behind the science.

      1. Tesla Semi truck made its first production truck haul this week.

        “The trucks carried battery packs from the Gigafactory in Nevada to Tesla’s car plant in Fremont, California. On major freeways, the trip is about 260-270 miles, which should be a manageable distance for the Semi. Tesla will offer a Semi with a range of 300 miles, and a more expensive version is said to travel 500 miles on a single charge at max weight while going 60 mph.”

        But these are just figments of our imagination and “concept” trucks.
        They must just have ecoboost engines under those Tesla truck hoods.

    2. Andre
      Is that frame on the 6500 a fully boxed frame or is it a c-channel frame? I couldn’t tell from the camera angle. I do like that forward tipping hood. That should come in handy for maintenance and repairs. I like the overall look of the truck, with the exception on that def filler cap. It needs to be placed behind a standard filler type door. It looks cheesy on an otherwise good looking cab.

    3. I noticed that GMC took a page from the Tacoma and now uses a composite truck bed.
      Lots and lots of changes on all the big 3.5 but Toyota is resting on its laurels just because they sell everything they make.
      I think that they are just waiting for updated CAFE requirements before they make any large mechanical improvements.
      We do know there is a Diesel waiting in the wings, if they need it. Also, since they were the first to Turbocharge their trucks, they are taking a wait and see attitude on that. I keep hearing about freevalve engines but who knows?

      1. @Tote:
        1) MS stated himself that a diesel is cost prohibitive
        2) Toyota’s initial production goal, 2nd gen, for the Tundra was 200K units; they’ve never met that goal, so they significantly lowered it; so yeah, they’re meeting their product goal because they reduced it

        Why is it that Toyota fanatics speculate what Toyota is doing? Dreaming, wishing?

    4. Hey TFL,
      This is kinda off topic, but I was wondering if you guys heard anything on the new Ford 7.0 for 2019. Are you guys going to get any exposure/news to it pretty soon?

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